Tuloy Po Kayo Fashion Expo 2019 features British-Filipino designer, John Herrera

Tuloy Po Kayo Fashion Expo 2019 features British-Filipino designer, John Herrera

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, 2019 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 London Emerging Designer Awards in 2015.

Guests at the 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.

Herrera said the Agila Collection was initially inspired by Alexander McQueen’s distorted and kaleidoscope prints, as well as his passion for the plight of the Philippine eagle, an species that 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 canapés 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,” said Marcus Rivera, one of the community volunteers behind the show.

We want to start a new movement here in Australia around Philippine heritage. 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.

The fashion show will also include a cultural immersive experience showcasing Philippine dance, music and food prior to the start of the main event (from 5.30pm – 6pm).

Event details:
WHEN: Saturday June 1, 2019 5-10pm
WHERE: National Art School, The Cell Block Theatre, Cnr Forbes & Burton Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
COST: $70 General Admission, $90 Gold Admission
Tickets available HERE

Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]