Lucy Torres is now a fashion designer.
The TV personality-turned-politician is teaming up with local fashion brand Kashieca to create an affordable ready-to-wear fashion collection for working women.
From the very beginning when she and good friend Ben Chan, owner of Kashieca and Bench, first talked about the collaboration, Lucy already knew what she wanted to do with her collection.
"I was very excited about this collaboration, especially because I was very conscious also of the price points. I don't want the prices to be so restrictive, that's why it has to be Kashieca," Lucy tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a quick one-on-one interview after the recent Bench Fashion Week Holiday 2019 event in Bonifacio Global City.
"I want to put together a collection that's easy, wearable, relatable. I can wear it, my daughter can wear it, my mother can wear it, a grandma can wear it.
"And then you can travel with it kasi, unlike before, we had the luxury of time siguro to change up. Di ba, you go home, you change for an evening out? Ngayon hindi na. Your work clothes will have to take you straight to a dinner… I kept that in mind also."
Lucy adds that the process of creating this collection moved "fast" because of this specific vision.
During the first team meeting, Lucy had rough design sketches ready, and Ben had assembled a team.
She says, "We started from scratch talaga... It was his team who showed me anong kulay ng thread, anong klase ng thread, anong klase na fabric. It was limitless in terms of options.
"Ang naging editing ko was it should not cost too much. I should be able to get the feel, to get the quality without it costing an arm and a leg.
"I want the working woman to be able to wear it, the mother who has to help her husband with the income in the house. It should not be break-the-bank expensive, but it has to be beautiful."
For Lucy, fashion and style are about the quality of clothes. The Fourth District Leyte Representative says, "I feel kasi, in terms of looking good and dressing well, ang sukatan talaga hindi iyong presyo ng damit. It's the quality. It’s how well your wardrobe is curated.
"You can actually have a wardrobe full of the most expensive items, but if you don't know how to put them together or it doesn't flatter you naman or it doesn't fall well on your figure, parang it defeats the purpose."
So far this 2019, Lucy has released her own jewelry collection and fashion collection. What else is in store for her this year?
The public servant says, "Oh, I have so many little dreams. I have all these dreams to develop. Products in the district I represent. I have my social enterprise, and I still have the work I do talaga. I'm a wife, I'm a mother, so I have my hands full."
Lucy adds that these creative collaborations have been her way to unwind.
She says, "Ito yung pampa-happy talaga because life can get so stressful, the work load can get so stressful.
"But if any busy person, if she's able to do something that makes her happy in her heart, it gives you a second wind. It gives you additional fuel to go on, kasi it shouldn't be always be cutthroat na ito, ito, ito kailangan.
"You have to find things to do that ground and make you happy, whatever that is."