6 Designers To Watch At Manila Fashion Festival | Clozette

Setting out once again to revolutionize the stage for Philippine fashion, the bi-annual Manila Fashion Festival is back after a successful first run with a line-up of emerging and established Filipino designers who are looking to bring the focus back on creativity, innovation, and world-class production.

In the hands of Art Personas--a one-stop production house that connects artists and customers with talents--Manila Fashion Festival will run from the 19th to the 22nd of March 2015 with twenty-five Filipino designers and Art Personas' in-house label, ARIN, ready to display their Fall/Winter 2015 collections.

We got to take a peek at the collections and here are the designers we're excited to watch!


Bea Samson

Bea Samson brings a heavenly experience to the runway with a comfortable, warm, and stylish F/W 2015 collection entitled High, High. Inspired by aviation and space exploration, this collection features an out-of-this world mix of ovoid and fitted shapes, greys and black blended with silver and blue, and select fabrics like metallic mesh, wool, and faux fur.

Banggo Niu

Bringing an intense fresh look to the runway, Banggo Niu's F/W 2015 collection Je Veux Te Voir is bold, quirky, and playful. Inspired by upbeat music and prints, the collection's polka dots and stripes give it a modern, yet classic motif while reinventing timeless silhouettes with its intriguing textures, prints, and treatments.


Art Personas' in-house fashion label, ARIN, presents a collection that embodies rawness and edge to bring a vibrant energy to the runway. Casual and comfortable, their F/W 2015 collection entitled Pretty Vacant, is inspired by the diverse era of the punk movement, with sporty and boyish silhouettes mixed with a fascinating palette--perfect for those looking for a dynamic edge.

John Herrera

John Herrera's F/W 2015 collection Amphibia offers versatility through the use of neoprene fabric perfectly suited for unpredictable weather. Complementing the fabric with gazaar silk and enthralling laser-cut scale techniques, John Herrera is ready to bring dramatic fashion evolution to the runway with this captivating collection rooted in technique and versatility.

Esme Palaganas

For her F/W 2015 collection, Esme Palaganas brings an entrancingly soulful tone to the runway with A Letter To Jane. It's a collection that amplifies romanticism and rebellion as inspired by the gripping literary works of Jane Austen. It is dark and heavy, yet highly passionate with a touch of regency and the Belle Époque era.

Pablo Cabahug

Bringing a jazzed sophistication to the runway, Pablo Cabahug's F/W 2015 collection evolves around spunk and class. Inspired by sporty silhouettes, Sporty Luxe features shapes and silhouettes that embody luxury and freshness, with pieces that are casual yet snazzy and perfect for the night.

Manila Fashion Festival runs from 19-22nd March, 2015
6pm onwards at The Eye, 4th floor Green Sun. Magallanes, Makati.

Full Festival Schedule

March 19
Jerome Salaya-Ang, Happy Andrada, YAY, John Herrera, Jot Losa, Renan Pacson

March 20
Anthony Ramirez, Charina Sarte, Chris Diaz, Veejay Floresca, Odelon Simpao, Michael Leyva

March 21
Rhett Eala, Cheetah Rivera, ARIN, Pablo Cabahug, Mark Bumgarner

March 22 (Afternoon show)
Banggo Niu, Esme Palaganas, Tony Evan, Bea Samson

March 22 (Evening show)
Mark Tamayo, Sassa Jimenez, Ziggy Savella, Vania Romoff, Jaz Cerezo

Visit manilafashionfestival.com for more details



OOTD Roundups has been one of our favourite articles to write every week because we get to see new talents in the fashion community. For this week, we saw new faces, new looks, and overall--new styles, that freshened up the whole vibe of Spring season fashion. As a result, we saw plaid, florals, and monochrome from an entirely different perspective!

So here it is, our top 5 OOTDs for the week! 



( clozette.co/mayu0819 )

Our fresh pick of the week goes to Clozetter mayu0819 for sporting the plaid on plaid look. It may seem overwhelming but she complemented it well by wearing two different kinds of plaid (both in texture and print) that made it such a cool look for the urban scene.


( clozette.co/Everestsays )

Coming up of ways to wear the "basic" trend is pretty easy, but to put together a look perfect for the workplace is a bit challenging. Star Clozetter Everestsays did it so flawlessly. The cullotes and heels is the real winning combination here, since it makes the look casual-smart but still feminine. 


( clozette.co/sharniehung )

Clozette Ambassador sharniehung always has a touch of the boyish and edgy feel that makes her look naturally stand-out. This particular outfit incorporates spring, edgy, and boyish with her stand-out pieces such as the oxford shoes, maxi floral skirt, and denim jacket. 


( clozette.cojoycelynthiang )

Clozetter joycelynthiang dresses up feminine and classy for almost all occasions. Her posts are indeed something to adore, including this stunning dress. The cut is simple, but the print makes it stand-out and fit for any event this Spring.



Sometimes women are stereotyped to being inclined to only take on "girly" jobs and are questioned when they aspire to do "manly" jobs. The truth is, women can aspire to be whatever they want to be; because whatever the challenges, they will #MakeItHappen in their chosen path. In fact, they can even juggle two passions at once!

Our very ambitious Clozette Ambassadors from the Philippines, Debbie and Demmie Fermin, are the best examples of this. They are twins who aspire to be medical practitioners while strutting down the halls of med school in their fashionable clothes, keeping their love for fashion blogging alive.

Let's take a peek at their life and see how this duo gets things done while still looking good. 


What got you started in fashion blogging? Whose idea was it?

Debbie and Demmie in a sorta matchy matchy look 

We both had separate blogs before. It was more of a personal platform and we just happened to share some outfit posts and fashion ideas here and there. Until the summer before entering medical school came and some of our friends urged us to do a fashion blog together. We decided to give it a try, basically just for fun at first. Surprisingly, we received a lot of views, positive feedbacks, and sponsorship offers. From then on, we decided to blog together!

Were you always fond of dressing up when you were kids? How do people differentiate your style? 

Growing up as identical twins, we were dressed exactly alike by our mom. Entering our teenage years, we decided to deviate from that matchy-matchy norm and to embrace our individualities. Though we still have the same interests, we make it a point to inject our own personalities in our outfits.  We both describe our style as "fashion chameleon” because we are open into trying different trends. We don’t necessarily plan to wear something alike. We just dress up the way each of us feels like.

Demmie wearing an elegant lace on lace outfit. 

We all know that pursuing a medical career is very hard, how do you find the time to balance everything? How do you stay flawless despite the stress?

It is already given that pursuing a medical career is hard, but it all boils down to passion. As what our blog title says, “The Twins Owning It." We are driven to “own” our goals and aspirations in life. We balance everything by managing our time well. We set priorities and we weigh the outcomes. We check our schedules and plan our study strategies and insert shoots and blogging during study breaks. We keep ourselves flawless (but not really because of pulling all-nighters) by having our monthly facial treatments and not missing out on our skin care regimen. 

Debbie in a stylish summer look

What keeps you motivated?

Our family motivates us. We owe our parents a lot for providing us the gift of education and for letting us dream big. At the same time, they helped us grow to be holistic individuals who engage in extracurricular activities.  We are also surrounded everyday by amazing and brilliant doctors who we really look up to. They keep us reminded of what and who we can become someday. We have this voice in our heads saying, “I want to be like you someday”. 

Debbie and Demmie looking fun and happy together

In the future, given that you’re already medical practitioners, are you still going to continue your fashion and beauty blog?

Yes! We would love to continue blogging. We may not just focus on fashion and beauty, but we’ll broaden our horizon by including lifestyle, travel and maybe even health tips!

Demmie in a classic feminine OOTD

What do you love most about what you do? 

It’s realizing what we are capable of - juggling two different worlds. It’s a fulfillment for us to do the things we are passionate about. 

Debbie in a spring-inspired 9-to-5 outfit

What advice can you give to those fashionistas pursuing a challenging career like you do?

Make it happen! If you are eager to pursue a challenging career, make sure to put your heart in it. We are not saying it’s a walk in the park, but the load will be lighter if you love what you do. You are never just a fashionista, you are bound to be more. Find your passion and strut with confidence!

Debbie and Demmie's bonding time