PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2013 DAY 4: CARY SANTIAGO
Cebu’s pride whipped up another batch of to-die-for pieces with a Japanese flair.
First seen in the September issue of Preview, Cary once again displayed his visionary brilliance with origami-inspired creations on the PHFW runway. Achingly elegant precision folds and exquisite weaving techniques were evident in the designer’s 36-piece collection, reminding audiences of how dramatic his impact has been on the way we look at couture. Indeed, his dressmaking wizardry and majestic presentation has quietly revolutionized the fashion scene, where seemingly difficult ideas become not just wearable, but more importantly, turn into works of art that can be passed on from one generation to another.
PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2013 DAY 4: Luxe Wear Collection - ANTHONY RAMIREZ, AZTEC BARBA, CHRIS DIAZ, HARLEY RUEDAS, JOHN PARAS, JOYCE PILARSKY, JULIUS TAROG, MARTIN BAUTISTA, NOEL CRISOSTOMO, POPOY BARBA, ROEL ROSAL, RONADO ARNALDO, SIMON ARIEL VASQUEZ, TINA DANIAC, VEEJAY FLORESCA
Day 4 ended with an exciting mix of summer couture courtesy of 15 fabulous designers, proving that contemporary bespoke clothing is getting stronger each season. From the shows, four unifying trends stood out best: sheer panels, fringe, white, and sharp suiting.
What's summer without showing some skin? Anthony Ramirez did just that with see-through frocks made of disarrayed pieces of overlapping fabric—something he’s quite fond of, based on his previous collections. Martin Bautista, on the other hand, went for a different approach by adding velvet and draping to the mix. If you prefer just a tinge of sheer on top with a fusion of stripes and florals, Chris Diaz is your go-to guy.
Perhaps inspired by Flapper girls from Midnight in Paris, fringe made a comeback this season as seen on this gorgeous dress by Harley Ruedas. Even Martin incorporated the swinging material in some of his pieces; John Paras did the same with this flirty white shift.
Speaking of white, this hue definitely made a lot of noise during the show. Some of our favorites were Noel Crisostomo’s all-white suit and column dress that exhibited his enthusiasm for super sleek, tailored pieces. If you want something with texture, we vouch for Simon Ariel Vasquez’s dress with laser-cut trimmings or Julius Tarog’s satin-meets-mesh creation. For something more formal, go for either Veejay Floresca’s frothy confection or this sparkling sensation by John Paras. But if all-white isn’t really your thing, Ronaldo Arnaldo has a black-and-white frock that hits all the right notes.
Workwear has never looked this cool, thanks to Veejay’s interesting play on fabric. Meanwhile, Julius stayed true to his grunge theme by making an office-worthy version using the same mesh material. Noel also added some prints to his all-white collection, as seen in this shiny white suit with printed drop skirt.
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