The launching of Philippine Fashion Week’s holiday jacket collections marks the event’s 20th year. After two decades of championing local artistry and the distinct flavor of Philippine fashion, our country continues to step up its game.
Considering the artistic standards that the event has set (and continued to surpass), it comes as no surprise that its beloved guests also elevate their expression of style—a distinct one that is meant to match the artistry of the collections sashaying down the runway. What happens when you put the most esteemed editors, established designers, the up and coming creative voice, and the influencers of the industry all in one room? You end up with ready-to-wear that’s practically haute couture.
Each attendee had a sense of style so distinct that it had a flagrant disregard for the season’s latest trends and the so-called rules of dressing. What we saw were pieces of time’s past that most people would not dare to don. The alleged lackluster button-downs were reworked into avant garde blouses. The billowy skirts of the '50s were revitalized with a longer hem and added floral prints. And the loud prints of the Go-Go Girls’ era spoke even louder juxtaposed against strong hues and quirky accessories. The country’s rarest gems were found in the form of one-of-a-kind pieces in the attendees’ outfits. Kaila Estrada’s delicate off-shoulder cropped top from Day 1 was custom-made from her friend in Cebu, while in Day 2, another guest’s chunky gold necklace was an heirloom from her tribe back home.
Every look, whether or not it was on the runway, had a story to tell. Launch the gallery and watch it unfold.
Photos by Bian Canunayon and Charles Rodulfo