What Do Fashion Designers' Homes Look Like?
Peek into the homes of Manila's fashion icons. We've thrown an atelier into the mix as well.
The world of fashion is a world rich in design, color, texture, and patterns. It is an industry that creates the trends, and inspires awe and appreciation in those who follow them. On the home front, seasoned Filipino fashion designers have navigated the industry toward an aesthetic that celebrates local culture yet looks to the future with modern interpretations of classic Filipiniana, among many other innovative designs.
Best known for displaying the fruit of their respective creative geniuses on the runway, we thought it would be interesting to see how some our most prominent fashion designers translate this creativity into their own personal spaces. Here’s a roundup of some amazing spaces that designers move, live, and create in. We dare you not to get inspired!
As the first Filipino designer to win major awards in international fashion competitions, designer Frederick Peralta has much to be proud of. In an interview with Preview, the designer shared that his favorite type of garment to design is the evening gown or wedding gown, “because I love putting embellishments and ornamentation on a gown.” His eye for bold details has made his gowns stand out in a class of their own. It barely comes as a surprise then that his home is just as telling of his elevated tastes.
Described as “neo-classic Filipino,” the 1950’s house that the designer calls his home is defined by curated furniture pieces embellished by detail-rich accessories that reflects Peralta’s signature aesthetic. Heavier pieces of Filipino-style furniture are balanced by more modern textures such as black leather and crisp white accessories (whether in drapery, linens, or lampshades), giving the home an airy and welcoming vibe overall. He accessorizes the whole home with pieces that relate to his line of work—mannequins dressed in his precious creations, headdresses, illustrations—as his atelier is located on the second floor.
To see more of Frederick’s home, click here.
Designer and fashion icon Jojie Lloren is a master of architectural silhouettes that emphasize form over embellishment. His pieces exude understated class and a subdued drama that don’t beg for attention, but rather, commands it—the result of a “simple, clean, and well-constructed” aesthetic with minimal to no frills. His atelier, a post-war structure in Pasay City (in the same compound that houses the Henry Hotel) that has stood the test of time, is a direct translation of this design philosophy.
Whitewashed walls accented by dramatic floor-to-ceiling draperies serve as a perfect backdrop for the combination of classic and contemporary furniture pieces across all spaces. The original Machuca tile flooring in the lobby and sitting area add depth and character that balance out the predominantly bare walls. On the second floor near his office, the hallway opens to an airy balcony fitted with a dreamy daybed.
To see more of Jojie’s atelier, click here.
Fashion designer Veejay Floresca describes her signature style as “textured and detailed gowns that are contemporary in terms of details but classic in silhouette and shape.” Her aesthetic is elegant and timeless, and the space that the San Francisco-based designer calls home in Manila ascribes to this aesthetic as well.
Designed by decorator Elle Uy, the studio unit is anchored on an earthy and neutral palette balanced out by light gray cabinetry and shelving. The condo home also serves as the designer’s workspace. In all, it exudes a hotel suite vibe that has you feeling equal parts cozy and pampered.
To see Veejay’s studio, click here.
Creating a name for himself in the mid-90s, Phio Enaje is a designer who built his brand on “made to measure” couture dresses for women and bespoke suits for men. Currently based in Dubai, his pieces reflect movement and dynamism, and his home is no stranger to the same aesthetic. His former home in Manila was comprised of spaces that convert from one function to another in light of the fact that his studio unit serves as both his personal living space as well as his atelier.
“I’m used to working and living in the same space,” he shares. A quick tour of the unit shows the living area, a space that doubled as a receiving area as well as the designer’s bedroom. A few steps away, an office desk functioned as Enaje’s dining table as well. A warm palette and comfy furniture pieces with Filipino accents gave the space a homey vibe that is both cozy and luxe at the same time.
To see Phio’s former home, click here.
The first blurb on designer Tippi Ocampo’s About page encapsulates the woman so aptly. “Born in the 70’s. Influenced by the 80’s. Matured and married in the 90’s.” She has left her mark on more than one creative industry, starting off in advertising and then moving to fashion. Her fashion journey has been one of constant evolution rooted in timeless silhouettes with feminine but fanciful accents—a journey that takes to the page in her book Not By The Book Fashioning Design. “A whimsical little design book packed with big ideas.” The same can be said of the home that she shares with husband Ito.
Inherited from Ocampo’s grandmother, the vintage home is a classic midcentury structure. The couple kept the existing layout, maintained its original finishes, and retained several of the fixtures that were already there. The result is a home that has been given a fresh layer of character while keeping its old soul at its heart. Classic white Verner Panton chairs add whimsy to the dining room with its playful forms contrasting the straight lines that run along the rest of the room. Restored midcentury furniture pieces, mod prints, and vintage art pieces altogether make the home feel anything but dated.
To see Tippi and Ito’s home, click here.
With a knack for adding vibrant spins to basic pieces thru the use of texture, patterns, and color, designer Mich Araullo has built her own brand of hip and fun wearable pieces that cater to the modern woman (her latest collection was seen at the recent MaArte Fair at The Pen). Her unabashed use of bright hues and bold prints make for statement pieces that promise to spice up any closet. The place she calls home is just as storied and striking as the pieces of clothing she designs.
Antique pieces of furniture across the home are brought to life thru the colorful accessories and artworks that accentuate or frame them. Ranging from restored vintage electric fans to multicolored vintage Carnival glass pieces to blue and white ceramics, the home is nothing short of a treasure trove for heirloom pieces and unique thrift store finds alike.
To see Mich’s family home, click here.
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