In November 1999 Ivarluski Aseron gained prominence when he joined the Philippine Fashion Design Competition and became a finalist. In 2002 he became a finalist in another competition, the Mega Young Designers Competition. Acknowledged as an avant garde designer, 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. Ivarluski is known for his edgy yet ultra-feminine designs.
Considered to be one of the top Filipino fashion designers, Rajo’s DNA is best described as relevant, organic, sensual, and often admired as pieces of art. His innate eye for fashion was honed through his training from New York Fashion Institute of Technology and Central Saint Martin's in London. 24 years into his career, he has received several awards locally and internationally for fashion design and entrepreneurship. A celebrity in his own right, Rajo serves as a permanent judge on four seasons of Project Runway Philippines.
Francis Libiran’s love for fashion started at an early age. His experiences in fashion evolve alongside his mother’s own sense of personal style became a major influence for him. Francis finished his degree in Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas before pursuing a course in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines. His ethereal and feminine designs are highly sought after by local and international celebrities alike, including Tyra Banks who hand-picked Francis as the designer of choice twice for her highly popular reality TV show, America’s Next Top Model.
Dennis has had a long and illustrious career in the Philippine fashion industry that started in the early 2000s. He was a finalist for the Young Designer’s Competition held in Paris, France before being inducted as an official member of the Fashion Design Council of the Philippines. Since that time and after he became the President of the Young Designers Guild, he has taken an active role in the Philippine design industry and for decades is recognized as one of the most influential womenswear designers in the country.
John Herrera founded his couture line, Herrera, in 2008. Specializing in evening wear and special occasion wear for both men and women, the house launched their off-the-rack evening and cocktail wear during their 10th year anniversary celebration. In 2015, John launched his travel wear line in the International Fashion Showcase 2015 in London, UK. Following that, in October of 2015, they showed for the first time at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo. This 2016 John presented his Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection which was well-received in both Tokyo and London.
Proudrace is a Manila-based brand founded by Patrick Bondoc (Industrial Designer) and Rik Rasos (Stylist). Rooted from the underground and built with the balance of luxury and street style this contemporary label has built a brand that is unique and subscribes to no particular trend. Focused on wearable garments and re-interpreting traditional silhouettes into modern clothing, Proudrace is now sold around the world and continues to move forward with their own distinct style and DNA. Continuing their progress with constant refinement, producing clothing that is forward and relevant.
Masterfully rendering a mix of studied fashion craftsmanship with the raw, youthful creative spirit that is evident of talented Manila's rising stars, young fashion designer Rosenthal Tee has forged an up and coming label that reflects her feminine aesthetic with the defining details of structured sophistication.
In addition, she took further design studies around London, completing a Pattern/Cutting course at the London College of Fashion, as well as Jewelry Design and Textile Print Design courses at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. At the helm of Rosenthal's Manila base is her eponymous label, Rosenthal Tee. With the designer having studied and worked in different countries, as well as amassing an amount of personal travel experiences, Rosenthal Tee, the brand, embodies the soul and spirit of adventure. Rosenthal Tee is a wearable rendering of the designer's stories as a woman, done through luxury ready-to-wear pieces and bespoke eveningwear.
Every bag collection you see from Amina Aranaz mirrors the sensibilities of the designer. Steeped in the Milan design environment while studying at the Instituto Marangoni, Amina is guided by an inherit affinity for art, fashion and beauty. She has crafted and perfected that signature blend of polished and artisanal – the very combination that has made the label, Aranaz, some kind of mysterious boudoir frequented by the chic, the powerful and the cool of Manila.
Ann Ong is an international award-winning accessories designer whose collections comprise one-of-a-kind handcrafted metal bracelets, neck pieces and evening clutch bags -- objects of desire of every fashion lover. In June 2016, Ann was recognized as a Modern and Global Filipino in the MEGA magazine Pinoy Pride Awards Ceremony. She is also the first Filipina to win the Best Product Design in Sustainability at the winter New York Now show in January 2016. Ann rose to fame when her Binanig inspired clutch bag first won the Katha Award for Best in Design at the Manila Fame Trade show in October 2012. She has won 3 consecutive times in the highly prestigious Katha Awards from Manila FAME.
Jasler, who grew up in Concepcion, Tarlac, Philippines, hails from a family of hardcore master cutters. Before he ventured into launching his own fashion brand, he was a high-end male mannequin who made his way to ramp and print modeling in the Philippines, while completing his business administration degree. Jail Jeans now showcases a comprehensive denim line for both men and women.
Jeffrey Rogador has established himself as a read-to-wear designer in the Philippines. A Fine Arts graduate of University of Santo Tomas, he opted to pursue wearable art, and took up Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines. It was in 2004 when he joined the 6th edition of the prestigious MEGA Young Designers Competition and ended up as one of the six finalists. Jeffrey Rogador is known for his knack of combining his signature urban sporty aesthetic with practical functionality and wearability. Each year, Jeffrey turns heads on the runway with his youthful collections; JR by Jeffrey Rogador and under his own name.
When he started his career in 2007, Martin Bautista established himself through his feminine drapery and meticulous garment construction. This allowed him to be an instant favorite of young celebrities and influential personalities.
His creations are prominently featured in runway shows, magazine looks and editorials in the Philippines and in Asia.
In Spring-Summer 2011, he won the Prive Fashion Award for Best Collection. In 2014 he was nominated at the Fashion Asia Awards for Best Upcoming Fashion Designer.
In 2018, he was one of only three established designers featured by Stylefest.ph in a fashion show where he showcased his Holiday 2018 Collection.
Maco Custodio went into the Philippine Footwear Academy in Marikina as a scholar soonafter he graduated from college, and studied under UK designer Daniel Cotter before working for Rusty Lopez in the Philippines. Several years after, he furthered his studies in China and took-up pattern-making under another scholarship. From leather-working, molding, sewing, and even the mass production side of shoemaking, Maco continues to see it all. Armed with that knowledge and experience, Maco Custodio has been able to earn the respect of his peers in design, and is consistently recognized as a footwear and accessories brand.
Ken Samudio, a designer from the Philippines with a background in marine biodiversity, uses sustainable materials to give depth and color to coral reef-inspired accessories. His designs, which range from statement necklaces to box clutches, are currently carried exclusively at Artspace Dubai and in some other notable retail shops around the globe. Ken Samudio gained global acclaim when he was recruited by Vogue Italia’s senior fashion editor, Sarah Maino, for the Vogue Talents 2014 story.
Eala built a reputation for being a savvy ready-to-wear designer. One of his notable achievements is that he turned the Philippine map into an iconic logo that found its way on shirts, pants, shorts and bags. It was only a matter of time before others followed Eala’s lead and created their own version of the embroidered “map” shirt.
He studied textile design at Accademia Italiana in Florence for 3 years. Eala dreamt one day becoming a designer. He got his big break at home when, in 1990, Rustan’s offered him a chance to design for his own label, Due by Rhett Eala. He brought his internationalist perspective to Due, designing for teens in the beginning.
For the last two decades, the designer has garnered recognition and continued popularity through his eveningwear that have been donned by famous celebrities and beauty queens. In Manila, he is most known for being one of the most successful ready-to-wear designers
Rosanna Ocampo-Rodriguez’s work has earned her multiple accolades, gaining notice from fashionistas both here and abroad. The Rosanna Ocampo woman is fun, colorful, sexy, vibrant and confident – much like the designer herself.
A graduate of Istituto Marangoni in Milan, she not only focuses on designing clothing but also in creating resort and travel-inspired design pieces that give her collections a unique identity.
She is also not only the creative director of her own brand but also the president of her of own company Rosanna Ocampo, Inc. In 2014 Rosanna launched her eveningwear line called ORO. In recent seasons she has had successes in ready-to-wear via very remarkable and well-received luxury tops.
From fashion assistant to editor to designer, Maureen Disini’s career and evolution in fashion has spanned more than two decades now. She began as a fashion assistant for Mega Magazine then became the fashion editor of Philippine Tatler in the early 2000’s. She went to Milan's Istituto Moda Burgo in 2009, where she earned a diploma in Fashion Design and Pattern Making. She also took a course in Fashion Business at the Istituto Marangoni in 2011.
She describes her aesthetic as "classical" that shows simple, easy and feminine touches.
Vania Romoff hails from the metropolis of Cebu. With her family being so involved in the business of fashion -- from design to manufacturing, she stepped away from that shadow and decided to move to Manila and took up her formal education in School of Fashion and Arts after graduating from university.
At a young age, she has taken the industry's attention with her aesthetic that garnered her multiple recognitions from such organizations as CITEM, who awarded her the Manila Fame First Fashion Eco Design prize in 2009. She was also granted the locally-prestigious Preview Emerging Fashion Talent Award, with which she received reviews that landed her a line and collaboration with a fashion retailer at the time.
Vania describes her aesthetic as romantic and feminine while built on luxury and touches of whimsy. This is what sets her style distinctly from other designers.
Her collections have been featured on multiple editorials and have been worn by numerous local and regional influencers and style icons.
Stacy Rodriguez graduated with a degree from Parsons School of Design. Her work experience include stints with international fashion houses such as The Row and Badgley Mishka in New York.
Youthful and spirited, Stacy took the reins to start her own business and launched her fashion line named "Eustacia", (her birth name) in 2016. Her aesthetic is very eclectic and bohemian. Her pieces are easy-going but never too ordinary to wear.
Fashion Designer/Tailor based in Manila, Ph Part-time island boy.
Fashion Designer/Tailor based in Manila.
Restraint is apparent in this presentation. Viña's clothes are clean, linear, minimal, and sometimes even sculptural—like that maxi dress that closed the show. The dark blue of the straps contrast nicely against the beige of the dress and the model's skin to make it look like the fabric smoothly skims the model's figure.
Marc's show starts with grays that are cold and reserved, then bleeds red before turning black—with lots of skin-hugging pleather. There's a sense of angst in his clothes, but that isn't to say they're unrefined. Isn't there a tinge of rebellious unease when looking at Hedi Slimane's work? Marc is able to capture that in his collection.
Color comes alive with Ron's use of digitally printed fabrics. The prints are reminiscent of Alexander McQueen's Plato's Atlantis, but Ron pairs them with jewel tones in pieces that are uncomplicated—a box jacket, a pair of cropped skinny pants, a sheer pencil skirt, a loose cropped tee, a snap-closure top. The overall effect is an accessibility that makes it ready for the store shelf.
Cherry Veric is from Ibajay, Aklan and is a formal wear designer who used to work in Saudi Arabia and China. He is a renowned celebrity and beauty queen fashion designer, a finalist of Project Runway Philippines Season 2.
He is known for emphasizing the sexiness of female clavicles and has a trademark baroque sensibility—embellished in the most tasteful way, augmenting and complementing his choice monochromatic base. He works with delicate hands on equally delicate dresses, he loves asymmetry and glamour.