British-Filipina is British Vogue's emerging designer

Rose Eclarinal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2019 06:59 PM

Cabrini Roy with a copy of British Vogue

LONDON – Twenty-three year-old designer Cabrini Roy from Portsmouth, England is a featured designer on British Vogue.

She joins the list of emerging designers in the magazine's Designer Profile Campaign, a three-month campaign on British Vogue that pays tribute to up and coming designers.

Roy, who specializes in handcrafted luxury ready-to-wear clothes, said she was over the moon.

“It makes me feel really proud of myself because I’m achieving all my goals. I just feel overwhelmed. It doesn’t feel real to me,” said Roy.

The British-Pinay said her designs are for “chic, trendy and modern kind of women.”

“They (British Vogue) thought their readers would love the brand and what my brand stands for,” she said.

Roy was influenced by her mother, a nurse in the UK, to become a fashion designer. At age nine, she knew she wanted to create beautiful clothes and at age 13, she begged her parents to buy her her first sewing machine.

“I was inspired by my mum. She loves to dress up. Actually, because of her, I started designing,” she explained.

Roy’s designs speak of her roots. She makes pieces that show her Filipino and British culture, like the use of puffed sleeves and silhouettes.

During the London Fashion Week in September, she was also one of the featured designers in Fashions Finest. She showcased a six-piece collection, taking inspiration from her Filipino heritage in a modern Maria Clara-themed ensemble, with a combined twist of soft tailoring and feminine touch.

Her fashion design heroes are Alexander Wang and Alexander McQueen.

“My ultimate dream is to one day have my own studio and shop in London and my online shop also to take off,” said Roy.