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Highly-acclaimed designer Rhett Eala celebrated his 20th anniversary in the fashion industry with a grand show featuring the finest of Filipino artistry.

Sharing passion for homegrown talents, the arts, culture and nationalism, renowned fashion designer Rhett Eala, Jewelmer and Collezione-C2 celebrated Eala’s 20th year in fashion through a spectacular gala held at Whitespace, Makati. The show directed by Robbie Carmona and Jackie Aquino featured the Holiday 2010 Collection of Collezione-C2 and Eala’s couture confections accentuated with Jewelmer’s exquisite jewelry.

Collezione-C2’s 2010 Holiday Collection successfully struck the balance of international appeal and nationalism with signature icons and wearable jetset clothing that showcased Rhett Eala’s design innovation. The collection boasts a good mix of preppy staples with urbane sportswear in a modern silhouette and travel-friendly fabrication, complementary neutral tones with surprising pops of color and pattern, monochromatic layers of white, gray and black. The brand’s global Pinoy aesthetic definitely works well with the new generation jetset lifestyle. “Travel shouldn’t be about losing oneself, but a journey of discovering and reaffirming who you are,” says Rhett. “When I created this collection, I wanted to remind Filipinos that identity isn’t bound by time or place.”

High fashion and exquisite jewelry come together in a magnificent vision of Filipino artistry as Rhett Eala presented his couture collection, Las Islas, in partneship with Jewelmer. Taking inspiration from art, artists and the Philippines’ National Gem, glamorous hand-painted gowns in fluid satin and flowy chiffon were accentuated with South Sea Pearls set in 18-karat gold. “We want the jewelry to stand out while at the same time we want the clothes to look good. Actually, it’s when you match the two that it really comes alive,” he says about working with pearls. Eala presented wearable works of art that impeccably skims the woman’s curves and accentuated by lustrous pearls. MEGA’s December 2010 Women to Watch headliner and Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj gracefully opened and closed the collection to great applause.

Reflecting on his two decade long career in fashion, Eala reveals, “There had been challenges, naturally, but even those serve a purpose—to strengthen resolve, to think, explore and discover more, to realize that things are not always what they seem. I have been designing for 20 years, but I still find my work fascinating, probably because it is my passion.” Moving towards the future, he adds, “I see only life and its many possibilities. So this grand anniversary show is not just a celebration of what I’ve already achieved—it’s also a celebration of the people who have helped me get to where I am now, and of greater things to come.”