After a day-long audition for the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017 last Saturday, Jerome Tayao and Maria Esmeralda “Esme” Palaganas were declared winners.
Left: Palaganas; Right: Tayao
The two will compete against representatives from nine other Asean countries for a chance to win 150,000 AirAsia BIG Points; PHP280,000.00 fund to produce a capsule collection to be sold on fashionvalet.com; a six-page fashion spread in AirAsia’s in-flight magazine, Travel3Sixty; AirAsia flights and mentorship from the KLFW RTW, apart from a confirmed slot to showcase their full collection in KL Fashion Week RTW 2018.
The winners were chosen by an esteemed panel of judges composed of Andrew Tan, Founder of KLFW RTW; Hannah Serrano, Head of Crewing for Philippines AirAsia; Veen Dee Tan, Head of Marketing for FashionValet; Suki Salvador, Vice President, Creative Director; Editor for One Mega Group; Anthony Ramirez, Philippine Fashion Designer.
The grand finale of the competition will take place in Kuala Lumpur in August.
Follow the contestants’ journey here.