If you loved watching Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn for 16 seasons in Project Runway and still follow Alyssa Milano and Izaac Mizrahi to this day, well, you’re in for a treat! We have our very own local version. StyleFestPH2019, a project created by 0917 Lifestyle, the tech and fashion brand of Globe Telecom recently announced the start of a two-month Designer Mentorship Program (DMP). Our local fashion designer search has a powerhouse pool of mentors, namely: fashion icon Inno Sotto, style sweetheart Carl Jan Cruz, inimitable stylist Sydney Yap, CEO and Zalora founder Paolo Campos and head of 0917 Lifestyle Leah De Guzman. The lucky eight designers who will undergo the DMP are Ia Coca, Neil Anthonie, Adrian Sahagun, Bessie Besana, Justine Llarena, Bea Guerrero, Einar Nicdao and Austeen Soriano.

StyleFest2019’s Mentors and Mentees with Globe CEO Ernest Cu in white jacket (top photo)

“Globe Telecom has always been supportive of the fashion industry. StyleFest2019 is our way to give the young designers a venue to express their creativity and provide them the means to reach audiences here and internationally,” De Guzman said.

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We caught a sneak peek of Bang Pineda’s capsule collection at the media event held at the Garden Pavillion of the Grand Hyatt Manila. Basing from the excitement of the attendees, I’m certain the other activities lined up by 0917 Lifestyle like trend talks, designers on spotlight and runway shows and shopping soirees from November 4,5 and 6 will be received with much enthusiasm as well. The first day will feature Paloma Zobel, Chris Nick, and Mark Bumgarner which will highlight support for local artisans and indigenous materials like jusi and t’nalak. Body confidence will be the focus of the talk of Boom Sason on November 5, and finally, Bang Pineda will take center stage on November 6. On the last day, SNOOPS will share fashion forecasts and also share their knowledge on how to make campaigns work.

With Globe CEO Ernest Cu, Marketing Communications Director of Grand Hyatt Karmina De Ungria at the Garden Pavillion.

Only two designers will remain in the end. Who will be the first to hear “Auf Wiedersehen”? Who will be hailed as the country’s best? Stay tuned for more fashion news!

With a pocketful of glitter,


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