Designer RJ RIVERA
Event Manager Ric Victores
Personal Asst. Andrea Muñoz-Ybarra
Assitant Jose Lopez
MUA Kenya Aissa
Ruby Envy Beauty
Hair/Mua Lien DeLong
RJ Rivera has been working in the industry for over 7 years. His dream of becoming a designer became a reality in 2007 when he created RJ Jeans a new line of industrial denim jeans for men. While working with other local designers around the San Francisco Bay Area he networked his way into the San Francisco fashion scene. He worked with many local models, designers and photographers all around the Bay Area showcasing his talent in any way he could, to get his name out there. Little by little RJ grew with his collections adding button ups, pants, jackets, swimwear dresses, skirts and couture gowns. He had many mini collections from RJ Latino, Dark Glam, RJ Tini and Mysteria to his last collection Aftermath.
RJ worked hard creating more and more while sticking by his Latino roots, which has helped him to become more noticed. He pushed through the obstacles, letting nothing stand in his way, eventually moving from local club shows to his own shows throughout the SF Bay Area, Sacramento and LA. He began working with many charities from PADRES Contra El Cancer to the Make A Wish Foundation and helped to raise money for many great causes. He has also been featured in Vixta Magazine, Swagga Digital Magazine, and has been seen on Current TV, MTV and Despierta America (SAC) as well as in SF, Sacramento and LA Fashion Week.
RJ had just revealed his latest work called Through the Looking Glass, in 2013, based off his favorite story Alice in Wonderland featuring his great friend fashion photographer Brandon Caffey and America's Next Top Model Alumni Romeo Barcelona when right after he became ill and was hospitalized. While in the hospital he was rushed into emergency surgery with a 20% chance of making it through. After the first surgery it was made to RJ's family's attention that he had the flesh eating virus and that his internal organs were shutting down. After numerous surgeries RJ made it through. Although he did make it through the surgeries, he unfortunately lost his right leg and he lost the function of his kidneys. RJ had a long recovery in the hospital and a longer period of rehab to recover and to learn how to walk and move. It has been a struggle and he still continues with rehab and coping with this new life. Although its been hard he began back up with his passion and has been working hard on a comeback.
RJ has been creating more of a darker, edgier collection for both men and women based off the darkest moments in his life. He is also working on ideas of a collection that would cater to amputees and people in wheelchairs.
There is a lot more in store for RJ Rivera. Many changes have already begun and there are many more collections to be created, many more designs to become reality and many more of RJ’s dreams to come true.