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How Benilde designers are innovating

This news article originally appeared in on July 26, 2019. By Ria de Borja.

Angeli Toverada’s The Shadow Self collection features a variety of braids and weaves.

Sinulid: Altered Translation,” the culminating project of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Fashion and Design Merchandising (FDM) graduates, set the groundwork for innovative and diverse fashion for today’s generation.

Held last July 18, it was the second installment of a three-part event, with a range of elegant, trendy, avant-garde and jaw-dropping designs.

On the ground floor of SM Aura Atrium were pop-up booths of ready-to-wear, some conceptual, and others easier to wear.

Created by Fashion Merchandising students, it included Filipiniana-inspired fashion flanked by a campy giant can of sardines, by Pino by Nicole Strawford.

Lya Licaros’ Le Alma collection is inspired by traditional Filipiniana, the maria clara and the “pañuelo.”

HGF by Honey Grace Famisan was about organic, natural designs and embroidery, while Obra by Anna Danica Vergara was a visual feast in bright colors, rainbows and dreamy clouds. These designers gave a focused and unique aspect to their brands.

At the Samsung Hall upstairs, a fashion show was staged with over 50 up-and-coming designers, with over 150 pieces of clothing.

The students did fabric manipulation, painting, dyeing, weaving and burning. Leather and metal were among the materials used.

Sinulid 2019 Emerging Creative Talent of the Year Therese Melliza plays with different shapes, color gradients, beadwork and bold silhouettes to redefine femininity.

The young designers topped each other in individual expression, as well as in innovation. Many looks were eye-catching and off-the-wall, celebrating creativity and personal style.

The designers who bowed on the runway wore their own designs and gave us a good look of how nonmodels could benefit from their designs. It was an exhaustive show filled with astounding concepts.

The students were mentored by industry experts led by Lulu Tan Gan and FDM chair Christine Benet. Consulting collaborators included Andre Chang, Carl Jan Cruz, Chris Diaz, John Herrera, Joel Escober, Punky Tugas and Jerome Salaya Ang. —CONTRIBUTED

Bea Araza’s Reverie collection is a tribute to childhood memories, anchored in the show by the voice of Irish singer Enya.
Inspired by the colors of Africa, Bea Guerrero’s Vorm En Kleur collection wins the Most Innovative Collection award.
From left: SM Aura mall manager Marge de Leon , College of Saint Benilde chancellor Robert Tang, SM senior vice president Millie Dizon, College of Saint Benilde School of Design and the Arts associate dean Cynthia Funk
With its utilitarian and ergonomic concepts, Cheska Federizon’s collection highlights the “beauty on duty” of World War women.

Iricca Lee experiments with rattan and wooden beads combined with fabrics like organza in her Persephone collection, inspired by the queen of the underworld and the goddess of spring.