Celebrity stylists and designers give denim a makeover

IMAGE Noel Orsal

Celebrity stylists and designers-to-the-stars showcased their re-interpretations of denim. (L-R) Eric Delos Santos, Bang Pineda, Sassa Jimenez, Alyanna Martinez, Sidney Yap, Charina Sarte, Jeffrey Rogador, and Maureen Disini.


On September 20, Levi’s Jeans unveiled its new Holiday 2012 collection through a fashion show that celebrated uniqueness and individuality.

It sought help from a group of celebrity stylists and designers, who gave denim a makeover, making it more suitable for a variety of personalities.

This group of "fashion influencers" include Bang Pineda, Alyanna Martinez, Sidney Yap, Charina Sarte, Jeffrey Rogador, Maureen Disini, Eric Delos Santos, and Sassa Jimenez.

BANG PINEDA. Fashion stylist Bang Pineda is known for his work on star clients Coco Martin, Jake Cuenca, and Jed Madela.

He has a penchant for military-inspired looks and trends that give off a rock star vibe.

For his runway pieces, Bang used silver studs in various shapes like spikes, circles, and stars to accentuate the dark denim hue.

He studded the female model’s bra top and peep-toe heels, giving her a sort of femme fatale attitude.

The male model on the other hand looked like a glammed up punk-rocker with his studded baseball cap, suspenders, and ankle covers.

ALYANNA MARTINEZ. Former fashion editor and stylist Alyanna Martinez showed that even girly girls can rock denim.

To make regular jeans look more feminine, she added a chiffon mini skirt, which was embellished with hundreds of pearl beads and round crystals.

A Peter Pan collar bib was also used as an accent to a simple T-shirt.

She also turned a dark chambray long-sleeve top into a dainty piece by also peppering it with pearls and crystals.

For the men, Alyanna preferred simplicity. She simply added a faux fur vest to combine with a plaid polo and black denim jeans.

SIDNEY YAP. Sidney Yap has been styling celebrities for product endorsement shoots and magazine covers.

Among the big-named stars he has worked with are Anne Curtis, Marian Rivera, and Heart Evangelista.

He enjoys working on eccentric themes, so for his runway looks, he decided to take inspiration from the northeast.

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To accentuate denim, he used cool weather elements like Russian and Siberian fur.

Fur shrugs were propped over a layer of denim jacket and T-shirt, while foxtail key chains hanged loose from the jeans’ belt holes.

CHARINA SARTE. Fashion designer Charina Sarte likes her clothes daring and sexy.

Her creations have been worn by the likes of sexy stars Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff, and Isabelle Daza.

On the runway, Charina once again showed her passion for all things sexy by imbibing the sensuality of the 1920's flapper era.

She used a heavily fringed skirt to match a simple chambray top,which was embellished with lines of metal chains.

Her other look—a simple combination of black midriff top, fur shrug, and printed jeans—was also accented with metal chains.

JEFFREY ROGADOR. Jeffrey Rogador is one designer who is fond of no-fuss styles.

He likes keeping things simple and clean, with just a few touches of geometric patterns, as seen in some of his previous collections.

For the Levi’s runway, he cleverly used neon patches, cut in geometric shapes, to make traffic-stoppers out of denim.

Bold lines and patterns on the shoulders, chest, hips, and knees of the models added pizzazz to the rather plain looks.

MAUREEN DISINI. Another designer and former fashion editor, Maureen Disini, is all about being posh and glam.

Her designs are usually chic and classy, so she translated that into denim by using glitter.

She matched dark skinny jeans, with sections of silver in the front side, with glittery tops that gave the look an instant dose of elegance.

ERIC DELOS SANTOS. Eric Delos Santos is known for his craftsmanship and intricate designs.

His works are well-loved by the likes of Andi Eigenmann, Shaina Magdayao, and Rhian Ramos.

He has proven in his previous collections how well he can work with a variety of elements, especially beadwork.

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So for his runway look, he chose to update denim dresses with oversized copper and plastic beads.

They were sewn into a lovely pattern that goes from clustered at the top to scattered at the bottom.

SASSA JIMENEZ. Finally, designer Sassa Jimenez closed the catwalk as she showcased her sensual, romantic pieces.

She used ruffles and damask patterns to accentuate a pair of Daisy Duke shorts and a men’s chambray shirt.

Her elements of choice have been a staple in her previous designs, which have been worn by the likes of Megan Young, Saab Magalona, and Georgina Wilson.


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