Life in VR Recap (my time working at Vania Romoff Inc.)

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Disclaimer: long post ahead.

I never talk about my day job; I guess I’m just a private-person like that. But since August 2015, I’ve been working at Vania Romoff Inc. which ended this week.

And before you ask: No, there is no vacancy at Vania Romoff Inc.! I already found and trained a perfectly capable replacement to take over my duties. But if you are interested in applying, you can send your resume to info@vaniaromoff.ph so that you can get an email if in case something opens up.

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Creature Comfort – Preview Magazine October 2015

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When Loris asked me to make an outfit inspired by “Nomadic Upholstery” earlier this year, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted a huge hood and something that showed that alot of effort and love went into the garment. Plus (faux) FUR FUR FURRRRRR.

This hooded vest/top/whatever definitely embodies my personality at best.

I was ecstatic to see that they used it more than once for the feature (that close up shot!!!). I had initially planned to create a collection based on this piece but of course, the plans have changed. Now I have something else planned and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Now I just have to start it.

But until then, stare at these photos, comment on my posts (tell me what you think!) and check out my other stuff. I truly appreciate any signs of human interaction so please feel free to leave a message! 🙂

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Photographed by JC Cerilla

Styled by Loris Peña

Art Direction by Vince Uy

Make up by Anthea Bueno

Hair by Ethan David

Model: Samantha Gomez

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I am so humbled to be a part of this group of inspiring and talented fashion creatives from SoFA. It’s odd to see my actual face on a glossy magazine page. I don’t know if I’ll ever get this opportunity again but if ever there is a next time, I’ll probably skip the heels and wear something more comfortable (a.k.a. more me).

First ever Mega Magazine Editorial – September 2015

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When I was first contacted by Nicole Ramos, a former SoFA student and currently a Stylist for Mega Magazine, I felt like I hit the jackpot. Mega Magazine is one of the top fashion magazines in the Philippines and I couldn’t help but get giddy by the fact that my designs would be a part of their big fashion issue! Everyone knows that the most important issue is September; all the publications give their all and lucky for me, I was going to be a part of it.

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Close up photo of a full outfit from my graduation collection that can be found in the magazine’s directory

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This was the first time that my pieces showed up more than once in an editorial/feature so you wouldn’t believe how excited I was when I finally got my hands on a copy last month! I love the fact that Mega went on location and brought my humble designs and shot it with this gorgeous backdrop.

I shared these photos on my personal Facebook account also and got a message from my best friend, Timmy which honestly, sums up what I had wanted for my collection.

Can I just say, and I’m not being biased, but your collection/designs are so simple but so versatile. I just thought of it after seeing them in different sets.

Versatile, honest and inspired: pretty much sums up what I envisioned for the collection and how I see myself. Hopefully, I get more opportunities to show more of my work and create even more.

Jasmine Curtis-Smith for Megastyle.ph

Hello all! September has been really good to me. I’ve been doing alot of things such as going back to the gym (ouch) and working full time for local designer, Vania Romoff. September is also the month of features! So a couple of months back, a stylist from Mega Magazine asked to pull out some of my clothes for two shoots; one for Mega Magazine and one for the Megastyle.ph (online counterpart of Mega Mag) cover story featuring Jasmine Curtis-Smith. They featured my all time favorite oversized fluffy white sweater.

You can read the article here: http://megastyle.ph/megastyle-ph-september-2015-jasmine-curtis-smith/

There’s also a link to download the magazine in the article so go! go! go!

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I don’t usually post anything work or fashion related on this blog but I felt that I had to make an exception for this. Last month, me and 9 other SoFA Alumni were chosen to be a part of a special feature by Metro Society for their September 2015 issue. Yesterday, the feature was finally released in our local bookstores and today, it blew up all over our small SoFA community.

Yes, that is me in the white suit. Besides the fact that I had nothing to wear (mostly because all my old clothes don’t fit anymore), it only seemed right that I break the norm and went as the only girl in a “suit”.

I read my Q&A portion and I couldn’t help but lol at how some of my answers were rephrased. More on that in another post.

If you’d like to read my or one of my fellow designers’s interviews, grab a copy and feel free to tell me what you think! 🙂

*Photo by Iza Berenguer

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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