With the comeback of ‘80s fashion in today’s runway trends, do the ‘90s still have a place in our wardrobes? Mark Tamayo makes a case for it. In this year’s Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival presentation, the designer showcased an obviously ‘90s inspired collection that was heavy on the nostalgic vibes but subdued enough to be worn on the streets today. If the whole collection could be summed up in a phrase, it would have to be romantic grunge. Tartan prints and handkerchief hems were juxtaposed with outfits in lace and cherry red. Moreover, the tartan print usually seen on mini skirts or blazers was rendered instead as a ball gown fit for a fête and as a shoulder-baring halter top—even the classic leather jacket was made feminine with a printed flowy dress to match!
Moving forward, the designer was able to prove that the ‘90s can be reworked into a power outfit. Case in point: the sleeveless pantsuit combo cinched with a wide belt was sleek yet totally grunge. The standout piece though was this understated black suit ensemble that featured sharp shoulders, a low V-neck, and relaxed trousers—all delicately wrapped with a printed silk scarf like a snake around the body. It was the perfect way to modernly translate the ‘90s IDGAF attitude.
In a word, Mark Tamayo proves that this era does have a place in our wardrobes and you don’t even have to look like you’re from the film Clueless. Grunge and rock ‘n’ roll can be done in a sophisticated and feminine way. It’s the simple, little details that matter.