Can evening wear double as power dressing and vice versa? Jun Escario’s collection this season seems to be making a case for it. The designer presented a bevy of beautiful evening wear and did not limit his imagination when it came to floor-length gowns. There was a strong DNA of classic silhouettes updated with asymmetric details or low necklines. It's a good paradox of classic and modern, which was evident in his use of the slinky and the structured, further exploring what power dressing for the female form can be.
Take for example, this stark white number: It features a sleeved top with a high trubenized collar popped up fittingly, which opened down into a long slit for a low, revealing neckline. The bodice has strong shoulders to match. Meanwhile, the skirt hugs the model from the waist down to the knees—trimmed with ruffles, the fabric tied loosely at the front, almost like a sheer sarong. It’s a simple yet beautiful juxtaposition of an uber-feminine silhouette punctuated with strong, structured details for added personality.
Where else can this paradox of structured sensuality be seen? There’s the crisp white number that is most interesting, with its figure-hugging silhouette that enveloped the body and featured an asymmetric flap neckline with flowy trousers.
There’s also the crimson one-sleeved dress that moved gracefully while the mock neckline added strength. And last but not the least, there’s the jaw-dropping emerald green dress that featured a sleek long sleeve and an interesting neckline, lending zest to an otherwise basic long gown.
With this flurry of feminine dresses reinvented with bold shoulders, outerwear, and asymmetric touches, what do they all harp at? From our perspective, Jun Escario suggests that evening wear and power dressing can be one and the same; evening wear isn’t limited to feminine details, and power dressing isn’t limited to the masculine. Both can coexist in an outfit while embracing one’s femininity—and that is power.
See the rest of the collection below.
Produced by Yanna Lopez and Steph Sison
Photographed by Karlo Torio