From designers going global, let’s now talk about the former finalists who were able to score retail collaborations for their wearable designs. Read on as they talk about their PEFTA experience and find out what they have in store for us this year.
Before she became one of the top fashion bloggers in our country, Camille started out as a designer for her own label, Coexist. Known for her young, classy, and feminine
aesthetic, she easily became the go-to designer for proms, debuts, and weddings. A true lover of fashion, she put up her own fashion blog in 2011 which earned her thousands of followers and a spot in Preview’s Best Dressed List that same year. Her popularity soared further when she won Mango’s It Girl competition, and graced the cover of Preview’s September 2012 issue alongside fellow bloggers Laureen Uy and Tricia Gosingtian.
ON BEING PART OF PEFTA
Preview is one of the country's biggest fashion authorities so to be included in PEFTA made me feel like, "This is it! I'm actually a professional designer." It felt like I was given a stamp of approval. To have that in your resumé makes people take notice which leads to more opportunities.
LOOKING BACK: HER GREATEST LESSON
I learned how to best showcase my work through limited pieces and an assigned concept. Since I was doing the show with 9 other designers, I needed to set myself apart and show the industry my design identity.
LOOKING FORWARD: 2013 PLANS
Collaborations with RTW brands. Hopefully, a lot of brands!
PAYING IT FORWARD: TWO CENTS FOR THE NEW BATCH
Make the most out of this opportunity. Learn from the editors and your mentors. Absorb as much as you can and pour your heart and soul into your collection so that the world will take notice.