Model | Gabrielle Dawn
Designs + styling | Ian Cartalaba
Photos | Kune Delgado
Two of my friends in the cosplay/creative community, designer Ian Cartalaba and photographer Kune Delgado, recently collaborated on this amazing photoshoot featuring pieces from Forestale's first signature collection, all designed and made with love by Ian himself. Some of you might remember Ian from the Japanese street themed fashion show we did three years ago - the two of us represented mori kei! That was the first time I met someone else from the local cosplay / J-fashion community who was into mori kei - we've become friends ever since then, ehehe.
Back then, mori kei wasn't as well-known locally as other styles such as lolita and visual kei, so I was really happy to have found someone who was just as in love with it as I was. Fast forward to now - Ian's still very much into mori kei, and has recently started creating original mori kei pieces of his own. His first ever signature collection under Forestale, "Down the Rabbit Hole", is just too cute for words! What I love about the whole collection the most, is that everything was made from light fabrics - high quality cotton, eyelet and lace - which makes it perfect for Philippine weather. I also love that you can mix and match the pieces to create a lot of different looks. The second outfit is my fave - too cute for words! ♥
To see more the whole collection + more from Forestale, visit their Facebook Page. (They have a Storenvy, too!)