Preview’s Emerging Fashion Talent Feature

Last May, I was contacted by Daryl Chang, fashion editor of Preview Magazine, informing me that I was part of the chosen 10 fashion designers to be a part of this year’s PEFT Awards. I was excited and speechless over the news and not to mention taken aback by the catch: create an outfit embodying your personal aethetic and submit it in a week. Luckily I was still doing my internship with Tita Susie and she happily obliged my cry of help. The outfit was made at the factory and we made it to the one-week deadline.

The feature came out in the August 2015 issue. I was so excited when I got my copy at the launch party that even if I was a little tipsy, I opened the protective plastic and carefully slid out the freshly printed magazine. I flipped until I saw something familiar and was greeted by my design. MY FIRST EVER PRINT MAGAZINE FEATURE.

Needless to say, this was the first highlight of my August (second being WOOHOO I HAVE A JOB). Even if they spelled my name wrong and got my gender wrong (Mr. Jaime haha), I’m still very very thankful for the opportunity. I’m very happy that my first ever magazine feature was with Preview and that the outfit I designed got some pretty good feedback.

This is definitely the first of more exciting things to come! I’m also happy to report that the top I designed for this issue was sold the other week. Now it is in the care of an awesome person who felt the need to grab it before someone else did.

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Last week I got some awesome news that I was chosen to be part of a magazine feature! The article will feature 10 SoFA designers from different batches. Majority of those chosen are good friends of mine so the shoot was really more of a catch-up session. The only photos I have from the shoot are selfies (actually not even because they’re photos with friends) so I grabbed a couple from Nika for this post. There’s only five of us in the photos because we were separated into two batches. They’re planning to just photoshop the two groups together for the spread.

The shoot’s theme was obviously formal but hell no am I wearing a gown (also because I don’t have one and refuse to buy one) so I went with the blazer + slacks that I bought from Zara for the Preview ball instead. It was a hit because it really made me stand out. My inside shirt is actually from ukay in case you were wondering.

We’re not allowed to share what magazine we’ll be featured in but it’s coming out next month so I’ll be able to post about it soon.

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QUILT

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Cut and sewed 400+++ squares to make a custom designed fabric to be used for the project I mentioned earlier. All in 2 days by the way. The trouble with upholstery material is that the weave is a bit spaced out so the fabric frays ALOT. But nonetheless, I’m really happy with how this turned out. 🙂

August 3-7-2015 Photo Dump + Update

Weeks ago, I made a blog post about how I was experiencing a rut in my life. I can’t begin to explain how things definitely took a turn for the better after that post. I really felt the power of sending out thoughts into the universe and I don’t know where to begin! I will attempt to briefly explain some of the events that took place over the last 5 days with matching visual aids (of course).

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetI received an email last Thursday (July 30) from a styling assistant from _________ Magazine, asking me if I was interested in doing a look for one of their October editorials. What great timing this was because prior to receiving the email, I was just saying that I needed to get more features/exposure for my portfolio. Even though Preview only gave me a week to make the outfit, I still said yes. You can see my design journey for this project and more here. Won’t go into details about the photo (except for the fact that the quilt was a BITCH to make!) since it pretty much speaks for itself. 🙂
Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetLast Tuesday, I headed over to San Juan for an internship/future job interview with an Art Gallery called Secret Fresh. I won’t expound on this but I did get to hang out at Starbucks Tomas Morato before my interview and to my surprise, a barista who I used to be close to (Hi Treb!) was at that branch! We caught up for a bit before I left for the interview. 

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After the interview with Secret Fresh, I went next door to Lunch Box where I had a hearty lunch. I couldn’t help but snap some photos of this place because it is goals and I was alone (lol).

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What I had for lunch: Roast Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Veggies. YUM YUM YUM!
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Really nice set up. Check out the handwritten menus!

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The current book I’m reading. I’m a real sucker for Self-Help books and books that are just P-R-E-T-T-Y so when I stumbled upon this beauty, I just HAD to have it! I bought a copy for myself and for Sandi (birthday gift). I got to read the introduction while I was queuing to pay and it sounds really promising. What better way to get out of a rut, am I right?

I’m currently 1/4 through this book and so far so good. It’s visually pleasing and the text is straight to the point. I always find that the best Self-help books are the ones that tell you the honest truth in the most direct way possible. The reality checks they give are eye-openers and usually inspire me to act straight away.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetI still have a TON of unused squares left so I made a laptop sleeve for Annie and a book cover for myself. I noticed that my copy of “Show Your Work” was a bit damaged whilst it was in my everyday bag and I certainly didn’t want a repeat of that with my new pretty book. I really liked how these DIY projects turned out. It was actually pretty easy to make since the operations are just sewing straight lines and matching edges. Let me know if you want me to do a detailed post about how to make these though. 🙂

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I went to another job interview this week! Never did I think that I would have the opportunity to have options. But more on this another day though but the future is definitely bright!

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Furry hood. The fur is faux though so nothing to worry about; no animals were harmed. This is a sneak peek of my look for ________! Can you guess what my inspiration/s is/are? HEH HEH.

Man, after all those weeks… months.. of waiting and waiting and waiting for something to happen, all the opportunities come knocking during the same week. August is definitely looking up for me and I really hope that this good luck streak lasts for as long as possible.