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

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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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. 🙂

Patchwork and Nomadic Upholstery

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Yesterday I got an email from a Styling assistant from a popular Fashion magazine (that I will reveal soon) here in the Philippines, asking me if I was up to making a look for an editorial. Naturally I said yes since I needed more content to build a kick-ass portfolio to show potential schools so that I can finally pursue my MBA. The editorial will be based on the Fall/Winter 2015-2016 trends of Patchwork and Nomadic upholstery. The catch: the shoot will be on August 7, so I have to submit the look on August 6; that’s 6 days from now! I die.

Once I got over the initial shock, I had a million things going through my head of all the elements I wanted to incorporate into my look. Good thing ___________ sent me some pegs from the actual Fall/Winter shows and I got to say, WOW. I especially loved Dsquared’s Eskimo inspired collection.

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I was talking with Ralf about what to do with my look and we came up with the bright idea of having it Ewok and Eskimo inspired. So after scouring the mall for fabric, I gathered up my options and picked the ones that I would most likely be working with for this project. I got some really nice Missoni prints from Fanbi that I will definitely be using among other treasures. Getting excited over this because it’s something that’s totally different from the Origin of Love and frankly, I was getting tiresome of the neutrals.

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That’s it for now! Stay tuned for the next update on this project. 🙂

Also, going to Preview Magazine’s launch party tonight! It’s for their August issue which I’m actually in (kind of)!!! I’ve been waiting for this to come out since May! I’ll definitely post the article once I get my hands on a copy.

*Photo pegs sent to me through email. You can find them on Vogue France’s website

The making of Daddy D’s dress

Everything starts with an idea.

Sir Dan’s idea was basically the whole dress would be a blob that’s about to start reproduction. He didn’t actually say this to me of course, but that was how I understood the design. A puffed sleeve on the right with a cinched waist and tapered to the hem. When I looked at the sketch for the first time, a million and one ideas came rushing through my mind. That’s my favorite part of draping: figuring out how you’re going to execute the design. Something that I’ve learned in fashion school is that everyone has a different forte. There are a few lucky ones that’s the fashion equivalent of a triple threat (blessed in design, technical and business aspects of fashion) but not all of us were lucky enough to be born that way. Often, I see students design without thinking about how exactly they’re going to bring them to life. And closures. Why do people forget that the person who will be wearing your garment has a head above their shoulders? Please put a button or a zipper; ANYTHING that will open up the garment so that your model can easily slip it on. Please. Thank you.

-End of rant-

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So with all garments, I started out with a prototype.

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I don’t know why I look like a mess here. I swear I’m better looking than this
FInished prototype

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After a few adjustments and Sir Dan’s critique, I got to work on the actual. Sir Dan gave me gazaar to work with for this dress (which is his favorite fabric) and as I mentioned before, I was not able to finish the dress since I only had a day and a half. 

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This was the last photo I took with the dress. No sleep that night so excuse my tired eyes and pimply skin. Whoever said that fashion was easy should go jump off a building.

Favor to Daddy D

 

Last June, Sir Dan asked me to drape this dress for him since he was swamped with beauty pageants and weddings. I did 75% of the dress in less than 2 days. It was definitely hell since I didn’t expect the time pressure but I think it came out pretty well overall. :> 

Since I haven’t gone to school in months, I haven’t gotten the actual photos yet. Will be posting the step by step process in the coming days.

 

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