When esteemed bag designer and founder of the School of Fashion and the Arts called me to tell me I was one of her muses for her new collection, I was ecstatic. I mean, to inspire someone to create a design is so flattering and humbling! I booked a flight to Manila right away, just for the event. It’s not every day that the one who calls you is someone you really look up to! I love Amina because she is so respected in the Fashion Industry here in the Philippines, without having to go through all the catty cliques and social networking (well, at least I dont think so). She minds her own business, does her craft well, and gets applauded for it. She was my teacher in SOFA and I got to discover what a great designer she is, and how she gives back to the community by allowing young creative minds to explore their potential. In school, I’d always see her busy with new inspiring projects, her beautiful kids (she has 3 kids and she is skinnier than me, the word is not fair), designing for the Aranaz design house and managing an entire school! Yet everyday, she looks so fresh and put together that sometimes I want to smack her. Okay, I’m kidding. But she’s really a great role model, and I really respect her, which is why I was more than willing to fly in to support her cause at my own expense.
Meet the six muses for the collection! We’re all carrying Aranaz for Rags to Riches bags and accessories. I love how we all really show a range of styles from bohemian, to street to glam!
On a quick side note, doesn’t this dress just scream out for me? Everyone agreed that it was totally my style! I wish I could get my hands on this and wear it to Halloween as the back swan! It would totally work!
Okay, back to regular programming. Rags to Riches is a company that takes pride in providing employment to socially challenged women by tasking them to create bags made of recycled material by famous designers. They’re trash made into fashion, and otherwise known as TRASHION! (I swear I didn’t make that up. lol) The bags we’re all sporting are made of scrap fabric and intricately woven to form knots. They look so oriental!
With the blondies, and making me want to color my hair even more! Anyhow, a big thanks to Tricia for taking the nice backlit outfit photos! I never realized taking indoor shots could look so clazzzz! All the other photos are taken with my Canon S100, a teeny tiny digital camera with monstrous power! I took it with me that day because I knew my iPhone couldn’t produce any photo’s I’d wanna use in this blog without instagramming first! The S100 really has such amazing quality for its small size!
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