Learning from the mentors

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Thursday, May 22, 2014


THE Lobby Lounge of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa served as the posh venue for the recent fashion show celebrating the work of the latest batch of designers from the Fashion Institute of Design and Arts (Fida).

The stylish event showed off mini collections by the new designers, as well as work by some of the more established designers in Cebu.

Programs at Fida include learning from the experts. The school’s newest designers were mentored by the more seasoned in the fields not only of clothing design, but also of makeup artistry, photography, and other skills relating to fashion. This year’s mentors were Mark Masa, Mel Maria, Bebes Garso, Edward Castro, Angela Dado, Marissa Ceniza, Barbie Alvez, Lord Maturan, Philipp Tampus, Hannah Katrina Lim, Edwin Alba, and Joseph Ong.

The first half of the evening was dedicated to the new designers’ graduation show, while the second half exhibited the red carpet collections of the mentoring designers.

Floor-length dresses in blue and silver by Barbie Alvez were sewn from ultra-lightweight and airy fabrics that flowed with movement even in the warm summer evening. Some beadwork was added around the neckline, but the designs were kept sleek and sophisticated in looser silhouettes, giving off a refreshing vibe.

Angela Dado’s evening dresses in citrus hues were made of stiff but luxurious Peau de Soie. The lemon and lime dresses had touches of embroidered floral silk, and combined structured silhouettes from the ‘50s with modern sharp geometric hemlines.

Edwin Alba’s creations were each adorned with a statement silver accessory sewn into the dresses themselves. All made from the same sapphire blue fabric, the dresses were gathered and draped to enhance curves.

Edward James Castro’s resort collection featured bustiers paired with lightweight, sheer bottoms in off-white and muted gold. One look featured what the designer calls a “skolo” or a hybrid of a skirt and button-down polo shirt, while the other had a paper-bag waist with an oversized bow, finished in a midi length. Models wore white flowers in their hair and mod white sunglasses for an added summer vibe.

Babes Garzo’s pieces included a one-sleeved butter yellow full length dress, a cape and skirt outfit in radiant orchid, and a simple sheath with tropical flower appliques.

Lord Maturan’s cocktail dresses had fitted tops with embellishments on sheer fabric, with different flouncy and flirty skirts for each dress of mint green, nude and bright pink.

Mel Maria’s dramatic, leg baring pieces had long, billowy cape-like overlays and feathery accents at the shoulders, one in all white with delicate lace details, and the other with bolder red.

Glittering formal wear by Philipp Tampus was done in shimmery fabrics and sparkling embellishments, all done in a palette of rose gold and champagne.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 23, 2014.

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