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Designer Spotlight: Mara Reyes

Designer Spotlight: Mara Reyes

Designer Mara Reyes, best known for her stint on Project Runway Philippines, exudes a definitive cool kid vibe with her leather outfits, studded accessories, and apparent love for all things black. It's no wonder then that this fierce stylista with a keen eye for fashion is declared one of the must-watch Filipino designers in this month's Preview magazine.

Style Bible gets the dish from Mara on ten things we bet you didn't know about her:

What is your design style?
“Street, urban, avant garde, a mix of those three. I have clothes under my name, the avant garde leather ones. I have another line- more urban street style everyday type of clothes: t-shirts leggings hoodies,etc. I recently joined three guys and opened up a clothing store called THE in Cubao X.”

What inspires you?
“Everyday life inspires me—people, other clothes, the ugly, the beautiful. Recently, my daughter inspires me the most; I just gave birth last May 1. I try to dream bigger and aim harder in this crazy industry, so when she grows up she'd feel like she's the luckiest kid with lots of Chanel and LV purses and branded sneakers—hand me downs from mom—and being backstage everyday in a fashion event.”

What do you do when you're stuck in a rut and can't seem to find inspiration?
“I go out and drink, listen to music, and look for crazy people to talk to or I just sleep hoping I'd be inspired when I wake up after a few hours.”

What are you wearing today?
Diamond Supply t-shirt, denim leggings, leather jacket from Topshop, a pair of heels and a studded bag.”

If you had no limitations, what would you like to be wearing today?
“A pair of LV Sprouse graffiti leggings, a Jeremey Scott shirt or a simple one from Comme de Garcons, a Gareth Pugh jacket or a Balmain jacket, a gold watch, a pair of Tory Burch leather gloves and a pair of Gareth Pugh yin yang shoes or Kanye West Louis Vuitton sneakers.”

Who's closet would you like to raid?
"Seriously, that's why I hate her so much, maybe Lady Gaga or probably her stylist's closet and not hers. Kanye's girlfriend and Kanye West's, M.I.A., Kid Cudi, his entourage and all those girls who hang with him, Mary Kate Olsen, Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan and of course, Carine Roitfeld."

What is your signature scent?
“Musk, but if it's a real scent and not perfume, it would have to be Downy! Everyone calls me Downy—since high school up until now. They always ask me how we wash our clothes and why it smells so good.”

What was the last book you read?
What To Expect The First Year. haha.”

What's something you do too much?
“Bite my nails, eating the color off.”

What's a habit you'd like to kick?
“Biting my nails.”

Click here to view pieces from Mara Reyes' Holiday 2009 colelction.

Click here for Mara Reyes' contact information.

Click here to see all of Preview's Designers to Watch 2009.

—Renee Puno, Editorial Assistant

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