Growing up in Southern California as a child, the soon to-be fashion designer would watch her mother sew hers and her sisters Halloween costumes. She enjoyed seeing her mother’s process, from the early stages of creativity to constructing the garment, putting the finishing touches and then the best part wearing the costume for trick or treating. She would receive so many compliments from her friends, other children including their mothers. Even strangers would stop her and her sister and ask to take pictures of their costumes. She would try her best to remember the kind words the people said so she could say them verbatim back to her mother. She found joy in seeing her mother smile with a sense of accomplishment. When her mother tried to show her how to differentiate between fabrications, how to sew by machine or hand, or fit a garment shell, she opted for other activities such as bike riding or playing her video games. After graduation from high school, Mrs. Torres enlisted in the United States Navy, she took along her California fashion sense with her. She enjoyed looking at gossip magazines and always looked for the “Who Wore It Better?” column. She enjoyed watching her favorite celebrities show up to award shows, especially the Academy Awards, seeing not just the designer gowns, but to see what details were placed in the ensemble, the large amount of fabric to add fullness or the trains that seemed to run on for miles. She bought fashion magazines by the truck loads and use their “What’s in” as a starting point for her style but would always add her own unique attitude and personality into her wardrobe. Feeling her time had reached its end with the USN, her then boyfriend, Alex, (now husband) asked her what she would do with her time now that her military service had come to an end.
While on the phone with Alex, a commercial for the Art Institute showed and she thought to herself, why not. She did some light internet work on their programs and found Fashion Design program suited her best, they had some courses that played into Styling. During her interview process she had asked so many questions in regards to styling, and the advisor assured her she would get the ins and outs of styling within the designer program. During her class introductions, she realized more than half the class wanted to go into styling just like her. Feeling the job would be unviable, she made the choice to go full force with becoming a fashion designer. Her beginning sewing classes were difficult, a fellow student had to show her how to thread her industrial JUKI sewing machine. She practiced her sewing assignments more than a few times before turning in an acceptable piece for grading. She stayed late after class or after school for instructor help. She attended most workshops provided by sewing instructors, not just for help with her sewing assignments but to gain more information that she knew would help her long after she graduated. She made sure to respect the craft, her garments show her discipline and steady work ethic that shows the time, quality of care and love that went into each design she created.
A year after graduating from AICASD, she stopped putting in applications for fashion industry jobs and cancelled all her accounts for job notifications. She saved a nice nest egg, knowing she just had to wait for the window of opportunity. Less than half a year later that opportunity presented itself in the form of Fashion Week San Diego. She had downloaded and completed her application that same day but a sense of uncertainty overcame her, she sat on her application for 2 weeks. On the day of the deadline she pulled up FWSD's web page and saw the link to send the application was gone. She had memorized the email address, quickly wrote up an email and sent in her application. She received an email confirming her appointment to interview as a showcasing designer. Her window of opportunity turned itself into a door, she showcased her first collection, ENVY, her pleating detailed encompassed 3/4 of the collection, she was nervous her love of the pleat would not be welcomed or understood. But she felt the pleat had been long overlooked as a beautiful detail or addition to a garment and knew it had to be the brands focal point. This decision would prove to be vital, at the FWSD 2015 Runway Show, Territa Torres Designs, was voted 3rd Place Top Designer by the FWSD audience. She had her first interview for EXAMINER online magazine and was mentioned in her first magazine, LOCALE along with a few other sites.
Not too bad for a first timer. After the show she utilized the 3rd place Top Designer title to her advantage. She thought to herself winning in a traditional fashion show, be it big or small, has to hold some clout. She emailed numerous magazines, bloggers, stylist, celebrities, boutiques and the list goes on, for the opportunity to schedule a meeting in order to tell them about the brand, to let them see and hold the clothes, to show them the line sheets in hopes to work with their company. Almost bummed out from all the rejection and the No’s she almost lost faith in the brand. She received a direct message on her Instagram from an experienced stylist Liese, who said she would love to work with her designs. She was able to put together a photo shoot with professional models, hair stylist, makeup artist and photographer for a beautiful look book to hand out or mail to potential clients. The collaboration lead to Territa Torres Designs being featured in its first international spread, "Sweet Couture", for INSPO Magazine.
After sitting with the TTD team and weighing all the pros and cons of taking on another year doing a fashion show, Mrs. Torres signed her contract to showcase again with FWSD 2016. During her Spring Showcase she had numerous people come up to her booth and compliment her designs and they were already saying they were casting their votes for the brand in October. She made small sales and her following on her social media grew and grew. She would never regret signing that contract as her Romanese Women’s RTW SS17 Collection made such a strong impact, exhibiting what would now be referred to as the brands signature pleats and playing with stylelines, the brand claimed the #1 spot as FWSD 2016 Top Designer! Part of the winning package included a spread in LOCALE magazine, accompanied with a fantastic article "Beauty Is Pleating" beautifully written by Ariana Velazquez. TTD collaboration with Liese continued, and was able to get her photo shoot “Romancing the City” published in FINE Magazine, both spreads appear in March 2017 editions.
Pleats! Pleats! Pleats! The collection showcased the brands signature pleat detail and introduced pintucks and box pleats for an added excitement of details. TTD's La Reina's Closet (The Queen's Closet) was inspired by Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Pink Dress is a 1660 oil on canvas portrait of Margaret Theresa of Spain by the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. She pulled the colors from the painting to create this collections color palette, using the mint green from Infanta's dress, and making it the main focus for the collection. She pairs this cool color with a royal red to entice mix emotions and one of a kind statement pieces as seen on the Ava Marie dress, which became a crowd favorite. The fashion community whispers the collection feels of fire and ice. Territa Torres Designs wins 2017 3rd place Top Designer with FWSD.
Mrs. Torres and the TTD team traveled outside the state of California and have returned as 2018 Fashion Week Las Vegas Emerging Designer! What an amazing and fun adventure! Will post all media and images once we receive them! Stay tuned...
Upcoming for TTD brand:
Territa Torres Designs has been asked to be a judge at Mimi Model's Academy and it is open to the public. Come on out and meet the designer and see wonderful models grace the stage in hopes of capturing the title as Mimi's Model Top Model for 2018!
Mrs. Torres and team are excited to participate with Chic and Savvy Events to give our La Reina's Closet another turn on the runway and afterwards visit the brands booth for some amazing shopping. Mrs. Torres is still flying from the brands win in Las Vegas and is looking to sell her amazing pieces for quite a generous price! Come out and socialize and have fun with Chic and Savvy Events.