Review: Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion

I have fell in-love with fashion ever since my Mom bought my first fluffy princess cut dress for my 5th birthday. It was a black dress, with white lace on the hemline, with printed while polka dots and strawberries. Geez I felt and looked confident wearing that dress! And I knew from then that fashion would be part of my life.

For years, I learned to sew my own dresses and get familiar with various fabrics. I was that little girl who prefers to hang out with my old Grandma (she was a dressmaker in town) under her cutting table, and collecting those scrap fabrics I could found, and make my own little dresses for my dolls.
I didn’t pursue a career in fashion as I found my sewing passion just a hobby, and been focused on other passions I have.

But that didn’t fade my excitements whenever I got invited to numbers of fashion shows, and exhibits in the city. And each time I stumbled some free exhibitions at the malls like SM Aura Premier, I always make sure that I pay them a visit.




Each year, students from Fashion Design and Merchandising of De La Salle-College Saint Benilde hosts their graduation with fashion show and exhibitions showcasing their graduation pieces. This year’s culminating activity entitled “Sinulid” (a Tagalog term which means, “sewing thread”) presenting these budding designers’ individuality through their creative designs. I admit that these young designers have their unique taste and voices, some patronizes the use of traditional fabrics, and some even uses their designs to voices out their political views (ehem). It’s been awhile when I made a blog critic for fashion, and I think this is the time I continue sharing it.


Maria Katrina

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
First, I like that clothing brand that is named after a sophisticated and stylish lady. Maria Katrina, reminds me of that jetsetter lady who loves to spend her long weekends in the luxurious Phuket resort, bringing her favorite girlfriends, and of course her personal photographer. The asymmetrical designs, paired with ruffles, and mixing of fabrics brings a bold and stylish piece. Maria Katrina aims every muse to wear unique pieces, which you will never caught repeating wearing her clothes.


Phyllis by Secosana

As an heiress to an established bag brand that is worn and loved by most Filipinos, Phylis Secosana goes beyond the brand with a new fashion line that she named after herself, Phillis by Secosana. It is indisputable that she years to make a name for herself in the cutthroat industry of fashion. Her preference of comfortability in clothes and pop-up patches makes her brand different and unique.

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
Coming from a trip to Japan, she immediately fell in-love with the endearing country. She was specifically inspired by Japan’s infamous cuisine which is also without a doubt her favorite cuisine. Substantial to her collection are oversized silhouettes. She constructed famous Japanese foods such as sashimi and ramen as embroidered patches and strategically sewed them onto the garments. Her collection and brand exudes contemporary yet cute omen which resembles to her personality and target market.

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
I like how the designer combines her passion with fashion, foods, and Japan culture in one. Most sushi chefs wears black clothing and if she will dress a sushi chef, this could be a perfect one. But I would like it to be in a more bold color, like royal blue or hot pink! Contact: phyllis.secosana17@gmail.com


Ansuelta

Created by the young Filipino Designer Anna Galang, Ansuelta collection uses organic fabrics imported from India, and uses natural dyes like cochineal and coffee pulp to achieve certain colors. Her collection was inspired from the photographs in the Philippines during the 1900s.

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion

I have a secret penchant for loose silhouettes that could covers my alluring bodice, and I also discovered that my boyfriend also have fondness with clothing taste. It is impressive that the designer uses sustainable fabrics, which makes these pieces more valuable not because of the designs per se, but also the stories behind of each fabrics. The choices of colors are also pleasing to the eyes.



Eros

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
I admit that it is refreshing to see young designers uses our traditional Filipino clothing silhouettes to their designs, and always applaud on how creative they become. But I was taken aback when I came to see it closer – the designer implies that this collection is inspired by Filipino women through hardships and many challenges, and the current events happening in the country even printed some both statements (most from the local broadsheet) depicting the current leader of the country. It truly contradicts to what is the true Filipino women are. The designer is making a statement that a modern Filipina is independent, powerful and do whatever her hearts to. I admire the boldness of the designer, but being political in the sense and attaching it to what a Filipina should be is such a huge turn-off.

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
A dress represents for who you are, and wearing these pieces not only attracts a bold statement, and also bringing a negative representation for who you are as a citizen. I’ll pass, and put that dresses off the shelves. It is such a shame to use our traditional Filipina clothing and attached some garbage thoughts, duh.


VIA

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
VIA is a brand that features designs exclusively and handcrafted by Filipino T’boli tribe. The brand is all about local artisans, fabrics and the Philippines’ rich history and great potential. It is to showcase the textile and artisan products from Mindanao and highlighting her hometown, South Cotabato.

The brand aims to promote clothing by exhibiting intricate patterns and color combinations that are recognizably local and some, even tribal. The uniqueness of the designs and the labor of love that goes to every piece are some of the brand’s formula. I will give the designer a hundred claps for taking pride of her native fabric and designs. Bravo, girl!


KiTAi_

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
I remember somehow in Japan editorial news how the bright district of Harajuku is starting to fade away and being replaced by the practical designs of Uniqlo. Harajuku fashion is a subculture that’s been in Japan for many years, and inspired many people from all over the world. It would be a huge sadness if this subculture will just fade away easily. Fashion is a self-expression, a statement you want to convey, and KiTAI_ seems trying to save that. I like how the designer make these pieces quirky and wearable, especially that signature transparent skirt will pom pom details. 




Ette Nora

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
These pieces showcase how versatile they are and can be your favorite pieces even not in the beach or pool. The designer make it fun and empowered, making all ladies feel proud of their pieces.


XANDRIA

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
If you miss the 60’s fashion then this collection will give you much love. The bold colors and geometrical designs screams your parent’s hippest lifestyle that is waaayyy different than ours. Seriously, you should get one of this and make your Momma proud.


Honey Lim

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
If you are a fan of resort wear with alluring silhouettes and detailed embroidery, I bet Honey Lim’s designs will be pleasing to your taste. I adore how she make each embroidery fun, vibrant, and wearable. These dainty pieces are so adorable and would be wearable all year round.



Monica Rae

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
We will going for a once in a lifetime luxury getaway and it would be a shame if we will bring our old bikini. A luxury getaway should be memorable and stylish experience, thus having a piece of Monica Rae in your luggage is a must. I like how she lusty accessorized the bikini with intricate beadings and pearls, perfect for your getaways somewhere in the Caribbean. And of course, your kumara from the States will oozing with envy while watching your IG stories.


Lois

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
If you are still in the mood for tutus and Lolita-look, I bet this one from Lois would be your next eye-candy. Just make sure your little doggy knows it’s not for his pleasure.


Barbasa

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
For strong women and gender fluid sisters, this collection is a promising look. This is something that I could wear during a one-in-a-blue-moon partying with my French boyfriend, and get naughty after. (*wink). Where is my baton?!




I.La

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
This clothing brand brings Filipino artistry into the modern world. The designs and silhouettes are highly inspired by the past especially from the costumes of the early 20th century, and emphasizes the use of callado embroidery of Taal, Batangas.

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
These intricate traditional embroidery makes these pieces more especially and would last for many years, and a perfect heirloom for your kin, if you take good care of them.


AM

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
Pink will never goes out of style, also the hand painted fabrics. This collection reminds me of my preppy years back in college, lady who is a favorite of most even that notorious grumpy Guidance Counsellor, because of her cuteness of smart-and-cute outfit that aces every exams. Ah I miss those days! And I wish many ladies prefers this kind of silhouettes.


ARIE

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
Athleisure is becoming a huge trend nowadays, that even non-athlete princess can be seen wearing these fashion. However, if you want to look sporty feminine, then this ARIW pieces would be something you might considered having. I like that embroidered cheery blossoms designs on their sporty pink jacket, which can be wear in any season.


Margarita

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
Having a sophisticated name, Margarita collection is something that are worth investing and would last for many seasons. Its classic designs and cuts makes the wearer more feminine and stand out from the rest. Those embroideries also makes the whole collection fresh and alluring.


R'Maya

Sinulid Exhibition 2018 at SM Aura Premier, Philippine local fashion designers, millennial fashion
This local brand is another tribute to one of our local and traditional clothing. This dress with beaded sarimanok design is very luxurious that would be hard not to get noticed by your amigas.


I might be a little bias for designers who advocates local and traditional designs, because we must. We have many talented creative, and it’s time for us to promote our local ideas and make it known globally. Create something that are timeless and worth investing, and stories behind every pieces so that buyers worth regret swiping their visa cards for you. Set aside your political views coz nobody wants to wear that.

How about you, which designs are you favorites?

xoxo, Blair






138 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. Wonderful they give fashion students a chance to show their work. Fashion industry is so interesting and confusing all at the sometime. I would not find high fashion like this in the area I live, still enjoy seeing it.

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    1. There are many creative talents here in Asia particularly here in the Philippines. Some of these students are already earning from their works before they even graduated. IT is always fascinating to see new collections from new buds of designers.

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  2. How fun! I'm really big on classic looks, so some of the wild and out there fashions don't really do it for me. Of these, I think I like the center dress of Barbasa the best.

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  3. StylishMama (Liza)August 20, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    I would love to wrap myself in that pink ansuelta coat!!!!!!

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  4. Wow! It is so nice that you sew your own clothes. I have been wanting to learn sewing for a while now and I really need to take some serious steps about it!

    xo Corina
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    1. Yeah I learned from my Mom and many Aunties. That's why this kind of exhibition always makes me excited.

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  5. Good that fresh talents are getting chance to showcase their work. Otherwise it is always opposite. And you can get the best part, if sale happens you are on right track. You should come to India, there is a demand for these kind of exhibitions.

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    1. Wow I would love to! I will visit soon and to discover many talents and creative designs.

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  6. Interesting looks.
    I love that designers have a platform to showcase which is so important.
    I think we need this more around the world to encourage talent.

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    1. I agree. There are many talents that needs to boost and be recognized with their works.

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  7. The exhibition looks so interesting! I would soo spend my time there and give it a close inspection. Thanks for detailed review btw, very nice shots.

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    1. You're welcome and I'm glad that you ladies like it.

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  8. This is soooo good. You know so much about designers. I could only wish that I knew as much. I would love to design and make my own clothing!

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    1. Thanks Melissa. Actually I only know a few, but I'm glad that this mall in my area always features creative talents. It's a mall cum-gallery :D

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  9. Phylis Secosana look like a fun brand, I like how there are big print of sushi in the clothes. Very unique indeed.

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    1. Hahaha I know right, I might be biased coz I love sushi :D

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  10. The Via collection is gorgeous. I love bold shapes and patterns on clothing.

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  11. I like the Asian-inspired dresses they have. Looks so fab!

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  12. The fashion is so different! Wow how beautifully bold Ide love to see in person.

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    1. I agree. Pity the designers are not around, I could have interviewed them.

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  13. Oh, such a great way to showcase the talents of fashion students. Judging by the photos you took, their designs look so fab!

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    1. Thank you! I hope that many talents will continue to inspire to share their talents.

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  14. I loved via and xandria. It's nice to see everyone's style when it comes to design and clothing.

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    1. Thank you! I do hope they all become successful one day!

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  15. Those sure are some interesting fashions. I really like the little XANDRIA dresses.

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  16. My wife would totally love some of these dresses. I am going to show her.

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  17. These are some fun clothes. I really like all the colors here. You can find so much cool stuff!

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  18. What lovely looks! I love seeing up and coming fashion designers and their new ideas. I especially like the ruffles on the first blue dress. So pretty!

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  19. This looks like a fantastic exhibition to attend. I really like the I.LA collection but they are all amazing.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I'm just glad that I visited the mall for my grocery shopping and saw this exhibition.

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  20. Wow there is some gorgeous stuff there, what a great place to visit. But that sushi print is fabulous!!

    Jackie (Organised Mum Life)

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    1. I know right?! Would be nice to see a sushi chef wearing this!

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  21. Fashion is a passion for me as well. This looks like such a fantastic event to attend!

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  22. I think most of us girly girls fell in love with fashion early on. I too loved dressing up like a princess and sipping pretend tea and being dainty and fancy. These pieces are so original and fashionable!

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    1. Yeah, and I understand how tough the competition in the fashion industry. You have to be authentic and have guts to make it.

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  23. This looks like such a wonderful exhibition to attend. I love the colors and options. I love that you were able to attend and share with us.

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    1. Its just by chance Brandy. My agenda was to shop for my weekly grocery, and before I exited the mall I saw this exhibition.

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  24. Those tutus seem a bit much, but I really love some of the other styles! Never heard of these designers before.

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    1. If they can make these tutus for kids size, I think it will be cute :D

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  25. Great fashion lines! I do like the Aerie and VIA pieces you highlighted the best.

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  26. It sure looks like an interesting brand. Loved their designs. I showed them to my wife and she agrees too!

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  27. Wow this exhibition had some really cool outfits. With all that beautiful designs and prints I would totally go mad in there :D

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  28. Interesting looks. It is so nice that you sew your own clothes. I know sewing, but nobody can wear it.

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    1. Yeah, my Mom thought me well. It's our bonding moment.

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  29. Some of these are gorgeous! Would love to take a better look at the brand!

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  30. Wow! It is so nice , I enjoy seeing it Interesting looks, its really good , i like designer clothes it's a right way to encourage your talent.

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  31. I really appreciate this glimpse into fashion. Especially, from lesser known designers. I’m a huge fan of that bikini!! Hot!!

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    1. That bikini is sooo luxurious! Perfect for a pool party :D

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  32. This looks awesome! I love fashion so I'd be all over this.

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  33. Fascinating to see! they're so colorful and pleasing to look at!

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  34. All of these outfits and styles are SO cute! I wish I could find this style in the United States. Great excuse to travel!

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    1. Oh please visit the Philippines. We have tons of creative designers for your disposal :D

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  35. Those are some amazing pieces!!! I've never been to a fashion exhibit before!

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    1. It was so nice that the mall near my place serves like a gallery as well.

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  36. That is such a great post. I.LA looks the coolest brand to me, it look very elegant and confident. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. All of these looks are so very pretty! I really love how chic they all are.

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    1. Thank you Becca, I will share more creative designers soon!

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  38. wow, nice designing. i love colours selection. great platform for students to show their talent.

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    1. I agree. And it was nice for this grandeur mall to showcase them :D

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  39. I like Eros. I love their style and cloth! I would love to buy a dress from Eros one day.

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    1. I like Eros designs, sans the designer's political views.

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  40. What a fun exhibition! I love going to event like this. Thanks for sharing so many designers clothing. My favorite has to be Honey Lim. Pretty embroidery!

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    1. Honey Lim designs are awesome, fun and girly for the summer :D

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  41. Some of those styles are crazy. I do love the XANDRIA dresses

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  42. What bold pieces! You can definitely make a statement with any one of these looks! I am drawn instantly to the tutu look - so fun!

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  43. this looks like so much fun! i love exploring new fashion designers! xo, natalie http://nataliastyleblog.com

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    1. Yeah and this is better than flipping the magazine pages :D

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  44. These are really beautiful clothing designs. I love local and traditional too!

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    1. I admire their creativity, how I wish I sew dramatically like them, hahaha

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  45. As a fashion lover, this post got my attention. I am so loving the designs. They are so stylish and stunning.

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  46. These are trendsetting collections for sure. What I found to be the most unusual were the swimsuit coverups.

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    1. Yeah, and looks cute though. I think the cover-up can be use for other outfit as well.

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  47. Love to know that they import material from India, love the design and idea of ANSUELTA

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    1. That's great. Many Filipino designers also supports artisans from India :D

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  48. These are really stylish pieces. I love all of them showcasing their unquestionable talents.

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  49. What a wonderful post! This looks so cool, I'd love to see for myself. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  50. Those Monica Rae suits are gorgeous and I love the details on the Honey Lim pieces. So many different, but amazing styles here. Love it!

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  51. Those young talents are creative and do bring in new ideas and taste. I love Maria Katrina design, not to bright, just plain and simple

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    1. Classy design and I bet would never goes out of style.

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  52. These designs are really impressive! We should really patronize local brands:)

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  53. I love Japan and their sense of style is fab too. Thank you for sharing!!

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  54. That Filipino taste when it comes to clothing, a combination of style, femininity and sophistication. I will visit this store when i get the chance.

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    1. Thanks Agnes! Hope they exhibit to other malls as well.

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  55. Wow...those Japanese food inspired designs look really out of this world. It will take someone bold to don this special clothes. :D You will look yummy for sure.

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    1. Yeah and we know somebody who will swag this outfit :D

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  56. How cute you made your own dresses, childhood memories are so special!! This exhibition sounds like a fab one for fashion and fabric lovers!

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    1. Thank you Chi Chi. I think if I gave focus on my sewing passion, maybe I could join this kind of exhibition too. But fashion and designing school is expensive! So I hold that thought for a moment and just practice it on my own.

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  57. Some lovely designs on display there, love the XANDRIA most can see the creativity.

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    1. I agree. I like that classic graphic, its so disco!

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  58. wow i love how they potray the swimsuit pieces.
    Japan has a very chic sense of style, loving it.

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  59. Are you sure they are just students??? Oh my... They are really great!!!
    I think I should have read more about your fashion write up... I totally have no sense in fashion...

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  60. Beautiful dress by EROS. Suitable for dinner wear and I love the sweet colour.

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  61. OMG!The exhibition looks so awesome Blair. As someone who also loves fashion, attending such an event would be awesome. Even so, I love Monica Rae..those outfits are so beautiful!

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  62. Gorgeous and unique designs. All of these are super high fashion and editorial. Love it!

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  63. I love the honey Lim collection. So adiffernt. I agree local talent must be supported.

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    1. Thank you Astrid. Her collection is truly one of a kind.

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  64. Fashion seems to be huge in the Philippines. And through your blog, I can see how trendy and forward your local designers are. Seriously, they are at par with international designers.

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    1. I agree. However, not many of them are getting support. I heard that some are being dragged down by other famous designers because of competition.

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  65. The Ansuelta collection is my favourite because of the organic and natural label. Love the flowing fabrics too.

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    1. I agree, and I like that their fabrics are organically made.

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  66. What a fun event for new designers. I didn't know about this. I really liked XANDRIA.

    Madelain | http://www.wheremyheartwanders.com

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    1. Her collection reminds me of parties and I love it!

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  67. Definitely an eye opening experience, there's so many unique and pretty design in this Sinulid Exhibition!! I love PHYLLIS BY SECOSANA design which they have cute sushi food on the outfit.

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    1. Yeah that's true. Her family is the known brand of mid-range fashion bags in the Philippines.

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  68. This fashion show is very good in giving the opportunity of fashion design students to try their talents and showcase their talents for public viewing. for those who are interested in fashion designs may enter the course provided by De La Salle-College Saint Benilde.

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    1. I agree. And I hope many would support these local talents.

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  69. Do you have a picture of yourself as a 5yr old in that dress?
    Glad to know your grandma is a seamstress and you learnt of all fabrics & sewing.
    Glad to see the works of these amazing young minds.

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