To kick off this year's installation of Fashion Watch, Inno Sotto and the Council of Fashion Designers of the Philippines (CFDP) invited French-Malagasy designer Eric Raisina to showcase a special collection entitled Haute Texture.
The Cambodia-based artist, who specializes in manipulating natural materials such as silk, raffia, sisal, linen, and cotton, gave his audience an extensive lineup of summer looks that, as expected, teemed with textures. Cascading ruffles, see-through knits, paper fringing, silken panels, and iridiscent overlays were among the many points of interest Eric incorporated into his collection, which was quite a kaleidoscopic treat.
It opened easily with muted colors of ecru and cream, gradually warming to taupe, orange and copper, and segueing into bluish grays and black, until finally bursting into acid yellows and greens and a medley of reds—tangerine, pomegranate—and all sorts of other pop art brights. The lineup teased; just when one had the feeling that the series was becoming a bit too somber, a bit too gravid with heavy color, it exploded into an electric blue and a Stabilo yellow that refreshed the eyes and underscored the vivacity of summer.
Additionally, Eric seemed to be wide-ranging in terms and cuts and styles as he was with color; paneled dresses, full skirts, nomadic touches in hooded menswear and a smattering of '70s silhouettes in jumpsuits and billowing floor-length numbers completed the collection, giving us a pretty extensive taste and assessment of just what this intriguing designer can do.
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