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Lili Daliessio, a Colombian designer, presented her Spring/Summer 2013 collection during Philadelphia Fashion Week. 

The event, also known as "Philly Fashion Week," was held at Philadelphia's Crane Arts Center. The Colombian designer was showcased along with seven other American designers.

"This was another big step in my career. It was an honor to show the Hispanic community that they can do it too." Daliessio said, "Philadelphia Fashion Week is one of the platforms to crossover to the American market, and it was excellent to be able to show my designs, jewelry and accessories." 

Daliessio's collection was inspired by Colombia's history, culture and art. The Emerald gem stone, found in Colombia, was also a big influence on the designer. 

"Colombian Emerald Collection" had a variety of pieces that ranged in color, fabric and design. The collection is 90 percent made in Philadelphia and 10 percent in Colombia. 

Some of the fabrics used were satin, French laces, and silk. The majority of the fabrics used were exported from her land of Colombia.

Laeticia Ndaya, one of the many Philadelphia residents who attended the event, shared her opinion on Daliessio's designs, "I liked being in the atmosphere of a fashion show. I think her clothes were good, and I was fond of it because it had a spring theme."

The collection consisted of jewelry, accessories, and ready-to-wear pieces that included long and short dresses, jumpsuits, pants, and blouses. 

Lili Daliessio was born in Colombia, and currently lives in the outskirts of the Philadelphia Region.

For more information and to shop the collection, please visit www.lilidaliessiodesigns.com

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