There is brewing talent in the islands we call home. Yes! The Philippines is a melting pot of diverse ideas and many talented game changers in the field of design and aesthetics are evolving the way we view technique and talent in the arts. Reinvent introduces you to three designers bringing the Philippine fashion game to a completely new level as they prove that sometimes you don’t have to go far and out of our lands to recognize what is beyond.
His opportunity to work in Dubai was an instrumental part of his career. After having met an Iraqui couple who were initially looking for a cutter, Cary Santiago impressed the couple with his sketches and designs. And so from his small house slash shop, he rose to became the head designer of the couture house he was working for.
Cary Santiago’s Philippine Spring Summer 2013 collection is certainly one of the best collections that have ever been presented on Philippine Fashion week. All origami-inspired, the dresses were phenomenally classic yet eccentric in aura. His impeccable taste in style and his impressive capabilities in creating architectural silhouettes serve as a groundbreaking proof of his incredible talent that is truly filipino.
Jerome Salaya Ang
Fast Forward to his latest collection: His Spring Summer 2015 collection entitles “Girl in water: A Siren’s Urban Lullaby” redefined Urban Glamour as a sea of solid colored outerwear, dresses and goggles (yes goggles) opened the eyes of the audience. Mesh fabrics were juxtaposed with solid and printed fabrics, and the intermingling of these two different styles were able to make exceptional looks that seem to work perfectly. Jerome Salaya Ang approaches his aesthetics with a cool, avant-garde perspective – which makes his shows always one for the books.
Lesley Mobo was able to graduate with a degree in Biology but the urge to sketch his visions was always with him. Hailing from the Aklan, Mobo always knew that his passions traveled with him wherever he went and did everything in his power to place an education in a fashion school. His destiny eventually led him to the most prestigious Central Saint Martins, where he studied womenswear, a B.A. honors fashion course. He is now based in London, designing for Uniqlo, and selling clothes from his own line “Mobo London” in 12 countries, among other endeavors.
Working in the fashion industry is never the cake you loved and kept hidden at the back of the refrigerator, and this is what Lesley Mobo reminds everyone willing to take a chance in the industry.
“It’s more than the fashion show, the party, the glam. It all seems effortless and glamorous, but the fact is, it’s all about hard work and ideas. We sell an escape, a lot of fashion is about illusion. My worry is that we are inspiring young people to do fashion because they think we’re elitist, special and glossy and the truth is that we’re dirty and it’s hard work.”
-from "Lesley Mobo: ‘More than just fashion shows and glamor, life in London is all about hard work’" article by Millet M. Mananquil (The Philippine Star)