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Designer & Muse: Nicole Whisenhunt

Designer & Muse: Nicole Whisenhunt

Manila's elegant pack gathered at Members Only for Nicole Whisenhunt's night at the Prive Fashion Series. The evening saw handpicked muses dressed head-to-toe in beautiful pieces showcasing the exquisite work of our local talents. “The NW necklaces, Frangipani dresses, and Maco Custodio shoes are all handmade,” shared Nicole.

Nicole collaborated with Noel Manapat and Malou Romero of Frangipani, who dressed the models; and Maco Custodio, who anchored each outfit with customized shoes. Why did she choose to team up with these designers? “I love the concept of how they make use of Filipino materials such as piña in modern designs. I am an advocate of Filipino designs as well as local materials,” says Nicole of the clothing label. She adds of Maco's shoes, “Maco's collection of shoes is very structured, modern, and unique. We wanted to do something different and have a modern Filipino twist.”

The designers wanted to veer away from pairing Nicole's dazzling bib necklaces with basic dresses, which seems to be the formula for wearing statement pieces. Instead, they experimented by matching it with equally intricate dresses. As Nicole explains, “most people would have probably expected the bibs dressed with the usual long gowns, but we wanted to explore its versatility.”

“My muses are my friends; I chose them based on personality and accomplishments,” says the young accessory designer. “Amongst the girls I have a successful businesswoman, a photographer, chef, graphic designer, a UN representative, model, theater singer, and a wonderful mother. All of them are smart, confident, and dedicated.”

Click on to read what the muses have to say about Nicole Whisenhunt and her designs.

Click here to watch her interview with Style Bible.

—Rachelle Que, contributing writer

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