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Designer Spotlight: Tippi Ocampo

It's a lacy, romantic, and sexy summer for Tippi Ocampo.
Designer Spotlight: Tippi Ocampo It's a lacy, romantic, and sexy summer for Tippi Ocampo.

All stylish and sophisticated ladies out there have a lot to look forward to in Tippi Ocampo's latest collection for summer 2010. The petite and eloquent fashion designer gives us Sinners & Saints, a delicious array of lacy summer dresses in a diversity of good girl cuts and saucy, coquettish styles.

Some dresses perfectly embody the quaint charm needed to dress up for afternoon tea, or the sweetness and quiet elegance of a dress just appropriate for a first meeting with the boyfriend's parents. The cocktail dresses are perfect for a romantic rendezvous or a night out on the town, while the longer, lightweight gowns are best suited to more formal affairs should one want to exude a prim and proper yet subtly and deviously sexy vibe.

Tippi has also somewhat reinvented the terno, making it more contemporary and wearable to less ceremonial events. She attached butterfly sleeves to a simple beige shift overlaid with dainty lilac lace, and adorned with black and gold zipper accoutrements for a more contemporary edge. Tippi explains, “[It is] a modern reincarnation of the Maria Clara and terno. [I made] use of lace reminiscent of the veils used in colonial Philippines but updated and given a modern, sexy twist.”

Her design aesthetic has always been inspired by Filipiniana, giving her garments a fashionalistic personality. “My past collections have often explored personal interpretations of different Filipino themes because I am fascinated with evolving a design aesthetic derived from my roots and mixing it with what's current and relevant,” she tells us. “I envision a hip, modern, playfully charming Maria Clara of today—worldly but still a bit of an ingénue—to be wearing my clothes.“

Asked if she has a favorite garment in her collection, she reveals, “I love the black taffeta 'butterfly' terno dress with the beaded lilac lace petticoat because it is wearable and conceptual at the same time. It is a cocktail terno dress that represents a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. [It] was featured in Wawi Navarroza's work Pastorale (Island Girl Sceif Picnic/Unreal Estates N º1, a photograph representing the life and works of Fernando Amorsolo, which also played with the themes of modern takes on classic Philippine art.”

Continue reading to find out more about her as a designer, and click on the photo gallery to see her exquisite collection for summer 2010.

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