The count down to Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) 2015 is in full swing. As each designer puts forth the finishing touches on their line, it’s obvious they each have a unique vision as to their definition of style. Earlier this month, the third, in a series called Flaunt it Fashion, from FWSD highlighted the designs of Territa Torres in the living room lounge at the W Hotel , San Diego. In this cozy setting, fans watched as models showed off the form fitting designs. According to the FWSD website, “The ENVY collection embodies luxury tailoring with a sexy, slim and modern silhouette. This woman is outgoing, assertive, bold, and fierce. Each silhouette varies from fitted dresses and separate pieces such as pants, shorts, and tops. She incorporates prints, solids and light weight fabrics that clings to every curve. The ENVY collection showcases a selected color palette comprised of shades of greens and natural hues to assist with creating a one of a kind distinctive look.”
After spending 9 years in the United States Navy, as a E-5, Second Class Petty Officer and working as a Information Systems Technician (IT), I asked how she made the transition into design. Here is what she had to say:
DW: Hello. It is a pleasure to meet you.
TT: Thank you. It is a pleasure to meet you as well.
DW: After wearing a uniform for 9 years, what made you decide to become a fashion designer?
TT: I felt my time in the United States Navy had reached its end, and wanted to do something in a creative field versus a technical field. I had always loved clothes, fashion, and glamour; I felt that would be the best fit for me and I was curious enough to take this path.
DW: Are you self-taught or formally trained?
TT: Formally trained thanks to the wonderful instructors during my time at the Art Institute of California in San Diego.
DW: What is your favorite part about being a designer?
TT: Sketching. First, I envision a garment or a detail and by sketching my ideas I am able to turn inspiration into reality.
DW: With everything that is out there, what is your definition of fashion?
TT: An individual’s personal statement.
DW: What was your inspiration for the designs you created for FWSD “Flaunt It” showcase at the W Hotel?
TT: My IMPEL active wear line, was created from my own lifestyle change. I wanted something bright and different while I was out running, hiking, and walking in my attempt to lose weight. A lot of active wear includes dark colors, while pants and shorts are usually a solid black. Simply stated, I wanted some color. My Avant Garde collection, ULTRA MODERNISM, was a partnership with an AICASD classmate; we each designed and created four looks for the AICASD Geo Vue runway show in 2012. My new collection, ENVY, will debut Fashion Week San Diego in the October runway show. Two sneak peak garments walked at the end of my Flaunt It show.
DW: How did you decide on the materials, designs, etc.?
TT: My aesthetic is tailored, form fitting, neat and clean appearance. I knew I wanted to incorporate pleating into my designs and I would require fabrication that would allow the pleating to take form. Walking along the bolts of fabric in Yardage Town, I found the main print I am using in the ENVY collection. I just loved it, and immediately had lots of ideas flooding my brain. I love pleats and knew the fabric would love them too. The fabric was different and unique. It gives the sense of reptilian or animalistic. I pulled my color palette from this fabric. Hues such as grey, blue, black and a touch of beige contribute themselves to the palette.
DW: Are these pieces similar to what you will showcase in October?
TT: In regards to the last two pieces yes, they are a glimpse of what to expect for my ENVY collection.
DW: I love the name. How did you come up with “Envy” for your line?
TT: My inspiration board has pictures of buildings, stairways for the tailored appearance found in my garments. Images of reptiles are also included for the form fitting and color attributes. Because the collection’s color is prominently green, and I love symbolism, I found the word ENVY. Meaning, a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions according to Google. I felt the word, ENVY would best describe the mood from on lookers.
DW: With so many great designers out there , which one do you look up to and why?
TT: Roberto Cavalli. I came across the name during a class at the AICASD. I was given a list of designers, and the name Cavalli piqued my interest. As a result, I created a presentation on his life and fashions. Through my research, I developed a respect for his art, fashions, and overall aesthetic.
DW: Now that you are living your dream, what advice would you give to an up and coming designer?
TT: Stay true to yourself! For instance, I had fellow fashion designers, share negative thoughts with me; stating not to do a show in San Diego, not to use the reptilian/animalistic fabric, and not to use pleating as a detail. However, I did not listen. Instead I submitted my designer application to FWSD, I not only used the fabric I fell in love with, but I made it a main fabric for my collection and I placed pleats in the line but not in common areas. By doing so, I have received many genuine compliments from all different types of observers of fashion.
DW: Where can fans purchase your designs?
TT: Currently, I provide updates on social media relating to the official launch of Territa Torres Designs.
DW: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
TT: Creating and selling Territa Torres Designs. Selling in the most respectable and sought after retail stores. One day, I hope to see Territa Torres Designs next to my idol, Roberto Cavalli’s Just Cavalli in Neiman Marcus!
DW: If you could dress any A-lister who would it be, and in which of your pieces?
TT: Janet Jackson, placing her in my Loreli garment which walked at Harrah’s Resort FWSD Spring Showcase this pass March. The garment is edgy, unique and wild, just like her.
DW: FWSD runs from October 1st – October 4th. When will your designs take the stage.
TT: Saturday, October 3rd.
DW: We will see you then. Thank you and best of luck.
TT: You are welcome.
Follow Territa on Twitter. And for more information on all the fabulous events, go to the FWSD website. They are closing down Wall Street in LaJolla, between Herschel & Girard, to construct a venue where guest can enjoy not only the beautiful fashion, but a beautiful evening all around.
By the way Territa, Janet will be performing at the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University on Saturday, October 17. You may want to have your people contact her people.