Long runway. Towering models. Loud music. Prominent people. Enthusiastic crowd. Gorgeous fashion collections. Colorful evening filled with lights and beauty. Such a hip celebration for a graduation event.
This is the kind of night attended by most KSearch employees last 25th of August at Greenbelt 5 including the CEO and Managing Director, Mr. Manuel R. Guillermo.
It is the commencement rite of Karmeli Love U. Kintanar’s fashion design course at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines. Unknown to many, she has been pouring out her extra talent and energy for almost three years into what she simply thought was something to do on weekends and not busy with her role as Vice President of KSearch, one of the leading Executive Search Firms in the Philippines.
We caught Karmeli at the backstage before the start of the show to check how she is. “Anticipation! I wanted the event to start ASAP so I can stop worrying that my clothes might fall apart, get crumpled and torn with all the chaos here.”
Cheered by her staff and colleagues, Karmeli adorned the ramp with her four stunning collections. Hers was one of the most applauded and wowed by the audience as 29 other graduates paraded their craft.
MRG who stayed to witness the entire program despite the standing-only reception marked his full support. “Her designs, everyone thought, were the daintiest, the most wearable and the probably the classiest! We especially liked as well her introduction to her inspiration, citing influences from her trips to her favorite visited places like India, China, Cambodia, Barcelona and New York.”
Mia Limbo, one of Karmeli’s Associate Consultants, was also there to flash her delight seeing the creation of her boss on the runway. “Her designs speak for herself! It’s fabulous! I so love it.” Mia did not mind standing for four hours on high heels! “Watching the models who wear the collections of the young designers is one of the nicest experiences I’ve had. It’s worth it,” she explained.
Adding more to the feast, Karmeli bagged the award for The Ramp Crossings' Most Promising Retail Designer giving her the opportunity to sell a capsule collection at the Shangri-la Mall Store this November.
“Very lovely! The dresses are so sexy, glamorous and they are all very well designed. I will definitely wait for Karmeli’s collections at The Ramp,” enthused Veron Antonio, Administration and Accounting Officer.
Fashion Institute of the Philippines was established in July 2003 and has, since then, produced graduates that built influential and strong names in the fashion industry both in local and international settings. It continues to hone fresh Filipino talents, preparing them to establish a career in this glamorous yet tough industry.