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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Mar 19, 2015

Ruffa Gutierrez' Daughters Team Up With Rajo Laurel For Love 2 Collection Of Kids Apparel

IN 2012, top Filipino designer Rajo Laurel collaborated with the two daughters of Ruffa Gutierrez, Lorin and Venice Bektas, and launched their first LOVE Collection. They now team up again and let their imagination run free to create a brand new collection that evokes youthfulness and self-expression in the most exciting way possible.

“It’s always a lot of fun working with these fashion savvy sisters,” Rajo says. “They know exactly what they want and how to execute them. Now that they’re in their tween years, they have a second collection.”

The LOVE 2 Collection will be available to the public on March 23 at the House of Laurel and at the RAJO! Boutique. To be launched in a glitzy fashion show at the The Events Place, 5th floor Century City Mall (Kalayaan Avenue near corner Makati Avenue, Makati City) tomorrow, Saturday, the new collection unveils 12 designs for girls and 5 designs for boys. Only 300 pieces produced, the LOVE 2 Collection will nevertheless have sizes for toddlers, young girls and boys, and tweens.

As creative director, Rajo is in charge of all the meticulously designed and crafted pieces. While the collections are made for off-the-rack purchase, they are not mass-produced. The limited number ensures uniqueness and quality that will make kids wearing them feel special. The first collection centered on bold strokes of pinks and purples, blues and oranges, short dressed and ruffled skirts. The new one plays around with the theme of Vintage Coachella. The young and whimsical LOVE 2 Collection is the perfect summer wear for toddlers to tweens who enjoy dressing up with flair.

Lorin, who is now an 11-year-old Year 7 student at the British School of Manila, shares, “I was overwhelmed when the first collection sold out. I never thought that so many people would want to buy the LOVE Collection that Venice and I designed with Tito Rajo.” Elated and thankful for Rajo’s amazing team who worked hard to make the original collection reflect her an Venice’s vibrant qualities, she adds: “It was a great feeling to know that it all paid off in the end. I can't wait for Love Collection 2 to launch and see what's in store for the future.”

At 10 years old, Venice, a Year 5 student also at the British School of Manila, says: “I’m so excited that Lorin and I are doing LOVE 2! I'd like to thank our mom for being so supportive and all the people who helped make this possible. Special thanks go to our Tito Rajo Laurel and the team for helping make my dream come true!”

The LOVE 2 Collection launch and fashion show is made possible through the invaluable support of Jollibee Foods Corporation, Joel Cruz of Aficionado Germany Perfume, Century City Mall, Saga Events, Nice Print Photography, Magnum, Creative Styling, Party Station, Instamug, Instabooth, Mustela Skin Care Expert for Babies, Bethany Dream Cakes, Potato Corner, Candy Corner, Cupcakes by Sonja, and Inglot Cosmetics.
The House of Laurel is at #6013 Escuela cor. Manalac Streets, Makati City (tel. # 899-9946) The RAJO! Rockwell Boutique is at the Power Plant Mall.