I’ve been blogging about the LOOK of Style Awards for some time now, starting with its announcement in July to meeting applicants from all over the Philippines in the following months. The LOOK team really worked so hard to narrow down the many applicants to ten deserving finalists.
And finally, here it is. The culminating event to showcase the designs of each finalist and announce the winner of an all-expense paid course at the Central Saint Martins in London. Yes, it was all very exciting, especially after seeing the work of the designers. Each one offered something new and innovative, while still following this year’s theme: ‘eco chic’. LOOK Magazine, Inquirer Lifestyle and the British Council really did an amazing job this year.
The LOOK team: that’s me, Stef Cabal, Carmecita Sioson and Kat Cruz.
This leaf-print dress is by Ivarluski Aseron.
This dress was really very comfortable.
Kat Cruz also wearing Ivarluski Aseron (both our dresses are from the same collection).
LOOK former EIC Mel Cuevas. (We miss you, Mel!)
The British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie and wife Denise.
Lulu Tan Gan.
Philippine Daily Inquirer President Sandy Prieto-Romualdez with Lifestyle Editor Thelma Sioson San Juan.
The event also featured Manila’s Most Stylish Moms photo exhibit.
L’Oreal’s Pamela Picazo-Garcia.
Nicole Jacinto of Bridges.
Photographer Miguel Miranda and Rumples Estacio.
The event was hosted by Tessa Prieto-Valdez.
Front row: His Excellency Stephen Lillie and British Council Director Amanda Burell.
We were all in awe at UK designer Jane Bowler’s take on sustainable fashion. What an amazing collection!
And now, here are the ten finalists of the LOOK of Style Awards 2012.
1.) HANZ COQUILLA
2.) REY VILLEGAS
3.) MIKE YAPCHING
4.) JUN ARTAJO
5.) IVAN RABORAR
6.) JOAO A. TAREPE
7.) ROLAND ALZATE
8.) ROXANNE HOEY
9.) RENAN PACSON
10.) VANIA ROMOFF
You saw their work, now meet the designers.
Joao A. Tarepe.
The next set of eco-chic designs are by LOOK of Style Award winners: Pablo Cabahug (2010) and Geof Gonzales (2011).
And finally, we get to announcing the winners!
Sheree Gotuaco and Katty Qua, CEO and VP of Elite Garments, give Vania Romoff a special award. She’ll be designing a holiday collection for retail brand Ensembles next year.
Tessa Prieto-Valdez pose with Sheree Gotuaco and Katty Qua and special awardee Vania Romoff.
Sandy Prieto-Romualdez gives a speech.
About to announce the winner.
And its: ROLAND ALZATE!!!
Congratulations to this year’s LOOK of Style Awards winner: Roland Alzate!!!