We’ve heard about Dubai-based Filipino fashion designer Michael Cinco dressing up the crème de la crème of fashion, as well as Michelle Lhuillier and Albert Andrada conquering the Hollywood red carpet. But who are the others who can potentially make it on the international fashion scene? We can hardly call them new kids on the block, but they all have one thing in common: they’re unstoppable!
8. Mak Tumang
Contact: Hidalgo Place, Rockwell Center | Website
From high fashion couture evening gowns to stunning bridal dresses, Mak is the perfect designer for ladies who love to bask in the limelight. This young designer is all about creating high drama on his designs with focus on embellishments and head-turning details. He’s a theater enthusiast with background in stage production designs, and also graduated from the Philippine School of Interior Design before he joined the fashion industry. His mentor? None other than Frederick Peralta.
7. Patty Ang
Contact: 258 Amapola Street, Palm Village, Makati | Website
Just recently, Andi Eigenmann joined the ranks of Kirsten Stewart and Katy Perry on the best-dressed list of Vanity Fair. That winning, sophisticated all-white ensemble was made by Patty Ang, who, despite finishing a college degree that’s a far cry from fashion, still managed to follow her dreams. She’s known for clean lines, chic silhouettes and timeless, minimalist designs.
6. Mark Bumgarner
You’ll never guess how Mark fell in love with fashion. The 25-year-old designer used to travel around the globe while he was racing formula cars until he became more interested in today’s different schools of fashion than he was in cars. In 2012, he became a part of a styling team for a denim brand and the rest is history. Top celebrities and trendsetters Heart Evangelista, Rhian Ramos and Maggie Wilson-Consunji are just some of the A-List stars who love his streamlined and elegant designs.
5. John Herrera
John started making a name for himself on the international fashion scene when he bagged the trophy at the London Emerging Designer Awards just last year. He trained under master couturier Cary Santiago and his forte has always been about sexy femininity and experimental tailoring.