3 Pinoy designers’ modern Filipiniana, Barong, mesmerize spectators at London Fashion Week

Image by Mimi Parrel-Pimentel and Aandrei David's Instagram posts
  • Three Filipinos made it to one of the fashion industry’s “Big Four” events, the London Fashion Week
  • Che Arunjuez, Mimi Parrel Pimentel and Aandrei David showcased their Modern Filipiniana and Barong creations and the spectators and participants loved it

While many are aspiring to get their creations showcased at the House of Ikons fashion show during the London Fashion Week, three Filipino designers with their modern Filipiniana and Barong made it.

Che Arunjuez, Mimi Parrel Pimentel and Aandrei David showcased Philippine fabrics and the best of Filipino craftsmanship at the  fashion show held in London.

They used indigenous Mindanao silk, abaca and abel weaves and T’nalak in creating the modern Filipinianas and Barongs.

One of them, Mimi Pimentel is a designer to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“He is more for comfort than style. Wala siyang masyadong arte. Gusto niya simple lang. He doesn’t mind repeating. Okay lang sa kanya kahit apat na barong lang,” Pimentel said describing her client.

Meanwhile, Che Arunjuez showcased a 10-piece collection that can be shaped to different styles. Although she failed to fly to London for the fashion event, she was represented at the show.

Aandrei David, for his part, had the honor of doing the grand finale for the evening show.

He showcased his 21-piece collection of formal wear and modern Filipiniana.

He used indigenous fabrics such as abaca from Catanduanes and abel from his hometown La Union.

“I’m offering this to all the Filipinos,” David said. He added that he wants to prove to the world that Filipinos are really talented.

Samantha Bumford, who is the reigning Miss Dorset 2018 was quoted in an article by ABS CBN saying: “I have quite a few favorites. Aandrei David is absolutely fantastic.” 

While Franco Mabanta, who modelled for Pimentel said: “What the Filipinos have produced here today is something really special — people from Africa, America are wearing barong. Something you don’t do everyday.” 

London Fashion Week (LFW) is a clothing trade show that takes place in London twice a year (February and September). Showcasing designers to a global audience of influential media and retailers, it is one of the “Big Four” fashion weeks, along with the New YorkMilan and Paris.

The LFW 2018 began on February 16 and ended on Tuesday, February 20.