3 young RP aspiring designers to compete in global contest

Three young aspiring designers have been selected to represent the Philippines at the grand finale of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016 which will be held in Kuala Lumpur in August 2016.

The Top 3 were selected from the Philippine leg of the Asean-wide designer search auditions held recently in Best Western Antel Plus Hotel in Makati City.

The auditions will continue in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok subsequently to look for the top three young designers to represent each country.

This designer search, which has entered its second year-running, is part of AirAsia's continuous efforts in developing talents and empowering youth across the region and will be a platform for young aspiring designers across the region to catapult their careers in the fashion industry.

Mary Camille Veloso and Bea Samson from Slim's Fashion and Art School and Ron Xavier Santos from Fashion Institute of Design and Arts in Davao went through two rounds of judging and were selected based on design creativity and originality, consistency of their collection, adherence to the Asean team, practicality and stage presentation.

The panel of judges consists of Anthony Cesar Ramirez, Filipino fashion designer; Patrick Galang, fashion editor of L'Officiel Manila; Captain Rolando Ching, chief pilot for training of Philippines AirAsia; Andrew Tan, founder of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready to Wear and Vivy Yusof, founder of FashionValet.

Ching said, "This designer search is a good platform for our young, up-and-coming Filipino designers to showcase their capabilities on an international scale.

It was not easy for us to narrow down to the Top 3 finalists from the hundreds of submissions that came in online as we saw diverse and outstanding sketches displayed today at the audition here in Manila.

The top 3 Filipino finalists will be developing their collection for the runway during the Grand Finale in August and we wish them all the best"

The top three representing the Philippines at the prestigious runway of KL Fashion Week Ready to Wear 2016 will stand a chance to walk away as "AirAsia's Most Promising Young Designer 2016" and prizes worth almost P4 million.

Other prizes include a show segment to showcase his or her full collection at KLFW RTW 2017; mentorship from the KLFW RTW team; P250,000 from the Fashion Valet to produce a capsule collection and sold on fashionvalet.com; and 150,000 AirAsia Big Points.

Source: Tribune