We know that fashion enthusiasts like you are always hungry for something new and appealing--especially when you want to make a statement during special occasions like holiday parties. That is why new and creative minds are always welcome in the fashion industry. The School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA) recently had a new batch of graduates, who presented their craft in a holiday fashion show at the Philippine Fashion Week, which we can now turn to for fresh fashion inspiration this season.
Established and founded by bag designer Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Loralee Baron-Soong, SoFA hopes to shape and cultivate aspiring fashion designers and entrepreneurs to share their talents and knowledge in the local and international fashion industry. Fashion mavens and lifestyle media witnessed the first ever graduation-fashion show by SoFA, which showcased the designs of nine students, who are the new names to watch for in the industry.
There's Fold Canela, a 22-year-old Fashion Marketing diploma graduate, who mixes fashion with visual art communication in his collection called “Rob the Armory." Think of Samurais from the movie The Last Samurai wearing their usual outfits, tweaked with lots of hardware and street wear. Noelle Llave, meanwhile, was inspired by the human anatomy, and thus named her collection “Humanation.” It's characterized by interesting cut-out pieces resembling the human skeleton.
Tacloban City native Mark Tamayo showed his interest in flamboyant architecture and anything random that struck him, such as fish’s skeletal structure, in his collection, which he called “Identikit,” where clothes are complex yet wearable. The youngest of the graduating batch, 18-year-old Kim Palma, brings techno and draping to the eyes of many by incorporating a mixture of colors and patterns to create what she calls the “Exotic” collection. Also presenting an “Exotic” collection, Mikka Hernandez acknowledges Mother Earth with her nature-inspired pieces in vibrant earthy shades.
Melanie Lim’s “Modern Vintage” collection gives us a feel of Marie Antoinette-meets-Zooey Deschanel in 500 Days of Summer, as she creates feminine classics suitable for the modern lady. 24-year-old fashion design graduate Charinson Balalilhe’s “Reflection” collection mirrors architectural and body-like silhouettes, finished off with dazzling beads and trinkets that give shining effects.
Integrating one of this season’s hottest trends, Cassie Revereza shows that innerwear is also for outerwear. In her “Pearlesque” collection, Cassie plays with the shiny effects of pearls and uses feminine pastel colors fit for both the bedroom and events. The “Queen of Octopade” collection shows Kaye Morales' fascination with the octopus' flexibility and defense mechanisms, which inspired her creations.
See the interesting works of these young designers and other designers we spotted at the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010 fashion shows, and pick up pieces you could possibly wear to stand out in your Christmas parties when you launch the gallery.