The recently concluded Mercedes Benz STYLO Asia Fashion Week marked the grand culminating celebration of Avel Bacudio as 2014 Asia’s Most Influential Designer. The week-long festivity of the best of Asian Fashion showcased the talent and creativity of Asian designers with Avel at the forefront. This was held at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the crème de la crème of fashion designers from West, East and South East Asia all gathered to celebrate. This served as one of their international platforms to display their latest collections. Jimmy Wong, the director of the said event, anticipated Avel’s new collection that featured the use of digital textile printing or direct-to-garment printing. The collection was different from the previous year as it shifted from “up-market and dressy” couture pieces to “stylish and on-the-trend” ready-to-wear pieces. “I love it myself,” Wong said, adoring the artistic prints of Philippine churches on each pieces. “I can see a lot of people wearing it.” The week opened with a gala night, presenting the highlight pieces of the individual new collections. This was followed by a series of fashion shows with numerous international media networks and VIPs invited including the Malaysian Prime Minister,Najib Razak. Each participating fashion designer had their own booth exhibits set up to showcase their latest designs. The Avel booth catered several members of the international press lined up for interviews and a number of surprise guests including the Chief Executive of STYLO International, Nancy Yeoh and Malaysian actress, Carmen Soo. One of the household names in designer shoes, world class Malaysian fashion designer Jimmy Choo surprised Avel at his booth, being the only collection that the fashion shoe designer personally appraised. It was apparent that Avel still has a spot on the pedestal. For the closing night, the 2014 Asia’s Most Influential Designer addressed the attendees and Avel was delighted to personally call out Jimmy Choo as his inspiration during his speech. “This has opened a lot of doors for me,” he began and emphasized, “I am proud to be a Filipino.” He later conquered the runway and paraded his most modern ready-to-wear pieces on stage. Despite Avel turning over the title to Malaysia’s Joe Chia, Avel Bacudio remained humble and thankful for the opportunities this recognition had brought to his fashion career. With the trail still ablaze, the future remains bright and promising for one of Philippine’s recognized fashion designers.



Jimmy Wong, the director of the said event, anticipated Avel’s new collection that featured the use of digital textile printing or direct-to-garment printing. The collection was different from the previous year as it shifted from “up-market and dressy” couture pieces to “stylish and on-the-trend” ready-to-wear pieces. “I love it myself,” Wong said, adoring the artistic prints of Philippine churches on each pieces. “I can see a lot of people wearing it.”



The week opened with a gala night, presenting the highlight pieces of the individual new collections. This was followed by a series of fashion shows with numerous international media networks and VIPs invited including the Malaysian Prime Minister,Najib Razak.



Each participating fashion designer had their own booth exhibits set up to showcase their latest designs. The Avel booth catered several members of the international press lined up for interviews and a number of surprise guests including the Chief Executive of STYLO International, Nancy Yeoh and Malaysian actress, Carmen Soo.


One of the household names in designer shoes, world class Malaysian fashion designer Jimmy Choo surprised Avel at his booth, being the only collection that the fashion shoe designer personally appraised.



It was apparent that Avel still has a spot on the pedestal. For the closing night, the 2014 Asia’s Most Influential Designer addressed the attendees and Avel was delighted to personally call out Jimmy Choo as his inspiration during his speech. “This has opened a lot of doors for me,” he began and emphasized, “I am proud to be a Filipino.” He later conquered the runway and paraded his most modern ready-to-wear pieces on stage.



Despite Avel turning over the title to Malaysia’s Joe Chia, Avel Bacudio remained humble and thankful for the opportunities this recognition had brought to his fashion career. With the trail still ablaze, the future remains bright and promising for one of Philippine’s recognized fashion designers.