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Lustico: A Fashion Presentation

Dennis Lustico's first gala show benefits the Red Cross.
Lustico: A Fashion Presentation Dennis Lustico's first gala show benefits the Red Cross.

Dennis Lustico's much-awaited solo show was originally slated for October 1, 2009 but like many other scheduled events that week, it was postponed to give way for all the relief efforts that were going on at the time.

Two weeks later, with another publication graciously rescheduling their event to give way to this Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) benefit, “Lustico: A Fashion Presentation,” Dennis' first gala show, finally pushed through.


The Collection
“It's called The Legionnaire,” claimed Dennis in an earlier interview with Style Bible. (Click here to watch the video.) “It's got to do with my fascination with period films; about soldiers and their ceremonies and conquests.”

Soldiers have never looked so fancy. When Dennis Lustico sent out his slew of “Legionnaires” (-esses perhaps), he had us consider enlisting, if only to dress the part. “With this collection, I want to send the message across that women can still look feminine and sexy even in men-inspired clothing,” mused the designer about the practical separates he let loose on stage.

Fully-beaded mesh body suits and tops (all customized and done by hand according to designer Joey Samson) were a shining coat of armor over billowing harem pants and frothy silk organza ball skirts. A jacket, heavy with jet beads and sequins made for as much of a power separate as did a pair of black trousers dotted with large pearls.

Of course his self-professed inclination to Elizabethan and Victorian fashion came through in powerful work with lace: a sharp twist on the delicate fabric. Strong-shouldered jackets with peplums or willowy sleeves of lace brought Belle Epoque back to life. Tiered ball skirts, ruffled jackets, and even sleek evening gowns showed a precise play with texture.

But as is characteristic of Dennis' designs, graphic elements still came into play. The ruffles on a crayola green skirt bore striking black piping at the edges. Origami like folding on tops and skirts held crisp shapes against soft mesh and silk chiffon. Even the color-blocking on the beadwork, top-to-bottom pairings, down to the custom-made Janilyn booties were starkly graphic.

Click here to view the photos from the fashion show.

The Benefit
This year Tessa Prieto-Valdes teamed up with Kaye Tiñga, Taguig City's first lady to organize the posh fund-raiser. Proceeds from the P10,000 a plate dinner will benefit not only the Rizal Chapter of the PNRC but also the Assumption High School Class 1981 Foundation, and the Tanging Yaman Foundation.

(Tessa also spearheaded last year's Rajo Red! gala, which also brought aid to the PNRC Click here to read the article.)

The duo also secured sixteen donated prizes, which went up for silent auction: Dolce & Gabbana chairs and Artemide lamps from Rustan's; a pair of arm chairs from B&B Italia; a quartz and sapphire flower brooch from Jul Dizon Jewellery; Sony Ericsson's Satio Phone; special packages from HSBC Red and PLDT SME; and local travel packages to Bohol, Boracay, Bicol, Palawan, and Cebu. Even artwork from the country's top local artists, namely painter Ivan Acuña and sculptor Daniel dela Cruz, were given for auction. The European travel package from Thai Airways was upgraded that same night and Ben Chan bested other bidders, in conventional auction style, donating P250,000 for the round-trip ticket.

Between the amount of funds raised, a fashionable turnout, and the designer gala that certainly did not disappoint, the evening was clearly a smashing success.

Click on to see photos from the fashion show.

Click here to watch the fashion show video.

Click here to see the stylish guests in attendance.


—Isha Andaya, Managing Editor

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