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First Things First: HYD Designer Contestants Gear-Up for their First Collection

August 19, 2011

Don’t we get all excited about the word “first?”. It relates to history and making history. Do you remember that during school days, our tests usually asked for the Firsts? Like who is the first blah blah.. When was the first blah blah.. This time though, I am not going to ask or release a test for the readers. I just want to share with you that the Hot Young Designers Contestants are now working on their first collection and it would soon be released on October 1st (yes, another first!).

Read on..

The HYD designer contestants enjoyed their full day photo shoot held at the HD Make Up Studio and Academy. They experienced being made up by experts in hi-definition (HD) makeup and airbrush in the Philippines. The HD Make Up Studio and Academy team was headed by Jeave Gabiana and Christephanie Chua-Sing, who are the co-founders of this academy.

Jeave Gabiana, a CPA who spent more than 20 years in the corporate world in the Philippines and abroad, decided to veer away from his corporate career and later on founded Basement Academy and became one of the very few in the Philippines who has completed a Diploma Course from Vidal Sassoon Academy in Los Angeles. He personally teaches all our precision cutting courses. He has also completed the Diploma in Beauty and High Fashion Makeup at the Cinema Makeup School in Hollywood and Professional Airbrush Course from LCE School of Art and Design in Singapore.

Christephanie Chua-Sing completed her makeup studies at Cinema Makeup School in Hollywood and
Professional Airbrush Course from LCE School of Art and Design in Singapore. She has also completed
dual bachelor’s degrees in Accountancy and Computer Management. The third person in the team was
Mic Alava, a student of both Jeave and Christephanie. The designers and the HYD team were given tips
by these professionals on skin care and on the right make up to use appropriate to their styles.

The photographer of the shoot was fashion photographer Christine Day Lorico. She is known for fabulous
photos that tell you various stories. She has done work for newspapers and magazines in the metro.

The photos from the shoot give you an idea of what to expect from each designer. Expect light and “flowy” designs from Jackie Abueg, a glam rock collection from Marc Blanco, a colorful and feminine collection from Bailey Dava, hip and funky designs from Klart Lim and a comfortable yet opulent collection from Renan Pacson.

After a successful photo shoot, the Hot Young Designers Fashion Face Off 2011 Designer Contestants started producing their first collection. The first of the three collections will be launched this October 1,
2011 at a specially designed eCommerce site for this online competition (

Co-presenter for the Fashion Face Off 2011 is Yabang Pinoy and Major Sponsors are Giordano, HD Make Up Studio and Academy, Le Bistro Vert, Ever Bilena, Suesh, Lory’s Hair Cream, Baubles, Bangles and Beads, Sheryl Vicente, Strip, Browhaus, Sari-Sari Sounds, DragonPay and Xend. Minor Sponsors are Evita Peroni and Glagla.

Please keep on following to know the updates on the Hot Young Designers Fashion Face Off 2011!

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