Germina Dela Cruz
Manila’s rising young fashion designer, Rosenthal Tee highlights minimalists and laidback aesthetics combined with sophistication. From her travels around the world, her pieces are heavily inspired with cultural influences and with the spirit of her adventures.
While having finished a Bachelors degree in Management Economics from Ateneo de Manila University, she chose to follow a creative track instead of working in the corporate world. After her graduation, she studied in Instituto Marangoni London and earned a Masters Degree in Fashion Design Women’s wear. Additionally, she also took up various certificates from the London College of Fashion and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. Izmaylova, Kinder Aggugini , Mich Dulce and Burberry are among the few labels that she had worked for. When asked in an interview with Angela Go from Preen Inquirer about her experience in London, she said, “London taught me how to be a collaborator; as a visual, the city is so vibrant with different fashions and cultures that definitely give you an appreciation to explore.”
With numerous training, she went back to Manila hoping to establish her label on her very own. At first her plan was to cater to the cool kids of Manila or the so called millennials, however this plan didn’t work out the way she wanted it to. She admitted that the first year of her business was challenging as fashion is a competitive industry. Realizing that it’s not all roses when starting a business, she kept hustling regardless of the hard work and at last the door of opportunities finally opened to her. She quoted saying in one of her interview with StarStyle.ph, “It takes courage, confidence in yourself, and a family that believes in your talent to get yourself into the most important fashion platform in the world.”
Just recently, she’s included at the rosters of designers to showcase designs in the prestigious New York Fashion Week. Her collection is inspired by retroVogue patterns but still maintains her signature feminine touch. Timeless pieces as its core but with a modern twist such as off the shoulder, ruffles and bright colors. According to her, this is her time to demonstrate her capability as a designer that she’s not only good at evening wear but everyday wear as well. Fine tailoring, remarkable beadworks with minimalist approach are evident in her pieces.
Not only is she good at evening and everyday wear, but she also offers bridal pieces. Her wedding gowns featured details with tantalizing beads, intricate embroidery and 3d appliqué. Although, working in the wedding industry is only by pure chance, she feels that making gowns for brides is now becoming one of her fields.
When Angela Go asked her about her label, she states, “It’s not just a matter of slapping on embellishment and expecting a piece to look put-together, but rather it’s the control in balancing all these aspects that I believe is now becoming synonymous to the label.”
Rosenthal portfolio’s doesn’t just end there. She is also a part-time faculty member of the School of Fashion and the Arts Manila teaching aspiring young fashion designers. I’ll always remember what she said when I had a chance to attend one of her talks, she proclaimed that as a designer you need to put yourself out there and always practice humility wherever you go. Rosenthal might be young, but she’s not shying away to take the world by storm.
Check her pieces at rosenthaltee.com