Celebrity Designer Mario De La Torre Proposes to Love of His Life on Runway

This weekend at Style Fashion Week Palm Springs, celebrity designer, Mario De La Torre, brought his heart to the runway. After immersing attendees in his ethereal collection, “Purpose,” Mario and the loves of his life, Evette and daughter Vivienne, took the runway. As they appeared, Mario brought guests, models, attendees and fellow designers to tears as he got down on one knee.

Please see below for photos and a full interview with Mario De La Torre.

Photos by Albert Evangelista
Celebrity Designer Mario De La Torre Proposes to Love of His Life on Runway
Prior to the “Purpose” collection debut, Style Fashion Week had the chance to catch up with designer Mario De La Torre, to discuss how he came to find his own life’s purpose.

As we arrived to Mario’s studio in DTLA, we were greeted by a very sleepy designer. He welcomed us into the studio, explaining that his team had just pulled an all-nighter for a last minute fashion emergency. While he could not disclose who the special look was designed for, he told us to keep our eyes open in the next month or so for its release.

Afternoon light shined through the quiet studio, his team had been sent home to enjoy the day and rest after a hectic night of design. As he showed us some of his favorite sewing machines, he explained his beginnings as a fashion designer.

Photo by Eva Maria Guggenberger | EMG Photography

Growing up Mario felt passionately about design, but it was fear of judgement that initially lead him on the path to finance. He became successful in the finance industry, and while from the outside it looked like he “had it all,” he knew that something was missing. On a whim, he applied to enroll in fashion design courses. He prepared a resignation letter and told his office that if accepted into the program, that he would not return the next week.

Mario applied two weeks late to the fashion program—the course professor told him that allowing him entry would not be fair. It was not looking promising, until one woman in the class looked to the professor and asked “Who are you to tell him not to pursue his dreams?” Mario began courses shortly after. He broke the news to his family that he was leaving his career in finance to pursue his dreams—they responded lovingly, telling him that they always knew it would be the path that he chose.

Photo by Eva Maria Guggenberger | EMG Photography

It was in his first course in the design program where he met Evette—his soulmate and mother of his daughter, Vivienne. He smiled, telling us how his life has filled with light since the birth of his daughter. “Every morning, I wake up to her smile and ask myself “How can it not be a good day?”” Each day, the light and love that shines throughout the family that Mario and Evette have created serves as his inspiration.

In March of 2017, Mario and Evette announced the gender of their baby on the Style Fashion Week Los Angeles runway—This weekend, Mario proposed to his “Purpose.”

Congratulations Mario, Evette and Vivienne—We love you.
By Carley Schumann
For more additional photos & information, please reach pr@stylefashionweek.com
Photo by Eva Maria Guggenberger | EMG Photography
Photos by Mark Gunter
Mario De La Torre
Album photos by Mark Gunter

Album photos by Mark Gunter
A special thank you to Notorious Pink Rosé, Desert Aids Project, Vezt, GT’s Living Foods, KIND Snacks, Indigo Auto Group, Big Mouth, Bubblefish Media, International Chamber of Design, Alpha Media, Brady Sandahl Real Estate Group, Pura Vida Bracelets, Brandini Toffee, Wyndham Resorts, V Palm Springs

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