For their latest sartorial affair, Manila Fashion Festival kicked-off an elegant display of the Spring/Summer 2016 collections from thirty-one Filipino designers in five distinct shows, scheduled over four days. It was a fashion festival that placed Philippine artistry front-and-centre as the fashion industry gathered to watch established designers alongside up-and-coming young designers. Each designer selected for the festival brought their fresh and distinct voice into modern and contemporary setting.
Pablo Cabahug: A modern take on the old Manila
Chris Diaz: Life is bright, airy, and carefree
Esme Palaganas: A broody girl's best friend
Mana by Esme Palaganas is essentially a play on silhouette, mood, and colour--dressing the perpetually broody girl in exaggerated shapes and contrasting colours to play-up the juxtaposition of mood. Darkly styled in contrast to the light, pastel-based colour palette, the collection has a distinct Esme vibe about it, making it an easy stand-out in the runway.
Mark Bumgarner: It's all about the glamour
The Lady Ophelia by Mark Bumgarner is all about glamour and enchantment as the collection weaved through the runway, bringing an added layer of texture as the pieces glide alongside each other. From soft silhouettes to embellished gowns, Mark is all about enhancing the women and presenting her as intoxicating, ethereal, and sensual.
Tony Evan: A sheer play on curves
The New Romantic by Tony Evan still has his signature panelled cut-outs in his designs; but this time, made a little more subtle and softer, aiming instead to create a collection that reveals as much as it conceals. The collection somehow makes cut-outs seem a lot more wearable and less intimidating, with the focus on enhancing the female form with the play on fabric and cut, rather than simply being revealing.
Jaz Cerezo: A dash of softness in the form
Cielo by Jaz Cerezo is all about grace and the soft curves of women. Pastel hued and inspired by the 60s mod silhouette, the collection showcases her eye for creating structure and shape, especially when juxtaposed against the softness of the fabric. It's less about texture but more about emphasising the smooth curves of a woman.
ARIN: Something for every personality
Multiplicity by ARIN is essentially a collision of different elements of a woman's personality as each piece represented varying facets of the contemporary woman--someone who can go from chilling on her couch, to being all glammed-up in an instant.
Milka Quin: The new monochrome
Happy Andrada: A reinvention of the classic
Barong Reinvented by Happy Andrada is all about redefining the classic Barong, making it a wearable piece for the modern woman looking to express her nationalism and love for the Philippine classic in everyday wear. The collection is all about allowing the Barong to move with the whims of life, keeping each piece flowy and refined while retaining the essential structure and feel of the classic Barong.
AZUCAR: Life deserves to be bundled in romance
Le Fleur by AZUCAR is all about romance, presenting a collection that embraced women's desire to feel enveloped in the beauty and aura of luxurious creations. The gowns were opulent but without being over-the-top in its grandeur, with each piece celebrating the feminine silhouette in a statuesque display of flow and form.
Odelon Simpao: Urban, chic, and bold
Linear Forms by Odelon Simpao is urban chic with a pop of colour, giving the runway a colourful feel ready for Spring/Summer. The collection is a blend of 3D lines, cubes, cutouts, and colours all rooted in a sleek, linear design. Each piece moved together, for a wholistic display that felt complete and well thought-out in its street-ready casual vibe.
Randy Ortiz: Relatable luxury in an androgynous form
An Homage To Randolph by Randy Ortiz is structured, androgynous, and sleek--a collection you would take with you on a European holiday when Spring still feels cool enough for wine and champagne while bundled up. While the collection is rooted in tailored suits, coats, and padded shoulders, it somehow found a great balance between tailored cuts while still complementing the silhouette of women.
Banggo Niu: A balance of movement and structure
Sea Siren by Banggo Niu is about movement, going from delicate to airy and quickly transitioning to structured and strong. With a palette that moves seamlessly between pieces, it celebrated transformation--whether it be through seasons, colour, texture, or form--a vision perfect for that Spring/Summer transition.
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