Meet 7 Filipinos who are redefining the world of style
Here’s a timely update to boost some Filipino pride in the world of style.
Whether they’re homegrown talents or have been raised elsewhere, whether they’re mixed-heritage or full-blooded Pinoys, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is how they have placed the Philippines in the global fashion map.
So, here are some names to get yourself acquainted with now:
Tracy Sedino, 1/2 of Linda Farrow gallery
Tracy Sedino is one-half of Linda Farrow, one of the world’s most exclusive eyewear labels. She has been a key driving force in rebuilding the 70′s eyewear brand that was almost lost in obscurity. For just a little over a decade, the label has found a niche in vintage-style eyewear, and has forged many exciting collaborations with top and up-and-coming designers from Dries Van Noten, Kris Van Assche, Alexander Wang, Erdem, and Raf Simons, to name a few.
John-Paul Pietrus, fashion photographer
A Filipino-American photographer based in London who’s well-known for his meticulously staged images, John-Paul Petrius’s vibrant photographs often evoke downplayed optimism. He has also done work for a variety of clients from Gucci to Linda Farrow to Louis Vuitton. Alongside that, there’s also a ton of editorials for publications like Vogue UK, Vogue China, Harper’s Bazaar UK, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, Stylist Magazine, 7th Man Magazine, and Jalouse. Supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, and Coco Rocha usually grace his photographs.
Betina Ocampo, designer
Betina Ocampo is otherwise known as the daughter of Tina Maristela-Ocampo, the woman behind the internationally acclaimed accessories label Celestina. But she’s stepping out of her mother’s shadow as she rides on the success of the luxury t-shirt line she started in 2012.
She was named by Vogue.com as one of the “11 Designers You Need to Know.” On top of that, her clothes are taking Filipino design to a whole new level as she infuses a more contemporary feel to traditional embroidery techniques and indigenous materials. A young designer who reinterprets traditional techniques to cater to a wider audience is always endearing: Betina gives out an exciting energy for the next generation of designers to channel.
Paolo Roldan, model
Originally a fashion buyer, accidental model Paolo Roldan eventually became the muse of Riccardo Tisci’s, Givenchy’s creative director. Roldan was a Givenchy exclusive for four seasons. In the fashion world, that’s big news for a model. On top of that, he has also been photographed by Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris, besides other big names that might be too many to mention. Quite simply, Paolo Roldan could aptly be called the first Filipino male supermodel.
Hanni El Khatib, musician
Now, here’s someone who can really rock it out. And he does it in style. Based in Los Angeles and born to a Palestinian father and a Filipino mother, Hanni El Khatib has made a name for his rockabilly sensibilities, fusing a very electric mix of garage rock and blues.
Last year, his sophomore album Head in the Dirt has received much acclaim; it was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who also produced Lana del Rey’s latest album Ultraviolence. Hopefully, he’d rock out Manila with an electrifying concert some time soon.
Christine Centenera, senior fashion editor at Vogue Australia
An overdose of chic doesn’t seem to bother Christine Centenera. Currently the senior fashion editor of Vogue Australia, she once cut her teeth through Harper’s Bazaar Australia. She has also collaborated with Kanye West in designing womenswear. Christine Centenera is always in the spotlight as the fashion media tries to get a hold of what she’s wearing.
Ivy Kirzhner, shoe designer
Filipino-American shoe designer Ivy Kirzhner is making waves in the New York fashion scene. She’s fast becoming a household name for shoe enthusiasts. More and more retailers around the globe are picking up on her quirky and playful designs.