Featured Designer: Aan Pineda, on Spring-themed Debut

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Spring-themed Debut:
A Splash of Embellishments and Imagination

There’s really nothing wrong with off-the-rack.  But spare yourself from shiny silk satin slip-on dresses with some sparkle somewhere on the bust area.  Admit it.  You’ve seen those so many times and may have bought some for a function you had to attend to.

Your debut is your day and you deserve something more imaginative.  Not avant-garde either.  Not everyone can pull that off.

Debut ideas asked designer Aan Pineda to sketch us a debutante’s gown set in a garden or a spring-themed celebration.  Aan, an instructor at the School of Fashion and the Arts is a master of beadwork and embellishments and a Filipino designer with years of experience in the Middle East.

DI Aan Pineda

Here’s what he came up for us and a quick Q&A about it:

DI:  Given the spring theme, any title and story behind the debutante’s gown?

AP: Yes, My title for this piece is “Maalindog” I envisioned the birth of Maganda from the Philippine tale: Si Malakas at Si Maganda. She was born with her beauty and charm.  I have this vision that once a girl turns 18 on her birthday, it is also her birth of adulthood. Everybody is there to celebrate her splendor and maturity.

DI:  How would you describe the personality of the young lady wearing this design?

AP: I am not a fan of stereo-typical dresses nor a fan of the avant-garde, I always make sure that there is something strange but magical about my work.High-fashion but wearable. Perhaps, the person I have in mind is a lady full of surprises and makes sure she sparkles above the rest with her zest. A lady that looks very expensive and eloquent but not looking quite eccentric.

DI:  What are your reasons for the color choices and embellishments?

AP: I do like customizing my own colours and prints on the fabric depending on the requirement of the occasion and of course the client. In this case, I have my base fabric ivory. It was splattered with hues of magentas and fuschias. Also, it is accented with lime embellishments of cut leatherettes, stones, crystals, muranos and sequins. The only reason I can think of is because everything tells a story about the girl I have in mind plus how I express my taste in aesthetics and love for the arts.

DI:  What is the gown made of?  Are there any detachable parts/ “special features?”

AP: The gown is made of cationic chiffon, silk taffeta and cut leatherette appliques. The only detachable parts are the corset top, skirt and the flower brooch. It is a two-piece dress that’s surprisingly looks like one piece. I am thinking more of the practicality and being able to mix and match each part with other garments so at least the gown can be worn with other ensembles such as plain pants, plain colored bustiers and any other garments that will make it look like a new piece in a snap.

Aan Pineda: A Filipino fashion designer and a master of beadwork and embellishments.

DI: Which body type best suits this gown?  How would you modify the gown to fit another body type?

AP:  I think the silhouette of the gown will fit almost anyone because the V-shape in the front part of the corset highlights the face and creates a slimming illusion. Also, since it is corseted, it will conceal all the irregularities in the figure leaving the waist look smaller in an instant. The skirt however, is perfect for girls who want to look taller due to the length and the sleets in the front that will showcase their legs. More so, the drape of the skirt will make them shapelier and will give them an almost hour glass figure without the bulk of the petticoats and paniers. The dress is too light and will allow the debutante to move around where ever she may want to go and whatever she may want to do.

In cases that the wearer would want to conceal her arms, we may place thin straps that may dangle along the shoulder but not really covering it. Common mistake of the ladies is that if they have big arms, automatically they will go for off-shoulder right away. In reality it gives more emphasis to the fullness of the arms because the small sleeves highlights the biggest part of it specially if she’s using shiny materials such as satin, two-tones, lamé and other shiny materials.

If the client is too conservative and wouldn’t want her legs to be seen, we can probably make a floor-length trapeze skirt for the inner part. She can still get the same effect without sacrificing the design.

For interested debutantes (and other clients), you may reach Aan at 0916 2118791 and chesa16@yahoo.com.

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Designer Ideas: Spring-themed Debut
A Splash of Embellishments and Imagination
There’s really nothing wrong with off-the-rack.  But spare yourself from shiny silk satin slip-on dresses with some sparkle somewhere on the bust area.  Admit it.  You’ve seen those so many times and may have bought some for a function you had to attend to.
Your debut is your day and you deserve something more imaginative.  Not avant-garde either.  Not everyone can pull that off.
Debut ideas asked designer Aan Pineda to sketch us a debutante’s gown set in a garden or a spring-themed celebration.  Aan, an instructor at the School of Fashion and the Arts is a master of beadwork and embellishments and a Filipino designer with years of experience in the Middle East.
Here’s what he came up for us and a quick Q&A about it:
DI:  Given the spring theme, any title and story behind the debutante’s gown?
AP: Yes, My title for this piece is “Maalindog” I envisioned the birth of Maganda from the Philippine tale: Si Malakas at Si Maganda. She was born with her beauty and charm.  I have this vision that once a girl turns 18 on her birthday, it is also her birth of adulthood. Everybody is there to celebrate her splendor and maturity.
DI:  How would you describe the personality of the young lady wearing this design?
AP: I am not a fan of stereo-typical dresses nor a fan of the avant-garde, I always make sure that there is something strange but magical about my work.High-fashion but wearable. Perhaps, the person I have in mind is a lady full of surprises and makes sure she sparkles above the rest with her zest. A lady that looks very expensive and eloquent but not looking quite eccentric.
DI:  What are your reasons for the color choices and embellishments?
AP: I do like customizing my own colours and prints on the fabric depending on the requirement of the occasion and of course the client. In this case, I have my base fabric ivory. It was splattered with hues of magentas and fuschias. Also, it is accented with lime embellishments of cut leatherettes, stones, crystals, muranos and sequins. The only reason I can think of is because everything tells a story about the girl I have in mind plus how I express my taste in aesthetics and love for the arts.
DI:  What is the gown made of?  Are there any detachable parts/ “special features?”
AP: The gown is made of cationic chiffon, silk taffeta and cut leatherette appliques. The only detachable parts are the corset top, skirt and the flower brooch. It is a two-piece dress that’s surprisingly looks like one piece. I am thinking more of the practicality and being able to mix and match each part with other garments so at least the gown can be worn with other ensembles such as plain pants, plain colored bustiers and any other garments that will make it look like a new piece in a snap.
DI: Which body type best suits this gown?  How would you modify the gown to fit another body type?
AP:  I think the silhouette of the gown will fit almost anyone because the V-shape in the front part of the corset highlights the face and creates a slimming illusion. Also, since it is corseted, it will conceal all the irregularities in the figure leaving the waist look smaller in an instant. The skirt however, is perfect for girls who want to look taller due to the length and the sleets in the front that will showcase their legs. More so, the drape of the skirt will make them shapelier and will give them an almost hour glass figure without the bulk of the petticoats and paniers. The dress is too light and will allow the debutante to move around where ever she may want to go and whatever she may want to do.
In cases that the wearer would want to conceal her arms, we may place thin straps that may dangle along the shoulder but not really covering it. Common mistake of the ladies is that if they have big arms, automatically they will go for off-shoulder right away. In reality it gives more emphasis to the fullness of the arms because the small sleeves highlights the biggest part of it specially if she’s using shiny materials such as satin, two-tones, lamé and other shiny materials.
If the client is too conservative and wouldn’t want her legs to be seen, we can probably make a floor-length trapeze skirt for the inner part. She can still get the same effect without sacrificing the design.
For interested debutantes (and other clients), you may reach Aan at 0916 2118791 and chesa16@yahoo.com.

25 Comments

  1. I’ve seen Aan Pineda in action and he is a TRUE artist. You will feel so beautiful wearing his clothes. The detail on his creations are amazing and the fit is fantastic. FABULOUS!

  2. Hello!!!

    With your kind permission Debutideas.com, I would like to invite all the readers out there to SoFA’s free workshop seminar in Bonifacio High Street on April 17, 2010. I will be conducting a Make-up trends and tips also I will do an on the-spot Hi-Fashion Draping of garment in an actual dressform.

    There will also be different things in store for everyone like: Trends and Fashion Forcasting, Fashion Photoshoot booth, Mini Fashion Show By SoFA Student designers, Kid’s fashion and Arts Craft, Fashion Caricatures and more. Admission is free

  3. Oh by the way, they have to call first School of Fashion and the Arts to pre-register at 8928807 loc 106. The event will be from 4pm- 9pm. Hope to see you all there!

    Love-love-love,

    Aan

  4. Sir Aan is a really great designer. He made me a perfect gown on my debut. He’s the best! 🙂 He’s not only a perfect designer, but he’s also a perfect friend! 🙂 Congrats,Sir Aan! 🙂

  5. I had clothes designed and created by Aan Pineda, I can say i was more than pleased. Novel and flattering ideas with flawless execution. 🙂

  6. unang naging kaklase ko pa lang si aan sa UP super ganda ng mga sketches nya! i knew back then he’ll be one memorable product of the CT course… eh tama nga naman ako… bongga si ateh! debutante! hahaha congrats on your good fate and hope you have more blessings to come!

  7. im so proud of you sir until now your never fail to amaze me with your wonderful talent ,wish i could be as good as you someday ,wish you all the best sir!love you!

  8. Aan is a very humble yet extremely talented persona… on normal conversations, we talk of different things – ideas, mainly for a few laughs… but as you know him a little deeper, you’ll sense there’s more to him than just wits. He’s not a person who brags what he possesses… you’ll just know and then… surprise!!! It is such a great honor to know him… very humbling… yet very inspiring! Kudos!

  9. I have been Aan’s client for years and years already even before he came to Saudi Arabia. He is one of the most talented designers I have ever known who doesn’t like to sacrifice beauty with being wearable. I’ve also tried well known designers, some of them are just there because of sustainable media and publicity but workwise, I really wasn’t happy with the quality, fitting, fabrication and execution. He can actually cut, sew and embellish by himself even without all the staff. That’s why he can never be fooled by anyone who tries to outsmart him because he teaches them and executes the job personally to show them he knows what he’s doing.

    He is not yet that known but this person has a good credibility and his other clients like me can attest to that. I am very glad to know him, very humble and fun to work with. There was this incident during my fitting that he tore my dress and make a new on the spot draping on it which turned out to be ULTRA FABULOUS. Not only that, there was also a time he slashed my zipper during the fitting because a paint caught through the zipper and won’t close. No designer I have encounter has that courage to cut a dress on the spot. HE IS FIERCE!!!

    I am very happy you chose Aan to be your featured designer. He will go a long-long way with his designs and craftsmanship. Do take care of him because he is still a jewel wrapped in a velvet, waiting to be seen and outsparkle other gems out there.

    More power to the Admin! Thank You!

  10. Thanks for sharing Aan! I am going to have a wedding soon and I really have difficulty in choosing someone to make my garment. Aan is just PERFECT!!! His eye for beauty and taste level WOWed me! I just had my fitting and I was happy with him. He is very professional and he speaks with his mind. His inspirations are so deep and well thought of.

    He offers not just any other material but the ones with the best quality. I know beauty has its price, but you will never go wrong with Aan. He makes people beautiful and expensive looking.

    Trivia: He also knows how to do Hair and Make-up… and he’s VERY GOOD!!! 🙂 He told me that he was a hair make-up artist before he became a designer. He studied Hair and Make-up even before he get into college and still practices it even this present. I saw him at Bonifaci High Street and he ROCKED his Draping and Make-up Seminar. I learned alot too. 🙂

  11. As flawless as his skin and face, His beauty is not just from the outside but also from the inside. It translates through his works and ideas which then forms a work of art. I love his work and I never go wrong choosing him everytime I have a glamorous event. I am based in Hong Kong and his clothes really leaves a remarkable statement afterwards. Aan is a sweetheart 🙂

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