Over the decade, we have seen an emergence of talented Filipino designers in the global fashion scene. Josie Natori, Monique Lhuillier, Michael Cinco, Francis Libiran, Rajo Laurel – all these names have made an impact with their stunning designs and unique point of views. Their achievements make me proud and leave me without any doubt that Filipino talent can make it in the extremely competitive world of fashion.
MEGA Magazine also recognizes the capabilities and talents of Filipino designers, particularly those who have been part of the MEGA Young Designers Competition (YDC). This competition was started in 1994 with an aim to gather the best young designers in the Philippines. Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Gian Romano, Ivaruski Aseron, Russel Villafuerte, Mich Dulce, Oj Hofer, Rajo Laurel, and international designer Furne One have all been part of this program.
Last June 19, “A Class of Champions” was held at The Podium to award and exhibit the works of ten of the country’s top designers, including Furne One’s multi-million peso collection. I had the pleasure of seeing his works up-close and join in honoring him and other Filipino designers for their note-worthy achievements.
Hors d’ oeuvres were served by CCA.
Gown on the left by Patrice Ramos – Diaz, dress on the right by Veejay Floresca.
Stunning designs by Furne One.
More gorgeous dresses from Furne One’s The Last Confessions of Mata Hari.
Cut-out dress by Ivarluski Aseron.
My favorite piece of them all is this creation by Avel Acudio, worn by Sarah Geronimo in MEGA Magazine’s June issue. That jacket is so beautiful and versatile, I can definitely see myself wearing it too. 🙂
Here’s your class of champions being awarded.
The event, by the way, was held in partnership with The Podium and Champion Infinity.
What do you guys about the works of Filipino designers? Who’s your favorite Filipino designer? Let me know in the comments section below. 🙂
P.S. Thank God It’s Friday!!!