By: Giselle Rodriguez
Writer, LatinTrends Magazine
This article originally appeared in the April 2010 issue of DTM. Reprinted with permission.
Brian Reyes left the palm trees of Miami for the concrete of New York City at the tender age of seventeen. With the hopes of making a positive imprint on the fashion industry, Reyes learned the trade from the best of the best. He pounded the pavement and received tutelage from fashion icons such as Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and fellow Latino Oscar de la Renta.
Fresh from Oscar de le Renta’s atelier, Brian showcased his premiere season of designs at NYC’s Fashion Week for the Spring of 2006. His work caught the eye of starlet Rachel Bilson and her stylist Nicole Chavez. A phone call was made and a relationship, still thriving today, was created. Rachel isn’t the only Hollywood player to take notice of the Colombian designer’s talent: Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, popular Latina icon America Ferrera, Kate Hudson, and Tina Fey have all graced entertainment industry events with his creations.
Brian describes his work as “Modern American Glamour.” The clothing is youthful, yet sophisticated, with a feminine and flirty twist. The runway loves him and the red carpet embraces him, but Reyes also believes in practicality; his ready-to-wear line includes lingerie and deliciously soft jersey tee’s. His Spring 2010 collection was met with rave reviews. It was a ying-yang celebration of old and new. Brian introduced denim to the collection while also keeping true to his feminine angle with ruffled dresses, fluttery sleeves, bustier dresses and sheer fabrics.
This February, Reyes found himself in the homes of millions across the country with his cameo on ABC’s Ugly Betty. And he finally got his full comeuppance during this year’s Fashion Week in NYC, receiving rave reviews from such mainstream publications as OK! Magazine, StyleList Magazine, and Latina Magazine. “The use of viscose and high-stretch jersey was influenced by tree climbers of the Northwest and the protective clothing they wear to study some of the most mesmerizing specimens on earth,” Brian says of his line. Jewel tones seemed to be the basis of Brian’s show. Turquoise, purple, blue and gold were used among neutrals and were said to be inspired from elements of fire. From dresses, suits, sweaters and coats, this show had something for everyone. Expect to see a new print resembling tree bark this season.
It’s clear to see that Brian Reyes is quickly becoming a fashion icon!