LOOK of Style Awards 2013


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.

1475799_10152471325794478_209207060_nDesigns of LOSA2013 winner Rei Escario.

IMG_2405I hosted the event that evening wearing Vania Romoff, one of the contestants from last year’s LOSA.

IMG_0571LOOK’s lovely EIC Cit-cit Sioson.

1487442_10152471321449478_1035759766_nDesigns by 10 contestants for the accessories category.

1385734_10152471324759478_1961401057_n1239429_10152471324169478_683125416_nWinning designs of Neil Felipp. I love the monkey clutch!!! So ingenious.

 1452037_10152471322004478_1685828246_nBeautiful necklaces by one of the four winners of the scholarship to Sheffield Hassan University: Adante Leyesa.

1479520_10152471328089478_1616850225_nStunning minauderie by Earl Gariando.

IMG_2944This yeas’s talented contestants of LOSA.


I couldn’t be more excited to announce the winners that night.

IMG_3140Winner of the Lulu Tan Gan award: Jaggy Glarino and his creations.

IMG_3167Awarding Neil Felipp, winner of Best Fashion Accessory of LOSA 2o13.

IMG_3194The winner of Best Fashion Design category and Bench’s special award: Rei Escario.

IMG_3316The lucky winners that night.

IMG_3054Past LOSA winners Pablo Cabahug, Roland Alzate and Geof Gonzales.

1441517_10152471325819478_1654530367_nSome of the accessories up for silent auction that night.

1488326_10152471372279478_1352534721_nMartha Gonzalez and Tricia Espino of Bridges PR, Cit-cit Sioson and Raymund Villanueva.

IMG_2245Designers Ivar Aseron and Joey Samson, with Mau de Leon of Mercator and photographer/model Jo Ann Bitagcol.

IMG_3362Ana Tan of the British Council, Cit-cit Sioson and British designer Una Burke.

IMG_2101Una Burke and a few of her designs.

IMG_2362IMG_2344PDI’s President and CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez and Nicholas Thomas of the British Council.

1426179_10152471332404478_577160561_nLOOK fashion editor Kat Cruz-Villanueva, designer Jun Escario, Cit-cit Sioson, myself and Vania Romoff.


Ana Tan and I.

IMG_8679LOOK cover girl Kim Jones.

IMG_8731Founder of the LOSA, former EIC of LOOK Mel Cuevas and Joey Samson.

IMG_8597Annie Ringor of Bridges PR.

IMG_8638Amina Aranaz-Alunan.

IMG_8651LOSA 2013 winner Roland Alzate.

IMG_8740Vania Romoff.

IMG_8785Georgia Schulze-del Rosario and husband Armand.

IMG_8794L’Oreal’s Pam Picazo-Garcia.

IMG_8813Mitch Dulce.

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