Do you dream of one day making it as a fashion designer? Or are you planning to launch a fashion-related business? Or maybe you’re really just into fashion? The next few paragraphs are sure to excite you.
Globe Telecom’s lifestyle brand 0917 Lifestyle and Saga Events collaborated anew to bring back premier fashion expo StyleFestPH this November after a successful run last year.
Sketch by G Gamboloza
2019 StyleFestPH kicked off last June 24 with the search for aspiring young designer-entrepreneurs who will take part in the Designer Mentorship Program (DMP), a design and entrepreneurial program that aims to help create business opportunities for aspiring fashion designers.
Among the things you’ll learn if you’re chosen as a participant in the DMP are creative direction and business know-how to ensure success, as well as ways to use digital platform opportunities. Retail industry experts will also assist and mentor aspiring designers in design skills and how to go to market.
Participants will be mentored and their works judged by a panel of experts called the “style council,” composed of local fashion icons and retail experts such as renowned designer Inno Sotto, Zalora CEO Paulo Campos, Globe Lifestyle Head Leah De Guzman, and upcoming young designer Carl Jan Cruz.
The nationwide search is open to Filipinos 18 years old and above, either students or owners of their fashion design business. Together with their completed application form, applicants should be able to present a design portfolio composed of at least 10 items that focuses on two categories: Streetwear, which integrates fashion and technology; and Ready-To-Wear, either for day or night wear.
Aspiring designers have until July 19, 2019 to submit their entries and design portfolio via the StyleFestPH home page. Only entries received from June 24 to July 19, 2019 through stylefest.ph will qualify.
All application forms and design portfolios will be reviewed by the style council based on the following criteria: 25% for creativity and originality, 25% for overall theme and cohesiveness of the collection, 25% for technical construction and craftsmanship, and 25% for Retail Marketability.
Designed by DC De Castro Zalora 2018 Emerging Designer
The style council will deliberate and select 16 semifinalists on July 24, 2019. Out of the submissions, eight finalists will be given the chance to get on the StyleFestPH runway, where winners for 0917 Lifestyle and Zalora will be chosen. Judging of the StyleFestPH winners will happen during the finalists’ fashion show presenting their Capsule Collection on November 5, 2019. Winners will be announced at the end of the show.
A P50,000 cash prize is in store for the winners of 0917 Lifestyle and Zalora brands. The winners will also have the opportunity to collaborate with 0917 Lifestyle and Zalora for their collections.