With the summer heat still on and the rainy season upon us, it may be difficult to find just the right outfits to transition from one season to the next. Lo and behold, Aztec Barba’s collection for the Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival Season 10. The designer played with prints—oriental prints, to be exact—and incorporated them into fun, mod-inspired silhouettes for an East-meets-West appeal.
From the outset, Aztec Barba’s collection will give the obvious impression of a Japanese-inspired summer collection, what with the colorful prints, kimonos, and geometric paneling. But upon closer inspection, a discerning eye will sense a reference to the hippie movement with the flared, fluttery details and psychedelic prints. It’s as if Woodstock happened right here in the Asian Pacific region! The color black grounded the whole collection and gave it a sophisticated modern vibe.
One key piece that embodied the fun spirit of the ‘60s and ‘70s hippie movement and the oriental appeal would be the printed long-sleeved shift dress in a bright red color, matched with a mysterious hat and gloves—the dress’s cut was a subtle nod to the mod era as well.
In a word, Aztec Barba crafted a collection that could be described as gritty and trippy, making it perfect for those who love summer but enjoy the somber moods of the rainy months—because who said black and hippie fashion can’t mix?