Our interview with talented Ecuadorian Fashion Designer Stephanie Ruiz.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Spontaneous, creative, active
Why did you decide to become a fashion designer?
I always loved making clothes since I was little I used to make clothes for my dolls and after graduate from school I wanted for my life something where I can be me, be creative, and I was a fashion lover so fashion design was perfect.
What does fashion mean to you?
Is a life style, a way to express myself in my everyday.
How do you describe your fashion style?
Sexy, attractive, sophisticated, comfortable, not classic.
What is it like working for yourself now and who is your dream client?
I Love it, I fell free to create and design, each collection is a different world and dare, I really enjoy it. My dream Client is definitively a woman sophisticated, cool, relaxed, enjoying being herself and feels comfortable with it.
Who is your biggest beauty inspiration?
I have many, feeling beautiful and showing it is all. I admire those women who being or not that beautiful can actually feel like that and reflect it.
What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?
My mind is a crazy world, everywhere I go my mind is always creating and finding textures and shapes. Being free to create is my favorite part.
How did you select the materials you used?
I have to fall in love with the fabric and texture from the beginning, designs come to my mind right away, then I know it perfect!
For the last collection it was beautiful to create my own fabric, each piece required different materials, so it was ver nice to create similar textures in different materials that fitted for each piece needs.
Who was your role model as a child?
I admired my father as business man teaching me and my brother the ways of business, I always love that how ever I always remember being free and enjoying my own ideas.
Name some of the celebrities that wear your designs?
Miss Turismo Costa Rica
Some National talents
Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?
Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio. They look amazing and show to be great and strong women taking care of professional and personal life.
For designers I love John Galliano style and enjoy very much Rocky Gathercole work for the imagination they have for their collection, their work is amazing how ever and totally opposite I love very much Carolina Herrera style.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I would enjoy very much to have people wearing my designs in different countries. I would love to dress and have celebrities as my clients.
Best advice ever given?
Whatever you do in life, give your best and enjoy every second.
Any future plans you want to share with us?
Im still developing some pieces for “Caleidoscopio” and starting to prepare some sketches for my next gown collection. Im exited about that!
How did you stay fit?
I love bike ridding and running and snorkeling in crystal clear waters like Galapagos or Thailand.
How is a normal day in your life?
I wake up early for going to the Gym, then at 9am Im usually at my studio, I prepare the work day with my team and continue the day designing or guiding my clients with custom made dresses. I try to have lunch with my husband everyday and have some time at the end of the day for me when I can.
What advice do you have other aspiring fashion designers?
To work hard for their dreams, nothing comes easy and you have to be willing to pay the price if you really want it.
What would be the dream holiday, and who would you go with?
Bali with my husband and friends, traveling by motorcycle, staying at a beautiful house in the middle of the beach.
What is your favorite healthy food?
Granola with honey and fruit
And your favorite cheat food?
I love eating! It would Pizza or Mexican food.
Do you support any charity?
Yes. Is ver important for me. Usually I take care of children and animals.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
Delicious breakfast in bed, movies and some bike ridding with great music would be just perfect.
Something people don’t know about you?
I’m chocolate lover
Name one beauty product you can’t live without?
Where we can follow you?
Quote: “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
Favorite Singer/Artist: bossa, Shakira, Ariana Grande
Movie: Eat pray love
Sports Team: Tiger woods
Tv show: Don’t watch much TV lately.