Tuloy Po Kayo Fashion Expo
“Tuloy Po Kayo (TPK) is an exciting project for us because it allows us to make a cultural statement that is exciting and innovative. We want to start a new movement here in Australia around Philippine heritage. That there’s more to Filipinos outside conventional stereotypes around what we do for a living. Our culture is just as steeped in history and re-invention,”
- Marcus Rivera
Fashion designer brings award-winning collection to showcase Philippine heritage
London-based fashion designer John Herrera, named Britain’s Top Designer of the Year at the 2017 London Fashion Week, is arriving in Sydney for a special one-night fashion show.
Herrera’s fashion showcase is the highlight of the ‘Tuloy Po Kayo’ (TPK) Fashion Expo to be held on Saturday, June 1 at the iconic Cell Block Theatre in Sydney’s fashion precinct in Darlinghurst.
‘Tuloy Po Kayo’ means ‘welcome to our home’ in Filipino and aims to showcase world-class Philippine arts, culture and fashion. John Herrera is part of an elite group of fashion designers with Philippine heritage who are making waves globally, such as Rocky Gathercole, Michael Cinco and Monique Lhuillier.
Besides his Top Designer of the Year accolade, Herrera was also the Grand Winner at the 2015 London Emerging Designer Awards.
Guests at his fashion show will be treated to a stunning three-part exhibit, featuring the ‘Agila’ (Eagle) Collection, which won him the Top Designer Gong, and the Armada Collection, inspired by ancient maps featuring the Philippines.
Talking about his Agila collection, Herrera said it was initially inspired by Alexander McQueen’s distorted and kaleidoscope prints. But he is also passionate about the plight of the Philippine eagle, which is nearing extinction.
“I want to shed a light on protected, endangered animals in the Philippines and inspire more people to make a conscious effort to save them from being extinct,” he said.
The emcee of this cultural extravaganza is Giovanni Jose Ortega, an award-winning playwright and actor. Based in LA, Ortega is coming to Sydney especially to host the event.
The event will also feature Filipino-Australian artist Marcus Rivera (The Engineer, Miss Saigon Australia) and up-and-coming trio, Herizon (as seen in ‘All Together Now’).
Drinks and canapes on the night will be specially curated by The Filipino Food Movement Australia.
Coming to Sydney around the annual FashionWeek, the event is the brainchild of a group of Filipino-Australian community organisations who want Australia to discover and appreciate world-class Philippine fashion.
“Tuloy Po Kayo (TPK) is an exciting project for us because it allows us to make a cultural statement that is exciting and innovative. We want to start a new movement here in Australia around Philippine heritage. That there’s more to Filipinos outside conventional stereotypes around what we do for a living. Our culture is just as steeped in history and re-invention,” said Marcus Rivera, one of the community volunteers behind the show.
Rivera added that the organisations wanted to do something different for Philippine Independence Day celebrations in Australia.
About the event
The fashion show will also include a cultural immersive experience showcasing Philippine dance, music and food prior to the start of the event (from 5.30pm – 6pm)
Where: Doors open at 5pm with show timings set for 6pm-10pm on Saturday, June 1
Cost: $70 for general admission and $120 for front row VIP admission including meet-and-greet with John Herrera. Tickets can be purchased here
Photos available on request
To arrange an interview with John Herrera prior to the show, contact:
0423 668 829