INQUIRER Lifestyle’s To Be You (2BU) youth section regularly features up-and-coming talents in fashion.
A recent 2BU event showcased four fashion and design schools in the metro. Held at the SM Mega Fashion Hall, it gave a glimpse of the future of Philippine fashion.
Here is one of the rising names from the School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA) Design Institute.
Tipay is a 2012 SoFA Fashion Design graduate.
Her pieces are from her “Sweet Treachery” collection, inspired by a summer she spent in the south of Italy. It was there where Tipay had an opportunity to visit an underground graveyard that contained skulls and love letters.
She says working on knits was encouraging. Instead of wool, she used pineapple fiber—which has a comfortable feel and is readily available in the Philippines.
Joining 2BU Face-Off has likewise been a learning experience for Tipay. She appreciates the precision that goes into the mixing of music, lights and the models’ tempo on the catwalk.
She gets a thrill seeing the audience’s reaction to her work.
In the next five years, she wants to establish a women’s ready-to-wear brand that would go international. She also dreams of launching an accessories line, a shoe line and a menswear brand.
Photography Maika Anthoni Styling Luis Carlo San Juan and Krista Rodriguez Makeup and hairstyle Syd Helmsley and Miko Dacanay Models Hannah Locsin of PMAP and Alaiza Malinao of Mercator Model Management