88 tales told through 171 looks sent down the runway—this year's Sinulid, the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde's annual graduation show, was the biggest yet, and perhaps the most introspective to date.
"This year, we have entitled the event ‘Sinulid: Stories Unraveled’ because we wanted to focus on the students’ stories on how they were going up all the challenges they encountered. They [picked] a certain event in their life and they [turned] it into a collection, so it’s really personal,” said Tracey Tabora, the school's Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Academic Adviser, in an interview with The Benildean.
Apt, we think. Winding through the venue on the big day was much like poring through a storybook: rows and rows of clothes lined the tents backstage at SM Aura's Samsung Hall, each rack singular at a glance. One paraded technicolor, Bowie-inspired sequins, and another, the muted, sombre browns of our nation's ubiquitous carabao. Their common solid ground? Talent, vision, and hard work. These are young masters in the making.
Here, Preview has selected 24 of the graduating class' best and brightest for a fashion editorial aimed at highlighting these fledgling designers' skill and awe-inspiring attention to detail, structure, and craftsmanship. Make way, the future of fashion's coming through.
Sharlee Ann Inavit
Isabella Del Prado
Janine Bianca Valdez
Sandro Dela Pena
Chrissean Mae Fuentebella
Gianicka Gianina Garcia
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Jhamilee Rose Majarucon
Produced and Styled by Andre Chang
Photographed by Miguel Alomajan
Art Direction by Mark Buenaobra
Makeup by Kathleen Mesa, Karla Ang, Bianca Cruz, Ayna Baysa,Anna Morales, and Mila Corinne Gulfan of Skinlab Naturals Philippines; Kirk Parreno (studio shoot)
Hair by Lourd Ramos of Creations Salon (assisted by MJ Agaton and Kirt Dinaliso); Darwin Sablayan and Bryan Resureccion (studio shoot)
Photographer’s Assistants: Danger Alrish and Resther Morales
Models: Alisa Sazonova, Larissa Panlilio, Luiza Ramalho, Vinh Luu, Ismir Gagula, and Ivan Kolt of Elite; Maria Ehyaei, AJ Pigao, Lizel Huaman, Lance Miguel Navasca, and Chervin Matthew Mercado
Shot at SM Aura Premier and Artists and Co. Studios
Special thanks to:
Millie Dizon of SM Aura Premier
Artists and Company
DLS-CSB School of Design and the Arts Fashion Design and Merchandising (Ar. Dottie Asela Domingo, Dean, School of Design and Arts;
Ar. Maria Cynthia Funk, Associate Dean, Environmental Studies Cluster,
Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising Program;
Christine Cheryl Benet, Program Chair Fashion Design and Merchandising Program;
Lulu Tan-Gan, Program Consultant Fashion Design and Merchandising Program)
Raphael Garcia II
Lourd Ramos and team