Layana Aguilar Designer


New York, NY

Drop-dead gorgeous with an utterly charming accent, Layana grew up in a small town in Brazil, where she says she was surrounded by “happiness, love and loudness.” As a designer, she enjoys playing with shape, and she loves to put soft and hard fabrics together.

When she was a kid, Layana would tear up her mother and sister’s clothes to create new garments for herself. Her family moved to the US when she was 18 after her father lost his business, a memory that still makes her emotional. Layana studied business for a year in college before transferring to FIT to pursue fashion design. She interned for Oscar de la Renta, getting a special thrill whenever he chose to use one of her designs in a show, and she worked as a designer for Renzo + Kai.

Layana says Season 11 changed her life and opened up so many opportunities for her. Since then she’s been a very busy designer showcasing collections every season and traveling around the world. She landed a contract with a resort in Aruba to redesign their uniforms and launched two lines Layana Aguilar and Laya Land – featuring clothes that are affordable and trendy. And she has some top-secret projects in the works, too.

She also married the love of her life and has a 2-year-old baby boy named Henzo. Currently Layana lives in NYC and juggles motherhood to a toddler and the management of her two brands.

She’s loving life, but she’s ready to come back and wants to capitalize on the exposure that All Stars gives to its designers. Although her heart hurts to leave her family, she knows she can’t pass up this opportunity. And she tells us to expect a more mature and confident designer this time around – someone who is even more eager to win.