By Jan Carlo Anolin
A Filipino fashion designer highlighted the cause of women empowerment through her craft in the February installment of London Fashion Week 2019 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, London last February 16.
Cheri-Lou Aranjuez, who hails from Davao, launched her new line that features hand-made bags by the female inmates of Compostela Valley’s Montevista District Jail, and fabrics woven by stay-at-home mothers.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the collected funds will be donated to the Mayas Foundation, which gives aid for rape survivors.
“I am very, very proud to raise the Philippine flag higher and bolder,” Aranjuez said.
This was the second time she joined Landon Fashion Week under the House of Ikons.
Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio M. Lagdameo said local fashion designers are now becoming “more visible” in the London Fashion Week.
“Representation during London Fashion Week is important because it is an opportunity to put Philippine fashion on the radars of influential fashion buyers, editors, and trend forecasters,” Lagdameo said.
Mitch Desunia, the Filipino fashion designed behind Mode, U.K., also released a new collection of fanciful children’s occasion dresses.
Last year, Martha Rodriguez, founder and designer of Vesti, graced the event with luxury bags for men and women highlighting the traditional textiles of the indigenous people of Mindanao such as T’boli, Yakan, and Tausug communities.
Aside from Milan, New York, and Paris, the London Fashion Week is one of the four major Fashion Weeks worldwide.
The fashion week is staged bi-annually, on February for autumn and winter collections, and on September for spring and summer attire.