The eye-catching and vibrant couture of Philippine streetwear designer Tracy Dizon will grace the runways of New York once again as she gears up for three New York Fashion Week events this 2018.
Dizon will join the Art Hearts Fashion on February 8-11, Fashion Designers & Craft Makers Network FDC Collections Showcase on April 28, and the Society Fashion Week on September 7-9 where she plans to unveil a new collection inspired by Philippine pop culture.
The invite follows the milliner designers’s recent participation in the Fashion Week Brooklyn Spring/Summer Show 2018 last October where she debuted to the international fashion scene her highly praised “Miss Hanoi: La Douleur Exquise” collection.
The Miss Hanoi collection is reflective of Dizon’s year-long escapade in Hanoi, Vietnam where she fell in love with the country’s rich culture and locality. It was originally showcased during the 64th edition of Manila FAME’s, the country’s premier lifestyle and design event, Manila Wear brand.
Manila Wear positions the Philippines as an advocate of unique fashion pieces that combine artisanal crafts with contemporary sensibilities – a fresh take on a more individualized and personal style of fashion. International fashion icon Josie Natori will return to curate the 67th edition of Manila FAME on April 19-21 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.
Dizon envisioned a Hanoi dream girl, the eponymous Miss Hanoi, who embodied the classical Vietnamese beauty as she created her pieces, ranging from traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai dresses, military uniforms, and contemporary clothing inspired by Vietnamese history and imageries.
Among her inspirations are the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, the carts of Vietnamese flower merchants around Hanoi, Pho noodles in ceramic ware, and stamps stores along the Old Quarter in the Hoan Kiem District.
Besides clothing pieces, Dizon also created matching head pieces for the collection. Notably, before the Miss Hanoi collection, she specialized in unique hats and head pieces under her “Tiara by Tracy Dizon” millinery line.
“It was an unexpected life changing epiphany—traveling to Hanoi and getting creatively inspired by the whole visual, cultural and emotional experience, as a young woman going on a solo adventure in Hanoi. But as a designer, I wanted to share that whole journey through my fashion and millinery design,” said Dizon.
Dizon won the Rise Sport’s Rise Art&Design Fashion Design Competition last year and was given the opportunity to launch the Miss Hanoi collection Fashion Week Brooklyn Spring/Summer 2018 last October 6 at the Borough Hall, Brooklyn.
She also launched limited edition sunglasses with Rise Sport that matched her collection’s aesthetics as part of her prize.
Tracy Dizon has been a member of Manila FAME’s Manila Wear brand since 2016 and was mentored by renowned fashion designer Josie Natori, who urged her to expand her product segments to include clothing and other pieces other than hats and head pieces gearing towards developing a lifestyle brand.
“Manila Wear has provided me strong business foundations and an opportunity to shine in the global stage of export,” said Dizon.
“I feel a deep gratitude for Manila Wear and CITEM. I was a struggling designer looking for her big break and working under Ms. Josie for Manila Wear helped me to explore and build my bran to be bold and globally competitive,” she added.
Dizon has persistently joined every fashion content for the past 12 years, including Internationally in Japan Fashion Design Contest (Tokyo), AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search (Malaysia) and Vietnam Emerging Designer (Vietnam), Philippine Fashion Design Competition and Project Runway Philippines before she bagged the Rise Art&Design Fashion Design Competition in New York.
The Center for International Trade expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is the proud organizer of the Manila FAME – the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific, and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by Union des Foires Internationales, a Paris-based association of trade fair organizers founded 90 years ago in Italy.
Manila FAME is a bi-annual business sourcing platform of export ready and finely crafted furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories. It showcases the best of Philippine design and craftsmanship. For more information, please visit http://www.manilafame.com/
A fresh and artisanal showcase of Philippine fashion
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), together with Josie Cruz Natori—international designer and founder and CEO of The Natori Company, New York-based maker of women’s apparel, accessories, and home products—will once again present Manila Wear in the 63rd edition of Manila FAME this April. Manila Wear is a platform for showcasing artisanal yet contemporary collections of the Philippine fashion industry’s top designers.
CITEM re-launched Manila Wear in 2012, with the aim of developing the Philippine fashion industry into a globally competitive one, recognized internationally as Asia’s sourcing destination for high-quality, innovative, and sustainable fashion pieces reflective of the distinct Filipino brand and craftsmanship. Aside from being the creative director of the program, Natori serves as a mentor to the designers, priming them for their transition from the local to the global fashion businesses.
Since its re-launch, Manila Wear has had eight editions. It has featured 60 of the country’s brilliant fashion designers, promoting their growth through product development, export coaching, and consultations. Manila Wear is a launching platform to going global, providing our local talents with the unique opportunity to gain international recognition by presenting their creations to the global market and serving as ambassadors to the Manila Wear brand through Manila FAME. Through their participation in Manila Wear, design-driven brands such as Adante Leyesa, Ken Samudio, Maco Custodio, Joanique, Michelline Syjuco, and Beatriz have introduced their collection overseas, transitioning from the local to the global fashion scene.
For the April 2016 boutique edition of Manila FAME, Manila Wear is featuring 13 brands—Adante Leyesa, Aranáz, Beatriz, Jared Servaño, Joel Escober, Ken Samudio, Lally Dizon, Maco Custodio, Joanique, Michelline Syjuco, Micki Olaguer, Thian Rodriquez, and Tim Tam Ong, which will exhibit a curated collection of apparel, accessories, and other wearables under the theme, “Streets of Manila.” Buyers will be immersed in the rich art and culture of Manila as they see the Manila Wear brands’ artistic interpretation of the city’s streets, graffiti, infrastructures, and locals through unique fashion pieces, under the creative guidance of Natori.
“This next show is going to be more intimate with new additions that will certainly inspire buyers. I look forward to each edition of Manila Wear because there’s always a nice surprise—there’s always something very special, and I think the joy and the passion of these designers are so obvious in how they are producing their work. It’s always a treat to come to this event to see these collections. That is why I always consider Manila Wear as one of the highlights of FAME,” said Natori.
The April 2016 boutique edition of Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle trade show, is scheduled on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City. For more information on Manila Wear and Manila FAME, log on to www.manilafame.com.
Supporting the Philippines’ position as a sourcing hub for creative and design-forward home and fashion products, Manila FAME 2015, organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), features anew selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market in its 61st edition on March 13-16, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
CITEM founded Manila FAME initially as an event that only showcased locally made products. Through the years, it grew to the level of producing not only an event, but stories – stories of exporters and manufacturers, nurtured and developed by CITEM through its various programs such as Design Philippines, Red Box and Manila Wear. These stories continued to grow in numbers, continuously translated into products which promoted the perfect combination of innovativeness, technology and soul.
“Besides strengthening and developing skills and competencies of homegrown artists from different sectors, Manila FAME assists local exporters and manufacturers in establishing partnerships, generating export opportunities, and finally penetrating the world’s lucrative business markets,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi C. Gaetos.
Design Philippines, the industry brand for furniture and home furnishings, is curated by a Creative Team composed of seasoned designers from various sectors, brought Manila FAME to a higher level by taking exhibitors who embraced the brand building initiatives of CITEM, to participate in international trade fairs such as Salone in Milan, Italy, Maison ‘d Objet in Paris, France and Anuga in Cologne, Germany.
Red Box is a program which develops aspiring designers to penetrate the market. One such story is a group of designers who named themselves Epoch, began as young, unknown designers of functional items for companies 4 years ago and are now successful manufacturers themselves. Their story, The Return of the Epoch, will be featured in a special setting aptly called “ The Light & Shadow” lighting installation. Appropriately timed with the UN General Assembly proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015), it presents the collaboration of designers Stanley Ruiz, Wataru Sakuma, and Jinggoy Buensuceso with select companies to feature the growing sector of lamps and lighting.
Sure to draw fashion enthusiasts is Manila Wear, which will unveil Luxe fashion collections derived from a group of fashion designers who uses indigenous materials to create bespoke items. Manila Wear is a branding initiative which aims to position the Philippine fashion industry in the market.
Still aimed at promoting local exports in the world market, the Manila FAME International Hall brings together under one roof exhibitors from different countries, tapping the international as well as the local markets. It provides a fresh sourcing venue for trade buyers from around the world who come regularly to Manila FAME.
Fortifying CITEM’s commitment in upholding the global competitiveness of Philippine products, on the other hand, is the One Town, One Product (OTOP) program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT) of DTI, a priority project of the government to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in the country’s various regions. This edition, OTOP manufacturers will team up with designers to showcase latest collections from different regions.
Katha Awards, the hallmark of Philippine design excellence, will open the 61st edition of Manila FAME through the recognition of companies whose product designs and innovation combine the ideals of form and function. Katha Awards has sought to inspire and challenge Philippine exporters and designers to innovate and develop designs and products competitive and comparative to its counterparts in the world market.
For more information on Manila FAME, interested parties can visit http://www.manilafame.com or email email@example.com.
Manila FAME proves once again that it is the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event as it showcased a host of finely crafted home, fashion, and holiday products that could attest that the Philippines is indeed an ideal sourcing destination in Asia for design-driven products.
As the signature event of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Manila FAME drew a number of local and foreign buyers who happily sourced for designer products in the four-day trade show held recently at the SMX Convention Center.
“We do not just follow trends; we set them. Manila FAME continues to inspire with a strong design statement on what is design-forward, popular, artisanal, and soulful. It’s a design experience like no other,” said Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of CITEM.
In each show edition of Manila FAME, hundreds of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the home, holiday décor, and fashion industries are continually given a platform to promote their export-quality products to the world market.
For its 60th edition this October, Manila FAME featured products that were crafted according to the ‘design stories’ of Soulcrafts (heritage crafts), Luxe (luxury items) and Gen C (Millennial products), as it aimed to cater to the needs and interests of all audiences.
Event highlights were the Design Philippines Scenography, ‘Be Our Guest’: A Table Accessories Showcase, Manila Wear, NeoTextiles Philippines, Red Box, OTOP Marketplace,and the International Hall.
Under the creative direction of Budji Layug, the Design Philippines Scenography featured the latest designs from a collection crafted by designers and exhibitors of the Design for Exports program, as well as, choice pieces from brands under Design Philippines and Manila Wear. Designers Eric Paras and Stanley Ruiz collaborated with Layug in designing the Design Philippines installation, which featured a giant salakab made of bamboo to set the tone for the special setting made of select design-forward pieces from a gathering of the country’s brightest creative talents.
A tabletops setting titled “Be Our Guest” highlighted an eye-catching, ready-to-buy collection of table accessories developed under the Design for Exports Program by German master florist and designer Detlef Klatt, in collaboration with 17 manufacturers who are experts in working with materials such as abaca (a plant fiber), ceramic, wood, metal, capiz, mother of pearl, and other natural materials. On three 13-meter-long tables, over 800 table pieces such as baskets and bowls, trays and centerpieces, and tablecloths and placemats were laid out in an extraordinary presentation – a play of patterns, textures, and shapes that masterfully blended the table, products, and surrounding elements to create still-life compositions, as inspired by the street scenes of Berlin, New York, Tokyo, and Manila.
Fashionistas had a visual sampling of unique fashion pieces that combined artisanal crafts with contemporary sensibilities in Manila Wear, which featured a fresh collection in pursuit of personal style. International fashion icon Josie Natori curated the presentation and teamed up with fashion designers Cesar Gaupo, Lulu Tan-Gan, and JC Buendia.
NeoTextiles Philippines promoted the country’s indigenous fibers and textiles in support of local weaving communities. Designers Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Olivia d’Aboville provided new design directions to the participating textile manufacturers that created contemporary and versatile textiles and products for home and fashion.
Red Box Home Scenography presented the works of young designers Rachelle Dagñalan, Lilianna Manahan, Leeroy New, and Joseph Rastrullo who were matched with local manufacturers to create innovative products with a unique design sensibility. Red Box is a design development program of CITEM which aims to create the next generation of Philippine design talents.
The One Town, One Product (OTOP), a priority program of the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT), showcased handcrafted pieces by skilled Filipino craftsmen whose skills have been passed on through generations of artisans. OTOP manufacturers teamed up with senior designers Viña Domingo-Roy and Rey Soliven, who both mentored Dagñalan and Rastrullo, to produce the latest collection from the regions.
Foreign exhibitors of home and fashion from Asia and the Pacific presented their export-quality products such as furniture, home décor, garments, fashion accessories, and scents in the International Hall. Participating countries were Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Taiwan.
Manila FAME is one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The 61st show edition will be held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on March 13-16, 2015.
The Center for International Trade and Expositions (CITEM) and the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO) will unveil the finest tropical wear collections of the country’s most prominent designers in Manila Wearat the 59th edition of Manila FAME at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-17. Manila FAME is the country’s premiere design and lifestyle event held every March and October.
Spearheaded by international fashion icon Josie Natori, Manila Wear is a bi-annual presentation of the country’s finest selection of summer-inspired fashion pieces that has been making waves in the international fashion scene since its debut in 2012.
For this edition of Manila Wear, Natori is collaborating with Manila FAME Creative Director Budji Layug in the interpretation of the “Urban Resort” design concept, which has been adapted by Manila Wear designers to create their own fashion collections. “Urban Resort” calls for lines and structures that are relaxed and defined by lush, vibrant colors, with dramatic textures and embellishments.
A series of exciting collaborations and exhibitions, featuring the Filipino’s mastery of indigenous materials and heritage handiwork, will be the added attraction of Manila Wear.
On exhibit will be unique fashion pieces that are contemporary fashion expressions of traditional design methods – all creations of leading fashion designers, namely, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Carissa Cruz-Evangelista, Maco Custodio, Lally Dizon, Natalya Lagdameo, Adante Leyesa, Joyce Makitalo, Michelline Syjuco, Malou Romero, Ken Samudio, and Nicole Whisenhunt. They will again interpret Manila Wear with their own brand and sensibility.
Meanwhile, designers Jun Artajo, Tipay Caintic, Joel Escober, Twinkle Ferraren, Anne Marie Saguil, and Lulu Tan-Gan will display their intricately handcrafted apparels with their own take on Manila Wear. Filip+Inna’s Len Cabili, known for her masterful use of indigenous materials in modernist designs, will present her new collection.
Manila Wear designers are proving how fashion sense can be Filipino and global at the same time. Their fashion creations affirm that the Filipino fashion label has become globally competitive.
This October, Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event, will usher in a new season of design and craftsmanship presenting its all-Philippine brand to the global market, highlighting new designs, innovations, and talents. In the midst of it all is Manila Wear, a fashion brand unique to the Philippines, featuring the best designers in the country to showcase their designs at Manila FAME.
A branding initiative for fashion apparel and accessories crafted from the country’s local materials, Manila Wear embodies a truly Filipino design sensibility that is synonymous with tropical/resort wear. International fashion icon Josie Natori leads a select group of designers in creating remarkable Manila Wear pieces for the world.
Josie Natori is a renowned international designer and CEO of the NATORI, a lifestyle brand that include lingerie, ready-to-wear apparel, home accents, fragrance, and eyewear, selling to upscale department stores in the US, and to at least 15 countries internationally. She leads Manila Wear with a passion for fashion and Filipino heritage, guiding both up-and-coming and seasoned designers in creating fashion objects that truly define the Philippines.
For October, Manila Wear will feature creations from Philippine fashion’s creative minds: Jun Artajo, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Happy Andrada, Leaonor Cabili, Lally Dizon, Carissa Cruz Evangelista, Joel Escober, Emi Jorge, Natalya Lagdameo, Adante Layesa, Dennis Lustico, Joyce Makitalo, Arnel Papa, Malou Romero, Ken Samudio, and Nicole Whisehunt.
Manila Wear will also feature a special setting of editorial pieces from designers Olivia D’Aboville, Wataru Sakuma, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Eric delos Santos, Twinkle Ferraren, and Wawi Navarrosa.
See all their design showcases at Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Metro Manila, Philippines and stay tuned for more stories on Manila Wear and its featured designers here on FAME Speak, The Official Blog of Manila FAME.
For more information on Manila FAME, visit www.manilafame.com
Josie Natori on curating Manila Wear:
“It’s a great pleasure. I’m so proud of all these very talented young designers and to see the work here. It’s a great opportunity for every one of them to be able to show their personality and show their best. I think it’s time that the world knows about the creativity and the wonderful products they can get from Philippine designers. FAME has been an amazing venue for that. Just exciting to see all these creativity in one booth.”
Budji Layug on the Millennial Home and being part of Manila FAME:
“I think this is very good for young designers and seasoned designers to come together and to come up with new products that would be more global, more vibrant, and more youthful.
I am grateful (to be part of Manila FAME). I am humbled to be a creative director and I hope this is a beginning of a long, creative endeavor with everybody.”
Kenneth Cobonpue on his designs and exhibit this year:
“This year I’m exhibiting a range of very, very colorful and very modern, very fresh pieces. I think when you think of Philippine furniture it’s always natural materials. They seem to be always very warm, bright, just a lot of color to make it fully unique.”