Only yesterday Teresita Orillac’s new collection, Into the Jungle, feature amazing bright exotic prints and silky fabrics hit the runways of London Fashion Week. I was lucky enough to have a have a few questions answered by Teresita before she left Dubai for the big show and I am so excited to share her responses with you.
Take a look into what inspires this up and coming designer and her stunning designs below.
- The new line ‘Into the Jungle’ – What was your inspiration?
I was born & raised in Panama. Our country has been blessed with a marvellous geographic position , surrounded by two oceans and full of amazing fauna & flora.
The idea for this collection came when I was lucky enough to fly low over the rainforest watching flocks of colourful birds emerging from the top of thick green trees and it was truly a life changing experience.
We landed in one of the beautiful islands off the coast from the city and there I was able to take pictures of some of the hundreds of birds you can find in Panama, these pictures were the ones we used to create the prints that were printed on the fabrics for this collection. I moved to Dubai a couple of weeks after this wonderful adventure.
- What do you enjoy most about designing?
I love being able to create something that will be worn by someone and hopefully have the effect of making someone feel beautiful & therefore look amazing .
I believe beauty is very much complemented with our feelings, actions & emotions; so in a very important way beauty comes from within , if you feel happy you smile more and that is the nicest kind of beauty.
- London Fashion week – what goals do you hope to achieve from the upcoming London Fashion Week? Also how much work goes into preparing for a show?
Hopefully LFW gives the brand the opportunity to be known a bit more so I can start exporting to new countries.
There is a lot that goes into preparing , there are so many of details apart from designing and manufacturing that will go on the runway. Selecting music , invitations , models & accessories that complements your vision of the collection is a big part of the process.
- What do you want women to feel and think when they see your brand and wear your brand?
I hope women feel beautiful & confident. For business , friendship or a significant other there is nothing more positive & attractive than a woman who projects confidence in herself .
- What do you feel sets your line apart from other designers?
Since I was a kid I was very aware of proportions, textures & colors because I worked in my mother’s party goods and party planning business. There I learned a lot about colors that complement each other and how powerful it is to be able to draw the attention of people towards what you prefer them to look at , so instead on focusing on the least attractive they focus on what you created or accentuated. I applied this in the merchandising , buying and decorating tasks.
Later I studied Fashion Merchandising in college and then image consulting & fashion styling. So I think all of these makes me think about the person who might wear the piece and how they might prefer to accentuate their best and hide their “trouble areas” more than I think about the piece itself.
- What is your favourite piece from the new collection?
The high low black skirt with the blue macaw feather print inside. I can think of so many ways to use it.
- Do you plan on displaying your line during any upcoming events here in Dubai or even hosting your own event here in the UAE?
Yes , we are planning an event to present the collection to buyers & media. And maybe events at the stores where this collection will be sold.
Now for the Fun Questions
- Favorite color ?
- If you could dress any celebrity would it be and why?
Sofia Vergara , she is a Colombian actress you might know her from Modern Family , she seems to be such an upbeat & positive person that it must be great to work with her.
- Favorite spot in Dubai ?
It’s hard to choose there so many spectacular spots but probably the 101 in The One & Only at the Palm specially during sunset…. And my home , I truly enjoy being home with my husband or surrounded by friends . Our apartment seems to be like a hotel ; there is always someone visiting. Dubai is definitely in the list of places to visit of a lot of friends and family.
- Favorite quote?
Live & let live
- Who inspires you?
People who don’t have all the easy options in front of them and manage to keep going and push themselves further. Easy comes easy goes, if you don’t have to work for what you have then you never appreciate or enjoy it as much as if you worked hard to get it.
- Any suggestions for aspiring designers?
Never give up , create what you believe in , but keep a business perspective , remember that nothing happens until something gets sold.
- What is one item that you believe every women should have in her closet ?
A simple & comfortable black dress that is flattering to your body and you can dress up or down.
There you have it. My questions and answers with the lovely Teresita Orillac. If you want to see more of her designs check out her website here.
Into The Jungle ~ The Cruise Collection
Transporting people to paradise, the collection portrays playful, vivid and abstract splashes of lilac, bright green, various shades of blue and yellow. On the other hand, the evening gowns are themed with elegance in black, sky blue patterns with green and bronze hues. The abundance of luscious greens gives depth and richness to the palette, while sky blue and lilac make the color scheme more jubilant and festive, providing the ensemble an organic feel.
Here are just a few pieces from the collection.
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