I was constantly in awe by every design that came down the runway. If you ever want to feel inspired, watch a fashion show. I find these events so exciting because they allow hard working fashion designers to show off their collections.
What most people seem to forget is that the 20 minute fashion show took months of planning, designing and coordinating. The swimwear designers who are talented enough to showcase during Swim Week having been dreaming up these concepts long before we all received our invites in the mail.
Meet Liliana Villalobos, the genius behind Aguaclara Swimwear, the line that made its way down the MBFW Swim Week runway Monday, July 21st.
The show was awesome, the designs looked incredible on the models and it was such an honor to experience first hand the beauty that is Aguaclara.
From Peru, Liliana seeks inspiration from the country she calls home. Working alongside her brother, Aguaclara can be found in over 40 different countries and they have 8 boutiques all over Peru.
I was so excited to have the opportunity to interview Liliana, from how she found her career in the swimwear industry to what it was like showcasing in Miami this year at Swim Week.
Liliana spills all of the details today on Soul in Stilettos.
LV: My name is Liliana Villalobos and I’m from Peru. I’m married with three children and I’ve been in the fashion design industry since I was 23 years old. My partner in this business is my brother, Jorge Villalobos
SIS: You are an amazing swimwear designer. How did you fall into this career?
LV: I started making fitness clothing in 1988. In Peru at the time, it was really difficult to find clothing for working out. When summer came, we had already been working with elastic fabric, which is why we decided to try out swimwear.
SIS: What is the best part about designing swimwear?
LV: The best part is seeing people wear your swimsuits - on the beach, on the catwalk.
SIS: I was so excited to see your show at this year’s MBFW Swim Week. Nothing is more exciting than seeing your designs on the runway. What was it like for you?
LV: Seeing my designs on the runway confirms that all of my efforts have paid off and our months of work have come together and made sense.
SIS: What has been the craziest thing about MBFW Swim Week?
LV: Having the models ready minutes before we hit the runway. Backstage it is crazy, everybody is running around.
LV: Right now we are beginning holiday season in Peru. We are on vacation for a week and our offices in Peru are closed until August 4th. As soon as I get back to the office we will start thinking about the 2016 Collection and other projects. We are opening new stores in Lima and all the new products we will have are going to complement our collections.
SIS: If you weren’t designing swimwear, what would you be doing?
LV: I would probably be a singer, own a restaurant or be a caterer.
SIS: Where do you find inspiration, not just for your designs but in every day life?
LV: I find inspiration mostly in my family and my friends. My country Peru is my main inspiration.
SIS: Who are three people you look up to? (Designers, celebrities, people in general.)
LV: Pope Francisco, Anna Wintour and Carolina de Monaco
SIS: Any advice for aspiring swimwear designers who hope to one day make it to Swim Week?
LV: My advice is to be constant, always keep trying and always be unique.