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Team Philippines Steps it Up for Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week

With three stunning collections.
Team Philippines Steps it Up for Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week
IMAGE Gian Osorio
With three stunning collections.

At the recently concluded AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search held during Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week, three Filipino designers (Bea Samson, Ron Xavier Santos, and Mae-Ann Veloso) represented the country and went up against other designers from all around South Asia. Drawing inspiration from their Filipino roots, the three designers presented a three-piece collection each, focusing on the terno and barong tagalog.

IMAGE Gian Osorio

 

Bea Samson's collection featured a Victorian aesthetic dominated by print and patterns.

IMAGE Gian Osorio

 

Ron Xavier Santos focused on light layers of piña with a wearable edge.

IMAGE Gian Osorio

 

Ethnic prints, slivers of skin, and a bit of asymmetry were found in Mae-Ann Veloso's work.

But in the end, Team Thailand brought home the gold. Bangkok-based designer Anurak Jaidee captivated the judges by using printed floral appliqués to adorn his white ensembles, creating an intricate and nature-inspired collection.

IMAGE Gian Osorio

 

The winning collection.

Needless to say, Team Philippines fought it out and came out of the competition with smiles on their faces and the experience of having competed on a global stage under their belts. Better luck next year, right? Our bets are on our team! 

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