M. Noriega understands the influence fashion has on culture, the liberation it can give an individual, and the statements that can be made with clothing. The Los Angeles designer has been fascinated by fashion at a very young age. What is the meaning of Up Above? M. Noriega explains, her sister passed away at the age of 21 due to Lupus. After her sisters passing M. Noriega realized that life was too short to not follow her dreams and became determined.