INQUIRER Lifestyle’s To Be You (2BU) section regularly features up-and-coming talents in fashion.
One To Be You event showcased four fashion and design schools in the metro. Held at SM Mega Fashion Hall, it gave a glimpse into the future of Philippine fashion, through the collections of talented students. Meet two from the School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA) Design Institute.
Designer: Camille Jasper Go
A 2014 BA Fashion Design and Marketing graduate, Camille likes to create clothes that emphasize the beauty of the person wearing them. Her pieces, which took roughly six months to make, is inspired by pressed flowers, a reminder that everything must come to an end.
“The network of intersecting lines that each petal later reveals manifest its vulnerability; its brittleness uncovers how fragile it can be. There is an unknown beauty that conveys another story.”
To interpret her ideas in clothing, Camille turned to materials such as Wataru Sakuma’s handmade paper products. She also used unusual techniques such as sandwiching the inserts, paper products and hand-painted jusi, as if pressing flowers inside a book.
Studying abroad to expand her knowledge of fashion is something Camille is determined to do. For now, she sees herself designing her own ready-to-wear line influenced by her personal style, as well as creating bespoke garments.
Designer: Bengt Enrique
A 2015 BA Fashion Design and Marketing graduate, Bengt turned to Orientalist art with a mix of the majestic deserts of the Middle East to create his collection. Most of the materials that Bengt used were sourced from abroad: the wool fabric was from South Korea, while the lenticular PVC components were from the United States.
This led him to become extra efficient; he planned a production schedule that anticipated every delivery and set manufacturing lead times. After graduation, Bengt started his eponymous label and presented his Spring/Summer 2016 collection at the Manila Fashion Festival last October. He’s working on his e-commerce website, as well as his Fall/Winter 2016 collection.
Photography Maika Anthoni Styling Daryl Angelo Baybado Makeup Syd Helmsley and Miko Dacanay Hairstyle Syd Helmsley and Miko Dacanay Model Alaiza Malinao of Merctor and Hannah Locsin of PMAP