This 28-year-old designer has dressed up leading ladies and beauty queens

by Nikko Tuazon
Oct 16, 2017
Rosenthal Tee (middle photo) names actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith (left) and Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2017 Katarina Rodriguez (right) as two of her favorite celebrity muses.

In just four years in the industry, Rosenthal Tee has risen as one of the country's most sought-after fashion designers.

She has dressed up A-list celebrities from leading ladies Anne Curtis-Smith, Carla Abellana, and Bea Alonzo to crowned international beauty queens Megan Young and Pia Wurtzbach.

Two of her favorite muses, in fact, are Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2017 Katarina Rodriguez.

Both Jasmine and Katarina walked for her when she showed some of her collection at the fashion show for a cause, the Fashion Can Serve 2017: A Fund-Raising Show for Beast Cancer Awareness.

Rosenthal said, "They're doing so much in their industries, not necessarily by the book, but definitely establishing themselves on their own terms, and that's what I appreciate as a woman.

"As a designer, I'm vibe-ing off from the strong, feminine kind of idea, from those two girls."

Last year, she made her global debut when she showcased her Fall/Winter 2016 and Spring/Summer 2017 at the New York Fashion Week.

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How did the 28-year-old couturier achieve so much in just four years? (Philippine Entertainment Portal) learned more about this young designer in a short chat last Friday night, October 13, during the 30th anniversary ball of Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) held at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City.

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Rosenthal graduated with a degree in Management Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University, and went to Istituto Marangoni and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, which are both in London.

She told PEP, "It has always been a personal passion of mine, to really just do something in the creative industry.

"It's kind of like merging creative and business industries together, and that's how I see fashion these days, a combination of those two.

"It actually happened really organically. Just after college, I really wanted to see what I would be doing in my life.

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"And fashion has always been an interest so I took that step forward, pursue further studies. That's how I got into fashion design, actually."

Rosenthal described her designs as "quirky, feminine, subtle, and romantic... I think what separates me from the others is that I like to keep it fresh and I like to keep it young."

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This early in her fashion career, Rosenthal is being hailed as one of the most influential among the young designers in the country.

That kind of accolade comes with the pressure to prove she deserves it.

"It's nice and scary at the same time," she admitted.

"Of course, you want to live up to that hype and you don't want to be like a one hit-wonder kind of thing.

"I think coming off from that, I just feel like now is really the time to super concentrate and work harder, focus better on how to improve the product, how to improve the design, and really become that better version in terms of design aesthetics, even in the actual finishing of the product."

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SPRING/SUMMER 2018. Last October 8, Rosenthal showcased pieces from her Spring/Summer 2018 collection at the Fashion Can Serve 2017: A Fund-Raising Show for Beast Cancer Awareness.

The designer told PEP, "It came of from this whole idea that the breast cancer color is pink."

Apart from the breast cancer awareness campaign, Rosenthal wanted to explore different kinds of elements she hadn't done before in her previous collections.

She said, "I've been very interested in the idea of proportions. A lot of my previous designs have been very clean, very close to the body. I wanted to do something more of a play in volume, in proportions.

"So a lot of my pieces has a lot of ball gown elements. At the same time, because I am also a woman, I wanted it to be something that I could wear myself."

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Still, her core design aesthetic remained visible on her latest collection.

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She explained, "Usually, I'm very much inspired by nature so a lot of my work feature a lot of florals and foliage.

"I play a lot with texture and I really love sparkly elements and I think that's the reflection of being inspired by the ocean.

"And just how the sun or the moon glistens on the ocean and then there's sand for that kind of roughness.

"It's the combination of roughness and softness that I'm always drawn to."

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Rosenthal Tee (middle photo) names actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith (left) and Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2017 Katarina Rodriguez (right) as two of her favorite celebrity muses.
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