Delby Bragais debuts at iconic Gotham Hall. In her first New York showing, Philippine based designer Delby Bragais, gave an exclusive presentation of her Spring/Summer 2016 collection in the mezzanine of Gotham Hall during Style Fashion Week on September 10, 2015. Originally conceived in Los Angeles in 2011, the event provided a venue for talented designers to showcase their collections during Style Fashion Week New York. Built between 1922-1924 as the Greenwich Savings Bank building, Gotham Hall was designed in the style of the Flavian amphitheater. Its elliptical interior provided the perfect configuration for the inaugural event, which opened to rousing success.
Bragais specializes in custom-made dresses and limited edition clothes for special occasions with an organic made-by-hand feel, as well as custom designed wedding gowns. Using hand-woven fabrics, handmade embellishments, and hand guided embroidery or hand beading, Bragais blends different fabrics and textures to create clothing for women who not only “dare to be different”, but also want an oeuvre that emphasizes creativity and sophistication. To underscore the unique quality of her works, some of the fabrics used take an entire day of weaving just to produce four inches of material. The use of different fabrics from different places, emphasizes Bragais, is a “celebration of cultural diversity.”
The two main sections of the presentation were the Tribal Fusion Collection and the Floral & Lace Collection. A number of Bragais’ works received particular interest from attendees for her distinctive design and creativity. Among them, the gunmetal gray shift dress with black side panel and tribal embroidered bib, a black and white dress with see through bell sleeves, a black and white blazer and pants set in hand-woven tribal fabric, an ecru corded lace wedding gown with sheer back and sweep train, a white chiffon wedding gown with crushed bodice embellished with Swarovski crystals and see through skirt, and the finale: a black lace wedding gown adorned with handmade blush flowers.
This was not the first time Bragais has been recognized for her works. She was already an award-winning designer for Miss World Philippines in 2011, along with past shows in Los Angeles, Honolulu, Singapore, and her native Philippines that have received worldwide acclaim. Bragais has also been featured in all the major dailies in the Philippines. Her wedding gowns have likewise been featured in the top Philippine wedding publications and magazines such as Wedding Essentials, Metro Weddings, Wedding Digest, and the Asian Bride. She is also a sought-after guest and resource person on fashion and image in popular television morning and talk shows in her country.
Delby Bragais’ journey into fashion and design was rooted in childhood. As a little girl, Bragais recalls a school activity where her teacher had asked the class to bring in their most beautiful dress for a parade. It was only after all her classmates had put on their princess like gowns that Bragais realized what she, in fact, had, was a yellow nightgown. This was her first experience of feeling “not enough” and she promised herself that she would not want for dresses again.
This memory has also made her recognize that, no doubt, there are many other women who feel “not beautiful enough” or “not rich enough” or “not good enough”. This has inspired Bragais to reinvent herself and become the highly recognized fashion designer and image consultant she is today. Her motto reflects her conviction that “with Hope, dreams do come true!”
Bragais graduated “cum laude” from the University of the Philippines with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. A product of the Fashion Institute of Technology in continuing education, Bragais is the author of the book “The Purple Pig Wears Red Lipstick: 8 Steps to a Personal Brand Makeover for Impact, Influence and Incredible Income” and the creator of the “Purple Power Program” for personal and business success. Bragais is the recipient of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) 2013 Award of Excellence and the 2015 AICI President’s Award for outstanding contribution to the Image Industry.
The introduction of the line included custom designed jewelry by Marisa Pellegrini, owner and designer of Atlanta based Expect Compliments. Marisa has a passion and an eye for color and style. It is evident in her work. Each piece is created with a distinctive mix of textures, colors, and shapes. She sources her materials globally; seeking out unusual stones, beads, crystals and other embellishments to make each piece she creates a work of art.
Also in attendance was Luke Destin (Oprah Winfrey’s stylist for eight years), Joey A. Espino Jr. – executive producer of Philippine Fashion Week, Joe Simpson – Style Fashion Week Board of Directors, Preston Walker – Small Boutique Fashion Week, Yvonne Forbes – Fashion in the Fast Lane, Montserrat Mendez, Raymond Nader – President of the Nader Agency, Will Reid – Eastern Stage Productions New York Inc., Victor Hugo – Sppider [sic] Marketing, Anton Oparin – CEO and Founder of FashionStock.com, Kareem Huggins -The KH Collection and the New York Filipino society.
Richard Renda, the Director of the Eleanor Lambert Foundation/Editorial Director and Executive Producer of Totally Cool ® has this to say:
It is all about a giveback, a giveback to the worldwide community – in talent and heart. For the first time in 14 years, The Eleanor Lambert Foundation, Style Fashion Week New York, and Delby Bragais and friends did exactly that: gave a little bit more to the world that wasn’t there before. Everyone gave this event all heart. And this new era of fashion unity is the result. Congratulations to the world – it is about time. A wonderful beginning to a better future! We make dreams come true…
Delby Bragais also wishes to express her appreciation to all those that had made this entire event possible for her including the entire staff of Style Fashion Week, Richard Renda – Editorial Director and Executive Producer of Totally Cool ® Broadcast Programming, Catherine Schuller – Fashion Curator of Runway the Real Way, Cindy Ann Peterson – Posture is Paramount ® and Professional Image Management for presentation coordination, Dr. Dan Formosa, Hannah Binfield; Melbourne, Australia, Karin Barragato – Beauty Director of Style Fashion Week for Hair and Make Up, Marisa Pellegrini of Expect Compliments for Jewelry and catering sponsorship, Karmi Panaguiton for graphic designs, Grady’s Gourmet Group for catering, Keratin Complex and Voodoo Make Up for the beauty sponsorship, Flowerbox Wall Gardens for the beautifully designer step and repeat and floral art, Square Up and zkipster for check-in and seating, along with BubbleFish Media and Core Water.
In association with the Eleanor Lambert Foundation, Style Fashion Week New York opened the season’s calendar with the “Official New York Fashion Week” Press Party the same day as the Delby Bragais’ debut presentation! Editors, writers, photographers, bloggers, social media gurus, and the press industry’s elite from all over the world were in attendance for both events !
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