Young Filipino Designer Mike August Yapching or simply ‘Mique’ is one of the twelve finalists and the Philippines’ sole representative to the 2011 Star Creation fashion design competition created and organized by Singapore’s Asia Fashion Exchange and Textile and Fashion Federation. According to Star Creation’s official website, the competition “aims to uncover Asian talents, present them with the opportunity to launch their fashion careers and groom them into tomorrow's top fashion designers”. The twelve finalists will face off on the 11th of May at the Tent@Orchard, Civic Plaza, Ngee An City, Singapore. The three winners will receive a prize of S$10,000 each, get to work with FJ Benjamin and the opportunity to launch a capsule collection in next year's Star Creation. Now, let's get to know more about the Philippines' representative, Mique!
Mique has been recognized as one of Cebu’s top young designers because of his unique structured-yet-feminine style. His work was first featured in a fashion spread in the August 2008 issue of fashion magazine Preview. His fashion does not scream “now” or whisper “classic”, but rather speaks of a style that is edgy but timeless. Here are some of his works:
photo: Dimple Daya
photo: Hannah Bacalla
Since then, Mique creations have also been featured in the June 2009, September 2009 and February 2010 issues of Mega magazine and the June 2009, October and November 2009 issues of Preview magazine. He was a finalist in the 8th Mega Young Designers Competition in 2009 and is currently also one of the finalists in the 2011 Cebu Young Designers Competition. Fashion lovers from the shores of Cebu and the streets of Manila have already been abuzz because of his work for the past three years, and it’s really heartwarming to see Singaporean fashion lovers recognize his talent, as well as Filipino talent in general.
Good luck Mique!
To view Mique’s collection and vote for him, visit this site.