FASHION DESIGN TRADE & EXHIBIT INC

A fashion marketing and brand management company focusing on international sales, licensing and special projects that highlight ASEAN fashion designer brands, showcasing mainly established Philippine-based designers.

DESIGNERS


Amina Aranaz

Ann Ong

Cherry Veric

Chris Jasler

Dennis Lustico

Francis Libiran

Ivarluski Aseron

Jeffrey Rogador

John Herrera

Ken Samudio

Maco Custodio

Martin Bautista

Maureen Disini

Proudrace

Rajo Laurel

Rhett Eala

Rosanna Ocampo

Rosenthal Tee

Stacy Rodriguez

Vania Romoff

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DESIGNER'S PROFILE


IVARLUSKI ASERON

Ivarluski initially worked as a designer for Bobby Novenario Inc., an RTW and MTO company based in Manila, from 1998 to 1999. In November 1999 he joined the Philippine Fashion Design Competition and became a finalist, a feat which launched his career. In 2002 he became a finalist in another competition, the Mega Young Designers Competition. Acknowledged as an avant garde designer, he was voted MTV’s Revolutionary Designer of the Year in 2004. Four years later in the January 2008 Mega Fashion Awards honored him with the Fashion Designer of the Year for Evening Wear award.

He showed his collections at the Philippine Fashion Week from 2002 to 2005 as well as in shows with Alliance Francais de Manille from 2003 to 2005. Ivarluski was invited by the Philippine Daily Inquirer to exhibit his collection at its November 2005 show entitled Declaration. Later that month he was one of the featured designers at the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week. He again joined the KL Fashion Week in November 2007 which took place a few days after the Bali Fashion Week ’07 to which he was also invited. Ivarluski also did shows for the Metrowear series. Fashion Watch in November 2008 featured Ivar’s first solo show. In April 2010 the Philippine Daily Inquirer once again invited him to join three other designers for its show Face-Off. Aside from haute couture, he has also done work and exhibited collections as guest designer for Philippine Ready-to-Wear houses of Lulu Tan-Gan and Folded& Hung.

Ivarluski became a member of the Young Designers Guild in December 1999, becoming its Secretary in 2001, and its Vice President from March 2003 to February 2007. He is currently a member of the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines.

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RAJO LAUREL

One of the top Filipino fashion designers, Rajo Laurel's love for fashion is rooted in his early years, but it was in his young adulthood when his talent became truly apparent. His innate eye for fashion was enhanced through his training from New York Fashion Institute of Technology and Central Saint Martin's in London. Twenty-two years into his career, he has received several awards locally and internationally for fashion design and entrepreneurship. A celebrity in his own right, Rajo Laurel serves as a permanent judge on four seasons of Project Runway Philippines. His accomplishments have propelled him to the next step: a foray into the international market.

Rajo is passionate about his work, progressive, and very much a keen businessman. He heads Rajo Laurel Enterprise, a young design-driven company fueled with the ideology of elegance, romance, and luxury. The look is always modern and feminine, juxtaposing hard and soft elements. Though Filipino in origin and heavily influenced by his Asian roots, Rajo aims to maintain a Global Perspective in fashion.

It is the workmanship and artisan quality that makes Rajo Laurel's pieces distinct. Beautiful, sensible and also competitively priced. Standout details such as embroidery, beadwork and hand painted prints are incorporated to elevate the clothes into exceptional limited edition pieces. The sensibilities of Rajo Laurel's works are always new, organic, sensual, and meant to be admired as pieces of art.

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FRANCIS LIBIRAN

Francis Libiran studied Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas before pursuing a course in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines.

This A-List designer is the latest Filipino designer to be featured on Hollywood Supermodel Tyra Bank’s long-running reality TV show “America’s Next Top Model British Invasion.” His fabulous Hello Kitty Couture Collection, which was featured in the April 2012 episode of ANTM Cycle 18, was so impressive that it paved his way to design dresses and gowns for Tyra Banks herself which led her to be hailed ‘best dressed’ in many red carpet events.

Because of his international success, clients from high society and even the biggest stars of showbiz are now after his creations. He did not always realize he would design clothes, but he has always been creative and has always known the art of looking good and feeling great.

Francis Libiran stepped into another pedestal when he held his first fashion gala at the Grand Lobby of Manila Hotel, the oldest and historical luxury hotel in the Philippines, during its Centennial Celebration. On that once-in-a-lifetime event, Francis Libiran launched his ‘100 Collection’ making use of purely Filipino fibers such as pineapple and banana and embellishments such as mother of pearl.

Francis Libiran was also the highlight in the very first Canada Philippine Fashion Week in Toronto, Canada in June 2013 held at the Roy Thomson Hall where his work was presented in an elaborate exhibit and fashion show showcasing his 100 Collection.

In that same year, Francis Libiran was the lone representative of the Philippines in the annual fashion show in Tokyo, Japan, the Sakura Collection held at the Tokyo Tower. Francis Libiran perfectly executed his own rendition of Japan’s National Dress, the Kimono, infused with the Philippines’ Maria Clara which became the most-applauded collection during the festival.

Francis Libiran never stops to work on his own craft to bring pride, honor, and glory to the Philippines. In October 2013, Francis Libiran wowed international fashion crowds during Portland, Oregon's version of Fashion Week called “FashioNXT”. There, he premiered his Spring/Summer 2014 Collection. FashioNXT aims to anticipate what’s next in fashion and lifestyle.It is ranked as the number 1 show in the US, outside New York Fashion Week, according to Time Magazine.

Another feather to his cap, Francis Libiran gained new acclaim when he created the winning gown of Miss World 2013 Megan Young. After almost 50 years, the Philippines finally won the prestigious competition.

Francis Libiran was voted by Metro Magazine, the leading fashion and lifestyle magazine in the Philippines, to be their ’Metrowear Icon’ for 2013. Holding such title, he designed and created 100 wearable art pieces and presented it in an amazing fashion show attended by the biggest names in the fashion and high society held at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel Manila. Later on, a TV Special dedicated to him was aired on national television via the Lifestyle Network. He drew inspiration from his trip to Bangalore, India where he was captivated by the design details of the famous Bangalore Palace and the vibrant colors of its interior design.

Francis Libiran’s love for fashion started at an early age. His early experiences in dealing with fashion took place alongside with his mother Rebecca whose own sense of personal style and elegance became a major influence for him. Enamored by his love for fashion and art, Francis Libiran has pursued his dream of becoming a soldier for the arts, bringing pride, honor, and glory to the Philippines.

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DENNIS LUSTICO

One of the top Filipino fashion designers, Rajo Laurel's love for fashion is rooted in his early years, but it was in his young adulthood when his talent became truly apparent. His innate eye for fashion was enhanced through his training from New York Fashion Institute of Technology and Central Saint Martin's in London. Twenty-two years into his career, he has received several awards locally and internationally for fashion design and entrepreneurship. A celebrity in his own right, Rajo Laurel serves as a permanent judge on four seasons of Project Runway Philippines. His accomplishments have propelled him to the next step: a foray into the international market.

Rajo is passionate about his work, progressive, and very much a keen businessman. He heads Rajo Laurel Enterprise, a young design-driven company fueled with the ideology of elegance, romance, and luxury. The look is always modern and feminine, juxtaposing hard and soft elements. Though Filipino in origin and heavily influenced by his Asian roots, Rajo aims to maintain a Global Perspective in fashion.

It is the workmanship and artisan quality that makes Rajo Laurel's pieces distinct. Beautiful, sensible and also competitively priced. Standout details such as embroidery, beadwork and hand painted prints are incorporated to elevate the clothes into exceptional limited edition pieces. The sensibilities of Rajo Laurel's works are always new, organic, sensual, and meant to be admired as pieces of art.

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