Nine West Creative Director Rafe Totengco honored for Presidential Award
A style-studded soirée marked the international bag designer’s latest homecoming.
Rafe Totengco with President Noynoy Aquino and CFO Secretary Imelda Nicolas at the Presidential Awards ceremony in Malacañang.
Stylebible.ph, Preview magazine and Nine West threw an intimate cocktail party for new Nine West Creative Director, international accessories designer Rafe Totengco on December 13. Fashion industry friends and Rafe-loving fashionistas flocked to Members Only to help Totengco celebrate his "Pamana ng Pilipino" Presidential Award conferred to him by President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino in Malacañang for bringing "the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of his work," according to the Commission on Overseas Filipinos (CFO).
Totengco was recently appointed creative director for handbags for The Jones Group Inc., which sells brands like Nine West, Vintage America, Jones New York, Stuart Weitzman and Robert Rodriguez. Women’s Wear Daily quoted Richard Dickson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Branded Businesses at The Jones Group as saying that Totengco "has a gift for world-class design." Upon learning about Totengco’s Presidential Award, Dickson, said: "We are very proud of Rafe’s accomplishments and are thrilled to call him a member of our talented team of designers and merchants. We look forward to seeing his creativity come to life in his new collections for Jones."
Spotted at the style-studded soirée were models Rissa Samson, Marina Benipayo, Suyene Chi, Patty Betita, Izza Gonzales-Agana, Tetta Ortiz-Matera and daughter Rianna Matera, Celestina minaudiere designer Tina Maristela-Ocampo, iconic designer Christian Espiritu, Rafe’s cousin, designer Louis Claparols, singer/designer Kate Torralba, The Fash Pack blogger Liza Ilarde-Cuenca, Schu owner Ruby Gan, Preview editors Pauline Suaco-Juan, Liz Uy, Agoo Bengzon and Kissa Castañeda, Stylebible.ph managing editor Isha Andaya and her stylish staff, Stores Specialists, Inc.’s Mike Huang and Malu Francisco and more.
Party photos by Magic Liwanag and Liza Ilarde.