First Filipino invited for Macao Fashion Festival opening show
ONE of Cebu’s talented fashion designers in Hanz Coquilla showcased his designs at the Macao Fashion Festival held at The Venetian Macao last year. Creations from his couture brand Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura were seen on the runway which not just showed raw talent—but pure Cebu talent.
Hanz will once again be presenting his collection at this year’s Macao Fashion Festival, which is an achievement considering that for one to be a part of the festival, one must be invited.
“Last year, Ichael Serneo, my partner, contacted the organizers of the Macao Fashion Festival. He told them about our interest in joining the show. I’m glad that they responded right away,” he recalled about the time he opted to join. “They asked for several stuff like a portfolio, magazine write-ups and articles, photos from my other shows and a lot more. For a designer to qualify for a spot at any fashion show or fashion festival can literally mean blood and sweat,” he said.
All that paid off given the results.
“It’s every artist’s dream to showcase their works abroad and mine came true in Macao. Although it wasn’t my first time showcasing my works abroad, it was the first time that I personally attended the show. I saw with my very own eyes the reaction of the audience. How they accepted me in their own country was so cool!”
For this year, Hanz was personally invited by the organizers on behalf of the Macao government to join the festival, making him the first Filipino to ever join Macao Fashion Festival and the first and only Filipino to be invited to join the opening show.
This year, designs from his Spring/Summer 2019 collection from his brand Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura will be seen on the runway ranging from tailored jumpsuits to long flowy dresses, to name a few.
“My collection for this season is easy and breezy. A lot of lightweight fabrics like chiffon, tulle and silk. It’s a totally different collection from last year!”
Macao Fashion Festival will be held at Florence Hall, The Venetian Macao on Oct. 18.