For Destination 1, Romina leaves the lookbook and explore its back drop - the border of El Paso-Juarez. Treated as a road trip, or an informational travel diary, Romina takes you deeper into the borderland, sharing nature adventures spanning White Sands deserts to natural hot springs off the Rio Grande, and even visiting local safe space art studios in Juarez. This in-depth access to a commonly misinterpreted place, shows the border in a way that connects its culture to the surrounding nature, hoping to inspire and bring light to a place that is commonly in the news for issues not representative of its whole.
As a bonus story, the zine ends with the look book and exclusive interviews with its NatGeo photographer, giving insider info on how the shot was captured and the story behind each dress.
Excerpt from how the “fire” dress was captured by volcano photographer Bruce Omori:
“While flying in an MD-500E over an active flow from Pu‘u ‘O‘o, I noticed a fresh breakout, and directed the pilot to it. After descending to an altitude about 30 feet above the molten lava, and hanging out of the helicopter, I was able to capture a one of a kind abstract of the amazing patterns, textures and colors.”
Profits will be donated to the Fronterizx Fianza Fund for help bailing out immigrants in detention centers on the border of El Paso-Juarez.