ILLUSTRADO Magazine Sept 2014

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Filipino Designers Rock London Fashion Week Illustrado’s London fashion correspondent Pea Fierce (a.k.a. Precious Kerr) covers one of the world’s ‘Big Four’ clothing trade shows, the London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 held this month, and witnessed how Filipino designers made a mark with their signature fearlessness and flamboyance. Photos by Joseph Rosales and Anthony Free

DAY 1- MICH DULCE X ZACARIAS Exhibiting from Day 1 at the LFW was Manila-based milliner Mich Dulce who recently collaborated with Zacarias bags which manufactures hand-woven designs by S.C.Vizcarra. According to Rita Nazareno who represents the collection – “Mich’s collection is comprised of 1950’s inspired hats and headpieces with bunny ears that add a fun element. Zacarias bags, on the other hand, are inspired by contemporary art and architectural design. All of the pieces are intricately handwoven and handmade. Materials are sustainable and come from the Philippines, except for the leather which is from Italy. “

the world, Mich Dulce and Zacarias also have a clear mission, and that is to help sustain the handmade crafts industry in the Philippines, while underlining the importance of traditional crafts moving forward within a contemporary world. DAY 2 - THE HOUSE OF IKONS EVENT Filipino Couture designers made massive noise at the House of Ikons event hosted by CEO/Founder, Lady K A.K.A. Savita Kaye. Asked what she finds inspirational with Filipino designers, she said, “The attention to detail, the passion and the creativity. Something that hasn’t been seen before and that is why I’m honoured to have them today. ”

Apart from showing Filipino ingenuity to