Filipino fashion designers made a bold statement during the February instalment of this year’s London Fashion Week with designs aimed at supporting communities and rallying behind the cause of women empowerment.
Davaoeña designer Cheri-Lou Aranjuez launched her new line at a London Fashion Week show in Millennium Gloucester Hotel on 16 February featuring bags that were hand crafted by the female inmates of Compostela Valley’s Montevista District Jail and fabrics woven by stay-at-home mothers.
“I am very, very proud to raise the Philippine flag higher and bolder,” gushed Aranjuez, whose second time it was to participate in London Fashion Week under the House of Ikons.
Proceeds from the sales of Aranjuez’s designs during the show will be donated to the Mayas Foundation, which provides support for rape survivors.
MitchDesunia, the Filipino fashion designer behind Mode UK also launched her children’s line during London Fashion Week. Desunia launched a new collection of whimsical occasion dresses for children featuring vibrant colours and playful designs.
“Philippine fashion designers are becoming more visible during the bi-annual London Fashion Week,” said Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo. “Representation during London Fashion Week is important because it is an opportunity to put Philippine fashion on the radars of influential fashion buyers, editors, and trend forecasters.”
Last year, a designer from Cagayan de Oro, Martha Rodriguez launched her new line of high-end bags for men and women featuring the traditional textiles of Mindanao’s T’boli, Yakan, and Tausug communities. Rodriguez is the founder and designer behind Vesti, a brand that easily grabbed the attention of fashionistas in the September 2018 London Fashion Week.
London Fashion Week is one of the four major Fashion Weeks in the world, aside from Paris, New York, and Milan. It is the only fashion week that happens twice a year, on February when autumn/winter collections are launched, and on September for the subsequent spring/summer seasons.