GlamAsia speaks to Filipino fashion designer, Avel Bacudio, who used fashion for a cause at the advocacy fashion show in Hawaii.
On 11th September 2016, Filipino fashion designer Avel Bacudio, showcased his 2017 collection at the “Triple Threat Advocacy Fashion Show” in Hilton Hawaii Village Resort. The show was not just another show-and-tell for creative fashion design — the designer served as an advocate of the Northern Luzon Association of the Blind (NLAB), where they house visually-impaired Filipino students in Baguio. Sponsored by Philippine Airlines and presented by Magnum Model and Talent Productions, the event included performances by Filipino artists the likes of Billy Crawford, Jay-R, and Jerome Ponce. Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up 2012, Janine Tugonon, walked the runway.
Avel Bacudio has come a long way from a fast food chain janitor to becoming a fashion designer winning prestigious awards internationally – he was honoured as Asia’s Most Influential Designer at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Stylo Asia Fashion Week in Malaysia. He has now been in the fashion industry for 21 years, but longevity has not hindered him from continuing to reinvent his brand.
Known for his textured suits, flawless beaded gowns, and streetwear, Avel Bacudio decided to combine couture with his ready-to-wear line, Avel Designs, for his Hawaii show. We chat with the designer on his thought process in building the collection and his main purpose for it – giving blind children hope and a chance for a better life.