PROJECT Runway judge and Marie Claire’s creative director Nina Garcia enthralled the crowd gathered for at the JAG Origins show held during the 2013 Philippine Fashion Week at the SMX Convention Center.
Radiant in a black halter crepe dress with silver lamé crocodile pattern and peplum detail, Nina shared bits of wisdom about the fashion industry, in an on stage interview with Boy Abunda.
JAG Jeans flew Nina in as the inaugural speaker of JAG Origins, which it envisions to be an annual event promoting fashion, marketing and creative thinking among industry and art/fashion students.
“You should have passion, the drive and the desire to be in the business . . . It is important to know a lot about culture, to know a lot about the arts, to know some about business because the reality is it’s really art and commerce,” responded Nina when asked what advice she had for aspiring fashion designers.
A highlight of JAG Origins was the presentation of young designers Norman Noriega, Jeffrey Rogador and Jerome Salaya Ang who showcased their special collection, which was a couture-meets-denim affair.
Prior to the fashion event, JAG Jeans hosted a reception where Nina got to rub elbows with some of Manila’s top fashion personalities.
The fashion event, hosted by Sarah Meier, opened with a fashion show to launch JAG Jeans 2013 Holiday Collection, which especially featured the ankle cut jeans for women and stretch denim for men.
JAG Origins is part of JAG’s commitment to promote and nurture the most promising fashion and design minds in the country. The program is the brand’s way of giving back and ensuring that its commitment to design lives on among the future movers and shapers of the Filipino fashion and design industry.