Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design trade event, is set to open its doors once again to deliver a curated show built upon the intertwine of Philippine culture, design excellence, and export promotions on April 19-21, 2018 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.
Now on its 67th edition, the show will stand as a collective of creative enterprises, featuring versatile artisanal products attuned for the modern setting from the country’s top home, fashion, holiday, and gifts designers and manufacturers.
More than 1,200 products were launched during the October 2017 show and the Center for International Trade Exhibitions and Missions, the proud organizer of Manila FAME, is aiming to increase the number of new products in its April 2018 show through multiple product development programs.
“CITEM seeks to further elevate the marketability of local crafts to cement the Philippines as a premier sourcing destination for lifestyle and design products,” said Ma. Lourdes D. Mediran, CITEM Deputy Executive Director.
“Working together with some of the country’s best designers and other government agencies, we provide support to our micro, small, and medium enterprises to stand in the international market through incorporating local traditional materials and techniques with contemporary design aesthetics,” she added.
A number of show features from the 66th edition of Manila FAME will return to the April 2018 show, including the highly praised Design Commune: Patterns and Palettes and the GREAT Women Project 2.
Multi-awarded and internationally acclaimed designer Tony Gonzales will serve as the creative director for Manila FAME and lead for its product development programs.
Design Commune will continue to explore design and market trends for its second installation, working with some of the best and emerging designers and manufactures from across the country.
Following the themes Ethnic Nomad Autumn and Spring, Neutral Metals, Neutral Blues, and Tints of Green for its second installation, the setting will deliver a versatile collection to match a variety of material requirements, techniques, and price points set by the international market.
GREAT Women Project 2, an effort by the Philippine Commission on Women and the DTI Project Management Team, will present artisanal products from local women-led enterprises in support of women empowerment and businesses.
Showcasing contemporary furniture, home decors, and fashion pieces, the Artisans Village, a staple of Manila FAME, has stood as a platform for MSMEs to introduce their products to global audiences.
Another Manila FAME constant, Manila Wear will collocate the Philippines top and most promising designers. The special setting aims to promote the country as an advocate of individualized and personal style of fashion.
“Through these program, we look to nurture and further hone the crafts of our design talents. We want to support the sustainability of our grassroot communities and push forward the design imprint of our country,” said Mediran.
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.
Manila Wear will unveil its Bridal Wear collection at the 62nd edition of Manila FAME on October 15-18 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
On its 8th edition, Manila Wear will showcase a collection of finely crafted bridal wear to promote the Philippine traditional craftwork such as handloom, weaving, beadwork, among others in designers’ pieces that are both ethereal and feminine. Manila Wear’s collective designers are set to capture what the local fashion is all about: Filipino and global at the same time.
“Bridal wear has become a staple merchandise for the local fashion industry. A country with a rich wedding tradition, the Philippines records a daily average of 2,000 nuptials, generating a positive shift in the country’s wedding business,” said Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.
The Bridal setting features a Blush motif that will set out a palette of an all-white and barely-there shades. It is a collection of timeless and romantic bridal wears, accenting classic lines and pleating with hints of Victorian-bold construction, feminine cuts meant to show-off figures, elaborate beadwork, lacey insets and panels, soft and tactile constructions, intricately embroidered, and ornate patterns in voluminous silhouettes.
Under the central theme Blush, the Iconoclash (the clash of icons) is a bridal wear exhibition that mirrors the different generations’ design principles, inspiration, and aesthetics. It is where masters of the romantic trends of the past meet the iconoclastic design principles of the young. Iconoclash will feature the creative works of the The Millennials (Happy Andrada and Joel Escober), The Breakthroughs (Jaggy Glarino, John Herrera, and Tony Evan), and The Masters (Rhette Eala, Randy Ortiz, Rajo Laurel, and JC Buendia).
“The Philippines has a large wedding industry. It’s a very good idea that Manila FAME is now having this Bridal setting, as this would bring the local bridal industry to the next level,” said fashion design master JC Buendia.
Manila Wear’s individual booths will house seasoned designers and the new generation of fashion talents who will present a fresh take on contemporary trends in the local and the global market.
Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Manila FAME features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It continues to inspire with a strong statement on what is design-forward, popular, artisanal, and soulful.
Manila FAME is the second longest-running trade show in Asia Pacific and the only trade event in the Philippines approved by the Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.
Over 400 Philippine small and medium enterprises are ready to transact business and close export deals with more than 5,000 foreign and local wholesale and retail buyers and visitors for home, fashion, and lifestyle products in the upcoming October 2015 Manila FAME exhibition.
The participating SMEs in Manila FAME have been rigorously improving their products—diversifying and ensuring the quality of their output to secure a top spot in the highly competitive global market. With the devaluation of China’s currency creating an economic boost that spans the Asia-Pacific region, these SMEs which are highly involved in the export industry are expecting a growth trend that will continue over the coming months.
SMEs play a significant role in the economy, accounting for 99.6 percent of the country’s businesses and employing around 70 percent of the Philippine workforce. Empowering and supporting SMEs by providing them various platforms for brand-building and global export is therefore imperative to the growth of the economy.
The Manila FAME exhibition will show on 15-18 October the outcome of several continuous development platforms designed to help SMEs create a niche in the international market.
The Artisan Village, NeoTextiles Philippines, and OTOP Marketplace will showcase the heritage crafts of Albay, Laguna, Cagayan Valley, Davao Region; various natural fiber products; fabrics handwoven by indigenous groups from southern Philippines; and home and fashion merchandise made using traditional materials and techniques. These special platforms for grassroots organizations and craft communities in the rural areas aspire to nurture the traditional arts and crafts industry in the provinces and to help these groups to sustain livelihood by updating their merchandise, establishing a brand, and preparing them for business transactions with global companies.
The Light & Shadow, Red Box, and Manila Wear will present newly crafted lighting, fashion accessories and apparel, and furniture crafted by emerging Philippine talents who will be the future of design. These programs gather young, promising designers from all parts of the country and urge them to expand their capabilities, master their skills, and create innovate products that reflect their unique design sensibilities.
The Manila Gusto Gallery: In Pursuit of Pleasure will exhibit the new products of 21 Philippine export companies manufacturing dinnerware and table accessories. These products have been developed for the international market through the assistance of German consultant Detlef Klatt who will also curate the exhibit. The companies participating in this platform are established firms with years of experience in the export industry and stable clients from abroad.
The Manila FAME Design & Lifestyle Event is scheduled on 15-18 October 2015, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines. It is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry.