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The uncertainty brought about by the pandemic has left those of us in the creative industries with questions and anxieties. The Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines, PHx Fashion Conference, and SoFA Design Institute join forces to bring you FASHION FORWARD DIALOGUES: a series of online conversations to spark hope and innovation in the midst of these challenging times.




A report, The State of Fashion 2020, Corona Virus Update, put together by BoF (Business of Fashion) and the consultancy firm Mckinsey and Company does not mince words.  The forecast for the fashion industry in the face of the COVID-19 virus does not look encouraging.   Imran Amed, BoF founder, posits that “the crisis is a catalyst that will shock the industry into change.” Join three of the most recognizable names in Philippine fashion retail as they share their insights.

Panelists: Rajo Laurel (Designer-Rajo Laurel, VP of FDCP), Roxanne Farillas (Co-Founder - Plains and Prints), Amina Aranaz-Alunan (Designer-Aranaz, Founder SOFA Design Institute, President of FDCP)

Moderator: Pauline Suaco-Juan (Executive Director of DTI-CITEM)

How will labels pivot to confront fashion’s new reality?  How will businesses reboot and rewire?  We’ve assembled a trio of panelists that will take us through concrete action plans and possible strategies  for leading their brands onward, post-quarantine 2020 and beyond.

Panelists: Anika Martirez (Anika), Rosenthal Tee (Designer - Rosenthal Tee), Reese Fernandez-Ruiz (Founder - Rags2Riches)

Moderator: Esme Palaganas 
(Designer-Basic Movement, Co-Founder of PHx Fashion Conference, Special Projects of FDCP)

In recent years, Philippine fashion has taken great strides in reviving Philippine weaving traditions, incorporating ancestrall craftsmanship into contemporary wear, and supporting indigenous artisanal communities.  Another segment of the fashion industry includes garment factories that subcontract for local and international brands.  

In this session, we will hear from designers and manufacturers on the impact of the corona virus on these enterprises.

Panelists: Len Cabili (Filip+Inna), Kat Bodestyne (Apparelhaus), Anya Lim (Anthill)

Moderator: Tal de Guzman 
(Co-Founder-Stride Collective, Designer - Risque Designs, Council Member - FDCP)

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