Jul 30, 2013

CPFW Day 6 - 5 Minutes with Arsi Baltazar for Designer Francis Libiran

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Photos by Patrick Baluyut

It was unfortunate that I missed designer Francis Libiran at the Buyer's Cocktail hosted by Gotstyle on Day 6 of Canada Philippine Fashion Week (he had already flown out to Mexico). But luckily, his business partner Arsi Baltazar was there to tell me a bit about the collection.

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Tell us about the collection: 
Francis wants to showcase Filipino fabric. These (pointing to the mens's blazers) are fabrics made in Mindanao, made of silk and are hand-woven. These (pointing to another blazer) are ordinary fabric, [but] made of silk too. The barong tagalog is made of pineapple fiber and silk--strips of pineapple fiber.

How long does it usually take Francis to construct one piece?
Francis is a great worker. He can create a suit in 10 hours!

And this is where I apologize--we sort of went off topic a bit and it ended up with me gushing about the dresses and wondering if Francis can make my future wedding gown... But--and I hope this makes up for it--I've included a select few photos from his current collection at the end of this post!

I'm wearing: Christopher Paunil top and skirt, Manolo Blahnik BB pumps, thrifted bag, DIY-ed flower headband

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Aren't they beautiful...

And if his name sounds familiar, he was a featured designer on America's Next Top Model! Watch the video below:


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    1. Aren't they?! They are even more beautiful in person!


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