By JOHN LEGASPI
MORE THAN BLACK AND WHITE
The simplicity of using black or white provides a designer with a great canvas to explore proportions, techniques, and fabrication. Take it from Jun Escario’s all-white ensemble with an explosion of ruffles and exaggerated sleeves. The black brocade dress with billowing sleeves and flounced neckline by Protacio is the extraterrestrial of the basic LBDs. And Mike Yapching’s piece is racy but classy in dotted sheer and corset top.
BEYOND SURFACE TEXTURE
Emi Englis’ Ore and Dino Lloren’s Urban Isle gave textures from 3D appliqués to glittering dresses. Their pieces came alive on the runways with the delicate fluttering of the appliqués and the starry twinkles of the sequins when kissed by the light.
A ROSE IS A ROSE
Delicate and romantic pieces graced the runway in tulle, blushes, and florals you can almost smell from a mile. Marichu Tan’s Impressionism collection has flowers and lilies swimming in watercolor pastels while Philipp Tampus has budding spring flowers in bold colors. Hyping up the sweet tooth meter was Philip Rodriguez final dress with cascading pleats in lilac.
Benji Panizales’ Fragments used nude palette in prints and preppy dresses, while the Ministry of Silk rediscovers minimalist in airy silhouettes allowing the movement to tell the story of its wearer. Both runway shows explored the hues and shades of neutral in a way that is cooler and essential to its wearer’s needs.
OF CRAZY PROPORTIONS
Fashion was served big time in odd proportions. Veejay Floresca’s Hidden Love dressed the woman’s body in fabric sculpted in ballooning shape, rarely touching their skin. John Herrera brought one of the most recognizable fashion items in fairytales to life. The red riding hood look was exaggerated in size with a sneaker to match it. Junca played with juxtapositioned sharp angles to complement the wearer’s form.
ASIAN SPICE MIX
Prints and weaves that are truly Asian give looks that are of ethno-modern. Egay Ayag’s En Route showcased resort wear patterns in the vivid colors of sunset. Bamba Limon’s Royal Tales brought Asian tapestry in chic cocktail dresses and coats. And that tangerine number from Dexter Alazas’ collection Cote d’ Azur has the right amount of citrusy style you need.
CANNOT CHANGE THE STRIPES
Nothing can elongate you more than a vertical line, and that is what Bessie Basana and Windel Mira showed. Thin strips of black and white donned Besana’s Concrete Jungle collection, fit for women on the go. Chunky and colorful, Mira’s Reptilia collection has summer written in every color line—sunny and warm, a must-wear on the beach while under the palm trees.