Unexpected combinations seem to be a trend this season at this year's Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival, and Windel Mira's collection was no exception. According to the designer, he was inspired by the geometric patterns of the inaul fabric, the traditional woven cloth of Maguindanao. In fact, he went to an actual inaul weaver to create a custom pattern for his collection. With the finished product, he integrated the cloth into structured sportswear that was ultimately minimalist—a rare canvas for the woven fabric. Nonetheless, he made the pairing seem less abrupt, using casual genderless silhouettes that can easily introduce the inaul to anyone's closet.
The white belted dress with a strip traditional cloth at its hem, for one, is a chic no-brainer. If the fabric's dark hue is more your vibe, Win's take on a cropped tube top is an easy piece to elevate thanks to his intricately-beaded woven necklaces. Wear this with trousers (the designer recommends ribboning a purple sash for a pop of color) or one of the designer's midi skirts for more texture.
He even incorporated the woven fabric in two LBDs, strips of it sewn either to the hem or the waist to break the monochrome. Meanwhile, for the guys, elbow-length sleeves were key for that broad-shouldered look. Win gave a choice between a button-down and a round neck for convenient mixing and matching made easier with a no-color palette. Overall, the Davao-based designer showed how easy it is to mix our traditional cloths with our dailywear. That is, of course, when they're worn conciously and in the chicest way you can manage.
Photographed by Karlo Torio