Aside from the well-known names and labels in the Philippine fashion scene, one of the most anticipated collections to be featured at the Manila Fashion Festival are from designers that bring young blood to the the arena. Going for a very fitting theme — Compelling Visions: The Next Generation — graduates of the SoFA Design Institute blew the audience away with their outstanding collections that illustrate existentialism devoid of belief, telling stories and sharing ideals in the form of fabrics and prints.
Ahead, we share some of the event's highlights.
It exuded a whimsical vibe
Just like an artist's relationship with their muse, these young designers shaped their collections according to various themes and let them translate the message vibrantly on the catwalk. The entire show felt like it was telling a much deeper story, sending you deep into this rabbit hole of awe and wonder.
The designers touched on subjects that are relevant to today's youth
Making bold statements in the runway, the collections such as Catharsis by Jema Gamer and Beauty of Darkness by Tifanny Soriano were also a manifestation of the designers' hearts, touching on topics including mental anxiety, overcoming clinical bipolarity, and exploring one's identity.