Redefining stories through clothing, these designers and their creative minds are pushing boundaries for the next generation, and are making it one stitch at a time.
To aspiring designers out there, chasing your passions and dreams may seem far-fetched and involve a wild ride that may not be worth it. But hey, with a dose of grit, grind, and creativity, you’ve got this. These up-and-coming designers are living proof that talent and creativity are intertwined, not just in art but also in the narrative woven through every thread, piece, and craft. From avant-garde to the most versatile and memorable pieces, they are bringing their crafts to the forefront and helping make space for what the new generation of Philippine fashion will look like. Check out these five emerging and underrated designers to add to your radar ASAP.
The epitome of contemporary and avant-garde design, ḢA.MÜ is undoubtedly making a mark in the fashion industry with its pieces and stories. The designers behind this brand are using what they learned to create fashion-forward pieces for everyone. Their collection is mostly characterized by a visually playful and interesting aesthetic that certainly gives an eye-catching vibe.
Alyanna Ferrer is a designer reshaping the very essence of style through gender and versatility. Her sustainable designs fascinate with her playful take on color blocking or even the use of neutral tones while using upcycled materials throughout her work, consistently evoking a sense of wonder and admiration. It’s no wonder that her clientele includes the likes of James Reid and Ria Atayde, to name a few.
Raf Villas and his label Rafa Worldwide are names you’re going to be hearing a lot more of soon, especially following his sensational debut at the BYS Fashion Week 2023. Raf’s aesthetic is sultry, avant-garde, and empowering. Adorned by A-listers like Mimiyuuuh and Nadine Lustre, this young creative is more than just a designer. Weaving compelling stories through his creative designs that captivate the eyes, he tells powerful narratives in a way only he can bring to life.
With great visions of designing and reinventing menswear in the most inventive way, Nicolo Perez is a creative weaving the boundaries of men’s clothing. He seamlessly moves between using different kinds of fabric while maintaining his street style look to producing thought-provoking designs and silhouettes.
If you’ve seen Vogue Philippines’ September anniversary cover, then you’ve seen their Ivatan dress worn by Lukreisa and Ivatan hat held by model Rina Fukushi. Through every stitch and silhouette, Lorico Official creates magnificent yet timeless pieces. Rooted in avant-garde as the pillar of their designs and aesthetics, this brand has garnered a lot of recognition around the country, and for good reason. Weaving a narrative of unparalleled creativity and talent, Lorico Official is telling Filipino stories proudly with their garments.