Can you tell us how you first got started in fashion? We’d love to know how you discovered this was what you wanted to do!
I started in 2013 after I took up further studies in Fashion Design in London. So I’m currently on my 3rd year and I’m working on New York Fashion Week this season with the help of the whole family here at Rosenthal Tee.
Tell us a bit more about “Rosenthal Tee,” the brand.
Rosenthal Tee, the label, is more or less about nostalgia, femininity, with quirky details, younger, and definitely more subtle than its predecessors. Older labels tend to be more “in-your-face”, and I’m trying to introduce a softer aesthetic and we’ll see how that pans out!
How have your designs evolved since you first started?
When I first started in 2013 my designs were in the tradition of Filipino design, which was heavily beaded and embroidered. And as much as I love those traditional methods, what I’ve challenged myself with, as a young designer, is to make it younger and more relevant to women today.
Women today are more fast-moving, so we’re leaning towards lighter pieces, more wearable, movable pieces – that’s what I try to do in every design I work on. Even if it’s bridal, I try to make it more relevant and more youthful in spirit than others.
Your brand’s style is centred on femininity and sophistication. How is it connected or related to your personal style?
It’s an extension of who I am and what I like. I like subtle, smart detailing and high quality detailing. So I work on clean silhouettes on a day-to-day basis. I, myself, like wearing clean silhouettes: no fuss, as much as possible. And if there is “fuss”, it has to be very concentrated, articulated, and thoughtful detailing.