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The PilgrimAge of Joey Samson and Red Charity Gala 2017

It has been a month since we had the most attended Red Charity Gala yet. We are still overwhelmed by all your support and love.

Thank you and see you next year for Red Charity Gala X!


Video by Tim & Co
Director: Mike Lavarez
Concept: Sheryl Songsong

The (Pilgrim)Age of Joey Samson

Pilgrimage is defined as any long journey, especially one undertaken as a quest or for a votive purpose, as to pay homage or a journey that has spiritual intent to a place or to an icon of faith. In the case of designer du jour, Joey Samson, it is a pilgrimage to his own identity.

This spiritual journey is translated into his exclusive Red Charity Gala Collection, which will be shown on October 14th at the Shangri-la at the Fort.

A striking collage of fine linen toile fabric accentuated by a contemporary pleated shirtdress for a totally modern look.

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PilgrimAge: Joey Samson for the Red Charity Gala 2017

The Red Charity Gala, without a doubt the most awaited fashion event for a cause in the country and the product of the passionate efforts of society figures Tessa Prieto–Valdes and Kaye Tinga, once again champions the best Filipino creative talents in fashion while fostering awareness and tirelessly raising funds for two worthwhile causes: the Philippine Red Cross and the Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation.

Now on its ninth year, the Red Charity Gala 2017, to be held on October 14, 2017, at the Shangri-La at the Fort with the support of BENCH as part of the brand’s 30th anniversary, brings to the runway the creative ingenuity of Joey Samson and his androgynous, gender fluid creations.

With the theme PilgrimAge, this year’s gala pertains to a journey, a religious devotion, a voyage to a sacred place. For Joey, it is a depiction of one man’s journey to nostalgia, recaptured via images best portrayed by a mood, a moment, a patina, a place, an individual, a feeling, rendering symbolisms represented by garments that evoke/ embody sentiments and souvenirs.  

Here, he melds old style glamour with hints of the romantic and lady-like form, harmonizing extravagant detailing with traditional silhouettes for a look that is contemporary yet beyond time.

“This collection will be a balancing act,” Joey says. “It will run the gamut from tradition to something a bit outre, remixing looks and reshuffling garment elements.” Further, he says,  “I want the clothes to be a revival of old wardrobe favorites, as if relics of a long passage, at the same time, something with a sense of familiarity with a contemporary feel transitioning from conventional, street to ceremonial”.

From his initial dreams of being a doctor, graduating with a pre-medicine degree in college, Joey took the plunge and pursued his true passion – fashion and doing clothes – by enrolling in the Slim’s Fashion and Art School. Subsequently, he apprenticed under the renowned Jojie Lloren for basic draping and pattern making and later, at CITEM, back when they would fly in professors from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Since then, he has bagged numerous awards and accolades such as the MTV Style Awards in 2004 and the Menswear Designer of the Year 2007 at the Mega Fashion Awards.

By officially being Red Charity Gala’s honoree for 2017, Joey Samson joins the league of world-renowned Filipino designers who have previously graced the event: Dennis Lustico, Furne One, Michael Cinco, Cary Santiago, Ezra Santos, Jojie Lloren, Lesley Mobo, and Chito Vijandre.

The Red Charity Gala 2017 is presented by Bench in cooperation with major sponsors Globe Platinum, Jewelmer, Megaworld, and SunLife Financial together with Creamsilk, Emperor Watch And Jewellery, Fuentes Manila, Leon Gallery, Lucerne, Moss Manila, Philippine Airlines, Remy Martin, and Robert Blancaflor, Royal Gem, Shangri-La At The Fort, and Volvo. With additional support from Abitare Internazionale, Adworks, Air Asia, Bluewater Sumilon Beach Resort, City of Dreams, Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay,  Dusit Thani Manila,  Linda Farrow,  The Manila Hotel, Viking Range, W/17, and World Travellers. With media sponsors Inquirer Red, Lifestyle Asia, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Philippine Star. Special thanks to AlcoPLUS Rubbing Alcohol, Auro Chocolates, Cova, Cupcakes By Sonja,  Ethan Allen,  Gardenia,  Goldilocks,  Louis XIII, Mcdonald’s,  Mint College,  Ryan Villamael,  The Botanist, and Zarah Juan.

Red Charity Gala 2016 presents Chito Vijandre

chitoChito Vijandre’s artistry had its beginnings in drawing and painting during his childhood when he would create unusual works in art class, gaining school recognition, winning national art contests and participating in international art competitions and exhibits. He distinguished himself from his peers at an early stage, both in technique and style. While his peers were using light aquarelle brush strokes and pastel colors, Chito went a completely different way and applied paint directly from the pain tubes on to the canvas to create thick, rough textures in an expressionist vein with bright Fauvist colors. It was no surprise when he was eventually chosen to go to the Mexico Olympics to represent the Philippines in the prestigious international event’s art forum.

His talent continued to manifest but this time, in fashion, where he would gain acclaim for his highly original and refined designs favored by Manila’s most elegant women like Chona Recto Kasten and Tingting Cojuangco. At the age of 20, he was chosen as one of the designers for Chito Madrigal’s Bighabi International (Bighani means “to be in awe” in Filipino) and had his first one man show at the famed Hyatt La Concha which presented fashion shows by the country’s top fashion designers. His second show, “The Year of the Snake” further secured his fashion ranking and position in society.

His third and biggest show, “Vijandre”, mounted at the Philippine Plaza was the testament to his title as one of Manila’s master couturiers. Melding Africana and Victoriana in one spectacular pageant of haute couture creations, he treated Manila to a visual feast never seen before. With Chito, the pegs are never taken literally; tiny glass beads from a Masai necklace were turned into fully beaded flapper gown, one of which were worn to an international film festival at the Malacanan palace and was well received and applauded for its exquisite design and craftsmanship.

After renovating his home and expectedly receiving praises for his work, Chito started channeling his creative energies into interior designing. As expected, he won several awards and one of which was a platinum award for the production design and styling of the Bench commercial L’Amoureux.

Chito’s passion for everything artistic and beautiful provided him with an opportunity to open a landmark concept store that showcases a well curated selection of home accents, jewellery and object d’art. He also dabbled in designing the interiors of well known and loved restaurants and cafes.

After years away from fashion, his Alma mater, SLIM’S called upon him to create clothes again. His capsule collection for the fashion school’s anniversary show received raves from the fashion press, bloggers and the general public who wanted to see more from the designer, resulting in his selection as the designer for the next Red Cross Charity Gala fashion show.

Red Charity Gala featured fashion designer – Lesley Mobo

Lesley Mobo
Lesley Mobo

This year’s fashion genius on center stage for the Red Charity Gala is London based Filipino designer Lesley Mobo. His pieces are show stopping and luxurious but edgy and almost downright delectable. We are nothing short of slack jawed and amazed by his pieces and we can’t wait to show the public his creations!

Lesley’s credentials are as long as the train on Princess Diana’s wedding gown and are equally as impressive. Graduating from the prestigious Central St Martin’s in 2002 with a First Class B.A. Honours Degree in Fashion, his final year collection titled “Maniac” was co-sponsored by Cerruti allowing him to use luxurious tailoring fabrics from Lanifico Fratelli Cerruti Italy. He also received the Colin Barnes Award for fashion illustration from Central St Martin’s, a nomination in the Chartered Society of Designers Fashion Awards held in the British Natural History Museum, and participated in the ‘Fashion in Motion exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum from which his works were featured in the BBC News. In 2002 he was interviewed by John Galliano for the House of Christian Dior, and has also assisted for Clements Ribeiro and Cacharel. In 2002 he accepted a designer post in the newly established brand Jasmine Di Milo in Harrods, London.

Red Charity Gala welcomes you home, Lesley and we await with bated breath, your collection!