In fashion, there are two legendary powerhouses of budding talent – New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and London’s Central Saint Martins. To train at one is impressive, at both is audacious, and both these words amply describe the talents of Rajo Laurel, arguably the Philippines’ most famous fashion designer of the moment.
Already a household name at home thanks to three season’s presence on TV’s Project Runway Philippines, Laurel’s couture collection and diffusion labels including capsule shoe range and two perfumes have secured him a place in the local fashion pantheon.
2012’s Spock & Savile Transition collection encompasses Nine (outsize and maternity), Rojito (childrenswear) and RajoMan, as well as the main womenswear RTW Roja!, which this season sees bold, monochrome, fitted silhouettes, skirts (with plenty of on-trend peplums) and jackets accented with patent metallic belts and accessories with a distinct nod to the 60s and golden era of Paco Rabanne, plus an array of gorgeous textured jersey pants and separates.
Elsewhere in the collection are colour bursts of emerald and cobalt and, as always, lots of signature beading, piping and texture. But Laurel is perhaps most famous for his red carpet gowns and with no less than the grand dame of fashion TV Tyra Banks seen sporting one of his goddess creations, it won’t be too long before Laurel is an international staple too. And you can take that to the Tyra bank!