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

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.

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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

Patchwork and Nomadic Upholstery

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Burberry RTW F/W 2015-2016

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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Burberry RTW F/W 2015-2016
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Dsquared Fall/Winter 2015-2016
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Etro RTW F/W 2015-2016

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 Origin of Love: Moodboard

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I remember when I first started planning my collection, I was lost. I had no idea what my clothes would look like, HOW I wanted them to look like; much less how I was going to execute them. However, I knew that they had to be a physical translation of my message which was equality for all. It sounds a bit cliché especially since it’s one of the most talked about topics this past couple of years but I felt that above anything else, my art had to translate how I really felt about serious subject matters. Coming from International Studies (my course in DLSU), it’s already embedded into my framework that everything we do should be for a greater good.

In SoFA, there is a step-by-step guide as to how you begin a collection; the first being create a moodboard. I didn’t realize it at the time but my moodboard was a big help throughout my journey. I referenced it countless of times while I was sourcing materials, planning my designs and deciding on the overall feel of my presentation.

You’ll find here my color palette (various shades of nudes and accent colors), my target market and the story of my concept. Since my idea was to create an army of in betweeners, my colors were toned down because I didn’t want to have anything that was associated with the genders (male and female). This was particularly difficult because alot of colors are associated with men ( most commonly blue) and women ( most commonly pink). I then included images of the people I took inspiration from and who I was designing for. I chose Tilda Swinton and David Bowie. During my research period, I read loads of articles on them and found that both of them struggled with body image growing up since they looked neither very feminine or very masculine (hence army of in betweeners). I studied on their personal styles and even came to the point of the ultimate commitment: cutting my hair to match Tilda Swinton’s. Upon doing this, I had cemented my full time commitment to my concept; to my cause. It was the best decision I had ever made.

This moodboard is actually not my first. I had to scrap out the other because during my design process, I decided to take a whole new direction so in turn, the first draft had to go.

(to be updated)