It’s been rumored 7 is a lucky number. Lucky for us, Adrian Alicea steals the spotlight as our 7th designer announcement!

Adrian Alicea started his career as a dancer who performed at various nightclubs.  At the age of 20 he was approached by Rae Dawn Chong at the famed NY nightclub, The Tunnel, about being a model for Thierry Mugler. Although his 6 ft. 3 in frame made him quite an imposing figure on the dance floor, Adrian never dreamed his looks and his height could translate into a modeling career. Never one to shy away from opportunity, Adrian modeled for Thierry Mugler for three years. He continued to dance every opportunity he could and from Mugler he transitioned on to touring as a featured dancer with Malcom McClaren, Willie Ninja and Grace Jones. As a model, he did campaigns and runways for Armani, Gautier, Gianfranco Ferre and Patricia Fields. In the late 90s, he met Nico Urquiza and the famed house of Nico & Adrian NY was born. Adrian worked with Nico for ten years to create a collection that featured “unique and outrageous designs and runway shows that were so scandalous in their sexiness that many of the world’s top models and fashion photographers came calling for collaborations.”

The designs of Nico & Adrian NY went on to be featured in many magazines covers and pages including Vogue and have been worn by celebrities such as Linda Evangelista, Omahyra, Daddy Yankee, Nick Cannon and Zoe Saldana. They also have an underwear line that is available in stores and online today.

For the past two years, Adrian has been focusing on his own line known as, Adrian Alicea Haute Couture.  Describing the line he said, “I make everything by hand. I love color. I love music. I love dance. I want my designs to make people happy, so each piece is unique. I put everything into my work – my heart, my soul, my love. I want everyone who wears my designs to feel special, to feel proud… to know they are different and that they have a right to be.”