Janelle Manahan's passion for fashion


A sneak peek at Janelle Manahan's designs as illustrated by her friend Megan Pillos. It seems that the former actress has found the best way to carry on with her life after the tragic incident that happened to her and boyfriend Ramgen Revilla. She is set to launch her first collection of summer dresses this March.

As Janelle Manahan continues to seek justice for the crime that left her face paralyzed—a crime that also claimed the life of boyfriend Ramgen Revilla—she also strives putting together the life she almost lost.

In an exclusive interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on January 16, the former Kapamilya actress talked about how her online fashion business, State Of Pink, is keeping her busy these days.

Janelle established her online boutique sometime in the middle of last year. The name of which, she says, was actually something that Ramgen helped her decide on.

"Actually kasi favorite color ko pink. 'Tapos yung market ko nga is girls, so pink naman iyong parang representation ng pagkababae, 'di ba?

"So yung state of mind ko, 'yung fashion, tapos parang nilagay ko lang doon na parang wala lang, out of the blue lang.

"Actually, sobrang bilis no'n kasi nagke-create ako ng blog muna, not thinking of the brand name talaga.


"Tapos sabi ko, 'Parang okay naman iyong State OF Pink,' tapos si Ram nga mismo nagsabi 'Parang gusto ko rin yung name nung blog mo.'

"So sabi ko, 'O, sige' tapos iyon na yung ginamit ko."

IT STARTED WITH A BLOG. When Janelle was just a little girl, her grandma, who was a dressmaker, would garb her in fluffy dresses with matching accessories and shoes.

"Every day kahit nasa bahay ako, naka-dress talaga ako na may matching na hat at saka ribbon or headband.

"Siguro mga two or three [years old] ko na, parang everyday naka-ayos talaga ako sa loob ng bahay, naka-shoes pa! Tapos nagha-high heels pa ko, yung mababa lang na pambata."

This is where her love affair for good, stylish clothing began.

Until she reached her teens, Janelle fed her penchant for fashion by browsing pictures and style websites online.

She started a personal blog, which served as her mood board and style resource.


"May Tumblr ako noon na nagre-reblog ako ng latest fashion trends, so doon ako kumukuha ng parang inspiration to create.

"Parang doon nabu-boost iyong passion ko nga; kasi before, parang sarili ko lang iyong dinadamitan ko.

"'Tapos doon din nag-start iyong, halimbawa sa pinsan ko or mom ko or yung sisters niya magtatanong ng tamang damit, so sabi ko, 'Puwedeng negosyo ito, ha?'"

Janelle began her entrepreneurial endeavors by re-selling imported ready- to-wear products through her Facebook page.

"Meron kaming supplier from China, 'tapos meron din akong pinagkukunan sa States; pero iyon kasi medyo mahirap kasi kailangan naka-Balikbayan box, so doon ako nag-concentrate sa China kasi iyon yung pre-order stuff.

"Kaso hindi ko siya nagustuhan kasi yung models doon [sa catalogue], Chinese talaga so parang wala siyang personal touch, kaya hindi ko siya pinatagal.

"Although until now may contact pa ako sa suppliers, yung mga blazers doon, kumukuha lang ako sa kanila ng mga two or tatlong blazers, tapos ipapa-customize ko kasi minsan iba iyong style.


"Saka ko siya ibebenta pero nag-start sa friends ko, friends ng friends, 'tapos nagpatulong ako, 'O, paki-market naman 'to.'"

OWN FASHION LINE. The online import business did pretty well for Janelle for a while but somehow, she found herself wanting to do more.

She wanted to explore her creative side and design her clothes.

"May vision kasi ako ng type of clothes na gusto ko.

"Kasi siyempre kapag bibilhin mo na ready, iba iyong design or iba yung tela, ganyan, so gusto ko yung sarili ko talaga."

Janelle had no background in fine arts and sketching, so she sought the help of a friend, whom she hired to draw for her and bring her creations to life.

She started out with a few pieces, but by March this year, Janelle will come out with a full blown summer collection.

Last Saturday, February 11, she did a pictorial with several model friends for her catalogue and campaign ads.


Her yet untitled collection will showcase her personal style, which she thinks suits majority of women who, like her, are looking for versatile pieces.

"Ano siya, more on... kasi ako personally hindi ako mahilig sa prints.

"Ano siya, parang pinaka-print ko na lang actually basics na stripes lang, 'yung ganyan.

"May konti-konting print, polka dots, ganyan, yung hindi loud.

"So ganoon din yung magiging style ko—plain, simple, pero elegant na puwede mong isuot like for formal occasions or puwede mo rin siyang isuot ng casual na depende na lang sa accessories ang shoes mo."

Janelle says she draws inspiration from famous international designers such as Carolina Herrera, John Galliano for Dior, and the late Alexander McQueen.

"Kasi meron akong designers sa Hollywood na gusto ko, na pag tiningnan mo yung clothes nila ma-a-identify mo na sa kanila.

"So sabi ko, 'Gusto ko gano'n.' Ayoko kasi yung parang, halimbawa, galing sa shop ko tapos makikita lang din naman sa iba.


"So gusto ko ma-identify rin siya sa akin. So meron na akong na-create sa utak ko na parang signature style, yung gano'n."

For summer 2012, Janelle's designs will focus on the use of flowy and lightweight material in bold and bright colors.

"Ang trend for 2012 sa clothes, mga reptile print. Kasi 'di ba last year leopard [prints]?

"Mga light material, mga jersey, cotton or mga chiffon, tapos mga drape, flowy.

"For this summer, mga bold colors—yellow, green, actually red and pink.

"Tapos mga tribal accessories, exotic [prints]—yung makakapal, parang yung maikot, yung sa paintings, yung mga gano'ng design; 'tapos bangles everywhere saka mga choker necklaces din.

"Yung long necklaces, pwede pa rin kaso kapag 'yung long, 'yung may tassels."

Janelle wants to focus on designing clothes for now, but she is not closing her doors to designing shoes and accessories. This applies to her future as well.





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