The Filipino Designers Competing At AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017 | Clozette

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; 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.


Here at Clozette, we love learning about new beauty products, upcoming fashion releases and cool new things that are meant to improve our lifestyles. So it’s not unusual that we’ve already set our sights on and have created a list of things we want to get our hands on. 

With that, we’d like to introduce you to a new series, #ClozetteCovets, where we share what goodies we are lusting over and would love to nab. This month, we're all about freshness. Take a look at our picks.


Creative Director

"I'm setting my eyes on the new stacking rings from the Pandora spring collection. I'm a ring lover so I cannot wait to get them on my fingers! Apart from that, I am also quite enamoured with the side detailing of the collection. I also like that some of them are pastel-hued while others are a bit more bold, making them perfect for mixing and matching. The rings are also versatile in such a way that you can choose to show the band part or the crystal part depending on the look you're going for. I also appreciate that they are modern-looking as I don't like overly feminine, sweet floral accessories." 



"This COS 10 Collection cotton poplin shirt dress is part of the 10-piece capsule collection created for the 10th anniversary of COS, one of my favourite shopping boutiques! Designed with Japanese influences in mind, this is a staple piece with a twist – its versatile fabric belt lets you style up in various ways. Definitely one for keeps!"



"Fun fact: I never leave the house without a pen and notebook (or a piece of paper I can scribble on). It’s a habit I formed when I was younger and very eager to document every moment of my life. While I no longer have the urge to write down everything that happened in my day, bringing a pen and notebook does come in handy when I need to take note of things. So, yes, a pen is a must! And you can just imagine how excited I was when I learned about the new Pilot Juice Up pens. I’m already set on getting one… or two… or all twenty-two!"


Features Writer and Campaign Executive

"For as long as I can remember, I've always been obsessed with lip care. I have really chapped lips and I look pale and sickly with them bare, so lipsticks are always my go-to. That's why my top pick for this month is By Terry Baume's De Rose Lip Care, which has highly concentrated shea butter, essential Rose wax, ceramides, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid spheres that promise moisture and protection for my lips. This can definitely act as the perfect primer before I swipe on my favourite lippie."


Campaign Executive

"I love the LANEIGE White Dew Original Ampoule Essence as it lightens my dark spots and brightens my dull complexion! I have combination to oily skin and the essence's lightweight formula works great for the humidity that we experience all year round. It does not leave me looking too oily by the end of the day. This product has reached holy grail status in my books!"


P.S. We're also looking forward to getting one — or all — of these new beauty releases.



Have you been mulling over getting fit but don’t know where to start? Here’s the go sign you’ve been waiting for. You may feel daunted about the idea of starting your fitness journey, but while the road may be tough, your first step need not be grand. In short, you only need a few little moves or drills to try out in order to get you moving toward the right direction. 

Before you embark on your fitness journey, make sure that you seek expert advice. If you’re the type to want to train with a squad, then start booking a session of Nike+ Training Club Live. To accompany your journey, the Nike+ Training Club App is a good place to start. With over 100 workouts formulated by Nike trainers, you’re sure to get fitter, faster and stronger in no time. 

So whether you’re someone who has never worked out in their entire life or someone who has fallen off the track but is ready to get back to work, there are a ton of ways you can get your fitness fix with the help of the NTC App. Here are only a few of the movements and drills you can start with.

Knee Hugs

Left: Screenshot from Nike+ Training Club App, Right: Photo from fayebalogo

A good workout session starts with a good stretch. Knee hugs stretch the muscles in your lower body but also prepares your core. To start, just stand straight. Lift one knee at a time and alternate the movement. To get maximum results, also make sure that you use the right type of workout tights.

Dumbbell Lunges

Ever heard of the gym joke “Don’t forget about leg day?” Well, it’s true. When you work out, you want to make sure that all parts of your body are given attention. Tone your lower body by doing dumbbell lunges. To do this, stand tall with your hands holding dumbbells at your side. Take a step forward and lower your hips until your knee is levelled with your ankle. Make sure that your arms remain in position. Do the same for the other leg.


Get your quads worked up with squats. The squat not only works to tone your backside and legs, it also trains your mobility and balance. Go one step further by doing a jump squat, which is a variation of the traditional squat. Here’s how: do a regular squat, but instead of standing up, do a jump.

Mountain Climbers

Left: Screenshot from Nike Training Club App, Right: Photo from chardeocareza

Give yourself a burst of cardio by doing the mountain climbers. This exercise move targets your quads and calves and gets your heart rate up. Start with a plank position by getting down on your hands and feet. Pull up your knee toward your torso and return it to the original position. Repeat the movement with the other knee.

Quick Feet Forward And Back

If you’re still lacking in motivation, perhaps working out with a friend might do the trick. Try the Quick Feet Forward and Back move when you get together for a workout sesh. This movement tones your lower body, and works up your quads, hips and plantar flexors. Aside from that, it also doubles as a good cardio workout. Start by standing straight with feet slightly wider than shoulder width and alternate moving your feet up. 

(Cover photo from: fayebalogo)


These moves will get you into the groove of working out in no time, so start downloading the Nike+ Training Club App for iOS and Android now. Train with your community by booking a session of Nike+ Training Club Live. Find out more here.