New Frontier

After 13 weeks and seven major design challenges, eight aspiring fashion designers were selected from the original 18 to showcase their Fashion DNA at the grand finale of GEN M: The Mega Young Designers Competition.

The fashion industry converged at the luxurious super club Republiq in Newport City to celebrate the culmination of the first season of Gen M: The MEGA Young Designers Competition, MEGA’s reality television show. Working with the theme “Fashion DNA,” the eight finalists of the competition showcased their individuality, proving to the best of Philippine fashion what they’re all about. MEGA editor-in-chief Sari Yap, highly acclaimed fashion designer Avel Bacudio and model Raya Mananquil, together with MEGA 2010 guest editors Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Tim Yap, Jenni Epperson and Cristalle Henares, were on hand to select the next big thing in Philippine fashion design. Having the drive, determination and talent to succeed, as well as an attitude that’ll ensure longevity in the industry, Russel Villafuerte was proclaimed the grand winner of the 9th edition of the MEGA Young Designers Competition. He won half a million pesos worth of prizes, scholarships, luxury items from MEGA magazine and a trophy designed by sculptor Mulawin Abueva to boot.

Russell Villafuerte

Grand Winner

Pitch black sexy leather, sheer and country plaid reinvent the Filipiniana with a contemporary biker cool aesthetic. Beaming with Pinoy pride, each piece makes for a perfect ensemble to wear on a hot night out with the girls. Russell’s tenacity and innovative way of mixing fabrics, coupled with his bold risk-taking earned him the top spot as the newest YDC Winner.

Jearson Demavivas

1st Runner-Up and Best in Show

Taking exotic aboriginal influences from local heritage and infusing wildly African theatrics breathes a fresh take on global style. Each piece stands uniquely on its own. Wear with simple separates and layers and you are ready to don the global aesthetic for any impromptu exotic destination. Jearson’s flair for the dramatic and tasteful execution of what could be borderline delirious, won the hearts of the industry in an instant and merited him the Best in Show Award.

Christine Lam

2nd Runner-Up

A juxtaposition of fluid draping mastery and hardware intricacies give off a warrior goddess vibe that melds ancient aesthetic with contemporary styling. Finish off with a simple pair of sky-high stilettos and a standout clutch for prestigious high society galas and invite-only gatherings.

Aram Loe Zarate

3rd Runner-Up

Goddess dresses rendered with rich hues, contemporary cuts and new-age techniques successfully update Grecian tendencies and make for a statement look that highlights a woman’s assets and hide her flaws.

Aaron Quitoles

Quirky black and white patterns and ingenious cuts add a dash of fun to cocktail dressing. Opt for bold hued makeup and dramatically structural bouffant to convey a breakout style statement for any strictly formal black-tie affair.

Patricia Santos

Ethereal light-weight transparency mixed with Victorian-inspired beadwork lends a sense of feminine classicism that takes the innerwear as outerwear into another level. The subtle Renaissance detailing blends perfectly with tone-on-tone sheer fabrication. Choose to wear with dainty barely-there strappy heels and fine jewelry to further the delicate aesthetic.

Santi Obcena

Shades of neutrals with a play on texture evoke a more natural approach to night-time glamour. Select separates in different surface executions to create a more tactile appeal for the look. Break the monochromatic ensemble by choosing accessories in a completely clashing theme to provide a sense of irony.

Vorge Cunanan

A disheveled contrast of fabrications in bold colored drapes and seductive transparency modernizes elaborate embroidery. The two-face appeal of the deconstructed glam frocks can take every woman from dry martinis at a high-end bar to Jäger shots at a downtown club.