Latino Fashion Week in Chicago

Popular Hispanics is taking to Chicago to join Latino Fashion Week and Allstate Purple Purse Foundation to open up with give full days of fashionable events. 

Creating Couture Fashion From Recycled Fabrics

FRANOVIK Designers are creating couture fashion from recycled fabrics, materials and vintage pieces.

At The FRONT of the Class

FRONT Management is a boutique fashion agency that represents top international models

Designer Teresa Valenzuela Basa: Inspired by Life and Born to Design

 Teresa Valenzuela Basa, to talk about her life, spring fashion, her influences and her new spring designs.

Spanish Model Agueda Lopez Looks to Spice Things Up in Miami

Meet Agueda Lopez is the ex beauty queen from Cordoba, Spain, who put her tiara aside to pursue a modeling career.

Fashion: Popular Hispanics brings you the latest on international fashion online.  We showcase stories from the latest styles, to the next up & coming Hispanic and Latin designers.

Designer Teresa Valenzuela Basa: Inspired by Life and Born to Design

by Enrique Torres de Amill


Silver & Blue Set - Images courtesy of Steve DeMentWho were some of your earliest influences in your life?

My two grandmothers were incredible knitters.  My parental grandmother made beautiful pieces with crochet needle.  My maternal grandmother made us all - 20 grandchildren - beautiful sweaters.  My mother is great at all crafts; she sews, knits, paints and creates gorgeous porcelain pieces, and my father paints on canvas; he loves landscapes.


How has being Hispanic influenced your career?

I am fortunate to possess such a rich artistic background, which allows me to appreciate all forms of art.   Although we were not encouraged to study a career in arts, my siblings and I were exposed to art from all over South America. 

At a young age, I traveled all around Chile, Peru and also to Argentina.  During my twenties, I visited parts of Mexico and Costa Rica.  Being Hispanic has helped me understand how unique every country is. Although we are all connected, we differentiate from each other through our art, our cultural believes, our history and our upbringing. It is through images, sounds and textures that we can distinguish one culture from another. 

As human beings, we are all in search of love, inner peace and social connection - that’s the common thread that links us to one another.   Our roots define our identity and art makes that identity visible and explicit.  As a Hispanic woman, I place a different spin on design, I see fashion through the lens of my roots and my personal vision of what art is. 


So you made Austin your home. What attracted you to Austin?

Red White & Blue - Images courtesy of Steve DeMent

I lived in California for almost 17 years before coming to Texas. Although I like California very much, I do feel Austin is home.  Sure, I miss living near the ocean; sea water is important to me.  However, the relationships I have developed in Austin and the support I received during the last couple of years has rooted me to this city in a way it is hard to describe. 


Who or what inspired you to become a designer?

The love for color and shapes and the realization that I could not quiet this creative passion any longer.  The signs were everywhere and the timing was also right for me. I spent countless hours researching on trends, styles, fashion from all over the world, patterns and textures. 

I am one of those fortunate individuals who can anticipate to future trends and styles.  Being so visual helps keep my awareness for future fashion tendency always high. I am inspired by architecture, landscape, feelings, smells, food, music…anything can be a source of inspiration.   


Royal Blue Dress- Images courtesy of Steve DeMentWho are your favorite designers?

Valentino, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel, Balenciaga, Ruben Campos and many others. 


Let’s talk about the designs coming out for the spring, what’s your favorite and why?

Spring is all about color for me.  Flowers bloom in the spring, butterflies come out of their cocoons, colorful birds begin chirping and singing, bright colors are all around us during spring. 

My favorite piece has to be an intense royal blue dress I created with Italian silks and beautiful royal blue paisley French silk.  I like how the dress flows and how flattering it is to a woman’s body.  The dress is elegant, yet versatile. 

I can see a woman wearing this dress for an evening cocktail, a wedding or gala party and even for a sophisticated branch at a country club. 

It is simple but interesting at the same time, the fabrics are of fabulous quality and the colors are incredibly intense. 


Which celebrity would you most like to be seen wearing and representing your designs? 

Charlize Theron


What are the trends to watch for spring 2013?Silver Two Piece - Images courtesy of Steve DeMent

Spring trends are all over the place.  Bright and neon colors, flow and structure, ruffles, sharp angles, ‘60s inspired fashion, black and white combinations - the options are so diverse, and fashion can make everyone happy this coming season. 


Who inspires your designs the most?  

I cannot say I am inspired by individuals as much as by concepts.  Life is so interesting and colorful; my inspiration derives from places, things, animals, insects, shapes, art, music, food and feelings. Inspiration is mostly a sensorial experience for me. 


What is your advice to aspiring designers?

My advice is to believe and follow your passion.  Do your research; constantly improve your knowledge of the industry and your skills, and be grateful for the opportunity and the privilege to do what you love doing. 


For more information on Teresa Valenzuela Basa and her designs visit:


< 1 2

Read More Articles

Fashion designer never forgets her roots

by Christine BolaƱos

The Salvadoran-American fashion designer Johana Hernandez talks about how her natural talent and philanthropic spirit led to new, improved schools in rural El Salvador

the full story

Full Tilt Delivers High-Octane Style at Brazos Hall

by Joey Franco

the full story

FULL TILT Fashion Show Revs Up an Evening of Style in the Fast Lane

the full story

Latino Fashion Week "Sophisticates Luncheon"

the full story

Latino Fashion Week and Allstate Purple Purse Foundation

by by Jessica Montour

the full story

Penelope Cordoba Making a Comeback at the Mercedes Benz Swim Fashion Week

by Manny Roman

the full story

Creating Couture Fashion From Recycled Fabrics

by Viktor Franovik / Milton Torres

the full story

At The FRONT of the Class

the full story

Spanish Model Agueda Lopez Looks to Spice Things Up in Miami

by Manny Roman

the full story

Specifically Beautified

by Barbara Trujillo Gomez

the full story