There’s nowhere else to go but up for Fashion designer Pia Gladys Perey.Who would’ve thought that little Pia from Tagaytay, who was exposed to fashion, sewing, and pattern making through her grandmother, would grow into becoming an international fashion designer? Having done three shows in Australia (Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, New Generation Shows, Ladies’ Ready To Wear Show), two in the USA (Miami International Fashion Week and an off-site show at New York Fashion Week), plus retail outlets in major cities all over the world, she has proven once more that Filipino designers can really go global. And to add cherry on top, Pia also has several Hollywood A-listers on her portfolio such as Angelina Jolie, Camilla Belle, and Gabrielle Union, to name a few.
But like a true artist, Pia is not showing any signs of stopping. In fact, she’s about to make her debut at the Style Fashion Week in Los Angeles, California this coming March 13. Read on as she talks about her latest collection and her experiences leading to next week’s big solo show.
What was the inspiration for the Fall/Winter 2013 collection you are showing at LA Fashion Week?
Luxury and romance. I’m still doing the usual drapes but at the same time we wanted to really exude glamour and a bit of old Hollywood for this collection.
You’re doing a few collaborations for this fashion show, can you tell us about them?
With Ken Samudio, I’ve always liked his work. I told our common friend that I’m very very happy with his work so he introduced us. When I met him I said “Ken let’s do something”. This is my first collab with him.
With Figlia, my friend introduced me to the owner, Joey Enriquez. We were on a meeting and he asked me if I wanted to do a line for them and I said “Of course, why not! I can even bring the label to LA and show the world how good Filipino brands are!"
Trump Towers, on the other hand, is the perfect representation of luxury and glamour which is one of the main inspirations for the line.
What is the hardest and the most exciting part about creating a show this big? The hardest part is not being able to bring my whole team to the show. The show already cost me an arm and a leg so I can’t fly everyone to LA. Plus my office is here in Manila, someone has to be here while I’m there. Although I am really hoping to bring Patrick, my right and left hand. I’m excited about everything. Just the thought of representing the Philippines is amazing. Before me, there were Michaeal Cinco and Furne One and I feel like now it’s my turn to show what I can do. It feels so good that there are more of us going out there and showing the world how creative Filipinos are.
How big is this collection?
There are 43 sets which is about 65-70 pieces. It’s a big collection.
How long have you been working on this?
Actually I was blank for a while; I didn’t know what to do. That’s how I am whenever I start to conceptualize but I think this was the hardest collection for me because I couldn’t find inspiration. After I finished my Spring/Summer 2013 line I went straight to France. I wanted to recapture the French romance but it just wouldn’t come to me. I’m very random, I’m an artist that way--it just comes to me. So yes, it took quite some time for me to even begin but it got easier once I got inspired.
What’s the plan after this? What’s next for PGP after this break?
It’s hard to tell but the plan is to do NY fashion week in a year or two then to get into major retail stores like Bloomingdales. Maybe make them love me again because I turned them down before. We have some retailers in Dubai who are also interested to carry my line. I have a great team right now and that’s what I’m so happy about. Before when I go overseas I don’t publicize because it’s so hard to find the right people but now everything just came into place. Everyone is willing to help so anything can happen.
Check our photo gallery for a sneak peek of her Fall/Winter 2013 collection.