Western influences are always abound, so when a designer creates a collection inspired by various Asian countries, our eyes are peeled! Dexter Alazas’ PMFF 2018 collection is an Asian fusion at its finest, with pieces that are perfect for everyday or special occasions—or for when you just want to be extra and don a silk robe, just because!
The designer cites different cultural influences but notes that there is still a Filipino pulse in his collection: “I’m thinking of the subcultures and sub-tribes of Asia. More or less, it’s like the border between Vietnam and China and a little bit of Balinese, sort of Tibetan inspiration. But the fabrics are from Cebu so they’re very Filipino.”
One look at the collection will make one immediately think “Asian,” but upon closer sartorial inspection, one will realize that there are only inspirations and obvious nods, but nothing outrightly mimicking certain costumes. In other words, when the collection is deconstructed into individual pieces, they are wearable and innately modern yet still distinctly Asian.
If there was a key outfit that would represent the strengths of Dexter’s collection, it would have to be the zesty orange shirtdress cinched at the waist with an embroidered emerald green obi (kimono belt), paired with relaxed lavender trousers. Asian persuasion and au courant styling? Check!
Aside from the dominant Tibetan-inspired colors and earthy tones, influences ventured into India in the form of elaborate beading as seen on the formal gowns. Inspiration also traveled to Japan via obi belts, judo belts, and electric pleating. The designer injected more Filipino pride by incorporating accessories from local designers. Essentially, the strength of the collection would be in the simple curation of eclectic pieces.
“It’s really a juxtaposition of all these elements from Asian fusion—like an amalgamation of everything. I wanted to make the soft, the rigid, the pleating, the lace, the embroidery and beading from all over Asia.” If you ask us, wearing these pieces is like vicariously travelling to your favorite Asian destinations—so get dressed and get cultured!
See the rest of the collection below.
Produced by Steph Sison and Yanna Lopez
Photographed by Karlo Torio