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6 Designers To Watch At Manila Fashion Festival

Setting out once again to revolutionize the stage for Philippine fashion, the bi-annual Manila Fashion Festival is back after a successful first run with a line-up of emerging and established Filipino designers who are looking to bring the focus back on creativity, innovation, and world-class production.

In the hands of Art Personas--a one-stop production house that connects artists and customers with talents--Manila Fashion Festival will run from the 19th to the 22nd of March 2015 with twenty-five Filipino designers and Art Personas' in-house label, ARIN, ready to display their Fall/Winter 2015 collections.

We got to take a peek at the collections and here are the designers we're excited to watch!


Bea Samson

Bea Samson brings a heavenly experience to the runway with a comfortable, warm, and stylish F/W 2015 collection entitled High, High. Inspired by aviation and space exploration, this collection features an out-of-this world mix of ovoid and fitted shapes, greys and black blended with silver and blue, and select fabrics like metallic mesh, wool, and faux fur.

Banggo Niu

Bringing an intense fresh look to the runway, Banggo Niu's F/W 2015 collection Je Veux Te Voir is bold, quirky, and playful. Inspired by upbeat music and prints, the collection's polka dots and stripes give it a modern, yet classic motif while reinventing timeless silhouettes with its intriguing textures, prints, and treatments.


Art Personas' in-house fashion label, ARIN, presents a collection that embodies rawness and edge to bring a vibrant energy to the runway. Casual and comfortable, their F/W 2015 collection entitled Pretty Vacant, is inspired by the diverse era of the punk movement, with sporty and boyish silhouettes mixed with a fascinating palette--perfect for those looking for a dynamic edge.

John Herrera

John Herrera's F/W 2015 collection Amphibia offers versatility through the use of neoprene fabric perfectly suited for unpredictable weather. Complementing the fabric with gazaar silk and enthralling laser-cut scale techniques, John Herrera is ready to bring dramatic fashion evolution to the runway with this captivating collection rooted in technique and versatility.

Esme Palaganas

For her F/W 2015 collection, Esme Palaganas brings an entrancingly soulful tone to the runway with A Letter To Jane. It's a collection that amplifies romanticism and rebellion as inspired by the gripping literary works of Jane Austen. It is dark and heavy, yet highly passionate with a touch of regency and the Belle Époque era.

Pablo Cabahug

Bringing a jazzed sophistication to the runway, Pablo Cabahug's F/W 2015 collection evolves around spunk and class. Inspired by sporty silhouettes, Sporty Luxe features shapes and silhouettes that embody luxury and freshness, with pieces that are casual yet snazzy and perfect for the night.
Manila Fashion Festival runs from 19-22nd March, 2015
6pm onwards at The Eye, 4th floor Green Sun. Magallanes, Makati.

Full Festival Schedule

March 19
Jerome Salaya-Ang, Happy Andrada, YAY, John Herrera, Jot Losa, Renan Pacson

March 20
Anthony Ramirez, Charina Sarte, Chris Diaz, Veejay Floresca, Odelon Simpao, Michael Leyva

March 21
Rhett Eala, Cheetah Rivera, ARIN, Pablo Cabahug, Mark Bumgarner

March 22 (Afternoon show)
Banggo Niu, Esme Palaganas, Tony Evan, Bea Samson

March 22 (Evening show)
Mark Tamayo, Sassa Jimenez, Ziggy Savella, Vania Romoff, Jaz Cerezo

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Which designers are you most excited to watch? Let us know in the comment box below!