Style Spotted: Manila Fashion Festival | Clozette

Go to any fashion event in a simple jeans and t-shirt and you will definitely be the odd one out - the flashier the outfit, the better, because clothes are works of art. Going to events like Manila Fashion Festival Spring/Summer 2016 is a privilege because you get to be surrounded by so many creative and talented people, make new connections with people you never thought you would, and of course, you get to wear your fiercest outfit - it’s not just the models who get to look gorgeous!


Attendees of the festival ranged from celebrities, to bloggers, and to your very own Clozetters who all got to show off their own personal styles in a variety of head-turning outfits. If you weren’t able to make it to the 4-day affair, we’ve got you covered below by showing your our seven favourite looks, from neutral, monochromatic outfits, all the way down to edgy and classic frocks!

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Sharlee Inavit



Sharlee modernized her white, 70s-inspired lace-up dress by pairing it with a white blazer and cream pumps, and sporting a black bag to make the colours pop even more.

Nadine Zabala



Another outfit inspired by the 1970s - Nadine wore a dark green bell sleeved dress that looked sophisticated and flattering when worn with a pair of black wedges and a white clutch that brought out each piece’s colour.


Colin Dancel



Colin looked fabulous in her all-black outfit composed of a blazer, cigarette pants, sleek heels, slouchy purse, and a brassiere that was peeking through her sheer, lace top!


Elie Anne Santillana



Ellie rocked a grunge look by wearing a statement shirt dress, combat boots, and a dark, vampy lip. Topping off her look is her slick bun, allowing the focus to be entirely on her outfit!


Celine Mallari



Celine looked every bit a fashionista by mixing prints and textures with her satin cropped blouse, striped, mid length skirt, lightweight military jacket, and shiny, black oxfords.


Jol Galang



Jol opted to for a classic, fitted beige-gold dress with a plunging neckline and some black heels, which were all given a modern twist with her dark lips.


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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. 


Presented by Art Personas and co-presented by luxury Swiss watchmaking brand, BOMBERG, the S/S 2016 season did not disappoint as each show featured a line-up of designers with differing aesthetics, textures, and vision--with each collection aptly accompanied by a visual and auditory display that enveloped The Eye at Green Sun, Makati.



At the root of the festival was the need to further bridge the gap between brands, designers, and consumers without taking away the artistry and visual feast that fashion demands from its industry. It's this merger of art, business, and vision that has made Manila Fashion Festival a stand-out amongst other fashion events in the region.

And of course, at the heart of every fashion event is the line-up of designers and the collections displayed down the runway. So for a peek into what's in store for Spring/Summer 2016 in the Philippines, here are 13 stand-out collections we spotted on the runway from some of our favourite designers.


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Pablo Cabahug: A modern take on the old Manila




Manila Circa 1920 by Pablo Cabahug goes beyond just modernising the Filipiniana. It's about bringing the old-Manila sophistication of the 1920s into 2016, with flattering and modern silhouettes that still assume the essence of the Filipiniana, all displayed in a palette that is fresh yet loosely-rooted in history. It's like flipping through old-yet-familiar photographs framed in an aura of glam and sophistication.

Chris Diaz: Life is bright, airy, and carefree




STOKED by Chris Diaz is all about revival, texture, and movement with a pop of colour. Light and airy, the collection streamed down the runway in a haze as each piece moved seamlessly from fluffed and structured jackets, to a swish of air across the hem. It feels calm, organic, and features marine elements and a colour palette that gently transitions Fall/Winter into Spring/Summer--reminding us of young, summer sleepovers, but this time, a little bit more grown up with champagne and caviar.


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




Paradox of the Silent Circus by Milka Quin is our new monochrome palette for Spring/Summer 2016. It's aesthetically muted in its clean simplicity, yet still retains a “nouveau cirque” quirkiness in the cuts and silhouettes, even down to the styling of the models. 


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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Who are your favourite designers from the Philippines? Share it with us in the comments below and we may feature more of their designs and the personalities behind the name.

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During the 2013 Miami Art Basel, the Chilean contemporary artist and designer showcased a collection of 12 shoe-like sculptures at famed Brazilian plastic shoe brand Melissa’s pop-up store. Titled “Twelve Shoes for Twelve Lovers”, the art installation draws inspiration from 12 of Errazuriz’s ex-girlfriends.


Sebastian Errazuriz holding “Gold Digger” shoe in hand


From “The Boss” and “Cry Baby”, to “The Virgin” and “Heartbreaker”, Errazuriz’s artful – and feisty – interpretation led to the debut of his limited edition capsule collection at Melissa stores. Now you can wear any one of these two sassy pairs, reconstructed from the sculpted pieces, from the limited edition capsule collection at the Melissa MDREAMS Pop-Up Store in Singapore.





Adorned with brass knuckles on the underside of the heel, it’s easy to comprehend the woman behind the pair of femme fatale-worthy heels. Simply put: no one messes with “The Boss”. On the flipside, “Gold Digger” replaces the traditional aesthetic of the heel with a structure of a man shouldering the weight of the shoe – tragic but witty!


The next time you head to town, make sure you catch a glimpse of the Sebastian Errazuriz capsule collection.

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The Sebastian Errazuriz Limited Edition Capsule Collection retails at SGD 590 each at the Melissa MDREAMS Pop-Up Store in Wheelock Place Singapore.

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