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Designer Spotlight: Xernan Orticio

The young designer presents clean tailoring with "Anisoptera," a dragonfly-inspired collection.
Designer Spotlight: Xernan Orticio The young designer presents clean tailoring with "Anisoptera," a dragonfly-inspired collection.

Among the nine designers who presented in last week's PEFTA fashion showXernan Orticio bagged the top prize of being featured on the January/February 2012 issue of Preview magazine. The Fashion Institute of the Philippines (FIP) graduate presented a sharply executed collection of pattern-cut dresses, crop-top and midi-skirt pairings, and oversized lapel jackets that the Preview judges (Editor-in-Chief Pauline Juan and Fashion Editor Daryl Chang) deemed cover-worthy.

Naturally, Xernan was stoked with his victory. "It was a wake-up call to me that my career is actually moving forward and that I actually evolved in terms of workmanship that Preview noticed my work and my dedication to my craft," he shares.

Describing his aesthetic as "polished industrial" and a "balance between art and utility," Xernan churns out pieces that are indeed hard-edged but executed with tailoring finesse and refinement. The young designer's garments (even those we've seen from him from his various Philippine Fashion Week outings—Holiday 2010, Spring/Summer 2011, Holiday 2011) are characterized by recognizable geometric panels that the meticulous creative has made his own. He says, "I was under the class of Paul & John Herrera where I inherited their fascination with details and geometric cuttings. The institute also honed my technical skills and changed my views about the industry. I was able to showcase a collection at Philippine Fashion Week at the age of 19 and it opened a lot of doors for me."

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For the PEFTA fashion show, he presented Anisoptera, a dragonfly-inspired collection. "The geometric wing patterns inspired the cuts and the symmetric layout of the garments," he tells us. "I used a technical process of pattern-cutting to achieve the razor sharp detailing in gunmetal, teal, and ultramarine silk gazar fabric that mimics the iridescent colors of the dragonfly."

With the 6-look lineup, Xernan updated classic wardrobe staples and clothing elements such as the jacket (he tore off the sleeves and extended the lapels), the pencil skirt (he made it more graphic with as many as 56 precision pattern cuts), and the peplum (tiered for a sculptural effect). This young talent is showing in Philippine Fashion Week next month, and we can't wait to see what he'll come up with!

Click on the photo gallery to view Xernan Orticio's collection for PEFTA.

Click here for Xernan Orticio's Designer Directory.

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