Friday, August 04, 2006

Pinoy pride

Let's get to know some Filipino designers who are making names for themselves (if they haven't already) in the international arena. A toast to you guys!

Monique Lhuillier, Fashion Designer
Born to French/Spanish/Filipino parents, Lhuillier was raised in the southern region of the Philippines called Cebu. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. It was while she was searching for the perfect wedding dress that she decided to do bridal couture. In 1996, she developed her first bridal collection which was received well by retailers and editors. In 2001, she completed her first evening collection, which was subsequently followed by a ready-to-wear collection. These days, A-list Hollywood celebrities are often seen or photographed wearing her pieces.




Lesley Mobo, Senior Designer for Jasmine di Milo, Harrods
Lesley, or Mobo, as he is fondly called has racked up many recognitions in his field. He graduated with a BA and an MA in Fashion Womenswear at Central Saint Martins in London. He won the coveted Diesel award at ITS 3 (International Talent Support) with a collection inspired by the fight for survival in extreme conditions. Titled "Obesity in the North Pole," Mobo used different textures and layering together with exaggerated shapes to explore the conventional and unconventional form and figure of the human body. His design aesthetic is now put to good use as the head designer of the Jasmine di Milo brand.




ANANAS, Jennifer Lagdameo and Miwako Washio, Bag designers
While living in the Philippines Jennifer was inspired by the indigenous materials and textile techniques. She started a small business designing and selling shawls made of pina, eventually teaming up with her designer friend, Miwako, and together they started making bags and accessories using the natural materials they loved, developing their signature abaca fabric. In 2004, they expanded beyond abaca into a unique collection of designs in leather.




Aren't they fabulous? Here's hoping that pretty soon we can add more to this list.

And I saw an interesting bag online that may be of interest to some girls out there


xoxo

The Florentine Diva

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

speaking of pinoys, what do you think of that baklush social climber who got booted out of the gucci gang? many people say his birkin bag is fake. is it real or do you think he no she no it bought it from one of those peninsula hotel birkin parties?

7:47 AM  
Blogger stylePOD said...

Seems like you know more chismis than we do =) Haven't really seen the actual bags.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

click here to see pics

you should see his birkin-esque bag. he likes to pretends it's real. we all know you can buy a fake receipt from ebay. look at the pictures on his site. do you think hermes will allow him to take photos inside the store? all the bags on the background photographs are not even hermes!

his birkin is fake and everyone in manila knows about it. he's the laughing stock of the town!

8:07 PM  
Blogger stylePOD said...

hahaha great point! you know maybe you're right. come to think of it, the bags on the background don't look like Hermes...the styles are more Gucci. Galing naman niya magphotoshop if that is the case.

1:38 AM  
Anonymous MJK said...

Hola netizens,
his birkin is real naman, nakita ko yun eh. the photos naman nasa hermes yun. payag naman ang hermes to take photos inside shop basta you spend big moola there (kelangan talagang big moola). the bag there is a parang gucci pero its hermes, i think its called a trim.

ay diyos that peninsula birkin party is scarey, napakadaming socialistang naloko. kesyo hermes overruns daw. stylepod, check nga with your sources about that peninsula birkin party and share share the chika! =)

9:22 PM  
Anonymous pam said...

if you can't tell the difference between a gucci and an hermes bag, how can you "chic-ify" manila?

12:54 PM  
Blogger stylePOD said...

pam, can't you see we just answered one of our reader's comments? of course we know the difference between an hermes and gucci bag. that's why we said there "MAYBE", "MAYBE" being the operative word!

8:05 PM  
Blogger stylePOD said...

mjk, sorry we don't know that much chika. you have to ask ms. anonymous for that.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should check out monique l's website. she calls herself french. there goes pinoy pride.

3:23 PM  

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