A brilliantly executed collection set against dramatic background “music” of of nothing but ambient sounds of water and static from the students of De La Salle – College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB)blew away the competition, judges and guests alike for the Manila leg of Aboitiz Green Fashion Revolution 2016, held recently at SMX Convention Center in SM Aura, Taguig.
DLS-CSB and “Eiron,” (the Greek word for Irony) an edgy concept comprised of striking blue-white collections highlighting the pressing issue of water pollution, bested collections from two other schools, namely the University of the Philippines Diliman and Asia Pacific College.
Aside from winning a P50,000 cash prize and the opportunity to implement a corporate social responsibility project in coordination with the Aboitiz Foundation, DLS-CSB ran away with all the special prices including Best Bag design, Best Footwear Design and Best Collection for the brilliantly thought-of pieces.
“We wanted to spread awareness of how each and every one of us are killing the waters and suffocating it with pollution. The biggest irony is that we, its caretakers, are the very source of its pain and destruction,” DLS-CSB said.
First place goes to UP Diliman for its 60s MOD inspired pieces debuted by child models, while Asia Pacific’s collection with an urban vibe was awarded the second place.
An annual favorite within Cebu’s college and university fashion circuit for the past four years, the Aboitiz Green Fashion Revolution—with the theme “ECOUTURE: Greener Design for a BetterWorld”—successfully debuted in Manila for the first time this year.
Some of the country’s eminent fashion icons such as topnotch designers Ma. Rosanna Ocampo and Ito Curata, Philippine Tatler’s Mia Borromeo and People Asia’s Paolo de la Cruz, Celia Elumba of the Philippine Textile Research Institute, and Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.’s Melissa Aboitiz-Elizalde judged this year’s designs, which were derived from an estimated 200 kilograms of materials from various Aboitiz business units.
“We in Aboitiz, have a sustainability mindset of doing well by doing good, always making the right long-term decisions that balance the interest of people, planet and profit. We would like to pass and instill this mindset to our youth, as young as they are, like our participants,” said Sonny Carpio, Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
“We would like to congratulate all schools that participated in this event. We consider you all winners not only for this event but champions in creating a BetterWorld through sustainable green fashion,” Carpio added.
The Aboitiz Green Fashion Revolution was the brainchild of a group of Aboitiz scholars during the Aboitiz Scholars’ CSR Summit in December 2011 and was first staged in 2012 through the auspices of the Aboitiz Foundation. Since then, it has been challenging students to create clothing, footwear, and accessories that make use of recycled materials and highlight the importance of the 3Rs—Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.