The Philippines Announce Headliners for London Fashion Week’s International Fashion Showcase
The Philippines has been declared as the country to watch for and this year six rising star talents will showcase their AW15 collections. The collections are inspired by the tales and mythical creatures that are found in Filipino folklore.
The Philippines is renowned for producing world class fashion designers, many of whom have received international recognition and celebrity status. This list include Monique Lhuillier, Josie Natori, Mich Dulce and Michael Cinco.
Meet the Designers!
Jaggy is known for his intuitive approach to design and expert draping. On inspirations Jaggy says that he is inspired by ”Anything that affects or moves me. It could be an art form, a random object, music, a mood, practically anything! I have always thought that ‘getting-inspired’ is an organic process and more often than not, it comes from things that you have the least interest in and at times when you least expect it.”
John practices maximalist layering that stems from dramatic, far-reaching inspirations. He says, “I am both a technical and artistic designer. I make the patterns for every dress I create. Anyone can make a dress, but the magic lies in the skilled hands of the patternmaker. I believe in Philippine arts and artistry in design and I want to be a proponent in finding a distinctive Filipino voice in the fashion world. I support a community weavers of local indigenous materials such as jusi (banana fiber), pina seda (pineapple silk) and silk cocoon. I have a strong point of view anchored by my obsession with detail.”
Michelle is known for her boundary-pushing use of unconventional materials and comes from an exciting background. Michelline says “I started designing accessories and outfits for my band in the 90s. We were the youngest commercially signed alternative band in the Philippines at that time, and I created all the costumes and props that we used for our television and live performances. I was born into a family of artists. My parents are considered the primary proponents of experimental art in the Philippines, so I was exposed to unconventional forms of creating art ever since I was a young child. When I create, I do not see any limitations, only possibilities.”
Renan specializes in highly detailed outerwear and firmly believes that the devil is in the details. “Working in haute couture retail taught me that nothing is impossible in regards to creating. I always try to incorporate local fibers into my pieces and I am continuously innovating how I can use our local fibers and turn them into something that could be part of a daily wardrobe. I’m inspired by the whole process of creating, of turning ideas and concepts into tangible, wearable pieces.”
Tony portrays a unique sense of artistry through his use of lines and seam placement and his creations almost have an otherworldly feel. “I have a very inquisitive mind. I see normal objects and I’m always trying to figure out how they work, how they’re made. There is also that element of escapism. I see a lot of the abstract elements of design like balance, continuity and relation. I’m inspired by religious images, specifically Lenten processions. There is intention behind everything I put out. I don’t add things just because they look good, I put them there because they add depth, character, or it leads the viewer to how I want them to perceive me and my work. It sounds a little manipulative but that’s the purpose of design, to make you think.”
Ken is known for his hyper-tactile jewellery and accessories. Nodding to the underwater world, it is no surprise that Ken is a marine biologist. “I try to reference my background as a staunch supporter of the environment and it is evident and ever-present in my collection. I push myself through innovation in design and a constant need to be relevant. My work is a mix of old world handicraft techniques and utilizing pioneering and environmentally sustainable materials.” Already courted by the media, Ken was featured in Vogue Talent for accessories in 2014. “I started my business with a capsule collection of headpieces and before I knew it, a famous celebrity bought the entire collection. Magazine features, fashion shows and retailers soon followed suit and the rest, as they say, is history.”
The International Fashion Showcase is taking place from the 19th to the 24th of February 2015 at the Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street, London W1F 0LA. It is open to trade, as well as to the public.
For more details, visit the British Council micro site dedicated to the Philippines.
The Centre for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) of the Department of Trade and Industry, The Philippine Embassy in London and the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre (PTIC) support the Philippine participation at the 2015 IFS.