Fashion Creators Expo 2019
My first ever exhibit happened in Harajuku on August 3-4 of 2019. Read more to see what happened 💘
We interrupt this IG feed with some special announcement 📺✨🌸 Super thrilled (and nervous;;;;) to tell you about my first pop-up shop+exhibition in Harajuku this weekend ✨(//∇//) . I’ll be showcasing a few pieces that I've worked on the past year, a few unreleased works, taking pre-orders & selling some one-of-a-kind pieces with my other schoolmates and their designs too 👗👙👘 If ur around Tokyo, come through! First 10 people to come say hi will receive a lil surprise gift from yours truly (´ ˘ `๑)♡ . . also publicising my art account @pinktaho hehe 💕 it’s been lowkey for a while, but hoping to be more active on it soon so I can give you guys sneak peeks on what I work on~ . . . . Details: Fashion Creators Expo 8/3 (土) 11:00-19:00 8/4 (日) 11:00-18:30 . ＜会場＞ レンタルスペースさくら 原宿竹下口 Rental Space Sakura Sendagaya 3-54-8 (by Harajuku Takeshita Street) There’s a QR code in one of the slides! second slide song is love me forever by Yikii
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Naomi Nikola at Fashion Creators Expo ✨🌸🦋 . 8/3 (土) 11:00-19:00 8/4 (日) 11:00-18:30 . ＜会場＞ レンタルスペースさくら 原宿竹下口 Rental Space Sakura Sendagaya 3-54-8 (nearby Harajuku Takeshita Street) If you’ll be around Tokyo, Please come drop by! First 10 people to come say hi would receive a little gift! song: love me forever by Yikii
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Up until now it seems so unreal to me that this happened. I’ve always thought when this very day finally happens I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from bawling my eyes out, but I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t even cry. It just felt too good to be true.
Recently I’ve been trying to be nicer to myself by recognising how far I’ver grown. Then it hits me- I can’t believe I’ve come so far. I can’t believe I did that. This is too dreamy, even for me! I was just this small, timid girl in a chaotic city with my head in the clouds. That’s it. I still am timid & shy but my longing for expression was too heavy and I knew somewhere within all of this, I could be something more.
I studied in a small high school, then went on to De La Salle university. I sneaked my applications into getting a scholarship for my language school, and then my dream fashion college. My parents were too scared to let me out of their hands just yet. That was the only way I was able to show them how I wanted this so so bad. If it weren’t for that I wouldn’t know where I would be right now.
I saved up from my own pockets. Around 16-18, my first mini store Milk Club was my main source of income at that time together with my graphic/layout commissions. My income for freelance modeling and blogging came after all of that.
My rent, psychology fees, other things, it was so hard to keep up but I really tried my best. I wanted to give up so many times and even now I still think about it. Other countries say Japan is already cheap for them but as a person who grew up in a third-world country, everything was just too expensive. I wish I had that privilege.
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The no sleep glow was too real ✨
First day finished~
Too happy!!!! I think?? maybe my mind was blank. I was too overwhelmed. Everything was happening so fast!!
My first Filipiniana Crop Top. Something that I’ve been wanting to do for so long.
This is a huge part of most of my brand’s designs! (sneak peek below✨) It’s always been something I wanted to do ever since. My shop hasn’t launched yet, but it will reaaaally soon. You can follow me at @/pinktaho & @/naomeoww @ IG for the updates 💕 https://t.co/jUh9IYZsVd pic.twitter.com/a2PmhRx2bK — 𝙉𝓪𝖔m̶ḯ̷̢ͅ ♡ (@naominikola) January 19, 2020
When I was younger, the designs for traditional Filipiniana clothing was so limited. There were amazing ones, but not really ones that I felt like I could be myself in. So I decided to someday create that when I finally can.
The traditional “Mestiza” look as inspired by the garment above, is known for its signature butterfly sleeves that I’ve grown so fond of in my designs 🥺I really wish people wore these types of sleeves more.
I want Filipinos like myself to be able to embrace this side of themselves, go back to our roots in some way and shamelessly express who we are. At the same time, I want non-filipinos to be able to learn and appreciate more about this aspect of my culture when they wear them.
One of the ultimate goals I had since way back is to fuse a bit of my roots to my designs. I’m starting with the obvious for now and will want to delve even deeper as time goes by. I just really find the shapes and patterns fascinating, and to modernise & mix it with my own styles made me so curious.
the traditional “Maria Clara” look – The sleeves & collar are partially what inspired me to design this garment:
One of my followers popped by and modeled some of my designs ;_; This is the Filipiniana-inspired babydoll dress.
Inspired by Filipina girl meets Kawaii pop culture. This dress is very personal to me.
My friend Aless trying on my designs ♡ She’s so wonderful, please check out her page!
“Bad dream”, my first soft jacket. Read more about it here.
I met the cutest girl from Hawaii that day and she gave me this beautiful Lei, she said it’s given to congratulate when you’ve achieved something. It was the perfect baby pink color. I got so emotional that I really wanted to cry. Thank you so much.
Also popped by Cookie time ♡ Thank you for inviting me!
This sailor dress is one of my bestsellers. I love wearing this since it’s so versatile, I could wear it with a lot of my outfits!
I used to only do this for myself. That was all I wanted before, to let all that I felt out in any way I can other than words. I was never good with words. To express what I love doing, to express what’s going on in my head. As time grew by, actually seeing my friends, strangers, who saw themselves in me… was something I never expected. When I saw their faces trying on my designs irl was something I could never forget. It motivated me even more to make people happier. I want to be able to reach all of you guys who feel the same love for cuteness as much as I can. To be able make people happy with themselves with my clothes, vision and lifestyle.
I want to will launch my brand here and expand it to the Philippines. I want my garments to be accessible to everyone around the world, too. I really, really, want to make that happen. For myself, and for all of you.
Thank you so much for believing in me & my work.
I decided my brand name to be OMI OMI, a nickname I had since I was little. I’ll let you know more about it in a future post. But if you want to know more about my brand, head to my new website:
Due to the current issues, my online shop hasn’t launched yet, but when everything clears up, I’ll be excited to let all of you know.
let_me_be_with_u.mp3 🌸✨ . here’s a sweater dress I designed! will be showcasing this piece in Fashion Creators Expo this weekend 💕 I know a lot of you guys don’t live in Japan but would still like to be there so I might do a lil’ livestream in the event! It also depends how busy i’ll be though so let’s see 💖 If you will be around tokyo, please come drop by! ( ^ω^ ) More info on the story highlight + previous post! . wig sponsored by @anibiustore lenses sponsored by @sps_eye choker sponsored by @houseofchokers 💗 use the code “naomeoww” for a special discount at check out!
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1 more day left! (or a few more hours left…..,,,,,aaaAAA) You guys are probably already aware by now, but if you don’t!! Just wanna let you know that I’ll be showcasing some designs I made in Harajuku this weekend 🌸🦋🌸🦋 ghhh i’m still pinching myself from time to time (⑉꒦ິ^꒦ິ⑉) it’s too surreal!! It’s honestly super smol but the fact that this is happening is crazy to me. . This one’s for the people that’s always believed in me. This one’s for the self in me that keeps dreaming. Watch me, self. We got thisᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ . I’ve also got a new post up featuring this design and more about it! There’s some deep meaning and special points to it that I’ve really put a lot of time on. Plus!! my 1st year fashion show happenings~ live at naominikola.com/blog now 🦋📺✨
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Filled with so much love from everyone that’s supported this weekend🦋💕From the surprise visits to the heartfelt messages- thank you. Getting to see friends & strangers wearing and enjoying my creations got me so overwhelmed I….!!💦 It was a funny new feeling. I always just did things for myself, because I just love it. And if people like it, cool. But seeing it in person gave me all kinds of softness. Suddenly all the sweat, blood, tears & sleepless nights felt soft. This wasn’t even school graded. In addition to this work I was also juggling the projects I had for school. I felt like I had to quit and I wasn’t good enough. I was falling apart with my schoolwork + mental health from left to right this year. This whole event brought me back a lil though so I’m gonna keep trying harder. This isn’t the end!! I’m still in the middle of my second year and I’ve got one more year to go!!😤. . To answer everybody, yes❣️I’ll be selling all of these soon for pre-order. Each piece would be customized to fit just for you! From your body measurements to (depending on the piece) the little details and artworks that can be constructed to fit your heart’s personality a little more. I want it to be personal for the both of us! Orders started for the people who came by already, but I’ll be opening slots once I make the website and all. I’ll be shipping worldwide too! Currently just go by my name but that’s because I haven’t made up an actual brand name yet tho 💦 So here, let me officially introduce to you my brand concept: ’Soft Girl with Sharp Edges’ – For the weirdos with rebellious hearts and a dreamy sense of mind. Sensitive individuals who are childish and romantic at heart. People who find comfort in the cute, but are not afraid to show their edge. No matter your illness, gender, race & stance- these people are ready to challenge the norm with strange cuteness while wearing these clothes like stylish armor ♡ Follow my art account @pinktaho if you wanna stick through what I do!! Thank u for believing in me and im so sorry for the long post ;__; Check the story highlight ‘POP-UP EXHIBIT’ for this weekend’s event bits!
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more things are yet to come.