I was so blessed that I was given a Media Passes, it was a “Golden Ticket” according to a blogger friend I met online. I got to experience being ushered and sitting on the 3rd row and even standing at the last row from the last show due to its jam-packed audiences.
The first day at Philippine Fashion Week felt a lot like going back to school. There was the issue of choosing outfits for all three days! Believe me, I had a hard time packing my things and deciding on what outfit to wear or to bring. I researched a little and envisioned what the other attendees would be wearing. I thought that that would be enough for Day 1, but when I got there, I was overwhelmed! The venue was filled with fashionistas, some are wearing boots and hats, black lipstick, and other weird things that I know I may not have enough confidence to to wear. They were all a joy to watch and were such an inspiration that kept me going throughout the 3 day event.
Overall, I found that all the collections that were showcased throughout the 3 day event were spectacular and amazing. It was quite exciting how global brands like Forever 21, Uno de 50, Suiteblanco and Sfera, kick-started PhFW with their show stopping latest collections.
Forever 21 presented its latest and strongest offering: tartan and plaid pieces that harked to classic Brit Street style; clean, layered, and sartorial prep with University Chic; a capsule series of cutesy pieces for fashionable little girls; New Bohemian effortlessness via prints, ponchos, and leather jackets; and sleek updated work wear in concrete shades of Modern Monochrome.
Sfera revealed this season freshest colours, and showed how easy it is to mix colours. Their ensembles also showcased easy and effortless silhouettes that played with texture to keep it interesting, with pieces like tweed trousers, a white wool bomber jacket, and a bulky black-and-white knit poncho.
Uno de 50 showcased finely handcrafted jewellery collection while Suiteblanco exhibited free spirit in modern and contemporary silhouettes in its latest collection, transforming timeless feminine pieces into must-haves for this season.
Designer brands like EsAc: Jun Jun Cambe, Lyle Ibanez, and Audie Ae, Jerome Salaya Ang, Jeffrey Rogador and Sidney Perez Sio were showcased during 2nd day followed by MEGA x H&M party.
On the 3rd day, Human (with collaboration from Filipino designer Johann Manas from the Tokyo based label Jman) kick-started the show followed by Kashieca’s much-talked about Little Black Dress Collection, where top female designers Bea Samson, Vania Romoff, Sassa Jimenez, Milka Quin, Maureen Disini made their own versions of the perfect LBD. Each dress was styled and showed in four different ways to highlight their wearability and versatility for any girl.
My favourites are Jeffrey Rogador’s JPNY collections as he brought to the runways his contemporary Pinoy pop-culture inspired looks and brought Philippine street fashion up a notch; and the “Svelte” collections of Cherry Veric and his dramatic finale of an imperial gown made entirely of filigree metal tiles linked together to create a floor-length number. Hands down to both of them!
To be honest, I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I was actually in Philippine Fashion Week, it all really just feels like a dream now. I probably wouldn't believe it if I didn't have all these pictures stored on my laptop and I could probably continue to ramble on about each and every little thing I did each day, but that's not what I found most important about this experience. At the root of it all, being in PhFW inspired me. It gave me a whole new outlook, and reminded me of why I love fashion and why I am a fashion-blogger.