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In Focus: Kermit Tesoro

When I first saw Kermit’s designs, I could only think of one name – the great Alexander McQueen. He’s no copy cat though as Kermit interlaced his unique and very own aesthetics with such intricate details that would make you salivate and wonder how on earth he’s getting all his inspirations.

Tesoro studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute Of The Philippines and fashion marketing at the School Of Fashion And The Arts. His radical approach to his creatives are derived from “his self advocacy on technology and unconventional materials translated in fashion context – from his website”.

scanned from Preview August 2010 issue

His shoe designs are to die for as well! Boasting OOAK designs, his creations are pre-ordered in his website and selling fast like there’s no tomorrow.

2-toned heelless shoes, pre-order for $650 plus shipping
heelless shoes, pre-order for $650 plus shipping

skull heel boots, pre-order for $600 plus shipping
from his collection during the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011 

shoes / collection photos are from his official website www.kermittesoro.com 

This unconventional genius is set to invade the  haute couture arena and I can’t wait to see him doing shows in Paris or Milan soon! I know it will happen! I’m pretty sure about it!

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In Focus: Thakoon Panichgul

Thailand born designer Thakoon Panichgul made his debut back in 2004 with his first ready to wear collection after studying at Parsons Schools of Design from 2001-2003.

You may very well know him as part of The September Issue, a documentary film about the creation of American Vogue’s biggest issue to date back in 2007 that led him to create a line for GAP.

President Obama with his family

His most popular client is none other than the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

With Raquel Zimmerman

With Riley Keough

With Actress Mia Wasikowska

“Since his appearance on the fashion scene 4 years ago, American designer Thakoon has quickly become a favorite with celebrities and stylists, whose customers include Rachel Bilson, Demi Moore, and Sarah Jessica Parker. He has become known for sensual, feminine designs that are modern and innovative, which also reflect his Asian roots.”

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In Focus: Monique Lhuillier

Filipinos have all heard about the surname Lhuillier  in the Philippines as it is one of the most popular pawn shops in the country but for someone who doesn’t know this, they have heard of this last name with French-origin from a designer who made the wedding gown of Britney Spears, the beautiful red carpet gowns of Catherine Zeta and just recently, that magnificent nude dress Mandy Moore wore at the 83rd Academy Awards.  The bearer of this name is none other than Monique Lhuillier who’s taking the bridal scene and couture world by storm.

Mandy Moore

Britney Spears wearing her $26,000 Monique Lhuillier Wedding Gown.

Monique is the daughter of Michel J. Lhuillier, a businessman of french descent, and socialite and former Filipino model Amparito Llmas. The family owned the M. Lhuillier Financial Services which runs around 1, 400 branches all over the Philippines.

She studied design at the Fashion Institute Of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles where her fashion house is currently based.

While at FIDM, Monique launched her first bridal collection which became the start of her vision to establish a fashion house.

In 2003, she was invited to be a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Some of her celebrity clients includes Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mandy Moore and many more.

Kristen Stewart

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Locally, she made the wedding dress of the Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez.

Regine Velasquez

Here’s to more years of success and the hopes of her staging a show in Manila! Cheers!

Credits : Pink Mag Line / Sunstar.com.ph / Style.com / Wikipedia
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In Focus: Angela Tagoch

We’ve been trying to get hold of Angela for a while now and at long last, we finally got  some insights from her and we’re very much thrilled to present our designer in focus for this month.

Angela Tagoch was born and raised in the southern part of the  Philippines and she studied Communication Arts in Journalism at a university in Manila. After working as a fashion show organizer and a part time model,  Angela moved out of the country and went to England but came home after a year feeling that it’s not the place for her. She eventually went to Sweden where she pursue Fashion and Technology and where she is now currently based.

Here’s our private online interview with one of the rising fashion designers of Sweden and soon, someone we believe that will conquer the fashion industry in no time!

When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?

I think the real realization started when I moved to Sweden as I met friends working in fashion and arts though I already worked as a ramp model and event organizer in the Philippines. I also designed wedding dresses and party dresses for some people I know and friends of friends so I already had a few background in fashion before I even moved to England and Sweden.

What was the first thing you ever designed?

When I was maybe 7 or 8 yrs. old I started designing barbie doll dresses and sold them to my playmates. I remember the time when their moms complained to my mom that their girls were not buying lunch in school and just opted to buy Barbie dresses from me!

Where do you usually get your inspirations and how long does it take you to construct a piece?

I think inspiration could be gotten from many different things. It really depends on what I’m up for. I love traveling a lot and to be inspired by learning different cultures, traditions and look how people carry themselves on the streets. I love taking long walks too in some parks here in Sweden.

Paris is my fascination at the moment so I go back and forth that city to get some inspiration and watch some posh   women on the street. I think it’s very interesting how fashion is being appreciated in many different places! I remember designing my very first two piece that I used in Greece before. It was Philippine “Igorot” inspired! I don’t remember where I kept it though. I might have just stored it in the stock room!

Being inspired is the heart of my job. I try my best to be always inspired.  I often look at nice buildings and interiors in Europe, watching fountains and nice flowers in the parks and of course it’s very important that I hang out with people who give me inspiration and good energy! A simple dress could sometime just take 24 hours without sleeping which I try to avoid as I want to be a healthy designer too! But there are dresses that could take a month or 3. That’s when I make it myself. It could take 2-4 months though when I send it to the production and that includes the design finalization, pattern making, construction, production and my quality control and of course the length of shipping.

Who are of your favorite designers?

I used to super love John Galliano of Christian Dior but I heard and saw the video of the latest issue about him when I was in Paris so that totally switched me off a bit. So yes, next to that is Chanel, I admire her life story and how she made it to her success. Fashion is a very tough industry, not all of us fashion designers make it in the fashion/business world but with the right time management, planning, a lot of patience and of course God’s guidance, I know there could be a bright future for a person who really wants to stay standing in this field.

How long have you worked as a designer?

Well… I started designing since high school in the Philippines. I designed dresses for debutants, wedding dresses and party dresses for women who like going to different kinds of posh occassions and also designed dresses for myself when I was attending events and some special occassions. Then continued here in Sweden… And here in Sweden mainly almost 3 yrs. while joggling it with studies. And yes, I do love to multi- task!

What are your criteria on selecting models? A good appearance with a healthy diet is very important for me. I like my models to look healthy and not anorexic but I think what’s most important for me is that working with models who have good characters.

What matters to you most as a fashion designer?

I want to be able to enhance women’s appearance and confidence by them wearing my designs. I think when a woman feels good about what she’s wearing that also reflects on her appearance and brings out more confidence!

It’s also my dream to reach my goals as a fashion designer as by that I’d be able to give more jobs to Filipinos. I admire Filipinos’ workmanship and talent so I’m aiming for more projects with them. Right now, I produce some of my dresses in a place in the Philippines.

Do you sketch  your designs or you’re actually constructing them?

Sketching is a must but when I try something new or just wanna be inspired with some fabrics and materials then I just try to construct it on my doll, sit and look at it then just go on!

Based on your creations, what do you like most about designing couture dresses?

What I like about designing couture dresses is that I could design freely and be wild with every detail I want to add on each design. I think the idea of designing couture is to be able to express how a designer want her/his inspirations shown. I sometimes design dramatic big long dresses or even just simple ones but still with touch of class.

What is your personal style? Is it similar to your line?

I’m so much of  feminine myself when I attend special occasions and events so yes the dresses that I design are the dresses that I would wear myself, definitely! I do enjoy dressing down though. I think it’s relaxing to just wear a pair of really short denim shorts with tights in when it’s winter and without tights when it’s summer, a not so lose shirt with it and a comfy pair of white sneakers! My outfit really depends on the occasion or even my mood. I think it’s very important that a woman wears a really nice comfy dress or clothing when she feels a bit down so it would boost her confidence more.

What are your goals right now as a fashion designer?

Right now i’m working on having more photoshoots in different places maybe Paris soon and Copenhagen! Basically, I travel often to be more inspired and just hang out with good people when I have spare time. And of course i’m planning to have more fashion shows to show my creations to people.

What are your favorite colors and fabrics to work with?

I do love different kinds of colors, actually. Though it depends on the skin tone of my client. I usually use various colours that would enhance my client’s appearance but if I would have to choose what color I often use for wedding dresses then that would be Ivory. And yes of course, I love different kinds of colors. Like it could be shocking ones or light light ones. Right now my favorite this season is blue-blue!

You can never go wrong with fabrics like tafetta, chiffon and silk. These are usually the materials that I love using but I also love using just simple fabrics and create volumes and some texture on it myself. This way I could make it look more original.

You just had your show, what were your inspirations for the show?

The show was actually the biggest Wedding Fair in Sweden. I was blessed to be a part of it and showed some of my designs. Most of my designs were luckily featured on the local news here in Sweden.

The collection that I showed had a few inpirations that I got from many things. For example Dorothy ” Couture” Dress was Turning Torso of Sweden inspired. It’s a very famous building here in Sweden that was even featured on Discovery Channel because of it’s extra ordinary spiral construction.

The Turning Torso Of Sweden

Dorothy “Couture” Dress has a Turning Torso spiral touch and constructed with some modern texture than being just a plain fabric. I like it when a dress has a unique detail and a nice texture. I normally create the texture myself as I want it to be it to be different.

Where can readers find you and your work? and Yes! Where can we buy your stunning creations!!!??!!

At the moment people could meet me and see my creations at a Showroom in Malmö, Sweden about 25 mins. drive from Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s located at Att: Gallery Norra Vallgatan 64 B 211 22 Malmö, Sweden.

People could also contact some fashion agents in Sweden, Berlin, Paris and England. They may refer to my website for more info at  http//www.angelatagoch.com. or at angelatagoch.blogspot.com

by Emma Gunnarsson
by Alexandre CROUZAT

You can also visit Angela’s Facebook Page at Angela Tagoch


Checking out her works, we are amazed at how detailed each piece are. Some are very simple yet intricately thought of. We’re hoping that she’d soon stage a fashion show here in Manila.

Angela Tagoch only proves that Filipino talents are truly world-class! With sheer passion and talent, we will surely be seeing more of Angela and her creations making the rounds of the fashion capitals of the world!

photos courtesy of Angela Tagoch

In Focus: Veejay Floresca

Philippines’ very own Veejay initially wanted to pursue Law  just like his lawyer Dad who was killed when he was 16 while working on a case; Life wasn’t so easy back then but his talent was just truly undeniable and he eventually went to De La Salle-College Of Saint-Benilde School Of Design and Arts as a working student while maintaining a full scholarship.

After College, he became the head designer of his friend’s clothing shop, Accent & Details which became his training ground.

Soon after, he was casted in the first season of Project Runway Philippines where he finished as one of the runners-up. Although he didn’t win the competition, Veejay became one of the youngest most promising designers in the country. And now, one of the most sought after as well!

part of his collection during the Philippine Fashion Week SS 2011


You  might also remember him as part of that viral “We Love You Maria Venus Raj” Youtube video with millions of views all over the world. (^_^)

Check him out at his Address & Contacts:

3552 Durango Corner Emilia StreetBarangay Palanan, Makati CityPhilippines
veejayfloresca@gmail.com or follow him on twitter @veejayfloresca.

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In Focus: Mich Dulce

If there’s a word to rightfully describe Mich’s creations, it would have to be Fantabulous — yeah, it’s a mashed-up of fantastic and fabulous because this girl is seriously wErking it! Having a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Communications Track, Mich fashion prowess were honed even more when she attended fashion schools in the UK and the US. Just last year, this Filipina Fantabulous designer won the International Young Creative Entrepreneur  award for Fashion at the London Fashion Week gaining more prestige for her work of arts and bringing honor to the Philippines. Hats off to you girl!

here’s a couple of peepz wearing her creations! —it’s just Adam Ant and Anna Dello Russo…

At the moment, her one of a kind hats are the hottest thing ever! We literally die when she posted her Spring Summer 2011 Collection — We seriously want them all!

See the rest of her collection at her website: bitchdulce.blogspot.com / michdulce.com

credits: Peter Stiger and Ana Clara Garmendia , Rick Smee -Getty Images, Style Bible

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In Focus: Alexander McQueen

It’s been exactly 10 months since Alexander McQueen’s body was found hanged at his home in London. A sad, sad event that left the whole fashion and entertainment industry mourning for this great loss.  Lee Alexander McQueen, without question was a genius that revolutionized fashion in such a daring and ferocious manner. Clearly, with his technically and aesthetically creative works; McQueen will eternally be remembered!

Karlie Kloss

A Few Things About Lee:

He was awarded “British Designer of the Year” four times!

Camilla Belle

He was the creative Director of GUCCI.


He was the head designer of GIVENCHY from 1996-2001.

Katie Holmes

He was discovered by Isabella Blow who also committed suicide in 2007.

Lady Gaga

His patrons includes Lady Gaga, Camilla Belle, Katie Holmes and Rihanna to name a few.

His creations will be immortalized next year at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that will stage Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

He brought a uniquely British sense of daring and aesthetic fearlessness to the global stage of fashion. In such a short career, Alexander McQueen’s influence was astonishing – from street style, to music culture and the world’s museums. His passing marks an insurmountable loss. – Anna Wintour

Local magazine, PREVIEW also paid their tribute on their 15th anniversary issue last June with model Georgina Wilson wearing recreations of McQueen’s most iconic looks.


Hail to THE Queen!

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In Focus: Zac Posen

DOB: October 24, 1980
Manhattan, New York City

Zac Posen is one of the youngest and most prolific designer of our generation. Inborn with passion for fashion, young Zac interned with fashion designer Nicole Miller when he was on his sophomore year at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn. After graduating from high school, Posen was mentored by Richard Martin at the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and by 18, he was accepted at London’s Central saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha

He had his big break when he made a dress for supermodel Naomi Campbell. At age 21, he had his first collection as part of the GenArt’s Fresh Face in Fashion New York. Sheer talent brought him connections and awards most notably the Swarovski’s Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2004.

Doutzen Kroes with Zac Posen

Some of his clients includes Hollywood Heavyweights Natalie Portman, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Rihanna among others…

Zac Posen and Natalie PortmanZac with Actress Natalie Portman, one of the first celebrities to wear his creations.

Recently, Zac made a deal to create a collection exclusively sold from Target named  Zac Posen For Target.

to get intouch with him

13-17 Laight St.
New York, NY 10013
T: 212-925-1263
F: 212-925-1264

Press Contact:
450 W. 15th St. Suite 604
New York, NY 10011
Contact: Renee Barletta
T: 212-590-5123
F: 212-590-5101

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In Focus: Marc Jacobs

At a young age of 15, Jacobs already worked as a stockboy at Charivari, a clothing botique in New York City. He then studied at Parsons The New School for Design which gave him accolades such as the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award, Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award and Design Student of the Year Award –all in the same year of 1984.

Jacobs designed his first collection for Reuben Thomas, Inc., and eventually began designing for Perry Ellis after the demise of its founder. In 1986, he designed his first collection bearing the Marc Jacobs label and the following year was awarded the Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent, which is the fashion industry’s highest tribute given by The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

1997 was the year when Jacobs was appointed Creative Director of luxury French fashion house, Louis Vuitton creating the company’s first ready-to-wear line.

In April 2010, Jacobs was included in  TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Her Fashion Muses includes celebrity designer-fashionista Victoria Beckham, Actressess Kirsten Dunst,Wynona Ryder, Dakota Fanning and director Sofia Copolla – her number one  muse who starred in ads for both Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton label.

On a personal note, Jacobs who is openly gay has been married with Advertising Executive Lorenzo Martone that didn’t last for a year.

Marc Jacobs Collections in recent years

(Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss)

(Gisele Bundchen and Carmen Kass)

(Jourdan Dunn and Alessandra Ambrosio)

Info fr Style.com, Wikipedia, Teen Vogue

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In Focus: Christian Lacroix

Born Christian Marie Marc Lacroix on May 16, 1951 – this renowned French fashion designer has been all about Haute Couture his whole career which people continue to define as the one of most prestigious and among the best.

His Couture Timeline

1978 – he works at Hermes where in works in the execution of designs.

1980 – work for Guy Paulin (a fellow French designer)

1981 – work at the Jean Patou House

1986 – together with Jean-Jacques Picart, they won their first DŽ dÕOr.

1987 – awarded as the  “Most Influential Designer” by the CFDA

2002 – received the insignia of Chevalier de la LŽgion d’Honneur from Mr. Bernard Arnault, Chairman of LVMH.

– Christian Lacroix is appointed Artistic Director of the Florentine fashion house EMILIO PUCCI (starting at the Milan Fashion Week in October 2002 for the spring-summer 2003 collection).

The Christian Lacroix House Located at  73, rue du Faubourg Saint HonorŽ, Paris, France had their first collection in 1987 which higlighted the opposition to minimalism that was the style during that time. Their second collection in 1988 was awarded the DŽ dÕOr and the rest as they say, is a COUTURE history.

Christian Lacroix through the years..


Christian Lacroix Paris

73 rue du Faubourg Saint-HonorŽ
75008 Paris
Tel : 00 33 1 42 68 79 00
FAX : 00 33 1 42 68 79 51

United States
Christian Lacroix New York
19 east 57th street
New-York Ny-10022
Tel : 1 212 931 2000

Few designs off  his Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2009-2010

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