Fashion Exchange Intl Brings Filipino Fashion To The Global Market | Clozette

(cover photo from @fashionexchangeintl)

Last Thursday, 7th July 2016, the Grand Marriott Ballroom was packed with fashion enthusiasts and lovers, designers, editors, and international buyers for the first ever Fashion Exchange International.

With the goal of promoting and selling ready-to-wear fashion labels for distribution overseas, its four partners, Carmina Sanchez-Jacob, Robby Carmona, Valerie Lim, and Henry Chan all saw an opportunity to connect local talent to the international audience by creating this fashion marketing and brand management platform.

By partnering with Samsung Electronics, it enabled and encouraged the audience to capture their chic experiences, as well as see and understand what it takes for a product to go from “raw” to “rack”! Plus, in addition to homegrown talents such as Rosenthal Tee, Proudrace, Aranaz, and the like showing off their best pieces, a stellar lineup of Filipino fashion designers also showcased their latest collections. 

So keep reading below to check out some of Ivarluski Aseron, Rajo Laurel, Francis Libiran, and Dennis Lustico’s latest pieces, as well as their inspirations behind each collection!


Ivarluski Aseron

“I found The Broad museum a fascinating and mesmerising sight during a recent trip…as a fashion designer, I hoped to translate those architectural details to my collection. By employing tailoring techniques with a straightforward palette, I evoked the museum’s qualities – a piece of art that captures your attention from afar, and when you get up close, you can better appreciate its beauty.” - Ivarluski Aseron

Rajo Laurel

“The collection that I am showing for Fashion Exchange is called ‘Magpie+Memphis’. It's really based on my memory as a teenager. I wanted to capture that sense of wonder, abandonment, courage, and joy...[with] the music of the New Wave as the starting point for the collection…This is, in a way, a personal fragmented walk down memory lane, answering questions like why I do what I do and what I love about it.The fusion of all these memories and emotions is what the collection is all about." - Rajo Laurel

Francis Libiran

“The collection that I created for Fashion Exchange International makes use of my signature Art Deco detail. I drew inspiration from my fascination for lines and structures. Being true to my design aesthetics, my creative team and I designed a collection of wearable art pieces through different detailing techniques such as embroidery, laser-cutting, custom felt appliqué, digital printing, and quilting.” - Francis Libiran

Dennis Lustico

“The Japanese culture is an endless well of inspiration...The colours and textures are often unexpected and seemingly random, but their manner of putting the elements together still results in a harmoniously beautiful creation…With that as my inspiration, I used hand-applied beads, sequins, and embellishments in my collection; together with a mix of fabrics (such as thick mesh, medium-weight satins, lamé) and techniques (like beading, cutouts, layering).” - Dennis Lustico


Want to know more about the designers and brands that showcased their collections at Fashion Exchange International? Then click here to find out more! 



Presenting an elevated form of sentimentality and precious gift-ideas, it's no wonder that PANDORA captured everyone's attention. From trinkets and charms to rings and necklaces, jewelry collections from PANDORA are much anticipated not just by fashion enthusiasts but almost anyone who knows the brand. 

This July, the Danish jewelry manufacturer and retailer held an event in Singapore to celebrate two new collections as well as a new chapter in their company's history.

Keep scrolling to find out the highlights during the event!
Lush and romantic atmosphere

The delicate setup filled with stunningly arranged flowers at Pollen at Gardens by the Bay complemented PANDORA's romantic and carefully crafted jewelry pieces that exude a sense of sensuality and grace.

To complete the lush feel, a flower bar was also available to the guests, where they customised their own bespoke bouquet to take home, with a myriad of flowers to select from such as lotus, roses and blue thistles.

Collections to truly look forward to

Guests were presented with PANDORA’s prevailing extensive Ring Collection hand-finished in sterling silver and 14k gold, together with the launch of PANDORA’s Summer Collection. As an added visual treat, guests also had the chance to preview the Autumn Collection before its launch date in September.

To capture that perfect flat-lay image for Instagram, guests were also provided with specially curated props and PANDORA products to get that picture perfect image.

Charming personalities in attendance

The event was hosted by the amiable actress Oon Shu An, who brightened up the afternoon with her dynamic and lively personality while providing guests insight into PANDORA’s jewelry collections. Model Fiona Fussi, along with actress and host Liv Lo also added their personality to the event, each showcasing their individual style through PANDORA’s vast range of jewelry. 

Toasting to a new chapter

The event also celebrated a new chapter of the company’s history, with a formal announcement that PANDORA Singapore is now managed directly by the brand principal. Specially crafted cocktails and signature mocktails, each inspired by elements of flora and fauna, complemented the friendly conversations throughout the event. 

Overall, it was an exhilarating experience for people who have the same passion for exquisite jewelry and unforgettable memories.


To find out more about the PANDORA Ring Collection and Summer Collection, visit


Embracing her feminine and masculine side, Kaye Morales is not your typical Filipino designer. She aspires to present the darkness as something enlightening, and the ‘rocker chic’ trend as sophisticated, sharing that her collections are her “badges of honesty, styled to proclaim [my] sexual identity and sexuality.”

Listed as one the “17 Incredible Lesbian Pinays You Need To Know” by BuzzFeed, as an out and proud lesbian, Kaye made waves last November 2015 for her stunning Spring/Summer 2016 collection, titled “Rebel”, at Philippine Fashion Week. It featured pieces with bright neon colours, silhouettes and structures of all shapes, and a ton of playful embellishments. But what truly caught everyone’s eye during the show was her declaration, which was seen on the screen above the models as they walked: “I am coming out of the prison of judgment. And these are the things that make me who I am. This is my revolution of self. I am out and proud.”

Now, fans, fashion lovers, and enthusiasts alike can’t wait to see what revolutionary collection she will come out with next this Autumn/Winter 2016. 

So if you want to learn everything there is to know about this talented designer, keep reading below as she talks about her humble beginnings as a fashion and production design student, her design aesthetics, and of course, how she plans to change the Philippine fashion industry one collection at a time!

Let's start by going back to the beginning. How did you first get into fashion?

Ever since I was a kid, I already had this dream of dressing up celebrities and working in the movie industry. I remember that I always loved to draw cartoons when I was little, and whenever I played with my Barbies and toys, I would always dress them up with papers that I cut out and make them as their clothes.

So when I graduated high school, I took up Production Design first to learn more about the film industry. I remember back then that I created what I wore...I would deconstruct my clothes and accessorise my pants, clothes, and bags. Then I told my parents that I wanted to have my own clothing business someday but I needed to have a knowledge in fashion, and that's how it started. 

After [graduating from] CSB (De La Salle-College of St. Benilde), I took up Fashion Design and Marketing in the School of Fashion and the Arts, and after I graduated my parents helped me establish my own business under my name. And even if I’m working I still continue to learn by taking up short courses in Central Saint Martins in London.

How would you describe your brand’s style? And how is this connected to your own personal style?

I am well known for catalysing a beautiful mélange of avant-garde gowns and off-the-rack pieces that exude a unique style statement. From the choice of colour to the texture of fabric, and the overall look, each element characterises my vision to present dark as enlightening, to overhaul the ‘rocker chic’ trend as sophisticated, and to transform odd concepts into something stunning and extraordinary. KAYE MORALES is for my made-to-order line for women and men, and my other brand Schizo is for my RTW line that caters to different personalities. I'm a Gemini and I think I have two personalities, which I also show with my two clothing lines.

Can you tell us more about your design aesthetic?

My designs are the stories of my life. Every collection blossoms from the untold history of my inspirations, personality, and emotions. I also get my inspirations from animals and geometric shapes. And lastly, weird things fascinate me!

How has your sexuality inspired your collections? Could you give us more insight into each one? Or specifically, what were your inspirations behind 'Rebel'?

(photo from Instagram/@kayemoralesintl)

I actually started doing menswear. My style has been always androgynous and has always been inspired by my personality and sexuality because I'm a lesbian. My creations are badges of honesty, styled to proclaim sexual identity and sexuality. They become the reds, blues, and greens of the spectrum of emotions and experience that I want to express. My ‘Rebel’ collection is about myself, my revolution of self – a statement that is grounded from the things that I love, pushed forth by the courage that I have mustered while living far too long in the darkness of expectations. ‘Rebel’ is about the things that make me who I am.

What do you hope to create with your designs and clothes?

I want my collection to be a voice for all the women and men who are from the LGBT community. I, as an LGBT advocate, want to show and make everyone know that even if I’m a lesbian, I can be good at my craft and I can become a successful entrepreneur and that being gay is okay. I'm also thinking and planning to create a collection of printed shirts for my community about freedom.

Can you give us a few details or teases for your upcoming A/W 16 collection? 

I'm working on my collection right now, but I haven't started doing it yet. My collection for the next season is titled ‘Disoriented’ and all the pieces will be wearable. It's edgy, deconstructed, androgynous, and streetwear.

What do you love about the fashion industry in the Philippines, and what are some of the things you would like to change about it?

I love the fashion industry in the Philippines because we have a lot of talented designers here in our country…But there are also some things that I want to change. I know we have a very competitive industry, but I just hope that they can also give chances to other designers, especially the new ones, to showcase their collections in fashion shows. 

(photo from Instagram/@kayemoralesintl)

What type of mark do you hope to leave in the PH fashion industry?

[I hope that people will see] that even if I’m a girl, I can do menswear and I can cater to both [genders]. I mean, few women only do menswear and I’m one of them. It's just that I think I’m different from them because I’m a lesbian; and my view and taste for my menswear brand is more strong because of my sexuality. And being a lesbian designer is okay, and you can still achieve your dream because you're open about your sexuality, and people will love you more because you are true to them and to yourself.

Do you have any advice for young and aspiring fashion designers?

My advice for young and aspiring fashion designers is to be unique and you should always have something new to offer. I always tell people that they have to really love what they do because this industry takes a lot out of you, and it's very competitive, and it will be painful if you don't enjoy your job. Learn more about the business side of fashion. Know your target market. Be realistic about the customers that you are designing for.

Lastly, do you have a message for all the people out there who are still struggling with their sexuality?

Being gay, it's far from a choice. It's how you were born. Regardless of your sexuality, be proud of who you are. Don't let people make you afraid to be who you are.


Click here to learn more about Kaye and check out her numerous stunning fashion collections!