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A Look at the Creations of the Country’s World-Class Fashion Designers

Five of the most-celebrated creative minds in the Philippine fashion scene gathered together for a World-Class fashion show—here are our favourite looks.

In celebration of its 20th year, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino brought together five of the most celebrated minds in the Philippine fashion industry last October 6. The hotel boasts this momentous year’s pinnacle event by bringing in Michael Cinco, Francis Libiran, Furne Amato, Ezra Santos and Cary Santiago for the World Class fashion show. Interestingly enough, each letter in the word ‘class’ stands for the designers’ last names. Is it a coincidence? We think not. 

Though many would raise a brow at the prospect of attending a bridal show, thinking it would be boring, the five designers’ creations proved to be anything but that. Of course, you’ve got to remember that these are designers who’ve made names in the fashion scene across the globe. That raised eyebrow of skepticism will turn into raised eyebrows of wonder once you get a glimpse of the creations.

That being said, it isn’t hard to see why access to the show was by invitation only, or how no seat was left unoccupied. Let’s not forget that celebrities like Dawn Zulueta and Derek Ramsay were in attendance, as well as Cebu’s high-profile personalities like Margot Osmeña, Christina Garcia-Frasco, Marguerite Lhuillier, Claudia Yeung, and many more. 

Michael Cinco, Furne Amato and Ezra Santos flew in all the way from Dubai for this event. The three designers carried a total of almost 800 kilos of luggage—all full of gowns! Francis Libiran flew in from Metro Manila, and Cebu-based Cary Santiago readily got everything in place for the show.

C for Michael Cinco

Michael’s the first Filipino designer to showcase his collection at Paris Fashion Week and has built an international clientele, dressing celebrities like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Mila Kunis, Sophia Vergara, Tyra Banks, Paris Hilton, and many more. He’s also designed the million-dollar wedding dress for heiress, Victoria Swarovski, in June 2017.

At the World Class fashion show, his ethereal designs were showcased in Cebu for the first time. His collection featured his signature crystal-embedded designs, with the airy notes of the opera music in the background.  

L for Francis Libiran

Francis’ designs are as charming as he is. Since he was 8 years old, he knew that he wanted to get into fashion design. He’s dressed Nikki Reed at the Oscars, Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, Miss World 2013 Megan Young, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzback. 

His collection featured dreamy, billowing silhouettes. Fresh and reminiscent of spring, the colour palette made use of pastels like lavender, blue, and pink. Each model that walked down the runway was like a fairy that relished in the spring blooms. 

A for Furne Amato

Furne has made a name for himself in Dubai for the past decade, dressing an exclusive private clientele with his creations, with most of them residing in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, and others gracing the covers of magazines and attending red-carpet worthy events in Hollywood in his creations. He’s designed for Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Amber Rose, Vice Ganda and Maymay Entrata. 

Perhaps the most avant garde collection, Furne’s designs were boldly in white—so white, that even his models wore white-blond wigs to complete the look! Coupled with the hauntingly beautiful background music of church bells ringing, it was a collection that gave us goosebumps. 

S for Ezra Santos

The Dubai-based Filipino designer is one of the leading fashion figures in the Persian Gulf, boasting a reputable clientele, such as Arab and European royalties, along with Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities, including Lady Gaga.

Ezra’s collection showcased crips and classic silhouettes, and seemed to be inspired by the fashion worn by British royalty like Kate Middleton. His designs were dainty and feminine, like something you’d wear to enjoy afternoon high tea with royalty. 

S for Cary Santiago

He’s designed for the women of the presidential family, the beauties of the most recent Miss Universe 2018 and Binibining Pilipinas pageants. 

His collection was a mixture of textures that meshed together perfectly, such as satin and thick, heavy lace. Inspired by avian species such as the dove and the swan, the designs had flowy, airy silhouettes. 

 

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Careless’ WAVY BABY Takes Over Sinulog

Careless’ first ever music festival, Wavy Baby, is bound to make the return of Sinulog one for the books.

Wavy Baby is a two-day music festival happening on January 13-14, 2023 at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City, Cebu with a lineup of over 20 artists recognized both locally and internationally.

Wavy Baby will feature international performers Pink Sweat$, Bambam, Sunmi, The Rose, Bag Raiders, Manila Grey, and Yultron. All artists signed under Careless namely, James Reid, Massiah, Jolianne, Lesha, August Wahh, Issa, SOS, Destiny Rogers, and A-Team will also be performing. Other Filipino acts include Ben & Ben, December Avenue, Urbandub, Franco, Denise Julia, and more. The festival will also feature local Cebuano acts such as Cookie$, The Sundown, Mandaue Nights, Three Legged Men, and Wonggoys.

Careless’ CEO, Jeffrey Oh, says “We’re really excited to do Wavy Baby in Sinulog because it’s the biggest and most historic festival in the Philippines. We want to build a festival that brings the best of the Philippines and the world together to meet and celebrate life and culture, which is what Sinulog is all about. We call it Wavy Baby because we want a wavy lifestyle and a wavy mindset. It also pays homage to Sinulog because the Sinulog symbols are water and the baby Jesus so it’s also a nod to that as well. We’re excited to be part of the Cebu family and build something special that hopefully we can repeat year after year.”

The festival itself will be held at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City, Cebu. There will be an Artist Lounge, VVIP Lounge, a VIP Area in front of the stage, Cocktail Pods, Sponsor’s Hives, and Market Pod.

The Cocktail Pod serves as an area for anyone to purchase drinks at the venue while the Market Pod is designated for food and other merchandise that will be sold. The Sponsor’s Hive will be where Wavy Baby’s brand partners will have different booths that festival goers can visit.

Regular Tickets are priced at Php 8,510 for VIP and Php 4,260 for General Admission. One-day Passes are also now available at Php 5,540 for VIP and Php 2770 for General Admission.

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Wavy Baby Website – www.wavybabyfest.com 

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CEBU KALEIDO: A Night of Fashion and Celebration at Crimson Mactan Resort and Spa

Miranda Konstatinidou’s beautiful beach wear and jewellery worn by her guests at an intimate beach party at Crimson Resort in Mactan. Konplott is Miranda’s luxury fashion accessory brand sold in Europe, worn by fashion icons and celebrities (no, it’s not sold locally) while her exclusive beach wear in silk are fabric designed by her, are also sold in high end resorts around the world. Meanwhile, Crimson Resort in Mactan will officially close temporarily for a makeover as most of their beachfront villas were damaged heavily by last December.s super typhoon Odette. Here’s to a great reopening of Crimson in a few months. (photography by Steffen Billhardt)

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Largest Skechers Store in the Philippines 
Opens at Ayala Center Cebu

Skechers, The Comfort Technology Company™, is continuing its expansion in the Philippines with the opening of its largest store in the country at Ayala Center Cebu.

Following the recent opening of five (5) locations in Metro Manila and one (1) in North Luzon, the new Skechers store in the queen city of the south, Cebu City, is in the heart of the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, and sets the global lifestyle brand up to deliver stylish and innovative footwear and apparel to more Filipinos in the Visayas.

 

“We are delighted to continue our expansion in the country with the opening of our largest store in the Philippines here at Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu City,” shared Skechers Philippines country manager Sue Pasustento. “With its prime location and an extensive offering of Skechers footwear, apparel and accessories, this store will be a showpiece for the brand and allow more Cebuanos to directly experience the comfort, style and innovation that defines Skechers around the world.”

Located on the 1st Floor of Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu City, the latest Skechers store in the Philippines features a mid-century modern style inspired design, opening the interior space to bring in the outdoors. The 3,400-square-foot store will offer a wide range of Skechers footwear, apparel and accessories including fashion product, lifestyle looks and Skechers Performance shoes for sport enthusiasts, including Skechers GO WALK, one of the brand’s best-selling categories.

Skechers’ offering is enhanced with the company’s signature comfort innovations—including its patented Skechers Arch Fit Technology™, Skechers Max Cushioning Technology™, Skechers Hyper Burst Technology™, Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam®, Skechers Relaxed Fit Technology™ and Skechers Stretch Fit Technology™.

Skechers’ wide selection of versatile and functional apparel, which include hoodies, jackets, sportswear and shirts, as well as socks, backpacks and hats, allows consumers to dress head-to-toe in active lifestyle looks. 

Established in 1992, Skechers’ reputation for style, innovation, quality, and comfort have helped the brand expand worldwide. In 2021, the company transitioned its operations in the Philippines, becoming a directly owned operations and expanding its capital investment in the country. Skechers now has five stores in Metro Manila and seven total retail destinations across the Philippines.

 

About Skechers USA Philippines, Inc. and Skechers USA, Inc.

Skechers USA Philippines, Inc. is operated by Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), The Comfort Technology Company based in Southern California. Skechers designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company’s collections are available in over 180 countries and territories through department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through digital stores and 4,308 Company- and third-party-owned physical retail stores. The Company manages its international business through a network of wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint venture partners, and distributors. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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