“The Art of the Craftsman equals the Soul of the Philippines,” headlines the second exhibit of Manila FAME this 2012. Running from October 17 to 20, 2012, the design and lifestyle event features the home grown talent of leading Filipino professionals in the arena of not only interior design but fashion, as well. The design show boasts of excellent craftsmanship that produces unique pieces, both for household and for sartorial purposes, which are truly works of art in themselves. The three-day event features 10 Design Houses, The Garden Pavilion, Crafts and Style Spots.
The Garden Pavilion serves a centerpiece among all in the design hall with a Life Alfresco leitmotif. The Manila FAME’s creative team put their heads together to collaborate on this project: Project Director James Booth, internationally renowned designers Josie Natori, Budji Layug, Kenneth Cobonpue, and visual merchandise specialist Ito Kish, who also had his personal niche in the exhibit.
The outdoor living exhibits feature both sustainable and indigenous material in the four garden expressions —Asian, put together with a minimalist aesthetic; the romantically set-up British garden, the fresh American appeal, and the French garden with an old-world charm.
Meanwhile, The Fashion Pavilion set the spotlight on the Manila Wear collection, a project that aims to globally put forth Philippine fashion as a style for the trendsetting and jetsetting fashionistas.
This part of the exhibit promotes not just Filipino talent, but locally produced materials like shell, stone, and abaca, all of which come out as shell inlaid clutches and intricately handcrafted stone and metal jewelry. In the Fashion Pavilion, inimitable pieces are found such as Ann Ong’s Nilukot collection, which presents gilded clutches wrought with apparently crumpled surfaces, topped with stones like raw jade. Another standout is the collection of handbags by Amina Aranaz, with clutches in the shape of large, polished seashells. The summer-inspired pieces are true to their names, Retro Seaside and Oceanic Opulence.
The exhibit also showcase pieces by exteemed designers, JC Buendia, Rajo Laurel, Dennis Lustico, Jojie Lloren, Jun Artajo, Maco Custodio, Adante Leyesa, Oj Hofer, Randy Ortiz, Lulu Tan Gan, Lally Dizon, Kristine Dee, Emi Jorge, Hindy Tantoco, Ken Samudio, Dita Sandico-Ong, Malou Romero, Nicole Whisenhunt, Joyce Makitalo, Yako Reyes, Janice Minor, Arnel Papa, Patrice Ramos –Diaz, Joel Escober, Amina Aranaz, all under the curatorial leadership of Josie C. Natori.
The Manila FAME design and lifestyle event, under Design Week Philippines, goes beyond the appreciation of talent and the celebration of style, but it puts forth Filipino creativity locally and internationally.
By Belle Rodolfo