I am fashion and it is me. I couldn’t live without it.
Spoken by Sergio Hudson, the very first winner of Bravo’s hit reality series, Styled to Rock! I knew from the very beginning that Sergio had an amazing eye for fashion and design. He was immediately my favorite cast member, not only for his talent, but his humbled spirit. Some may say I’m biased because I’m also from South Carolina (raises invisible country roof), but nonetheless, you can’t deny his passion, talent and humility.
Styled to Rock, produced by Rihanna, is a platform for aspiring designers to prove they have what it takes to rock the industry! With the help of mentors Pharrell Williams, Erin Wasson and Mel Ottenberg, the contestants designed innovative looks for some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, i.e., Miley Cyrus, Khloe Kardashian, Big Sean and Naya Rivera, Kelly Osbourne, Carly Rae, NERVO, etc. In addition to creating looks to capture the celebrities’ detailed briefs, the contestants only had a limited timeframe to work with, ultimately exposing who can style to ROCK or fail and flop!
Sergio, a father of 3 from Ridgeway, South Carolina, graduated from Bauder College with an associates degree in fashion. One could say the odds may have been against Sergio, but he certainly did not let anything stop him from making his dream a reality. I don’t know him personally (although I wish I did), but I do have friends who have spoken very highly of his passion, work and dedication throughout the years. Per their accounts, this has been a long time coming for Sergio. From local hair shows in S.C., to fashion shows in Atlanta, to wowing the panel on Styled to Rock, Sergio has worked relentlessly to perfect his craft. When I think of his story, the following comes to mind: Success is when preparation meets opportunity. Sometimes all we need is that golden opportunity; Sergio took full advantage of his and walked away from Styled to Rock $100,000 richer, a feature in Glamour Magazine and a spot on Rihanna’s design team! Talk about making fashion history!
Here are a few looks from Sergio’s Styled to Rock Portfolio:
Photo Credit: Bravotv.com
Shortly after the win aired on Bravo, Rihanna posted the following on her Instagram:
Needless to say, Sergio was beyond excited, and also took to Instagram to express his gratitude for the opportunity.
Sergio, who prefers simplicity, elegance and structured feminine pieces, has also been giving us a sneak peek into his upcoming women’s line for Fall 2014. Check it out!
Nicely done, Sergio! I know you’re going to keep rockin’ in the future; can’t wait to see what’s in store for you! 🙂