CAGAYAN DE ORO

When interior design and fashion meet

(Contributed photo)

WHEN you think of the word “fashion,” what comes to mind? Do you think about outrageous outfits? Cocktail dresses? Tranksuits?

Whatever your impressions are, fashion plays an important role in today’s society. However, it starts with the couture house.

Being the personal architect of the Queen of Mindanaoan Fashion, Guela Ampong, a lot of ideas were expressed which took long enough to conceptualize the house.

When I visited the shop for the very first time, my first impression was “Mura gyud siya’g balay.”

Looking at the shop along the street of Recto Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro, I envisioned something that will structurally change the house through dynamic architecture re-calibrating classicism.

Through her continuing fascination with the history of clothing in Mindanao, the making of new Guela has officially started. As the mastermind of her new couture house, it transpired in mind that the long wait is over.

Guela is the epitome of her perfect spontaneous combinations of what she truly embodies: “elegance and luxury.” Her artfully unexpected mixtures express a new form of luxury in the fashion industry.

“Personally, I’m constantly looking for new and invigorating ideas that suited her embodiment as a person with her wholeheartedly passion and that’s what truly complete the entire idea in the making.”

When my design meets the interior, it gives a glimpse of one of a kind design that illuminates the unique style and inventiveness of the space.

Guela’s couture interiors are a fusion of high quality essence, extravagant and fashionable design.

“I totally make sure that the created design combines classic with contemporary pieces that will give the space trend-setting style. A touch of modern and class luxury amid rich in architectural details that elevates elegance of the space while giving it an of-the-moment appeal. Cleanliness, a simple soothing color pallet, lovely rhetoric crystal chandelier, trend-setting lighting and beautifully crafted furniture design in classic silhouettes highlights and marks the rich space as couture and that’s what the new Guela stand for.”

I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think something’s not good enough, and I won’t stop until I feel like I’ve made it and together with the kind of boss I have.

I know I impress her so much with the astonishing development of her new couture house. My work with this project is going to fulfill a large part of my life it is indeed challenging in every aspect, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe, is great work.

And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

One thing I’ve learned in this journey: “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” (Usman D. Macarambon)


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