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This Local Designer Is Making a Case for the Flapper Age's Comeback

Rosbert Villar's collection is a nod to the 1920s.
This Local Designer Is Making a Case for the Flapper Age's Comeback
IMAGE Ryan Ong
Rosbert Villar's collection is a nod to the 1920s.

If we were to sum up Rosbert Villar’s Eternal Rhythm collection, which he presented last night at the Manila Fashion Festival , two words would be top of mind: opulence and excess. 

The young designer showcased a wide array of evening pieces that made a case for the revival of 1920s glamour: column dresses, faux fur, pussy bows, and berets! But zooming in, this black ensemble that Ria Bolivar wore on the runway is quite the conversation starter. The celebrated model stepped out in a black evening gown constructed with mindful technique. Its bodice—with its deep-V neckline, gathered detailing, subtle beading, and bishop sleeves—shined under the spotlight with a sleek glow that was juxtaposed with the volume and movement of the unexpected fur skirt.

IMAGE Ryan Ong

Looking at the collection as a whole, you’d see the designer’s ode to the fast paced movement and high-style of the roaring 20s—think Josephine Baker, but in warm-hued evening looks for a party in Manila instead of fringed flapper minis in Harlem. It resonated in every piece: from the column silhouettes with paneled fur and beaded detailing, to the shimmering long gowns with peek-a-boo cutouts and layers of pleats, as well as to the sheer dress shirts and androgynous menswear ensembles of fur and leopard printed jackets. 

See what we're talking about and check out the rest of the looks from Rosbert Villar’s collection below:

IMAGE Ryan Ong

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