Last weekend, several Filipino designers participated in the London Philippine Fashion Show 2012, a project of Prospero World and the Ayala Foundation. Held in London's Victoria House, the event sought to present the best of Filipino fashion design to the British audience, in aid of the children of CENTEX (Centre of Excellence in Public Elementary Education). Cebuano designer Jun Escario is one of the 12 designers who joined, showcasing a collection that features his modern take on traditional Filipino designs.
We ask the designer about his collection, his participation in the event, and what we can expect from him in the next few months (spoiler: brides-to-be, pay attention!). Read on to find out what he has to say, and don't forget to click on the photo gallery to see the stunning pieces he exhibited to the London audience.
HOW WAS IT LIKE TO REPRESENT FILIPINO TALENT ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL?
When I first found out I was definitely very excited and honored to be part of such a brilliant group of designers, from jewelry to haute couture.
WHAT IS THE CONCEPT AND INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR COLLECTION?
The concept behind the collection is paying homage to traditional Filipino designs. In particular, I deconstructed those traditions and reconstructed them into contemporary silhouettes. The inspiration for my designs are born in the moment. I don't sketch—instead, I use fabric, structure, and drapery to allow the pieces to create themselves.
WHAT SPECIFIC TRADITIONAL FILIPINO DESIGNS DID YOU TWEAK IN THIS COLLECTION?
The beige piña and silk organdy cocktail dresses were actually from old Kimonas that I had for years. I deconstructed, dyed and reshaped these pieces and took them to a whole new level.
WE'VE ALWAYS KNOWN YOU TO WHIP UP A BEAUTIFUL AND GLAMOROUS COLLECTION SO QUICKLY, AND DARE WE SAY IT, QUITE EFFORTLESSLY. WAS IT THE CASE FOR THIS COLLECTION? OR WAS IT A MORE DIFFICULT ONE TO EXECUTE?
Honestly, there was no pressure at all. I wanted to show a little bit of everything. I know what I'm good at: classic pieces with a little bit of drama and a dash of [something] conversational. I never go overboard.
WHAT DESIGN ELEMENTS MAKE THE COLLECTION RECOGNIZABLY JUN ESCARIO?
There are four words I would use to describe my look: elegant, beautiful, graceful, and timeless. The fashion world is in a position to best define what is recognizably my work. I see my work all the time, making it challenging for me to define my particular design esthetic.
WHAT MATERIALS DID YOU USE FOR THESE PIECES?
Piña, silk organdy and stretch tulle in taupe, cream and black.
WHAT ARE ITS SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES TO YOUR PAST COLLECTIONS?
I want women to feel elegant and free. Fashion should be effortless. If a woman cannot sit down and look equally as beautiful as she does on a red carpet, then it's not my work.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR PREFERRED CLIENTS STYLING THESE GARMENTS?
Personal fashion is to be left to the individual. I'd rather let my client decide how they want to wear one of my pieces. That's what makes fashion contemporary.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK, WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PIECES FROM THIS LINEUP?
That's a hard question to answer. I love every piece individually. I wouldn't put my name on anything I didn't love.
WHAT'S CURRENTLY KEEPING YOU BUSY? WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU FOR 2012?
Nowadays I'm really just concentrating on the bridal business. 2012 is such a big year for brides, so I'm showing more bridal couture for them. Ill keep you posted when I finish my shoot for my new 2012 bridal collection!
To know more about the London Philippine Fashion Show 2012, visit Prospero World's website. Click on the photo gallery to view Jun Escario's collection.