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Spring Fashion Preview

Designer Rolando Santana and Orange Is The New Black star show their colorful side

Designer and Orange Is The New Black star show colorful side

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Rolando Santana was inspired by the work of artist Mark Rothko to create this dress and coat in shades of blue. Photo by © Fernando Colon
Orange Is The New Black star Dascha Polanco with Rolando Santana
Orange Is The New Black co-star Dascha Polanco, right, with Rolando Santana. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
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Rolando Santana multi-color print dress. Photo by © Fernando Colon
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A simple powder blue Rolando Santana gown makes an impact . Photo by © Fernando Colon
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Rolando Santana shift dress in shades of blue. Photo by © Fernando Colon
Rolando Santana sweater and skirt combination
Rolando Santana skirt and sweater inspired by a Mark Rothko painting. Photo by © Fernando Colon
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Rolando Santana dress in a eye-catching color. Photo by © Fernando Colon
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Rolando Santana led off his collection with multi-colored print dress. Photo by © Fernando Colon
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Rolando Santana featured a slinky dark green gown in his spring collection. Photo by © Fernando Colon
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Inspired by the work of Mark Rothko, Rolando Santana created a colorful collection. Photo by © Fernando Colon
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Known for his sexy styles, Rolando Santana created a webbed see-through gown. Photo by © Fernando Colon
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Rolando Santana iridescent purple dress with plunging neckline. Photo by © Fernando Colon
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Rolando Santana takes a runway bow. Photo by © Fernando Colon
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Orange Is The New Black star Dascha Polanco with Rolando Santana
Rolando Santana print dress
Rolando Santana powder blue gown
Rolando Santana dress
Rolando Santana sweater and skirt combination
Rolando Santana dress
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Fashion Week spring 2015 Rolando Santana model
Fashion Week spring 2015 Rolando Santana designer

NEW YORK — Just about everyone at Rolando Santana's runway show — from the designer to a front-row Orange Is The New Black star — was in a colorful mood. The designer admits he usually favors neutral shades, but for his newest collection he went a little wild with colors and shapes.

"Color is now, so I think it was nice challenge," he said while surrounded by admiring fans after his runway show.

 For inspiration, Santana looked to the work of Mark Rothko for a collection that emphasizes vast expanses of color in delineated shades.  

For inspiration, the Mexican-born designer looked to the work of Mark Rothko in the abstract impressionist artist's "blue" period for a collection that emphasizes vast expanses of color in delineated shades. A swing coat and dress that shifts from light to dark blue evokes a Rothko painting; a powder blue gown is stunning in its simplicity and day dresses feature a eye-catching print in various shades of blue.

"I love his paintings, so there are color combinations. And I added texture to some of the textiles but always very feminine. My collection is for very feminine woman," said Santana, who is a featured designer at Elizabeth Anthony and will be showing his collection at Fashion Houston in November. "I think it's an amazing touch for the Texas woman."

Santana also experimented with shapes — he even featured modified poodle skirts in several looks. But for the customer familiar with his slinky styles, he peppered the collection with the form-fitting gowns he is known for.

The colorful touch even extended to nails, as the nail polish company Zoya combined shades of light green, baby blue and lavender to a create a tri-color look that matched the collection.

Also in a colorful mood was Dascha Polanco, who plays pregnant inmate Dayanara Diaz on the wildly popular Netflix series, Orange Is The New Black. She appeared on the front row in a new hair color that appeared to be a combination of lavender and gray.

"You know, I like to take risks and play with my hair," she told Latina magazine. "It's the time to do it, so why not?"