PilgrimAge: Joey Samson for the Red Charity Gala 2017

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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.