The recent Philippine Fashion Gala was a worldwide affair. Dubbed Spotlight: Global Runway, its title was beyond apt—here, see what we mean as we curate the best runway moments of these 10 acclaimed designers from seven different countries!
Interim Clothing - Indonesia
Helmed by designer Dibya Hody, Interim Clothing is an Indonesian label that champions modern style crafted with rich traditional fabrics. They take pride in working closely with various small, local businesses for the sourcing of intricate batik and other decadent textiles, effectively contributing to a sustainable and ethical fashion industry in Surabaya and Indonesia.
Rosemary Haute Couture - Malaysia
Hailing from Penang, Malaysia, Pauline Khor actually happens to hold a masters degree in architecture...which is why when she established Rosemary Haute Couture in 2006, she wasted no time building it right up. She's participated in notable events like Centrestage Hong Kong 2016 and even New York Fashion Week 2018!
Lasala - Philippines
Lasala is the namesake brand of Filipino fashion designer Jian Lasala, who's known for a dedicated focus and keen eye on women's eveningwear. His Spotlight pieces are a refreshing cocktail of cut, color, and texture—candy-hued tulle rests over vibrant, dye-splashed torn denim and a rainbow palette of sequins.
Ralph Rovero - United Kingdom
Dividing his time between London and Manila, Ralph Rovero is a fashion design graduate from the University of Westminster and has since had his work featured in GQ Style and Styled to Rock, a British reality television series executively produced by Rihanna. Most notably, Ralph’s bright, modern streetwear aesthetic has been highlighted by Nicola Formichetti, international stylist and art director for Diesel, who featured his designs in the Freedom Fighter issue of Vogue Hommes Japan.
Ann - Vietnam
This Vietnamese label boasts a look that's elegant and quintessentially feminine, described by founder Le Nguyen An Nhien as "soft, gentle, classic, sexy." Her generous use of draping discloses a mastery of the female form's dips and curves, with shimmering material hung to highlight a woman's best assets. Now that's girl power.
Triologie - Singapore
"Each season, we create our own stories for the Triologie woman who embraces spontaneity, wearability and versatility through its silhouettes and detailing with a consistent handwriting," Sylvia Lim, one-half of the Singaporean brand's design duo, once told Travelshopa. Along with partner Jennifer Neo, it's a mantra evident even in this collection: Spy ladylike yet easy-to-move-in pieces combined with vivid, travel-inspired print.
Pouka by Voravaj - Thailand
"From mountains to millennials," Pouka's brand description reads, and the phrase couldn't be any more pleasantly literal. Started just this May by Thai fashion designer Voravaj Varazatiravatt, its first collection impressed by using materials unique to the land such as volcanic rock and ash to create color and fabricate something wholly individual.
Yves Camingue - Philippines
Yves is all about urban contemporary cool inspired by youth energy and the world’s cultures. Think street meets luxe—outerwear and elevated casual separates are the key pieces of every collection, infused with pieces are simultaneous style investments and sartorial statements.
QB Qouc Binh - Vietnam
Respected Vietnamese designer Quoc Binh has helped mold the nation's local fashion scene for nearly two decades now. One of the earliest winners of the Vietnam Collection Grand Prix founded in 2000, he pioneered in bringing contemporary touches to traditional attire, gaining international recognition for his endeavors.
The Parrot - Thailand
Pimsiri Nakswasdi is the Bangkok-based fashion force behind The Parrot. She studied interior architecture at Chulalongkorn University and management at Harvard University, later launching her label in 2013. She received a Her World Editor’s Choice Award in 2017 and, most recently, a Best Designer of TDA 2018 recognition granted by the Thai government.