• Rajo marks 20 years as a fashion icon

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     A stunning creation by the designer

    A stunning creation by the designer

    His name is synonymous with impeccable style and fine craftsmanship. His countless creations are priceless works of art. And with 20 years of creativity and talent, Rajo Laurel is truly an icon of Philippine Fashion.

    As Rajo celebrates his 20th anniversary this 2013, Metro and The Lifestyle Network, honors the renowned designer with Samsung Metrowear Icon: Rajo Laurel, fêting his two decades of fashion distinction, on May 19.

    Laurel has built a name for himself as a fashion designer who explores the world of style in its varied forms. From haute couture, retail, menswear, women’s wear, accessories, a ready-to-wear line, shoes and bags, his creations have been worn by the most beautiful ladies and the most dapper men.

    He has been the choice designer to dress the country’s fashion plates including local entertainment royalty like Anne Curtis and Sarah Geronimo, and society’s A-listers, all of whom have worn his creations on and off the red carpet. From today’s hottest ensembles to the modern terno and elegant gowns, his designs never fail to command attention fit for an entrance worth remembering.

    With a well-celebrated career, Laurel has also made his name known in the international fashion arena with no less than supermodel and host Tyra Banks wearing his gown in her
    top rated show, America’s Next Top Model.

    From continental feat to regional recognition, he has been invited to present his collection for various fashion shows, including Bali Fashion Week in Indonesia. He has also collaborated with top retail brands for one-of-a-kind collections, showing his signature design and skill in each piece, including shoes, bags, and fragrances.

    His undeniable talent has given him a slew of recognitions, with Asean Young Designers’ Competition’s 2nd place winner in 1993 as his first award. Countless honors followed suit, including Air France’s Young Designer of the Year (1994), Most Promising Designer of the Year (1996), and The Loop’s (Editor’s Choice Award) Favorite Designer (1998). He was also awarded in the ASEAN Young Designers Competition (1993), the Smirnoff Fashion Design Awards (1995) and the Asia Collection “Makuhari Grand Prix ‘97” (1997). He also received accolades from Ernst and Young as Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 and from the Philippine Jaycees as one of The Outstanding Young Men in 2009. He was recognized as Asian Top Fashion Designer of the Year in 2010.

    Hailed to be one of the most highly anticipated fashion events of 2013, Samsung Metrowear Icon: Rajo Laurel will be the perfect culmination of his 20th Anniversary celebration, honoring a true gem in Filipino fashion.

    The tribute show will feature a new collection that will highlight his design aesthetic and exquisite craftsmanship, including his bridal creations and his modern cocktail dresses, evening ensembles, menswear, and couture pieces.

    Metrowear Icon: Rajo Laurel will benefit Lopez Group Foundation’s advocacies. For more information call 632-7916 or email Caloy@lopezgroup.org.

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