Friday, September 30, 2011

Greek-Inspired Michael Cinco Collection

A year after his colleague Furne One drew raves for his Alexander McQueen-esque collection, it will be the turn of another Philippine Fashion Designer based in the Middle East, Michael Cinco, to shine as he presents a 40-piece collection in the annual Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Fashion Gala on October 16 at Makati Shangri-La’s Rizal Ballroom.
Inspired mainly by his recent travel to Greece, particularly Athens and the remote island of Santorini, the collection is a play on soft and hard, rigid and fluid elements. “It can be anything, from the statues to the columns, as well as colors and barely seen details of elements I chanced upon during my travels,” said Cinco, who’s been based in Dubai since the late ’90s. “The sources are endless, to be honest.” Cinco, who was attending to a client in neighboring Abu Dhabi, replied to our questions through e-mail.

Color as transition
“In my heart of hearts, I feel that I descended from some Greek god or goddess, which probably explains my fascination with Greece. It has been an endless source of inspiration for me,” he said. Instead of grouping his pieces into suites, Cinco uses color as transition—from neutrals such as light gray to white and black, to bolder, more vibrant yellow, orange and red. “It’s not about whether they’re short or long dresses,” he added. “I don’t want to make the usual and predictable day dresses and evening gowns.”
The show is all about giving Manila fashionistas an idea of how to wear, Cinco said, “my vision.” He also wants to give them the freedom to mix and match his pieces with clothes by other designers, depending on their mood. The plan is to devote the first segment to daywear with short, flowing chiffon dresses, and men’s suits and jackets. Beaded evening gowns will dominate the second segment; the final segment will be wedding gowns. “I want people to see a more wearable collection,” he said. “For sure, there will be embellishments. I’m toying with the idea of using porcelain and black mirror.”

He’ll also use laser-cut ceramics, acrylic and mother-of-pearl shells on jackets and short dresses. Cinco will also unveil “out-of-this-world” prints—actually minute embroideries and sequins. But the pressure, he admitted, is on. Cinco, who had the chance to show his range as a designer a few years ago in Philippine Fashion Week, acknowledges that this will be his biggest show in Manila. “I’m excited and nervous at the same time, as I’m showing to a different audience,” he said. “I’m flattered as well because Tessa (Prieto-Valdes) and Kaye (Tinga) gave me the chance to showcase my collection to raise funds for a worthy endeavor.”

Fourth year
This is the fourth year Valdes and Tinga are co-chairing the event to raise P3 million for the benefit of PNRC Rizal Chapter and Assumption High School Class of ’81 Foundation. Tickets are at P10,000 per seat. Tables are also available at P100,000 each for groups of 10. The show’s main presentor is Megaworld, with Audi, Etihad Airways and Smart Infinity. Other sponsors are Sun Life Financial, HSBC, Pond’s, Resorts World Manila, Makati Shangri-La and Fila. “I have been working on my collection for months now,” Cinco shared. “But welcome breaks such as my travels have helped me to evolve the concept. When I finally did my mood board, I coordinated with the director to discuss the concept in detail.” This year’s show will be directed by Ariel Lozada and styled by Noel Manapat. Patrick Rosas and his team will do the models’ hair and makeup.
Comparisons between him and One are also in order. Cinco is ready for centerstage. “I must say that Furne did an amazing collection last year,” he said. “Furne and I respect each other. I’m so happy for him that Filipino audiences accepted his work. I hope they do the same to me. After all, I’m also a Filipino who simply wants to take part in this worthy project.” Cinco grew up in Samar with images of Hollywood goddesses Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn swimming in his head.

Their public personas, magnified a thousand times by their fabulous outfits, and his lush rural surroundings inspired him to go into fashion. By 1988, Cinco was a fine-arts scholar. He took up fashion courses at Slim’s in 1991 before becoming a designer a year later doing hotel and office uniforms for a Japanese firm. Encouraged by a friend to try his luck in Dubai, then a booming financial and cultural hub in the Middle East, Cinco made the big move in 1997. His first job proved to be daunting, as he was tasked to change the image of a big but slightly staid fashion house. Word soon spread of how good he was, and before long, Dubai’s fashionable women were beating the path to his door. Rather than sit on his laurels, Cinco left Dubai for a yearlong sabbatical in London and Paris to soak up the fashion scene and study special fashion courses at Central Saint Martins.
He went back to Dubai in 2003 to open his own couture house. As creative director of Michael Cinco Haute Couture, he caters mainly to women in need of elegant, one-of-a-kind wedding gowns and evening dresses.
Apart from being a regular at Dubai Fashion Week, Cinco has had the chance to show his pieces to international audiences during such events as Swarovski 7even and Miami Fashion Week. His clothes have also been worn by celebrities, including British pop singer Lilly Allen and American socialite and recent Manila visitor Paris Hilton. Most recently, Cinco’s “eco-couture” creations were featured in the latest season of “America’s Next Top Model,” impressing host Tyra Banks and judges Nigel Barker and Andre Leon Tally.
“I’ve been designing for more than 20 years now,” he said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else other than fashion.”
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Kermit Tesoro: Footwear Collection for Philippine Fashion

Young Philippine Fashion designer Kermit Tesoro gained fame in the international fashion scene as his tall, heel-less shoes strutted the London Fashion Week runway this month. Tesoro's heel-less wedges and skull heels were featured in the Spring/Summer 2012 collection of French-born designer Florian Jayet, who was part of the Fashion Mode show of the Vauxhall Fashion Scout last Sept. 17.
 Tesoro has a degree in Visual Communications from the University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Fine Arts.  His footwear collection, which comes in different designs like heelless wedges, stilettos, and booties -- are available online, with prices ranging from $300 to $800.

He also took up Fashion Design in the Fashion Institute of the Philippines, and Fashion Marketing at the School of Fashion and the Arts.  Tesoro has graced three consecutive Philippine Fashion Week events from 2009 to 2011. Jayet, on the other hand, is a former intern for the famed British fashion designer.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weaving the Future of Philippine Fashion

A mini fashion show with modern Filipino designs by FDCP members and past Philippine Fashion Design Competition winners using local weaves like piña, jusi, abaca, etc. was presented to the press, along with “Weaving The Future” ambassadors Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez and Mons Romulo.
The “Weaving the Future” competition is comprised of several stages, the first of which required applicants to submit design entries (three design entries of a 3-5 piece mini collection for apparel, and three design entries of a single piece for accessories/ home decor).  Applicants were also asked to submit a developmental business plan that includes materials used, positive impact on the community, projected profits, etc.  The aim is to develop designers who are not only talented, but who are aware of the social and environmental impact of their designs.
The 10 design finalists for APPAREL are:

  1. Benjie Pascual Alvarez
  2. Concordio Sison Sajorda, Jr.
  3. Genesis Bundalian Alcantara
  4. Harold Victor Galgala Dominguez
  5. Marian Villanueva Andrada
  6. Mark Archibal Cagadoc Tamayo
  7. Nino Dominic Melo Angeles
  8. Noelle Marfori Llave
  9. Pristine Joyce Silao De Guzman
  10. Roland Rense Hernandez Alzate

The 10 design finalists for ACCESSORIES are:

  1. Adante Landicho Leyesa
  2. Chynna Roxanne Rosejos Gonzalez
  3. Earl Carlo Patano Gariando
  4. Heidrun Milan
  5. Joseph Paul Quismorio Villarosa
  6. Kristal Leen dela Cruz de Guzman
  7. Maria Esperanza Victoria Bautista Balingit
  8. Mark Archibal Cagadoc Tamayo
  9. Roselyn Cabalang Fortus
  10. Wanda Trixi Panopio Bandojo

Last Monday, September 19, 2011, FDCP presented its top 20 design finalists (top 10 for fashion and top ten for fashion accessories) at the Jump Center, 4th Floor, Mega Mall. 
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Shamcey Supsup Our Pride in Miss Universe 2011

After a very intriguing finale, Miss Universe 2011 was crowned at the ceremony in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Congratulations to Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup for winning 3rd runner up in Miss Universe 2011, she went there and stood with lots of confidence and its awesome that she did very well especially in showcasing Philippine Fashion.
And congratulations to Ms. Angola Leila Lopes for winning Miss Universe 2011, Ms. Ukraine 1st runner up Olesia Stefanko, Ms. Brazil 2nd runner up and Ms. China 4th runner up!
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Philippine Fashion Showcased at Star Magic Ball 2011

Star Magic talents and guests showcase how trendy the Philippine Fashion is during the Star Magic Ball 2011 held last Saturday, September 3 2011 at the Peninsula Hotel, Makati City.
Seen at the Fashion event were ABS-CBN's bright stars and a lot of their upcoming talents looking all dolled up like Katheryn Bernardo, Julia Montes, Queenie Padilla, and Lauren Young. Things got a little more interesting when Heart Evangelista, walked in looking glamorous in a dress by Inno Sotto. The crowd went abuzz as soon as the network's three biggest couples walked in—Zanjoe Marudo with Bea Alonso, KC Concepcion with Piolo Pascual, and Shaina Magdayao with John Lloyd Cruz.

Here are some of the photos taken from the Star Magic Ball 2011.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Fashion Fever at Fever Luxe Lounge

Fever Luxe Lounge’s Tim Yap, GP Reyes, JM Rodriguez and Stephen Ku recently launched “Fashion Fever”, a weekly Philippine Fashion event that presents Manila’s hottest up-and-coming Philippine Fashion designers and their latest creations. The stylish and beautiful came together to celebrate fashion and fever in a fabulous party that went on until the wee hours. Among the designers who showcased their work were alumni and students from the Fashion Institute of the Philippines (FIP), Frou Frou, Tonic Shoes, Wyred Swimwear and Jean Hill. Fashion Fever is home to local fashion designers and their muses, making Fever Luxe Lounge Manila’s newest and hottest fashion hub.

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