A Sneak Peek At Avant-Garde Lingerie Inspirations

Ten fashion students put on a sizzling show of bold and innovative lingerie designs. See how each garment, which serves as inspiration for future styles, celebrates the modern woman.

A Cosmo girl knows that fashion isn't simply a matter of rocking a gorgeous ensemble on the outside, but also paying attention to what lies beneath—in this case, we mean it quite literally: that is, your lingerie. Breaking out of the traditional and getting a little creative with your outfit isn't just for going out, but also for coming home afterward…to the bedroom. That's the idea behind lingerie innovator Triumph International's Triumph Inspiration Awards 2011, which set out to discover the best of local design in 37 participating countries.

In the Philippines, Triumph tied up with the School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFa), and presented the designs of ten students who battled it out to represent the Philippiness in the international finals. We were inspired by the exciting pieces that came neck to neck on the runway of the national competition, held recently at Members Only in Bonifacio Global City. As it happens to be the 125th anniversary of Triumph, the young hopefuls were tasked to interpret the theme "125 Years of Celebrating Women." Their daring designs ranged from romantic to tribal and avant-garde, drawing inspiration from Egyptian princesses, ballerinas, superheroes, and even sea creatures!

To make the hot competition even more fiery, each peg from the look book was enhanced by CREATIONS Salon's top hair and make-up artist Lourd Ramos.

Who better to judge the event than these familiar Filipino fashion and design experts—Rissa Manaquil, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, and Dong Umaga-Diaz. Also on the esteemed panel were 2008 Triumph Inspiration Awards National Winner and now fashion designer, Ralph Ng, and head of Sales and Marketing of Triumph International Philippines, Lorelei de Leon.

Emerging victorious, with her brilliantly spiked, red and silver garment, was Pristine De Guzman. Invoking strength and confidence, she calls her winning piece "Beauty and Power." Pristine will represent the country in the grand finals to be held in Berlin, Germany on the opening night of Berlin Fashion Week. If she wins (fingers crossed!) she will receive 15,000 Euros and a chance to work with Triumph's design team to develop her showpiece into a commercial garment.

The public was also invited to judge the pieces themselves by voting for their favorite designs on the Triumph International Philippines fan page. The People's Choice Award went to Kirby Cruz for his design "Revolutionary Women."

Check out the gallery to see the ten designers' sketches and the actual garments we saw on the runway!

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