This year’s LOOK of Style Awards was a step-up from the ones we did in the past. Apart from its new theme: Pinoy Goes Global, an accessories category was added, which gave 10 aspiring accessories designers a chance to join this prestigious competition. The winner of the clothing category received a scholarship to Central Saint Martins in London, while the winner of accessories design was awarded a course at Sheffield Hallam University. The event was produced by Inquirer Lifestyle, LOOK Magazine and the British Council, headed by country director Nicholas Thomas, with Bench, SM Accessories and Systema Tooth & Gum Care as major sponsors.
I have to say, the 20 designers did not disappoint. Each one presented a unique vision that was deserving of the prize–it was up to the judges to select the best one. (This year’s board of judges for apparel were Inquirer Lifestyle journalist Cheche Moral, LOOK editor in chief Carmencita Sioson, British Council’s Anna Tan, and fashion designers JC Buendia and Lulu Tan Gan. For accessories, the judges were Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Emi Jorge, Joyce Makitalo, Nicole Whisenhunt, Ricky Toledo and Chito Vijandre.) The winner for Best Fashion Design category was Rei Escario, while Neil Suarez San Pedro a.k.a. Neil Felipp, won Best Fashion Accessory category.
We really had some amazing contestants this year, and lucky for them, their talents didn’t go unnoticed. The British Council was no doubt impressed with what they saw that they decided to award four more scholarships to Sheffield Hallam University. This went to accessories finalists Angela Angeles, Ronald Ramiro, Earl Gariando and Adante Leyesa. Also, veteran knitwear designer Lulu Tan Gan added to the list of prizes by awarding Jaggy Glarino an all-expense-paid trip to England and a scholarship at Central Saint Martins (a Lulu Tan-Gan award was created that night). She even invited the young designer to join her team.
For me though, the best part of the evening was the silent auction that happened after the announcement of the winners. Contestants, winners, and past winners generously gave their designs to raise funds for Yolanda victims. It gave guests a reason to support these up-and-coming designers, as well as raise money to help rebuild the affected Visayas region.
Designs of LOSA2013 winner Rei Escario.
I couldn’t be more excited to announce the winners that night.
Ana Tan and I.
LOOK cover girl Kim Jones.