Showcasing Filipino creativity to the world

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Arci Muñoz

Arci Muñoz

With its aim to make Filipino talent and creativity known globally, local fashion company Fashion Exchange International has showcased ASEAN fashion designers in its maiden event.

The two-day affair included an industry talk, designers’ showroom, an international designer presentation, and a fashion buyers’ show.

Fashionology
For industry talk, FEI staged “Fashionology,” a program with an objective to educate, nurture, and connect people, ideas, designs and resources; through various talks, workshops, and other interactive activities for future commercial success.

Hosted by Joey Mead, Fashionology invited Rajo Laurel, Rosenthal Tee, and Francis Libiran as speakers for an opportunity to share and exchange their knowledge, with a room full of fashion enthusiasts, students and faculty.


Designers’ showroom
Simultaneously, nine Filipino designers and labels displayed their collections at a dedicated showroom in the venue.

Raymond Gutierrez and Liz Uy

Raymond Gutierrez and Liz Uy

From apparel to accessories labels, the participants were selected not only for their brand aesthetic but also for their business experience locally and internationally.

International buyers included those from London, Shanghai, Singapore, and Jakarta.

International designer presentation
For the presentation, FEI has invited Tex Saverio, an Indonesian-born and -based couturier whose fashion career started in 2010 through the haute couture label Tex Saverio Prive,.

The label’s first exclusive ready-to-wear collection was launched at Paris Fashion Week in 2013.

His rising popularity is fueled by various international celebrities who have worn his creations: Lady Gaga in a black tulle gown in Harper’s Bazaar magazine; Kim Kardashian in Elle; as well as Jennifer Lawrence who, in her role in the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, wore a white gown with organza corset and stunning Swarovski crystal embellishments.

Mari Jasmine

Mari Jasmine

His participation at FEI marks the official launch of his collection in the Philippines.

Buyers’ show
Finally, the highlight of the event is a runway show featuring ready-to-wear pieces from established designers Ivarluski Aseron, Rajo Laurel, Francis Libiran, and Dennis Lustico. FEI has advised the four designers to create a collection which can be produced for international retailers, all the while maintaining their creative DNA.

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