PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2013 DAY 2: Sony presents DAX BAYANI, LIZANNE CUA, MELCHOR GUINTO, RUSSELL VILLAFUERTE, SASSA JIMENEZ
An eclectic mix of prints dominated the collections of these five PHFW young guns.
If last summer was all about nude, Dax went all out with colors this time around. Serving up 31 variations of swimsuits this season, women of all shapes and sizes could surely find a pair to highlight their curves. We particularly love the sportswear-meets-sexy vibe in some of his pieces, as seen in this floral suit and cutesy tribal pair.
Just like a long-winded love affair, Lizanne’s marriage with jersey surprisingly took a halt this season. Gray cotton mixed with sheer dots and dresses with bandage-like details were her current players, a far departure from her usual solid ensembles. Although there were still a couple of champagne jersey dresses shown on the runway, it was pretty much clear that Lizanne is ready to try something new.
Energy swept through the runway as Melchor’s orange-tinged works of art came to view. Yes, the colors were bold—but definitely wearable. The suits were perfectly tailored, the prints were fun, and the preppy styling definitely won the hearts of both Gossip Girl fans and hipsters alike.
The Project Runway Philippines Season 2 finalist brought out his signature rugged aesthetic with a ying-and-yang flair. Hard-meets-soft combinations were evident in his creations, like this biker vest and sheer pleated skirt ensemble. Hints of color, plaid, and patchwork also played minor roles in every piece.
"Girly with spunk" best described Sassa’s S/S offering. A fusion of paisley, fruits, and animal prints came to play—treating audiences with cool options for the cheery days ahead. Fringed pieces and caged cutouts were also added to the mix, which gave her collection a fun, flirty appeal.
PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2013 DAY 2: GERRY KATIGBAK, JUN JUN CAMBE, MICHELLE LIM, EsAc
Relive the night’s interesting mix of monochromatic hues, blinding polka dots, candy-colored lace, and yes, a bunch of beefcakes.
Gerry’s collection could be summed up in three words—light, fresh, and airy. Starting off with chic propositions for a posh beach vacay, his creamy white-on-white ensembles were quite unmissable. The sheer cover-ups were the highlight of the show, like this dove gray confection with crochet lapels (a personal favorite) and this gorgeous black-and-white piece which presented a play on proportion. Of course, it wouldn’t be a summer collection without the swimsuits, and Gerry did not disappoint with his array of sexy maillots with as-bold-as-you-dare cutouts.
JUN JUN CAMBE
To borrow the words of Buckaroo Banzai, Jun Jun’s S/S collection boils down to this mantra: “Nothing is ever what it seems but everything is exactly what it is.” It was a fearlessly flashy collection: Dots aplenty—from rainbow brights to black and white—overcame the runway, bringing into view the designer’s eccentric taste.
Lace played a major role in most of Michelle's pieces, with floral appliques and tulle as secondary elements. Amidst the abundance of lacey frocks we’ve seen lately, this cream halter top and gold pencil skirt combo and this powder blue peek-a-boo top with peplum bottom definitely caught our attention. We also liked how she reworked the high-low trend with this pink pinafore, a great departure from the usual mullet skirts that are still making rounds in the fashion scene.
Composed this year of Raoul Ramirez, Lyle Ibañez, and Audie Espino, EsAc put value on tradition as the show was somehow what we’ve come to expect from the team—real women in their creations, male models in trunks, and dresses with a certain storybook reference.