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Designer Spotlight: Tina Daniac

Tina Daniac puts the sparkle in all the right places.
Designer Spotlight: Tina Daniac Tina Daniac puts the sparkle in all the right places.

For a lady who had never imagined herself a fashion designer, Tina Daniac certainly had fate work in her favor.

She was just a regular party-loving fashionista with an eye for what's stylish and beautiful. Then again, her desire to veer away from the typical store-bought party clothes propelled her to become one of the party set's go-to designers.

Those who wear Tina Daniac's creations are grateful that this designer's unique mix of edgy, sexy, and futuristic pieces have found their way to their wardrobes.

So what is her formula for a chic party frock? Short and sparkly; something you can expect from a designer who describes her style as “avant-garde luxe.”

In her Holiday 2009 collection, she channels her fondness for Lady Gaga, Madonna, short hems, and all things shiny. She accentuates a woman's gorgeous gams and sprinkles a bit of sparkle in all the right places.

What motivated you to become a fashion designer?

"I never saw myself as a designer. I am very comfortable with the idea of wearing something that I am very sure no one has. So I decided to create party dresses of my own. I don't like generic clothes so I rarely frequent (retail) stores."

What was the inspiration behind your latest collection?

"The energy and the vibe of Madonna's concert in Argentina (the Sweet and Sticky Tour) was my main inspiration for this last collection. The youthfulness she exuded was vibrant. I wanted to incorporate that into my signature black dresses."

Where did you acquire your fashion training?

"Madonna School of Fashion and Slim's Fashion School, as well as workshops given by Jojie Lloren and Shanon Pamaong."

Who is your muse?

"I don't have a muse. I usually take inspiration from random things that catch my attention. It ranges from an Orlina glass or a Ben Cab painting, a ballad, a cutout from a magazine, a photograph, the beach, going out of town or traveling."

What do you consider your biggest challenge as a designer?

"The biggest ones for me was when I joined fashion competitions. Creating something in a timed environment gives me so much pressure; and every single time, the challenge will eventually transition into learning. But generally, every dress is a test, a learning experience."

Which designers do you admire?

"Globally, I am amazed with Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Vivienne Westwood. Locally, Jojie Lloren, Michael Cinco, Dennis Lustico, Joey Samson, Ivarluski Aseron, Rajo Laurel, Mich Dulce, and Gian Romano."

What is your personal style?

"I'm a moment-to-moment woman without being too random. My style depends on my mood."

Who do you think is the perfect example of timeless style?

"It has to be Karl Lagerfeld's collections for Chanel. Then, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, and Julia Roberts for their red carpet gowns."

Any current trends that you're fond of?

"I have a certain affinity for Lady Gaga-driven trends. It's futuristic; it shimmers, shines; it's odd, experimental, and fearless, yet she gets away with it."

If you would be given the chance to exchange closets with for a week, whose closet would it be?

"Who else but Anna Wintour and Rachel Zoe?"

What can people expect from Tina Daniac in the coming years?
"I guess it has to be something ever-changing, innovative, and trend-setting."

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-Stephanie Asi, Contributing Writer

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