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64: A Fashion Gala; A Designer to Watch out for

(This is a super backlogged post, but still worth the wait):

Last April 12, I went to “64: A Fashion Gala.” It was the unveiling of the collections of the DLS-CSB Fashion Design & Merchandising students batch of 2011. The event was held at the A.Venue Hall, Makati City.

Michelle, my friend from way back, invited me to watch her set. After we graduated from High School, we both enrolled in Ateneo together. However, despite doing really well academically, she decided to transfer and take up what she was really passionate about more than anything: Fashion Design. I really admired her for that - she knew what she wanted, and went for it despite having to get out of her comfort zone. Not a lot of people have the guts.

Here are some pictures of her collection (she had to follow a “Geometric” theme, and she came up with one inspired by Filipino indigenous tribal costumes):

This was the Pièce de résistance:

- unfortunately, I couldn’t find decent full body shots of this one!! :( But take a close look at the intricate detail:


There were hundreds of young designers who presented their collections, and out of all of them, only 10 were chosen as finalists. I was hardly surprised to hear Michelle’s name called, what with the fierce and defiant collection of hers standing out from the rest (many of which were, and I mean no offense, hardly groundbreaking). 

What really got me cheering, though, was when she was called for a second time to claim a trophy for being in the top 3 of the whole graduating batch! Here’s a picture of her during her winning walk:


Here are some pictures of us, her fans, during the event:

my sister and I, matching in maxi-dresses

myself, Nelly, and Micole

ten years of friendship.

Congratulations Michelle! You’re definitely going places, and I couldn’t be happier for you :)


xxx

Yeni

(Photography by Gab Villaruz, Juan Janeo, and Micole Gotauco)

Narrow-Leaved Pitcher-Plant - Nepenthes stenophylla

Nepenthes stenophylla (Nepenthaceae) is a spectacularly colored species of pitcher plants covered in small hairs. In the wild it grows to about 3m in height with multiple branching stems. A large plant of this species is truly spectacular.

The Narrow-Leaved Pitcher-Plant is endemic to Borneo. It has a wide distribution across the mountains of northwestern Borneo. It grows in highland heath forest, and ridge top vegetation, both terrestrially and as an epiphyte. The species can be variable across its range, and some variants are more colourful than others.

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Photo credit: ©Tom Ballinger 

Locality: Mount Rimau, Long Pasia, Sipitang District, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.

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