Debbie Co for Ensembles

Feeling very blessed for being able to do something that she’s extremely passionate about, celebrated fashion designer Debbie Co says she can design clothes all her life. “The joy and excitement that I get from creating something from scratch to something tangible and beautiful is unexplainable.  The sense of fulfillment that I get from clients who love my clothes is just great.  Nothing can beat that.”

Now ready to make other women feel good when they wear her clothes, Co welcomes the opportunity to translate her design concepts into a different clientele - the straight forward, edgy yet easy to wear, modern, elegant and timeless Ensembles.


What is your inspiration for your Ensembles designs?

I got inspiration from a lot of things: 1960’s mod era, Victorian period (think Queen Elizabeth) and the Japanese culture (origami and vivid colors). 


How would you describe the collection?

My special collection for Ensembles reflects the mysterious, modern and romantic, vibrant and colorful, this very feminine collection has a familiar and slightly blissful mood. Emphasis is put on texture, appliqués, irregular cuts, color-blocks and distressed finishes creating a fresh modern romantic look.  The fabric and finishes are contemporary looking and feature their construction and make up as part of the final look.


What are the must-have pieces in this collection?

Cover-ups, trench coats, coat dress, high-waisted skirts, shirt dresses, button downs, shift dresses.


How do you think your style evolved since you started your career?

My style has definitely changed over the years.  From around 4 years of designing clothes, I have explored and experimented on a lot of things.  Because of this, I think I have become a better designer. It’s easier for me now to know if something would work or not. But I think my aesthetic has remained the same. I have always created clothes that are feminine, modern yet timeless.  I have always liked putting intricate details on the clothes through drapes, pleats, tucks and folds.


What is your design philosophy? What are your considerations in designing clothes?

It is always best to follow your instinct in creating designs.  In designing, I always want to create something that will make a woman feel confident, beautiful, strong, sexy, powerful and independent.  I want my clothes to be wearable as well.  I also design best using 3-D skills – by creating ideas in 3D, using fabrics like draping.  A lot of my clients would also describe my clothes as very feminine, classic yet modern.


Define fashion.

Fashion is transient and superficial. It is a mode of dressing that is popular during a certain period that changes from one particular time to the next. While style is an individual’s approach to all aspects in life. It is a reflection of one’s personality. Style is eternal. Attitude defines one’s style.


What do you love about fashion? 

How it changes from time to time which makes it very interesting.


If there’s one fashion era you would like to go back to, what would it be? Why?

1920’s definitely. The 20’s was a decade of elegance and it was also that time when there was a new spirit of freedom, especially for women. As such, it was the time when a new attitude of wearing clothes evolved. The clothes back then are very feminine and timeless.


If you were an article of clothing what would you be and why?

Madame Gres’ and Madeleine Vionnet’s dresses.  They represent elegance, modernity, timelessness and simplicity.


What are the top 3 things every woman must have in her closet?

Little black dress, little white dress, crisp classic white shirt, tailored classic coat

What makes a woman stylish?
Being free, confident and unpretentious in one’s clothes makes a woman stylish

What gives an outfit a sense of humor?
By mixing up styles and creating a sense of contrast. By mixing things that don’t go together and creating a balance and harmony from it.  By combining simplicity with sophistication, ordinary with extraordinary, classics with the irony, familiar with unpredictable…and thereby creating a look with tons of attitude and humor.

Does fashion end with just clothes?
No.  It’s all about how you put yourself together


Debbie Co for Ensembles collection available at Alabang Town Center, Eastwood Citywalk 2, Festival Supermall, Glorietta, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Galleria, SM Bicutan, SM Megamall, Trinoma, Chimes Davao.