Liliana Villalobos Swimsuit designer
Born in Lima, Peru, on January 17, 1964. The youngest of six siblings – four brothers and two sisters. During school years she lived in Lima, Peru, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Cuzco, Peru, until 1980.
A very active, sports-loving person. Stood out as a gymnast as a child and represented Peru at international rowing competitions.
After finishing high-school, she studied Art Courses at the University of Lima. Then, restless as she was, she moved to Miami, USA, to have a taste of the outside world. She lived and worked in Miami for three years. First, as a waitress at a couple of restaurants, and then as a car insurance salesperson. Living in a foreign country opened her mind to new risks and gave her the experience that only one can acquire through life.
In 1988, she returned to Lima with some sewing machine heads and lots of ideas – Peruvian government had banned machinery imports at that time. She went into partnership with her brother Jorge Villalobos – current Director of Applauzi Peru and Applauzi International Corp. USA – to incorporate Applauzi S.A. (bathing suits manufacturing.)
In 1993, she marries Fernando Almaraz-Grandchant and is now mother to three children: Josefina, 16 years old, Fernanda, 14 years old, and Mauricio, 11 years old.
Currently, she is Director of the Tailoring Committee of the National Industrial Association, and gives lectures on tendencies to different organizations in the same line of business.
From the beginning, Liliana has been in charge of designing the beachwear, underwear and sportswear.
In 1994, her designs were basically oriented to the South American market. They were rather versatile to fit and be compatible with the different countries and markets/clients. Later on, in 1998, AGUACLARA brand name was created; especially made to access the European and North American markets with a touch of Latin flavor.
Liliana is always on the move, traveling, in pursue of new things, and looking into future tendencies.
Her designs are influenced by the riches of the Amazon and its ethnics, the Andes and the ocean, and are reflected on the different animal fur styles, the accessories, made of natural tree stems, the so very sensual and provocative spider web-like knitting.
This year her proposal includes colors, which are all but the joy and vigor of the Andean world , impacting highly sophisticated prints, impressive and exquisite hand made embroidery. The choice of accessories is unbeatable, with ethnic lines contrasting the the sparkling and matt reflexes of the golden array. The delicate and sensual 100% silk complements and the decorated cotton textured patterns do stand out.
The sexy and symmetric silhouettes complete this impacting Aguaclara’s 2012 Collection Launched to the world from the majestic Andes and the exhuberant Peruvian jungle…….A splendid expression of female daring.