SoFA graduate’s ‘Yolanda’ collection goes to London Fashion Week

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Blame Game's gloves are made for pointing fingers

Blame Game’s gloves are made for pointing fingers

Tipay Caintic is a young and promising designer who hails from Tacloban City. Along with her fellow Visayans, she witnessed the devastation that Super Typhoon Yolanda left in her hometown, which like many resilient Warays, she decided to use in a positive way.

With her talent for fashion, Caintic came up with a collection that tells the stories of the victims and survivors of the super typhoon like herself, fittingly dubbed “Hell Knows No Wrath Like Yolanda.”

In an interview with Interaksyon.com, the 25-year-old Caintic described her collection as “a reflection of what my hometown Tacloban City experienced during the Super Typhoon Haiyan [local name Yolanda]last November 8, 2013. It has six looks and each look is a ‘stage’ that described a certain feeling or theme during and after the typhoon. The devastation wrought by Yolanda is my inspiration here.”

Downpour features a dress distressed by typhoon wind's

Downpour features a dress distressed by typhoon wind’s

The first look is called “Downpour” which features a black knitted dress distressed by “typhoon winds.” “Lines are Cut” is comprised of a hat, dress and bag ensemble of the same knitted materials with vertical lines. Next “No One is Watching You” is top and bottom design featuring popcorn and tongue appliqués, accessorized with oversized round glasses studded with silicone tears.


Her showstopper finds itself in the “Blame Game,” which comprised a rubber silicone jacket, which she explained to signify “transparency [is]an alien concept,” and a pair of knitted gloves “that will do the finger pointing.” She pulls the look together with a pair of knitted pants and earrings. [Stylebible.com]

The last two looks are “Picking Up the Pieces,” featuring a “box-of-relief” bag and a sculpted parasitic necklace; and “Blind Hope,” a plain white top and skirt highlighted by a necklace of connected hands in different shapes and colors.

Caintic’s six-piece collection was just featured at the International Fashion Show (IFS) 2014 of London Fashion Week. It also capped the 2014 Graduation Show of the School of Fasion and the Arts (SoFA), where the designer was a proud and grateful scholar.

Graduation show

Every year, SoFA Design Institute trail-blazes the local fashion industry with its graduation show. This year, the event spotlighted extraordinary stories spun and translated into edgy and eclectic six-piece collections by 20 of its graduates.

Directed by Robby Carmona, the graduation show was filled with creativity and innovation as the crowd bore witness to insightful and sartorially savvy creations by some of the country’s most promising designers. The tales told were rich and diverse, but ultimately compelling. From contrasts of hard and soft, muted and vivid, symmetrical and off-kilter, the fashion narratives crossed geographical and cultural borders, eras, and even spanned space and the future.

“SoFA’s annual graduation show is where our students fearlessly showcase the fruits of their education here in SoFA. Our aim is to produce fashion visionaries who will elevate the craft by proving that design theories and concepts can be translated into practical, tangible solutions when they are founded on solid ideas, not impulses,” said SoFA dean, Architect To- bias Guggenheimer.

The work of this year’s graduates is prime proof of SoFA’s commitment to the design-focused educational experience, which earned SoFA its credibility as the country’s foremost design school.

Bringing together creativity, technical proficiency, and commercial promise in their works were Genesis Alcantara, Guia Alvendia, Xaxa Cruz, Camille Go, Tanya Hyde, Jessica Kairuz, Nicky Ku, Chloe Kwon, Reese Lansangan, Kurt Libre, Regina Raymundo, Tatenda Sipula, Sofia Erika dela Cruz, Kristine Chong, Marie Aguila, Megan Holm, Michelle Cua, Mick Perez, Pinky Magalona, and Wanda Bandojo.

The insightfulness and creativity of these designers will surely continue beyond the campus’ walls. Trained by SoFA to become the future movers and shakers of the fashion industry, these talents are set to establish their own successful brands.

“The end goal of SoFA always has to be for its graduates to be able to push their own ideas, philosophy, and vision through their own brand,” popular bag designer and SoFA co-founder and executive director Amina Aranaz-Alunan concluded.

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