Seeing someone wearing an outfit crafted by a Filipino designer on a catwalk is already a source of pride for those who appreciate Pinoy ingenuity. And what could be more exciting than witnessing it at a fashion show in the renowned city of Los Angeles? That’s right, the largest city in the world-famous state of California, also known as the City of Angels.
During the recent Los Angeles Kids Fashion Show (LAKFS) held in North Hollywood, the spotlight was on children who showcased carefully designed and embroidered outfits created by a group of talented Filipino designers. Leading the pack was Amiel Noble, a California-based designer originally from Lumban, Laguna, hailed as the “Hand Embroidery Capital of the Philippines.”
Joining Noble were Loj Tonacao, also from the same province, which was immortalized by lady rocker Sampaguita in the classic folk rock song of the same name. Ronnie Nacua hails from Davao City, known as the “Crown Jewel of Mindanao,” and completing the quartet of designers for the show, titled Floral Fantasy, was Suzy Tamasy from Canada.
This was already the second season of LAKFS, following their previous offering titled Precious Moments held last November.
Noble, who moved to the US in 2001, expressed his delight in being part of both seasons as his brand continues to grow.
“I take pride in the craftsmanship that we have. I wanted to showcase the business, tradition, and culture of Lumbeños,” he said.
The grand opening of Noble Creations is set to take place on June 11 in Artesia, California. Despite being an architect by profession, Noble realized that he should pursue a business he is passionate about and well-versed in. He is pleased with the growing success of his brand as they incorporate modernism into their designs, appealing to the new generation.
Notable Fil-Am figures, including viral rapper EZ Mil and blogger-podcaster MJ Racadio, who has been featured on the Blogtalk Hollywood platform and earned spots at the Miss Universe and Golden Globe Awards, have worn wardrobe pieces from Noble’s creations.
I had the opportunity to witness Floral Fantasy myself, and I can confidently say that the Philippines has a bright future in fashion. The show featured talented and stylish kids, radiating innocence and sweet vibes on the runway. The event also showcased impressive performances, such as 10-ye ar-old Ysabella Loyola belting out her version of Beyonce’s “Listen.”
“It’s always a thrilling experience to perform, and I’m grateful for the chance to share my love of music with others,” expressed the young girl.
The Purple Smurples, an upcoming band, delivered an interesting performance with their captivating stage presence.
Marte Productions, the force behind LAKFS, is quickly establishing itself as a fashion cornerstone within the Filipino-American community in Los Angeles and its neighboring areas.
“I want to be the instrument to uplift the confidence of many,” stated executive producer Priscilla Marte, who has overcome personal challenges and apparently grew up without a father and playmates for unknown reasons.
Marte found valuable support in LAKFS fashion director Lyndon Apostol, an actor-singer-dancer who, according to a write-up, “teaches children the art of motion.” Marte promised, “The Los Angeles Kids Fashion Show will continue to inspire children to develop their confidence, create lasting memories, and serve as an inspiration to other children.”