Last month, me and my friends were lucky to attend the biggest gathering in the Philippine fashion industry, The Philippine Fashion Week held at the SMX, SM Mall of Asia. We were lucky to get good seats and witness each designer's spectacular pieces come to life.With fabulous friends Em, Marvoi and Ryan.
Here are my top picks among all the other designers who presented their collections during the week-long event. (in random order)
Filipino Pride Ezra Santos showcased a stellar collection filled with strength and femininity. The opening look with supermodel Ria Bolivar was just super jaw-dropping!!
THE ASIAN TREND started by Prada continues!! Showing intricate embroidery, sheer fabrics, and soft layering, the collection exudes the perfect fusion of regal beauty and modern edginess, couture-techniques of the grandiose past and sartorial trends of the modern era.
Seeing Jasmine Maierhofer werquing the runway was a divine experience. She's the Philippines' Gemma Ward!
WHO SAID THAT COLOR-BLOCKING IS OVER??Roland Lirio's collection featured an army of models in sportswear-inspired color-blocked ensembles perfectly styled with visors, gloves, and leather pieces. One of the edgiest, and most playful shows during the second day of fashion week.
"DIVINE!! CHIC!! OMG, I DIED!! SUPER-CHIC!!" Those were the words which came out from our mouths when the collection was unfolded right in front of us. Vania Romoff is not just one of the prettiest designers in town, but one of the most talented. Her collection reminds me of Alber Elbaz's fluidity and sophistication. "Chic" is too weak to describe the perfection of her collection.
The pieces were beyond Couture. Origami Folding, elegant draping and sophisticated architectural silhouettes, the designer truly shined with one word above him: GENIUS.
A marriage of femininity and strength. Julius Targog's androgynous army paraded in mesh plastic like materials, metallic chokers, leather, and sheer. The collection starring supermodel Charo Ronquillo as the first face was a perfect homage to Stella McCartney's athletic chic.
Hailed as one of the best young designers of his generation, Veejay Floresca continued his metamorphosis as a Project Runway alumni to a world-class Filipino designer. He continued the art deco trend started by Gucci last year, but with his own signature vibe such as excellent tailoring, sheer ensembles, graphic cut outs, and a futuristic, androgynous feel.
The designer resurrected the beauty of the Philippines' Colonial past through nude dresses with couture embroidery. Red show stoppers reminds me of Galliano's flamboyant drama in Dior and Valentino Garavani's timeless masterpieces. For the nth time, Mama Renee Salud proved that he's one of the unrivaled pillars of Philippine Fashion.
CHERRY SAMUYA VERIC:
Ambrosial Sophistication! The divinity exuded by the collection was highlighted by the fabulous bead work, sheer sexiness, and a perfect juxtaposition between elegance and sex appeal. This collection shows the true definition of grandeur.
My favorite menswear collection of the season, Jinggo Inoncillo proved that menswear is not a boring fashion niche by presenting a collection of mixed prints, pinks, purples, and soft hues. The first look with rose embroidery was beyond perfection!
If Im just a woman, I will definitely dress up in two styles: Ulyana Sergeenko's ultra femme style, or urban-chic-minimalism. Bo Parcon's latest creations took my breath away with his monochromatic pieces in asymmetrical hems, flowing cuts, lightness, and deconstructed vibe.
Ria Bolivar: Powerful cheekbones, Powerful walk. The country's Natasha Poly! QUEEN! WERQ!
J'adore the Print on Print!! The collection filled with Peplums, florals, and leather created an ultra feminine, playful vibe. Perfect summer dresses for fun-loving ladies!
Ultra fabulous cap! I died over and over again!
Clean, sophisticated, chic. Those are the three words that came inside my mind while seeing the collection. Perfect embroidery, perfect lightness, perfect tailoring. The collection was pure and heavenly!
Severely tailored, lethally fabulous. Xernan Orticio is one of my favorite Filipino Designers. His works bordering from chic to avant-garde are always consistent, always show-stoppers. The black and white looks styled with religious iconography remained loyal to the designer's aesthetic. A pure, powerful aesthetic that will surely catapult him to the heights of Philippine Fashion, or the world.
P.S: I always find Xernan's amazing work as the Philippines' version of Maison Givenchy. BEYOND AMAZING! Bravo for this magnificent designer!!
CONGRATULATIONS FILIPINO DESIGNERS!!
Keep the fire of fabulosity burning, and see you next season!!
(Photos from statusmagonline and stylebible.ph)