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.
It celebrated Filipino culture
Some of the collections, including that of Rea Biscocho, used the rich culture of the Philippines. Biscocho's Dugo translated stories and struggles of celestial beings from Visayan Mythology in each piece. It meshed the avant garde and futuristic take on today's fashion and traditional heritage and folklore by making use of distinct cuts and patterns.
It gave us a preview of how the Philippines fashion scene continues to beautifully grow and evolve
Overall, the main takeaway we have from the show is that these young designers tell their stories through fabrics and prints boldly to define what the future of Philippine fashion is and should be.