We've known Kristel Yulo as a bridal designer whose nuptial creations are always sweet, lovely, and figure-flattering. This Slim's Fashion and Arts School- and New York's Fashion Institute of Technology-educated designer started with evening wear design while interning at W magazine, eventually returning to Manila in late 2008 and finding her niche with the bridal and evening wear market. This year, she's one of the ten designers that make up the PEFTA 2011 list.
For the PEFTA 2011 fashion show, she was inspired by the old world feel of the Victorian era and the gracefulness of the ballet, envisioning the lovely attributes of both combined in a 6-look collection. "I was thinking of a new and modern Victoria and the ballet for this collection. How would we wear the old constrictions of two centuries past—crinolines, petticoats, bell skirts, etc. with the grace of ballerinas?" Kristel pondered.
"I used some wood and metal rings as skeletal skirt frames, with layers of sheer or lightweight materials. I wanted to have a bit more fun with my imagination because it’s for Preview," she says. While the dramatic, embellished pieces aren't exactly wearable straight from the rack, they can undoubtedly be tweaked to suit the pretty and dainty whims of Kristel's clientele. "It’s certainly for a woman of pure indulgence who wishes to stand out," she adds about the fantastical collection.
Though she's been in the industry for a few years now, she still feels grateful for the opportunity to be recognized in PEFTA. Saying that she was "very honored" to be chosen as the ten talents, she also revealed that she was also nervous for the fashion show. "Producing a fashion show collection always gives me butterflies that turn into a stampede of elephants during the show itself!"
Click on the photo gallery to view Kristel Yulo's collection for PEFTA.