It was indeed an evening to remember when US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. hosted the first-ever eco-fashion design show at his Forbes Park residence.
Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2010 Maria Venus Raj wearing a creation of renowned Filipina designer Dita Sandico-Ong
The event, aptly called “Fashion Forward: A September Evening to Remember,” was a celebration of US-Filipino collaboration in eco-fashion and design, corporate social responsibility as well as sustainanble development under the creative direction of the notable Emmanuel New York Models’ Aristeo Tengco.
Highlighting the evening of glitz and glamor was a full-ramp fashon show showcasing eco-fashion designs of internationally acclaimed designers Dita Sandico-Ong and Paul Cabral.
No less than the famous faces from fashion and showbiz industries walked the runway donning the designers’ eco-friendly creations. Anne Curtis wowed the guests in Ong’s sculptural wraps while Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2010 Venus Raj looked very stunning in a white ensemble also from the renowned designer’s collection. Cabral’s creations were modeled by Dennis Trillo, Matteo Gudicelli, Daniel Matsunaga, Victor Aliwalas, James Blanco and Fred Payawan. Several embassy diplomats and staffers also joined the ramp in Ong and Cabral’s designs as well as some eco-fashion designs from Levi’s, Timberland, Lumago and Rags2Riches.
Among the guests from the worlds of arts and culture, education as well as international community who graced the occasion were Che-Che Lazaro, Illac Diaz, Kris Aquino, Dina Bonnevie and German Moreno among others.
In an interview with Standard Today, Thomas shared their goal was to “show the world how wonderful—and beautiful—the Philippines is in an eco-friendly way.”
“Through this exhibition and with the help of those who joined Fashion Forward, we also want to create more jobs [for Filipinos], educate children [about sustainable development], build a better future for everyone and of course, to showcase what the Philippines has to offer,” said Thomas.
Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. who was also present during the event, joined Thomas in noting the natural and creative riches of the Philippines and the role that the Philippine and US government can play in fueling a resurgent economy in the country.
Asked by Standard Today why he chose the mentioned exhibitors/designers among the many other advocates of sustainable develoment in the country, Thomas replied:
“Because they are all my friends! Internationally-acclaimed designer Dita Sandico-Ong who is known for her wraps made from pineapple fiber is my friend. Paul Cabral who designed a barong for President Noynoy Aquino made my first ever barong. And Of course, social entrepreneur Illac Diaz [who works in the ASEAN region and empowers communities through] for his works using sustainable and appropriate technologies such as bamboo and PET plastic bottles,” he said.