Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
October 8, 2013
CULVER CITY, Calif–It was only two year ago when fashion designer Puey Quinones hit rock bottom after being involved in a retagging scandal, but now he’s back and ready to take on Hollywood. “This is like my comeback (sic) This actually my launch here. We’re putting up a showroom here,” he said.
For Quinones, life is about second chances as he put the past controversy behind him and goes forward with his fashion career. He was given a major break when was invited this month to host a solo fashion show this month after a wealthy businessman discovered him online.
For the past seven years Quinones has been volunteering his time in prison, teaching inmates fashion design. Some of the items he showed on the runway were designed and made not in a studio, but behind prison bars. “I believe in second chances so its about time to give them their chance as well so this also my way of giving back to the Philippines by helping them do good, by doing arts and fashion,” he explained.
After the fashion show, Quinones was also given his show room at upscale home decor designers Unici where he hopes celebrities will come by as awards season in the US continues.
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