Fashion in Graduation

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Thursday, May 15, 2014


YOUNG designers from the Fashion Institute of Design and Arts (Fida) put talent and hard work into their best pieces for their graduation show at the Lobby Lounge of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa. Culminating a year of studying fashion design technology, the new breed of designers were inspired by movies from different eras and genres.

The show opened with a collection by Abby Lituanas, inspired by Wreck It Ralph.

Metallic fabrics in black, gunmetal and brights were cut in frills and high-low hemlines. Big graphic hearts and oversized ribbons as head gear added to the fun and kitschy feel lifted from the children’s animated movie.

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Cefane Ramayrat’s butterfly-printed pieces were easy and flowy, including loose trousers, skin-baring tops and swingy skirts inspired by British punk and Harajuku style.

Dolly Pontillas used hand-painted stripes on her black, ivory and plum blazers and suits in a “Countess” collection inspired by A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Elle Abellana’s Burlesque-inspired collection used satin, sheer materials and sparkle in scarlet, white and cream. There were a few feather boas, of course, with burlesque being the theme.

MJ Navarete took inspiration from The Great Gatsby for her short party dresses, using embellishments on fabrics with a sheen.

Hanz Libato’s bold “Feline Fatale” pieces in black leatherette took a cue from the sleekness and seduction of Catwoman.

Eva Aguspina has always loved the eccentricities of the Addams family, so she created tailored pieces with ruffles and flounce in a rich palette of red, black, emerald green and purple.

Kristel Valencia’s short evening dresses were ultra-feminine with floral appliques on silhouettes that were more structured than flowy, for that princess-like feel from the movie Mirror Mirror.

Natalie Portman’s Black Swan was the inspiration for swan- and ballerina-inspired shapes with electric pleating, flounce and black feather appliques by Ethel Batucan.

Graduating from a two-year course in fashion design and merchandising, Aloha Begin’s long and short evening dresses mixed classic and modern silhouettes in luxurious fabrics for her “La Grandeur” collection inspired by Titanic.

Trinity Jane Uy, who completed her one-year course in fashion styling and communication, styled all the clothes presented in a fun, well-edited music video.

Hazel Navuru received the Most Cohesive award for her Tribal collection. Inspired by the Mel Gibson-directed movie Apocalypto, her pieces combined aqua blue with aztec prints in neutral colors, accented with feathers and dramatic neck pieces.

With a collection that took inspiration from the Audrey Hepburn movie Funny Face, Yorena Mae Tabar was awarded Most Promising Designer for her evening wear in tailored and draped heftier fabrics.

All the footwear in the fashion show was created by local brand Lipstick Shoes. After the students had paraded their pieces, Fida mentors also showed off their red carpet collections. Their beautiful pieces will be featured in an upcoming story.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 16, 2014.

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