In “Face-Off: A Cut Above the Rest,” Inquirer Lifestyle To Be You (2BU) showcased the original works of students from four fashion and design schools in the metro—Slim’s Fashion and Arts School, SoFA Design Institute, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, and Fashion Institute of the Philippines (FIP).
Held last November at SM Megamall’s Fashion Hall, the event offered a glimpse into this generation’s brand of innovation and creativity. Meet the last set of designers of FIP.
Via is an advertising arts graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in 2011 before she pursued a degree in fashion design from FIP in 2014. Her piece, which took around a week to finish, was inspired by the iconic Converse sneaker, and incorporates her personal design aesthetic. The embossed origami texture on the jacket is her favorite part of this piece. Via creates her own textiles whenever she can, and transforms them into wearable silhouettes.
Via is passionate about creating and finding a “practical purpose to ideas.” She hopes her designs offer an alternative to the typical trends in fashion.
A 2015 graduate of fashion design, Cen took two weeks to make his wearable piece with a sporty feel. He considers the dress the best part of his creation because of its unorthodox draping and tucking, as well as his use of three different colors of lace.
For Cen, being a part of 2BU Face-Off taught him how to be more resourceful and flexible when it comes to making garments. Through the clothes he creates, he hopes to satisfy clients and give them a sense of confidence when they’re wearing his work.
Cen credits his family for believing in him and supporting him in his dreams. He also cites designer Veejay Floresca for teaching him to “always be humble and on time, and to respect everyone no matter their position or standing in society.”
Eventually, he plans to have his own fashion brand and shop. Participating in fashion shows and design competitions is also in his future plans.
Photography Maika Anthoni Sittings editor Luis Carlo San Juan Makeup and hairstyle Hairstyle Mark Familara for L’Oreal Professionnel Model Alaiza Manilao of Mercator Model Management