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Next-gen style innovators introduce fashion beyond boundaries

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Over a hundred fashion innovations had their runway debut at the highly-anticipated Sinulid 2024 at the Podium Hall.

It presented a retrospective of distinct organic visions, design possibilities, and creative processes that immersed the spectators into a temporal and spatial journey in the multiverse of fashion.

Digital creators Matt Santiago (left) and Jahd Ong also graced the event

Exploring the concept Beyond Boundaries, the annual showcase exhibited the talents, skills, and craftsmanship of the graduating Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) students of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Environment and Design (SED).

The showcase was comprised of four acts, with an array that ranged from ready-to-wear garments to couture pieces.

Fashion designer Daryll Maat (left) with Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising educator Tracey Tabora

Continuum (Timeless Flair) presented sophisticated and ethereal looks that elevated the classic silhouettes, whereas Pulse (In the Moment) introduced fresh and bold takes on current trends.

Frontier (Cutting Edge) exhibited experimental textiles, material exploration, and design techniques while Boundless (Fusion of Eras) wrapped up the show with a unique blend of the quintessential and the contemporary which bridged the gap of the past, present, and future.

Fashion designer Viña Romero is an alumna of the Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising program

The display channeled the young artists’ advocacy to break expectations and address prejudices about being a designer in the 21st century.

Each piece was meticulously conceptualized and handcrafted by the budding talents, who translated their varied narratives and experiences in an exploration of the infinite diversity of identity and existence.

In her speech, fashion designer and Benilde FDM Chairperson Ionica Abrahan Lim acknowledged the hard work and dedication of each student.

Abraham Guardian of HA.MÜ attends the event wearing an outfit from his brand’s collection

Addressing the students, she stated, “Sinulid is a celebration of you overcoming all the challenges, especially those leading up to this event, because of your passion, commitment, and perseverance.”

Abrahan Lim, a homegrown talent of the program herself, likewise recognized the sacrifices of the batch.

“Showing up today to have your creations walk down the runway took a lot of courage and bringing this much art into the world is pure talent,” she added.

The show was graced by Evangeline Flor Manalang, staff head of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) Technology Transfer, Information, and Promotion; James Manganar, TAG Global Product Development and Innovation Manager; and Ryuji Shiomitsu, MEGA Magazine fashion director.

Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising Program Chairperson Ionica Abrahan Lim (left) with Social Media Personality and FANGS owner Mimiyuuuh

Likewise present were style personalities, including social media star and FANGS owner Mimiyuuuh, as well as fashion designers Daryl Maat, Viña Romero, and Ulysses Caragayan, Abraham Guardian of HA.MÜ, plus Dars Juson and Allesandra Gutierrez of REPAMANA – all alumni from the Benilde FDM Program.

Also spotted at the event were fashion designers Cheetah Rivera, MJ Binas, and Maica Salud Tady, as well as digital creators Matt Santiago and Jahd Ong.

The event closed with the recognition of the 10 outstanding collections: Sa Amoa – Garbo sa Gitago by Joshua Mario Daryll Chiong, MARAHUYO Kristina Marie Mariano, Bida by Karl Lanz Andrei Valera, Hunyango by Kristine Mae Tayo, Unveiling the Mask by Denise Adrianne De Leon, Visions of Fantasy by Ma. Juliana Ysabel Velasquez, Unbound by Johanna Lean Nagaño, Sinisinta Kita by Lolen Joy Aran, Desiderium by Angelica Nyles Tan, and [dare to stare] by Arianne Gwen Valdez.

Recognitions were likewise bestowed to promising individuals, to include Design Concept Award to Dhenyze Faith Guevara for Scoop Me Out, Emerging Creative Talent to Reinjamin Riodique for The Outcast, Digital Portfolio Award to Maria Ysaballe Esperanza Maralit for Transference, Fashion Innovation Award to Kristine Ann Ordoñez for Fallibility of Memory, Surface Design Award to Khatyana Lauren Tongco for Comfort Nostalgia, and Brand Concept Award to Micah Alyanna Gomez for ROAD RULES.

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