Metro Society Feature

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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).

Feature

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

BTS 5/10

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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Manila Bulletin Feature

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Repost from SoFA Design Institute

When Timmy tweeted me a link this afternoon, her message was screaming “!!!!!! You are featured here!!!!!!!!”. Upon opening the link, it was Manila Bulletin’s feature of the Grad Show and The Origin of Love was part of their top picks! I’m ecstatic that someone from the press felt that way about the collection despite the wardrobe malfunction during the Press Show haha. Also, I’m very happy to see that amongst all my designs, they chose to blow up my blue jumpsuit look worn by Martin Tuanquin. Till this day, I thank my lucky stars that Martin came in for the Go See because we posted that we were looking for Androgynous models (we being me).

I’m happy to be ending this day with a happy note. Recto adventure, Cooking, Yoga and this ❤

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)

Graduate

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photo by JC Santiago

The last time I saw you, we just split in two

You were looking at me, I was looking at you

Favorite photo paired with my favorite lines from the original “The Origin of Love” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I have no words to express how moved I was by this song and how much it contributed to my graduation collection.

Thank you thank you thank you

The Origin of Love: My Graduation Collection

As much as I want to start describing every single detail about my collection, time will not permit me since I have to finish the actual garments first. So instead, I will leave you with a Youtube video of the story that started it all. I guess you can say that it’s a teaser of what is to come. Right after Grad show I promise to start posting my design process, the ups, the downs, and best of all, the actual show (which is already 2 weeks away from now !!).

Enjoy the video!

School Fair

I don’t know if I mentioned before but this year I am finally graduating (HOORAY!) after four long years in SoFA Design Institute. Graduation will be on the last week of March (crossing my fingers in hopes that the date will be finalised soon) and in preparation for that, the class decided to hold a school fair to raise funds for the show. It was here that I decided to test out an old unused roll of film that I found while picking up my cameras from the other condo. It was with this roll that I discovered the last remaining photo labs in Bacolod and the wonders of the Vivitar EZ35. I actually got a refund for the processing because they discovered that the film was expired and figured that it’d be a waste to complete the procedure (tsk tsk). It was after a couple of weeks that I decided to invest in a film scanner (which I bought from CDR King at P2800) that I finally got to see what the photos from the roll looked like. I was pleased with the outcome even if the photos were extremely grainy.

It was with this roll that I decided to get back on the film photography bandwagon.