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You may know the Dominican Republic as a tropical vacation spot but the latest host of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week also seeks to be recognized as a force in fashion. Considering Oscar de la Renta hailed from the island nation, it has a promising start—in fact, the late designer mentored a number of the emerging talents participating in its inaugural Santo Domingo runway shows. Click through to see the best looks shown in the capital city.