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Dear Fashion PULIS,
I said I would consider, but since I became really busy at the time, we simply lost touch, and I assumed the request was forgotten.
Fast forward to last week, I got messages from lots of people asking about Pia Wurtzbach and congratulating me for the gown she was wearing in the new Olay commercial. I was confused, and when I saw the ad, my heart dropped to my stomach. It was a yellow version of the white gown I made last April. It was the very same gown I made for Lovi Poe in her new movie The Escort (which was filmed months ago). It's a signature style I’ve made and used in different colors and variations since March this year.
I don't know Jot Losa personally, but we are aware of each other, as we both used to be in the Manila Fashion Festival, we have many common designer friends. I am also aware of his tendencies of recreating "pegs" for celebrities like Anja Rubik's Vacarello high slit gown, which he recreated in Navy Blue for Anne Curtis. Thus, I'm just shocked how he thinks no one would notice this.
Both Jot Losa and stylist Adrianne Concepcion are aware of my work. One thing that also confirmed this to me is the fact that when we were making the first sample of this gown, I designed it to be a halter neckline. My seamstress made a mistake and we ended up making the straps rest on the tip of the shoulders, which was a specific feature adopted by Jot Losa for Pia's gown.
Now, I could just stay silent about this issue or I could speak up and maybe start a discussion about integrity amidst peg requests from clients and stylists. Although fashion design cannot be protected by law, it's still extremely unfair for someone to steal your work and (using a high profile personality like Pia) claim it as theirs.
Thank you and more power to you, Fashion PULIS.
Note: Fashion PULIS is open to the side of Jot Losa and Adrianne Concepcion.
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