- DTI-CITEM tapped stylist André Chang to lead the agency’s product development initiative for the fashion sector in the upcoming edition of Manila FAME.
If you are looking for OOTD inspirations that are more on the flamboyant and vibrant side, look no further than Manila-based stylist, André Chang. With his visually striking geometric outfits and colorful ensembles, he is sure to draw attention and double takes wherever he goes.
Apart from being a stylist, he also works as a product and brand consultant and has worked for numerous campaigns and fashion shows for brands like Uniqlo, Forever 21, Folded & Hung and SM Malls to name a few.
This year, he takes on a product designer role for the fashion sector of Manila FAME’s recurring product development initiative.
“I feel like working with local entrepreneurs is such an honor for me because I believe in Filipino talent,” said Chang. “There’s so much creativity, expression and ideas from local brands. To be part of that and to be able to collaborate with these people and these brands is a huge thing for me.”
The upcoming edition of Manila FAME will once again hold its product development program through the Design Commune. This initiative aims to connect the country’s top designers with the local community’s up-and-coming fashion and design brands. The program provides them with an opportunity to collaborate and create new pieces that blend the designer’s vision with the exhibitor’s medium and style. The Design Commune will feature and highlight the results of these partnerships at the upcoming trade show to be held at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City, Philippines.
“There’s actually a lot to look forward to,” explained Chang about the April edition of Manila FAME. “To come in as a product designer and see all these brands come together under one roof and witness all the creative designs that they come up with every season, is like being a kid in a candy shop.”
Chang visited each of the fashion exhibitors to collaborate with them and get a better sense of their respective brand identities and who they are as artists. In every meeting, Chang sketched multiple designs inspired by the artistic elements from the exhibitor’s product lineup and his own interpretation of “Heritage Reimagined,” the theme for this year’s Manila FAME. The purpose of these meetings is to create tailor-fit products that seamlessly blend the existing styles and mediums of the exhibitors with the fresh design inputs from Chang.
The exhibitors take the sketches and begin working on the new designs to present at the trade show. These fashion exhibitors that Chang collaborated with come from all over the country, some of which include: renowned Albay-based bag and shoe designer Jelvin Mujar of EMBE Creations whose primary advocacy is to showcase the craftsmanship of the local artisans from his community; art reproduction gallery owner, Gigi Lim of Walls Gallery Quezon City; and Laguna-based shoe designers Corazon Coligado of Ai-She Footwear and Nephtali Moneda of Jhaz Footwear.
What’s New in Manila FAME
In addition to his product designer role for the Design Commune, Chang also served as a fashion consultant to 22 of the country’s rising fashion entrepreneurs and designer commercial brands to introduce the first ever E-Tailer Special Setting. This new initiative will bring the online fashion marketplace to the trade show floor and feature the latest trends in both couture and ready-to-wear fashion.
See André Chang’s designs come to life and all the other talented exhibitors at the Design Commune special setting on April 25-27, 2019, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City, Philippines.
Manila FAME is the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
For more information, visit www.manilafame.com
Artisans Village spotlights the Craft of the Islands, features products from Albay, Antique, Cebu, Bohol, Northern Mindanao, Marawi City, Negros Occidental and Oriental
Jewelry boxes made from red stone marble by Negros Oriental Arts and Heritage.
As the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME serves as a platform that converges the country’s emerging artisans and design talents to showcase the distinct Filipino craftsmanship in the global market.
For its 68th edition, Manila FAME featured handcrafted products from over 60 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in a special setting dedicated to homegrown products from different Philippine regions. The Artisans Village served as a testament that creativity is a native trait among Filipinos as it made its foray into the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City last October 19-21.
Under the Artisans Village are local designers and entrepreneurs that hailed from seven different provinces namely Cebu, Antique, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Albay, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, as well as the city of Marawi. Exhibiting near the setting are also the delegations from Isabela and Palawan.
Manila FAME is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM).
“Through the Artisans Village, trade buyers and visitors got to experience the Philippines’ distinct character and rich roster of traditions and talents from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” said DTI-CITEM Executive Director Pauline Suaco-Juan.
Through their product exhibits, the skills showcased under the Artisans Village are weaving, wood carving, marquetry, sculpting, metal forging and other various forms of traditional crafts.
Here are some of the exquisite product showcases from each province:
Albay showcased handcrafted soaps of various colors and scents, round bags and placemats woven from waxed corn husk and plastic straws, and shoes made from crocheted abaca and wool.
Craftsmen from Isabela brought colorful velvet bags with leather straps, pillowcases, and chairs made from Narra wood. They also showcased their painted hanging lights as well as cups and other home products made from bamboo.
Palawan had carved wood and other hand-painted human and animal figures (locally known as Tinawtaw), masks, kitchen utensils, wall décor and shields. They also showcased woven bags and dream catchers made from abaca.
As the country’s top exporting province in home and lifestyle, Cebu came to make a statement as they brought guitars made from different wood, such as Narra, Spruce, Yakal, etc. ; elegant handbags made from Capiz shells, decorative woven slippers, hanging decors made from sea shells, beaded bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
Antique featured woven placemats, baskets and bags made from repurposed Pandan leaves, which is locally known as Bariw.
Negros Oriental featured handcrafted jewelry boxes, furniture and kitchen utensils made from Capiz shells, jade, red stone and mother of pearl.
Meanwhile, artisans from Negros Occidental brought silk-made dresses and apparel, as well as flavorful food ingredients such as muscovado sugar, sea salt, and vinegar varieties
Bohol also brought cute animal-inspired pins and carved statuettes made from wood. The delegation from Bohol also offered woven lamps, bags and placemats made of abaca fiber, as well as jewelries decorated with beads, stones and painted wood.
Marawi City staged an exhibit in partnership with the Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc. (MKFI) to showcase Folded & Hung’s “Sarimanok” collection designed by Maranaos.
The Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people which originated from Mindanao, the biggest Southernmost island in the Philippines. It comes from the words “sari,” which means cloth or garment with assorted colors and “manok” which means chicken.
A share of profits from their exhibit goes directly to the people displaced during the Marawi siege that ended on October 23 last year.
The Maranaos also brought traditionally woven textiles, pearl jewelry, and home décor made of wood and brass metals.
Cagayan de Oro featured bags, paper made lamps and lightings, beaded earrings, wallets and baskets made from woven abaca.
Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific region and is the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. It is held bi-annually every April and October.
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