Approaching things with innocence and child-like wonder in her craft, Nina Amoncio is a rising designer whose vision goes beyond her years
Drawing has always been a symbolic expression of one’s inner psyche. This is why long before children could develop their intellect and emotions, the easiest way they could express themselves is through plucking the most colourful crayon from the box and trying their hardest to flesh out what they see. But fret not, a child’s intelligence is not measured by how accurate or detailed they are. Anything circular may emulate a “head”but to them, it could be a “ball” or a “sun.” It’s this specific ambiguity which makes it an unreliable indicator.
For Nina Amoncio, this unsung art form is what brought her to Rakuten Fashion Week in Tokyo, aptly entitled, GUNITA. “I wanted to feature a visual interpretation of an 8-year old child,” she says.
She also revealed later on that it was her little sister, Ann Suzette, who drew those visuals that were percolated in all of her pieces. “I’m a sentimental designer, that is why oftentimes my designs are geared towards these concepts.” But what does the brand stand for other than the little women and men on her clothes? After showcasing her graduation collection and joining Bench Fashion Week twice (in which she won on her second attempt), she answers,
A definite crowd favourite when she debuted both of her collections at Bench Fashion Week, Nina’s more driven to showcase how far Filipino talent can go.
(This article originally appeared on MEGA Magazine)
Photography KIERAN PUNAY of STUDIO 100
Art Direction NICOLE ALMERO
Hair and Makeup PAMM MERRERA
Model FENELLA OF FARAH MODELS