Designs by: Jamie Chua
Photography by: Erwin Canlas
Make up and Hair by: Slo Lopez
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.
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.
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!
This is a late post (because I forgot to post it when it first came out) but I was contacted early April for a feature in StyleBible.ph! I was really happy to do this especially since I got featured with my friends Sylvia, Bengt, and Mark. The feature was of Kiana Valenciano wearing selected SoFA graduates’ pieces. They actually switched up my first two looks but it turned out pretty okay. The photographs were done by Koji Arboleda (my dream photographer huhu) so this feature is extra special.
You can read the feature here.
Really excited to share that there will be a Lookbook for my Graduation Collection! 🙂 When Erwin and Julls first approached me to collaborate for a shoot, I immediately said yes! It took a while (around 3 months to be exact haha) before we finally got to shoot but last week, we finally got together (along with the beautiful Sofia and Slo the make up artist) and made it into a reality! The photos are currently going under post-processing c/o Erwin but they’ll be up soon soon soon!
For now, here’s a sneak peek that I posted on my Instagram account:
I feel so blessed to have been able to work with such creative and talented individuals. It’s exciting to be a part of this growing community of young artists in Manila. Hoping for more opportunities like this in the future.
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 ❤
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)
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