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Designer Spotlight: Vania Romoff

Meet one of Preview's emerging designers, a young woman who fashions fluid elegance effortlessly.
Designer Spotlight: Vania Romoff Meet one of Preview's emerging designers, a young woman who fashions fluid elegance effortlessly.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BECOME A DESIGNER?

I grew up surrounded by fashion. My grandmother, Viring Romoff, was a couturier, while my mom was into garment manufacturing, and my brother [Anthony Romoff] is a fashion designer as well, so it's all innate.

HOW DID YOU START AS A DESIGNER?

I started designing 5 years ago. Nothing happened overnight; I grew and honed my skills as years passed. I started in Cebu and decided to move to Manila. I joined Fashion Week for the first time back in 2008, and I was only 20 then.  I think I was the youngest of my batch. I kept on joining shows until I finally decided to step it up and expand to Manila. Now, I fly to Manila as often as I can while still looking for a place to set up. 

WHERE DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR FASHION TRAINING?

I learned the essentials of design from my family and designer friends. My grandmother used to cut and drape on the customer herself, a kind of old school craftsmanship that still amazes me now. I have also always considered my brother Anthony to be my mentor. He taught me many important things that I might not have learned from fashion school. My training, although informal, was very personal.

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Of course my brother also urged me to improve my skills and take up the essentials such as construction and draping through a formal education. Hence my stint at School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). 

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?

Good design is only second to clean lines and impeccable construction. And in designing, trends can only take you so far; the rest of it has to come from you. Otherwise, your designs lose identity and become forgettable.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?

My designs always start with personal taste and are finished off with common sense. I'd like to think that the clothes I make are like subtle pieces of art—they don't scream for attention but, more importantly, they indulge the wearer.

WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS? YOUR STYLE INFLUENCES/INSPIRATIONS?

They change as my design senses evolve. But I have always been drawn to Parisian chic more than anything else. I prefer clean and put-together looks over fanciful ones.

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WHICH DESIGNERS/ARTISTS DO YOU ADMIRE MOST?

Tomas Maier, Karl Lagerfeld, Phoebe Philo, Hannah McGibbon, Tom Ford.

WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO DRESS?

Reaching for the stars: Margherita Missoni, Bee Shaffer and Carey Mulligan.

WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF TIMELESS STYLE?

I know its cliché, but Audrey Hepburn or her stylist, if she had one back then. Haha!


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