'A true designer knows how to cut and sew'


Aspiring Robinson Design Lab 7th Run contestants learned this lesson during the second elimination round held last February 3: a designer should know how to cut and sew his own creation.


This was the consensus among the three judges – journalist John Castigador, fashion designer Angelette Borja-Ragus and tourism officer Bombette Marin – when they were presented with the creations of Dauson Bermtay, Em Trava, Christian Infante, Elvie Doronilla and Karl Nadales.

Although the clothes came in suitable colors and beautiful designs, the judges noticed the fit and cut were wanting.

“It’s good if you have a background in cutting. You do it yourself,” Ragus advised.
They also emphasized on the importance of wearability.

“Your model had difficulty going up the stairs. You also have to consider wearability, not just creativity,” Castigador told one designer.


Meanwhile, after noticing that the lining in a contestant’s creation showed, Ragus reminded them that if they should go into the designing business, they should check their product first before delivery.

After the deliberations, it was Bermtay’s classy reflection of the Iloilo Airport that earned him the Best Design award.

“I decided to go with simple hues and texture. Since my venue of inspiration wasn't available for me to go into detail because of security reasons, I decided to do my research online of the interiors and sorry surrounding of the place. I came across the ceiling and beams of the building,” he said.

“One interesting piece was the rotary equipment when you claim your bags. It was my main inspiration,” he said.

He wanted to show simple lines and exude the industrial feel, so he mixed hard and soft in his design.

The top, which is the base, represented the hard part. The soft part was the flowing skirt that symbolized the airy feel in an airport.

“The color scheme came into mold from the rotary equipment which is black and rubber like; the rest followed to compliment it - texture and tone wise,” he explained.

To emphasize the black detail, Bermtay opted for a doll look for his model whose hair was tucked in a bun.

“The silver belt completed the whole theme – industrial and feminine, hard and soft,” he concluded.

The grand finals of Robinsons Design Lab 7th run will be held on April 5.* (By  Kathy M. Villalon, TNT Libre, February 21, 2013)

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