One of the Preview Emerging Fashion Talent Awards (PEFTA) finalists this year is young designer Renz Reyes, a student from the Fashion Institute of the Philippines (FIP). With a background in Fine Arts (he majored in Advertising Arts in Far Eastern University), this young gun has always been interested in fashion. "I think it was a natural progression for me to move on to fashion design," he says. "So after I graduated I immediately enrolled [in] fashion school, which, if I may say, is one of the smartest decisions I have ever made."
Describing his aesthetic as "structured" and as "a play on layers and techniques," he designed a 5-piece outfit for the PEFTA editorial, "The Final Cut," in this month's issue of Preview magazine. "I was thinking about nurses and patient gowns," he says of his inspiration. "I was just fascinated by [its] layered elements and abstract theme. It's a very simple silhouette but each piece [adds] complexity to the design. I played with the layers and how each [hits] different points beneath the shift."
This Wednesday, he will be presenting a 6-look collection for the PEFTA fashion show, inspired again by nurses, patients, and the hospital ward. "The concept came from watching the Stephen King cult classic "Misery." The materials I used are upholstery leather, silk organdy, Italian cotton, linen, tapestry, and jersey, and I employed smocking techniques, pleating, and a bit of draping. Clothes with stories and inner narratives are just beautiful," he says. "Role-playing is an aspect of design I love."
"I feel so honored to be part of this prestigious list," he enthuses about PEFTA. "Coming from school, I've always hoped for opportunities to arise when I graduate. Being a part of this group of really talented designers is not only an accomplishment but is also up there as one of the proudest moments of my life. I'm quite humbled by this experience."
Click on the photo gallery to see Renz Reyes' collection for PEFTA.