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10 Young & Rising Fashion Designers Who are Currently on Our Radar

10 Young & Rising Fashion Designers Who are Currently on Our Radar

Red Dimaandal

Posted at February 28, 2020


 


Prom season is here. And even though you might still have exams separating you from this special evening spent swinging with your best friends around the dance floor and reminiscing about years-past, you can at least start seriously considering (if you haven’t yet), what you want to wear.

Whether you’re keen to channel some old school Hollywood glamour, are a resolute minimalist, or a creative spirit through and through, there are dresses and suits perfect for your taste!

Wherever you may take inspiration from, in the end, feeling like yourself and being confident is key. Now that we’ve peaked your interest, let’s go to the real business: the designers on who you can turn to to get that unique prom outfit.

To make things easier for you, on this list, we interviewed some of most inspiring young designers in our country today whose work we've featured in our prom feature starring young on-screen duo Karina Bautista and Aljon Mendoza. Here, they talked about their journey into pursuing fashion, their favorite and non-favorite part about it, and, of course, some prom styling tips!

Jewel Liwag (@sainte.marion)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?

When I was still in the University, I was actually having thoughts of pursuing a business course while still tending to my inner creativity. I was 18 when I decided to pursue fashion, then I realized it was the perfect field to pursue both business and art. Seeing both my needs being fulfilled, I can definitely say that the fashion industry is inherently unique.

What was your first job out of college, and how did you land in that position?

We all know the struggle of a job application, or trying to lock down on a current job to stay stable, especially for those without a diploma like me. That’s why, I feel like I was lucky enough to land a job at Adidas as a working customer service.

What was your biggest fear when you started your own line?

My biggest fear was being unsure of whether or not I was ready to put myself out there in the industry. The world of fashion is harsh, competitive, and unforgiving, with the new designers and brands appearing every single day. And each one of these people graduate from different Fashion Design programs hoping to be the next big name. But in reality, only a small percentage of people can ever turn this into a career.

What role do you think social media plays in fashion today?

The birth of social media has directly influenced creative industries of all kinds including fashion. Once something is seen on the internet, it can instantly make or break a person’s career. The rules of promotion, marketing, and brand image have all been changed forever, for better or for worse.

What is your favorite and non-favorite part about being part of the fashion industry?

I love the challenge of being responsible for my brand’s growth as well as my own personal growth. The struggle is real for everyone but it’s challenges that make life exciting. So I guess you can say my favorite and least favorite parts of the industry are the same.

How do you want people to feel when they’re wearing your clothes?

For the people wearing Saintè Marion, I want them to be in touch with their inner radiance. I want them to feel confident and empowered from the light within themselves. To these people, it is my mission to make them shine in every room they walk into.

Can you share tips on how to style a prom look?

Styling yourself for prom doesn’t have to be a hassle. It’s easy when you follow certain guideline. The first step is to understand the theme of the prom and how your look can either embody the theme or go against it. The second step is to understand what silhouette suites your body and how it can showcase the best parts of you. The third step is to remember your personality be seen through your look. Choose personal accessories, make up can really define your look and who you are.

Jherlie Choy (@sweetiechoy)

When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?

Ever since I was a kid, one of our business was ready to wear (RTW). We had our own factory before and my mom was curating all the clothes that we would sell. She would always ask me what were the latest trends in fashion during those days. I remember she would always commend me when our sales increased because of the design trends I recommended. As far as I can recall, I’ve always loved designing clothes.

I developed an even greater interest in fashion when I won and placed as a champion in a fashion design competition (avant garde design) back in 2012. I also placed among one of the 5 best designers for men’s wear in 2019.

What is your favorite and non-favorite part about being part of the fashion industry?

My favorite part would be being able to interact with different people with the same interest and passion in fashion. Then my non-favorite part of being in fashion is how easy it is for people to copy the designs of other designers, call it their own creation and make a profit out of it. Essentially ripping off other designers from their own hard work.

How do you want people to feel when they’re wearing your clothes?

I want my clients to feel even more confident in themselves when they wear my designs. They could be doing a talk in front of thousands of people, taking pics for the ‘gram or simply just being the most dapper in the room.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started in the fashion scene?

That pursuing a career in fashion is a very daunting career path. One minute you can be the most sought after designer and the next, your collection can be classed as yesterday’s news.

Can you share tips on how to style a prom look? 

Prom look should always be a representation of who you are. You can never go wrong with a classic prom look but just like how each individual is unique, you always have to differentiate your self from the others by incorporating pieces that speak entirely of you. It could be from wearing a red velvet blazer matched with a loud patterned pocket square because it shows people your style and personality. Or it could be adding a touch of sparkle to represent your dazzling character. It should always show the beauty that’s within.

Nikki Almeda (@nixxalmeda)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?

Growing up, I’m always fond of watching my mom create hair accessories and my lola putting embellishments to her gowns. I think i was inspired by them. After college, I had the courage to study dressmaking. My family and friends were my first clients. Then later on, I decided to pursue fashion and took up courses at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines-Sta. Rosa and graduated last 2019.

What was your biggest fear when you started your own line?

My biggest fear was rejection. I was afraid people won’t like my designs. But my mentors were supportive and gave me enough confidence to pursue my passion.

What role do you think social media plays in fashion today?

Social media helps to promote brand awareness and being able to directly connect to the customers and know their insights about the brand.

What is your favorite and non-favorite part about being part of the fashion industry?

My favorite part is when you get to be more creative as the time goes by. There’s always something new in fashion. Meanwhile, my least favorite would be the social gatherings because I could sometimes be an introvert.

Can you share tips on how to style a prom look?

First is your client should be comfortable in it. Then second is look for a design that suits your personality. Do not over do it.

Job Dacon (@jobdacon)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?

It was kind of a snap decision. Growing up as an office guy made me realize that there is more to life than just documents.

What was your first job out of college, and how did you land in that position?

I worked as a graphic artist for an airline magazine.

What was your biggest fear when you started your own line?

My biggest fear when I started out was our studio is that it might just be another clothing line. My vision for the studio is to stand out among others.

What role do you think social media plays in fashion today?

Undoubtedly, social media has revolutionized human interaction. And as time goes, so did fashion. We actually started the studio through the help of various social media handles and it worked out great!

What is your favorite and non-favorite part about being part of the fashion industry?

My favorite part in the industry is the progression of concept to execution. My least favorite? Maybe the notion of people that fashion must be of a certain size, shape, or form.

How do you want people to feel when they’re wearing your clothes?

Strong. I want them to have this "I'm better than you" vibe when they rock our outfits.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started in the fashion scene?

The biggest lesson that I've learned is to ALWAYS secure yourself. Believe in your idea even if the only one believing in it is yourself.

Can you share tips on how to style a prom look?

It's 2020, so pretty much, anything goes. I do, however, prefer a style that harkens to the Old Hollywood Villainess Glamour. Strong and sexy with an air of mystique!

Lovely Trinidad (@lovely__trinidad)

When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?

Since I was a kid, I remember cutting and hand stitching my old clothes for my barbie dolls. I wanted to make my barbie dolls’ dresses different from my friends.

What was your first job out of college, and how did you land in that position? 

I was a model back then. Modeling industry was introduced to me by my college friends.

What was your biggest fear when you started your own line?

Fear of being different. My visions might not be embraced by a lot of people because it does not conform to the norms of beauty.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started in the fashion scene?

The biggest lesson is to be yourself, don’t be afraid about what other people might think, and you can’t please everybody.

Can you share tips on how to style a prom look?

Go for what gives you confidence.

Gilbert Samson (@gilbertinmnl)

When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?

Ever since I was a kid I’ve always been fascinated by the costumes of superheroes in movies, comics and animes that I’ve seen and read. I liked how they put so much detail and it screams personalization to me creating versions of them in paper and giving their costumes an upgrade.

What was your first job out of college, and how did you land in that position?

My very first job out of college was as a freelance talent for soap operas and movies. Apart from that, I got into some modeling gigs back then because I still wanted to explore other things before going to the corporate world.

What role do you think social media plays in fashion today?

I think we have taken most of our design inspirations and outfits from social media: the people we follow, models who strut down the runways, and even our favorite celebrities.

On the business aspect, designers can bring their brand into the fashion scene even before their clothes hit the runway shows. But you need to be prepared for the realities of the fashion industry if you're going to use it as your main platform because putting your designs out there can make or break your career too. People will give you good and bad comments and that's alright, you can’t expect all of them to love your brand aesthetic but you can use it to improve, develop and innovate more.

What is your favorite and non-favorite part about being part of the fashion industry?

I love how designers can be so creative in doing clothes for people who love to dress up and discover trends that are sometimes innovative and non-conforming.

On the other hand, a lot of people are pushing for sustainability yet they still support big fast fashion brands instead of going for local designers or small fashion entrepreneurs.

How do you want people to feel when they’re wearing your clothes?

I want people to feel confident when they wear my clothes. My aesthetic as a designer is incorporating both of my visual and graphic art to my clothes, making simple and timely pieces more interesting. I would love to associate my design as “Imperatively Genderless” where the wearer feels free  while they live a show-stopping moment.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started in the fashion scene?

You can't convince everyone to like your designs, but making a statement and being authentic will make you a great designer. Always do your research and never stop developing your own designs and techniques.

Can you share tips on how to style a prom look?

As a Menswear Designer, my golden rule is to stick with classic pieces to look sharp but never forget that you don't have to blend in all the time. Be creative in accesorizing, picking the right color of your suit and lastly, settle for what's comfortable, you'll be dancing all night so you don't want to be restricted.

Erwin Flores (@erwinspfloresatelier)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?

I believe my interest in fashion goes back as early as 5 years old. My Mom used to consign Children’s wear for mall brands back then and her workshop was my playground. I vividly remember at age 16, my Dad (when he was still alive) would nag me and my siblings about going into business rather than become employees. I told him, fine but what I want was a business geared toward fashion. Story short he brushed it aside because he equated it with being gay.

What was your first job out of college, and how did you land in that position?

I was a Stage Manager for Tanghalang Pilipino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. When I was still attending college, I came in as an apprentice then was part of productions on a per contract basis. Then a position opened to become a resident, I was invited in.

What was your biggest fear when you started your own line?

That I wouldn’t have anything new to offer. I thought I started out too late in this industry and would prove to be irrelevant to the landscape.

How do you want people to feel when they’re wearing your clothes?

Empowered and worthy.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started in the fashion scene?

To be brave enough to stick to your truth and not lose your voice. Be humble enough to be open to learning and be steadfast to rise when you stumble.

Can you share tips on how to style a prom look?

1. Do not get too attached with pegs. It is important to be honest with yourself. Sometimes we get to attached to how celebrities look that we forget we are not them, that we do not have the same body type, skin color, height, etc.

2. Wear something you’d be comfortable in. Not necessarily safe or boring but something you’d be confident you can pull of. Something that will enhance your personality.

Austeen Soriano
 

When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?

I feel like i already knew that I’ll be a fashion designer ever since i was a kid. I would doodle gowns and  play with curtains and blankets then drape them to my sister or my self.

What was your first job out of college, and how did you land in that position?

I started out as a nurse for a few months but was totally unhappy so I applied as an assistant fashion stylist and made my way through before becoming a fashion designer.

What is your favorite and non-favorite part about being part of the fashion industry?

My favorite part would probably the satisfaction of making clothes and showcasing my creative freedom to the world. The cons probably would be that creative people are neither recognized nor respected by people around them—especially when you are young and new.

How do you want people to feel when they’re wearing your clothes?

I want them to evoke positivity and feel the feeling of confidence whenever they wear my clothes.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started in the fashion scene?

Fashion should always have a balance between the creative part and business part of fashion to succeed.

Can you share tips on how to style a prom look?

Always know your proportions and have fun! And choosing the right color for your skintone will definitely make you look good, no matter how simple the gown is.

Joseph Palma

When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in fashion?

I realized this when I was in elementary. Since I was young, I already started making clothes for barbie dolls and uniforms. That’s the time where I think that I want to pursue the fashion industry.

What was your first job out of college, and how did you land in that position?

During my college days, we have an internship in our school. Then I applied in a boutique shop, then went to mama Renee Salud, and after that they hired me as assistant designer for two years.

What role do you think social media plays in fashion today?

In this generation, social media has the biggest role in terms of fashion because there, you can see all the types of clothes. You can also see the trends or fashion events to stay updated.

How do you want people to feel when they’re wearing your clothes?

I want them to feel how elegant they are and feel comfortable wearing it.  

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started in the fashion scene?

The biggest lesson that I learned is than when creating the clothes, you need to have the complete details first, especially in the types of fabric, the color and also the design.

Can you share tips on how to style a prom look?

For me all clothes are good, but it should be presentable and comfortable.

Aiky Nar (@aikynar)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in fashion? 

Ever since, I was really fascinated with women figure. I always appreciate my mom and my sisters dressing up, and finding the right pair of shoes for their clothes. Also, when I was a kid, I loved playing paper dolls and dressing them up, and my imagination began to explore since I started drawing clothes for my paper dolls. At a young age, I've already imagined myself working as a designer

What was your first job out of college, and how did you land in that position?

After college, I've worked at my friend's dress shop in our town and I was his assistant.

What was your biggest fear when you started your own line?

I guess everyone has fears, but for me, my greatest fear is when I'm not being able to deliver. I always want the best for my clients. 

What role do you think social media plays in fashion today?

Social media really made our lives so much easier. Sure, there are always pros and cons but it's the matter of how you use it as a tool to your advantage. Most of my clients, I must say was booked through social media.

What is your favorite and non-favorite part about being part of the fashion industry?

To be honest, being part of this industry is such a great opportunity to be able to express ourselves especially as an artist. I also love that I am able to freely express artistry because fashion is limitless.
And what I dont like about the fashion industry is the way it changes people sometimes. Fashion has this negative effect to people especially to those that became famous and got carried away.

How do you want people to feel when they’re wearing your clothes?

Everytime I create a piece for my clients, I always want to hear them saying that i want to wear another piece from you. I believe that by hearing those words, I satisfied their hunger for fashion. I just want them feel empowered and comfortable.

Can you share tips on how to style a prom look?

Choose colors that will flatter your skin tone and keep your look youthful and fresh! Don't get too excited to show off your skin and never wear designs that will make you look old.

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