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Louis Claparols For Ensembles

The YDG president collaborates with the workwear brand.
Louis Claparols For Ensembles The YDG president collaborates with the workwear brand.

Young Designers Guild (YDG) outgoing president Louis Claparols, he of the Imeldific beaded and silk-screened T-shirt and bolero fame, has recently teamed up with local retail brand Ensembles for a Holiday 2010 collection of lively casual and workwear pieces targeted towards Ensembles' market of young, fashionable career women.

"Collaborating with a local brand was something I was really looking forward to," Louis says, "and luckly I was able to team up with Ensembles. The owner, Sheree [Gotauco], noticed my work ever since I was starting out, and I guess she saw something in them that would work for Ensembles. And since I see myself more as an RTW designer than a couturier, I find this venture very exciting."

Graphic geometric prints, beaded curlicues and architectural details on simple, form-flattering silhouettes define the collection. Louis opted for a rousing color palette of persimmon, magenta, bright blue, and lapiz lazuli to fuse his spirited edginess with Ensembles' signature workaday aesthetics.


He says, "I stuck with classic silhouettes, and did a little graphic work with the cut-out patches in very geometric and Art Deco-ish patterns, giving [the collection] a very modern appeal. We even played with colors to give it a very interesting and eye-catching combination."  

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Actress Carmina Villaroel-Legaspi is the face of the brand and of the collaboration.


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