He’d eventually tour the world as a professional dancer alongside the legendary Willi Ninja and Grace Jones. This led to two electrifying performances in “Deep in Vogue” and “Waltz Darling” by the multi-talented Malcolm McClaren.
In the late nineties Adrian met Nico Urquiza and the House of Nico & Adrian was born. Their partnership eventually led to Linda Evangelista gracing the 2003 September issue cover of Italian Vogue with their iconic spiked wrestling helmet. Marie Claire, Flaunt, Numéro, Billboard, Vogue Russia, and other prestigious publications highlighted their high fashion editorials soon afterward. The lens of Steven Meisel and David LaChapelle immortalized their inimitable style and concepts. In due course, after a beautiful engagement, both Nico and Adrian decided to part ways amicably on artistic grounds.
After starting his own brand Adrian Alicea, Adrian’s creativity began to shift and take on new forms, culminating in unique and unorthodox ideas for style and fashion. He presented runway shows that were so scandalous in their overt sexiness many of the world’s top models and fashion photographers lined up for collaborations.
Adrian has since teamed up with many celebrities over the years, designing for stars such as Zoe Saldana, Lil Kim, Marilyn Manson, Nick Cannon, Chingy, Melissa Ford, The Mummy’s Patricia Velásquez, Anna Cleveland, Daddy Yankee, Naughty by Nature’s Treach, India Arie and Camila Alves.
Most recently, aside from showing at New York Fashion Week, Adrian Alicea became the proud recipient of the 2016 Cinemoi Film Festival Award for best new emerging designer in Los Angeles, California. Celebrating his growth as an artist and paying tribute to his Latino and Taino Indian roots, Adrian quietly states: “I love color. I love music. I love culture.”