Scenario: Prom season is approaching fast, and while you've got your dress all dreamed up, you have yet to approach a fashion designer and, you know, actually bring it to life. Stumped for local masters to turn to? Here, we list down nine aesthetics and the folks who serve 'em best. Now all you have to do is choose.
1. Sweet: Sassa Jimenez
Sweet, frothy, and delightfully whimsical, Sassa Jimenez's designs will give you the best kind of sugar rush there is. Look to her for tiered tulle, pretty bows, and candy colors.
2. Sexy: Boom Sason
Flaunt those assets, little miss bombshell. Boom Sason's creations hide no secrets—the not-so-subtly sheer, corseted, figure-skimming frocks she's made for the sultry likes of Sarah Lahbati and KC del Rosario seduce barely above a whisper.
3. Classic: Mark Bumgarner
The classicist will adore Mark Bumgarner's timeless ballgowns fit for both Old Hollywood and actual, real-life royalty. Think of it this way: His are heirloom pieces that'll stun at your and your future daughter's prom night decades down the line.
4. Glam: Martin Bautista
Well-known for gorgeous, masterfully-draped silks in dazzling jewel tones is Martin Bautista, whose brand of luxe is singular. Channel 1930s glamour in one of his dresses (recall, perhaps, Keira Knightley in Atonement).
5. Romantic: Vania Romoff
Romance wafts in the air wherever one wears a Vania Romoff. Intricate floral brocade, delicate smocking, and lots of ribbon are yours to adore.
6. Fun: Yong Davalos
Eyes on you, print clasher. Whether you're feelin' fruity or craving a walk on the wild side, Yong Davalos is game to throw you a pattern party like no other...with a kitschy side serving of sequins and faux fur.
7. Minimalist: Joey Samson
An ace at achingly chic, fascinatingly deconstructed minimalism, Joey Samson is the go-to of every local style insider who knows what's what. If paring back is your specialty, he's your man.
8. Filipiniana: Gabbie Sarenas
We looove what Gabbie Sarenas is doing with traditional Philippine fabrics piña and jusi, turning them into wearable, covetable pieces that are simultaneously dainty and off-kilter. These aren't your usual ternos, mind you.
9. Experimental: HA.MU
Thinking outside the box is HA.MU's cup of tea. Should you want to rob awestruck looks from every single person in the room, cop their custom numbers! You've got a ton of add-on choices: stuffed toys, appliqued fabric egg yolks, plastic ruffles.