Sunday, July 17, 2016

Romancing Preciosa with Lexter Badana

photo by Ian Van Cubing

Young people are creative and full of energy and they always look for ways to express themselves. This holds true to fashion designer Lexter Badana who once managed one of Iloilo City’s Fast Food and Restaurant chain. He also managed a family laundry business in Manila which led to his interest in garment construction.

The 31 year-old native of Roxas City, Capiz took dressmaking and pattern making at Slim’s Fashion and Art School in Manila for the past years to improve his skills in this area. He was among those who were qualified for the Slim’s Annual Student Work Exhibit at the Fashion Hall of SM Megamall in Manila last year.

Badana, a member of the Iloilo Fashion Designers Council.  is enthusiastic and passionate with a love for beautiful prints and patterns. He loves all types of design especially from vintage fabrics. He believes that design is one of the most powerful arts in the world.

His design aesthetics include classic silhouettes, tailored menswear and evening wear for men women with emphasis on patterns and construction. He is also a risk-taker and loves experimenting with playful details. Among his favourites are designers Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Oscar dela Renta.

Though not anymore new in the fashion industry in Iloilo, Badana had joined twice in the annual Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair organized by the Provincial Tourism Office with SM City Iloilo. Not afraid of trying new techniques and setting trends, the designer is currently busy preparing for his third exposure for the 9th Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair with Preciosa on August 5, 2016, a Friday at 6 p.m. at the Event Center of SM City Iloilo. His upcoming collections are very detailed and colourful.

He firmly believes that the key to success in the field of fashion designing is passion, dedication and time.  With his passion for fashion, he volunteered as a production staff during the Canada Philippine Fashion Week, Toronto in 2013 and in the Canada Philippine Fashion Week in Manila for 2014.

The designer hopes to open his own Custom/Couture Women’s Wear and Bespoke Studio in Iloilo City and in Roxas. He also wants to launch his own Bridal Line, RTW Resort Wear, Accessories and Children’s Apparel in the near future. With special interest in hand-loomed fabrics, Badana will soon collaborate with local weavers to help them design new patterns and create new color combinations for their hablon and patadyong fabrics.

Witness this natural standout with his detailed and unique design style for the 9th Indigenous FIber Fashion Fair on August 3-7, 2016. August 3 (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. will feature LGU-DUENAS with HABOL DUENASANON and 6 p.m. will have DARYL AMAR for HABLON MODA; August 4 (Thursday) at 5 p.m. will showcase LGU-OTON on Spotlight and 6 p.m. will feature MARGRET ESTELLE BLAS for ANYAG; August 5 (Friday) at 5 p.m. will make way for the graduating students of the Fashion Design and Merchandising Department of ISAT University featuring JEFFY TICAO, JO NINO DAMASCO, ELON DELGADO, JOHN EDWARD SALES, JOHN ASDOLO, MELVIN ARANGA, MARIA ERICKA CELIZ, CLOE ANN SERUE and JOHN LARLAR and 6 p.m. will feature LEXTER BADANA for PRECIOSA; August 6 (Saturday) at 5 p.m. will spotlight LGU-MIAGAO on Centerstage and 6 p.m. will have International Lifestyle Designer PJ ARANADOR for PATADYONG ACCESORIOS; August 7 (Sunday) at 5 p.m. will present the Iloilo Tourism Officers Association, Inc. on the Ramp and 6 p.m. will be highlighted by the ILOILO FASHION DESIGNERS COUNCIL featuring JOHN MONTINOLA, IAN JORDA, HELLO HELLO, JUN-G CANDELARIO, PAUL CONTE, LEXTER BADANA, BINKY PITOGO and AUDREY ROSE ALBASON.


The event is organized the Provincial Tourism Office of the Iloilo Provincial Government and SM City Iloilo in partnership with the Department of Tourism VI, the Department of Trade and Industry,  LGU-Miagao, LGU-Oton, LGU-Duenas, LGU-Badiangan, Tinukib, Iloilo Models Guild, John Montinola, Al Destacamento and the Daily Guardian.

























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