Born and raised in Los Angeles, Raul Melgoza was attracted to luxury and beauty from an early age. He found inspiration visiting museums and exploring the shops on Rodeo Drive. After completing a business degree from the University of Southern California, he left the West Coast to pursue his desire of studying fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Melgoza flourished as a student, graduating at the top of his class. He was nominated Designer of the Year and was one of ten students chosen to debut their senior collections at the Parsons Annual Benefit Dinner, a prestigious event attended by industry heavyweights and an extraordinary opportunity for promising designers.
Following his presentation at this event, Saks Fifth Avenue asked to display his collection in the windows of their flagship store.
Upon graduation in 2005, he joined the women"s fashion house of LUCA LUCA where he worked closely with Luca Orlandi. He quickly rose to the position of Senior Designer.
In early 2008, Orlandi appointed Melgoza as the Creative Director of the brand.
Melgoza"s design philosophy is to transcend seasons and trends to accomplish clothing that can be worn for a lifetime. His design aesthetic is deeply rooted in classicism, yet his vision incorporates the ever changing role of women in society.
The clothing is gracefully subtle and compliments the woman"s silhouette.
Each design is meticulously calculated a paradigm of perfection and elegance, yet the finished product can be worn with ease.
In his role as LUCA LUCA"s Creative Director, Melgoza is returning the brand to its roots to truly define and sustain the identity that is LUCA LUCA.
For Fall 2012 designers are inspired by a wide range of influences, from the elaborate details of brocade and metallic gold embellishments to the dynamic mix of military chic and power pantsuits. Colo