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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!

Scene and Heard – Red Charity Gala on Lifestyle

The Red Charity Ball will be featured on the Lifestyle Channel! Take a look at the glamorous and generous people who attended the ball on these dates and times:

Nov 19 at 3pm

Nov 20 at 11am

Nov 21 at 8am

Nov 22 at 9am

Nov 23 at 3pm

Nov 24 at 1pm

Nov 25 at 4pm

Photos by Marty Ilagan

 

cREDo Magazine photo shoot

This year’s Red Charity Gala not only features the brilliant work of Jesus “Jojie” Lloren, whose collection is inspired by the country’s national artists, but also launches two new projects: The official website for the gala and the official magazine, cREDo.

cREDo, which is defined as “an idea or set of beliefs that guides the actions of a person or group.” is very apt for the event and the people behind it, says Sheryl Songsong, the magazine’s EIC.

Here are some of the behind the scenes photos from the cover shoot yesterday.

Photography by Paolo Buendia
Make up by Patrick Rosas
Styling by Sheryl Songsong

Jesus Lloren shares his style and sensibilities

by Edd Fuentes

From a childhood dream to finally living the life of a renowned fashion designer, Jesus Lloren tells us about his journey to success.

Lloren’s designs, known for the perfect marriage of minimalism and sophistication, started out as paper dolls and doodles. “Sometime in Grade 5, I started reading fashion articles in the papers, clipping them and making my own drawings. I proudly showed them to my classmates and friends, but dreaded my parents seeing them,” he recalls.

Apparently, his parents expected him to continue the legacy of his father who was an accountant. Lloren tried to meet his parents’ expectations – they compromised and he ended up taking up B.S. Hotel and Restaurant Administration. Later, however, he realized that the fashion industry is indeed his true calling and thus, he mustered enough courage to shift to B.S. Clothing Technology in U.P. Diliman.

After earning a degree, Jesus first worked with Elite Garments, then for top designer Christian Espiritu. Later he found enough determination and skills to put up his own business, and here the designer admits that it was not easy to make a reputation in the fashion industry. As a beginner, his clients were very few and there were times when he felt strong envy towards the lavish lifestyle of friends.

However, these things did not discourage him. Instead, he considered them as a motivation to excel. “The greatest challenge facing a fashion designer is how to evolve. Continuous learning, experimentation, determination, passion, and an open mind are necessary for progress.”

Lloren had his big break in 1998 when he won the Philippine Young Designers Competition and Concours International des Jeunes Createurs in Paris. The abaca bodice that resembles a refined shiny armour became his winning piece, which also earned him a scholarship at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de La Couture Parisienne touted as the alma mater of leading fashion designers such as Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, Issey Miyake, and Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani

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His experiences and learning in Paris further honed his aesthetic vision and prepared him for making a trademark in the mainstream local fashion. Upon returning to his homeland, Lloren quickly established a reputation as a highly-skilled designer who is able to craft seemingly simple yet technically intricate designs. It was also around that time when he was nominated to head both the Young Designers Guild and the Fashion Design Council of the Philippines.

Heading two fashion associations gave him bigger responsibilities but such roles helped him build industry connections and friendships. He learned valuable lessons which he willing shares with students enrolled in fashion schools: Forget establishing a business right after graduation: “Work with a company or companies first in order to learn the trade. You will know where your strength, your interests, your market or your vision lie.”

After working with an established company or name, “then, you are well-prepared to run a business. Learn more, work more. Passion goes hand in hand with discipline and determination” he added. True enough, the sweet fruit of Lloren’s labor is now evident but he just continues to discover more things and move forward.

Clearly, crafting clothes with timeless beauty has always been the designer’s philosophy, so when asked about where all his unique design concepts are coming from, he shared that he finds inspiration almost everywhere; depression and loneliness even. And this will be evident in the pieces that will be showcased in the upcoming Red Charity Gala.

Organized by society icon Tessa Prieto-Valdes and philanthropist Kaye Tinga, the Red Charity Gala on October 18 will feature the immaculate workmanship of Jesus Lloren to raise funds for the Philippine Red Cross and Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation. It will be a 40-piece collection highlighting both architectural and soft and airy pieces inspired by Filipino paintings. “There’ll be a lot of handwork. Some will have historical references,” Jesus explains.

Putting true Filipino artistry on the spotlight for a cause is perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences for a designer who has this keen eye for artistic quality, precision, and style. From paper dolls and doodles, Lloren now proudly brings Filipino design to a global level.

The Red Charity Gala show is directed by Ariel Lozada, fashion styling by Noel Manapat, and hair and make-up by Patrick Rosas.

The show is presented by Downy and Sunlife, supported by Bench, Megaworld, Makati Shangri-la, and Lifestyle Asia. Special thanks to Robert Blancaflor Group, Rustans, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Philippine Star.

Red Charity Gala 2014

BTS 2014 Red Charity Gala Jojie Lloren Noel ManapatThis year’s annual Red Charity Gala presents the art inspired collection of Jesus “Jojie” Lloren.

On October 18th, 2014, Jojie Lloren’s collection will be presented to the public at the Makati Shangri-la’s Rizal ballroom. Recently, the team did a photo shoot for the exclusive magazine of the ball, cREDo.

This year’s Red Charity Gala will be directed by Ariel Lozada, fashion styling by Noel Manapat, and hair and make-up by Patrick Rosas.

Photo credit: Noel Manapat