Trendspotting: Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival 5th Anniversary | Clozette


Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival has come a long way. On its fifth anniversary last week, the most-awaited fashion festival in the Philippines celebrated life and fashion by showcasing talented local and international designers. Read on for the trends we spotted from the captivating collections that hit the runway.



Asymmetrical cuts


Asymmetrical styles are one of the biggest Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival 5th Anniversary trends

Kaye Morales, Dodjie Batu, Dino Lloren


Life would be boring if we completely stuck to the same rules. That's perhaps why a lot of designers went for the unexpected and gave their creations an interesting twist with asymmetrical cuts and silhouettes. Kaye Morales, for one, put a spin to her signature androgynous style with this loose suit with only half a pair of sleeves. Dodjie Batu, on the other hand, went with a nice pop of colour with this striped one-shoulder top paired with glittering wide-leg pants. For a more festive take on the style, Dino Lloren went with a golden-dotted asymmetrical number that’s both relaxed and elegant.


Chic high-necks


High-neck pieces

Renan Pacson, Windel Mira, Exyai


Ensembles are instantly made highly sophisticated when high-neck pieces are incorporated. This trending neckline from Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival's fifth anniversary makes for a chic and modern look. Renan Pacson added edginess to this sleek turtleneck number with the cut-outs embellished by chain details. The classic simplicity of the navy top from Exyai, meanwhile, is subtly contrasted by the checked baggy bottoms. But high-neck numbers aren’t only sleek. As a lighter and more feminine contrast to these two, Windel Mira dazzled with this ruffle-sleeved sheer blouse.



A burst of colour


Colourful ensembles

Benjie Panizales, Fred Telarma, Steph Tan


Life wouldn't be fun without a burst of colour and the designers that showcased at PMFF's fifth anniversary surely didn't forget that. Everything was on-point in Benjie Panizales’ orange ensemble that’s contrasted with blue details and accessories. Fred Telarma also aced the colour game with the quirky layers of his bright creation. Lastly, there’s Steph Tan who made her hot tropical collection cool with this tri-toned polka dot ensemble.



Statement sleeves


Statement sleeves

John Pe Larlar, Veejay Floresca, Cheetah Rivera


Statment sleeves are in — and they're definitely bigger and better than before. Go bold with puffed sleeves that serve as a counterpoint to snug bodices and sleek bottoms of the season. This year, John Pe Larlar’s designs were striking, not only for the use of vinyl, but also for the structured sleeves that starred in this ensemble. But Cheetah Rivera strayed away from the usually boxy silhouettes of utilitarian fashion by adding a relaxed, feminine touch with puffed sleeves. Of course, let’s not forget Veejay Floresca who went subtler with sheer sleeves, which nonetheless still made his glam floral number extra elegant.



Modern Filipiniana


Modern Filipiniana

Yong Studio by Yong Davalos, Egay Ayag, Edgar Buyan


Modern Filipinianas are definitely one of the most striking PMFF fifth anniversary trends. Local designers showcased their appreciation for heritage by reinventing traditional silhouettes to fit the sensibilities of 21st century style mavens. First, there was Yong Studio by Yong Davalos, which gave the traditional terno a juicy update with this strawberry-print ensemble. Another successful attempt was Egay Ayag’s application of the quintessential butterfly sleeves to the classic suit. Meanwhile, Edgar Buyan chose to move away from the structured sleeves by giving this Maria Clara-style terno a colourful twist.



Next, let's look back at the highlights of last season.

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Nothing beats the joy of being surrounded by people you love most, and that includes your BFFs. When you and your squad have the same taste in fashion, it's the golden recipe for perfect Instagrammable pictures! Ahead, prepare to strike a pose with your besties by and get inspo from these snaps fresh off the Clozette Community.


Denim Squad

Denim Squad
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Beach Squad

Beach Squad
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Street Squad


Street Squad
Street Squad
Street Squad
(Photo from: SabrinaWong)


Glam Squad


Glam Squad
(Photo from: MiaCarvajalLlamas)


Matching Squad


Matching Squad
Matching Squad
Matching Squad
Matching Squad
(Photo from: carerynn)

(Cover photo from: SabrinaWong)


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Style is not always about the price tag. From thrifting to clothing rentals, this month, we’ll be exploring popular money-saving tips and practices that will help us look good for less.


Earlier this year, we wrote an article exploring the rising trend of renting clothes instead of buying new ones. It's a concept that appealed to many consumers because it allows flexibility and is a more affordable (and sustainable) option than constantly buying brand new clothes just to stay on-trend. You also get to dress up in unique designer pieces for special occasions without having to splurge. 


But it's also worth asking: what is it really like to rent clothes? Is it really convenient as it's marketed to be? To help us gain insight into this practice, we interviewed people who have been renting their everyday clothes for quite some time. Ahead, their takes.


The perks of renting



When asked about the number one perk about renting clothes, fashionistas Laura and Joy both said the same thing — it saves them tons of money. "When I go into shops, I second guess whether I should buy something because I have a clothing rental subscription that can pretty much take care of all occasions," Joy says. "I also get to try styles that I normally wouldn’t wear just for the fun of it without any commitment to owning the pieces."


Another major perk is not having to worry about laundry. "Not having to worry about laundry nor ironing helps save a lot of time," Joy shares.


Their fave pieces



Both Laura and Joy use their clothing subscriptions to rent pieces both for work and significant events. "I rent clothes regularly for work, big events and trips abroad. Sometimes, I also rent designer bags to complete the look," Joy shares.



As for Laura, her favourites include a pink maxi skirt she rented for her Bali trip (see above). "I thought it was the perfect accessory for my travel photos," she says. Another one would be this dress with a unique hemline (see below) that she got for a nice lunch with her family. 



Some tips to note


It turns out that the challenges customers face when it comes to renting clothes are not that different from the ones experienced when doing online shopping. "Sometimes gauging colour, material and fit on rental sites is difficult," Laura says.


But Joy has a nifty tip to overcome this speed bump: "There will be times when a style that looks good on the app doesn’t look good in real life. So what I do is to look at what others have rented through hashtags and tags and see what would look good in real life."


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Another tip is to be on the lookout for sales and discounts to save even more money. "Pay close attention to your favourite rental company's sale page. Some of these rental clothes will be put up for sale every once in a while, which is a great opportunity to purchase something you've had your eye on for a fraction of the price," Laura shares.


Check out some thrift flip tips from Youtuber Rachel Gania.


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