Always on the lookout to satisfy her appetite for the great outdoors, Yong Davalos took inspiration from nature for her Season 9 Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival collection. The designer mainly played with leopard prints as inspired by the underwater creatures of her travels from the Similan Islands. "One specific animal that caught my attention was the honeycomb eel. You’ll see a lot of leopard looking prints mimicking the natural camouflage of this particular eel on our presentation," she tells Preview.
Marked by sheer fabric and embellishments harking back to oceanic imagery, Yong's pieces promise wearability while evoking a mystical island feel at the same time. Relaxed yet sexy, and dainty with an edge, her pieces are meant for every woman looking to add a sensual punch to her beach game.
Below, Yong tells us about her creative process and more.
How would you describe your aesthetic and design philosophy?
"My design aesthetic for the brand Yong Davalos is contemporary and feminine. Feminine doesnt just translate to dainty and girly. Feminine is sexy, feminine is sharp, feminine is whatever a woman wants to wear."
Do you have a signature design or key element evident throughout your collections?
"As much as possible, we make sure that we have the right mix of sexy, dainty, contemporary and wearability. Whenever we present our latest collection, it is always important for us to envision our patrons wearing the pieces we create."
Where do you usually draw inspiration from? How about for this collection?
"Travels! I travel quite often and I make sure to experience the culture and art of the places I visit. For this particular collection, I was inspired by my diving trip in the Similan islands. I created a story in my head that revolved around these mystical islands in the Andaman Sea."
Can you walk us through the creative process as you designed your PMFF collection?
"I find my inspiration first, then I create a storyline. I source my materials from different places just to make sure I come up with a collection that is cohesive yet diverse when it comes to textures, composition, and quality. For this specific collection, I was inspired by the underwater creatures I saw around the Similan Islands. One specific animal that caught my attention was the honeycomb eel. You’ll see a lot of leopard looking prints mimicking the natural camouflage of this particular eel on our presentation."
Where can we buy your pieces?
"The pieces will be available at our studio (by appointment), though the entire lookbook will be available on Instagram right after the show."
Produced by Yanna Lopez and Steph Sison
Photographed by Miguel Alomajan