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Michelline Syjuco: Prive Fashion Series

Bold jewelry designer Michelline Syjuco forays into headwear.
Michelline Syjuco: Prive Fashion Series Bold jewelry designer Michelline Syjuco forays into headwear.

Innovative, experimental, unconventional: these three adjectives sum up what it means to be avant-garde. And more often than not, avant-garde is what people say when they describe Filipina jewelry designer Michelline Syjuco. Fearless, too, should be added to that list as her creations are consciously borne out of her own creative volition, and not primarily out of a desire to make money or to be commercial.

Last night her fearless avant-garde sensibility revealed a soft spot, though, when she fêted her muses who donned her latest creations at her show for the Prive Fashion Series. The theme was the Roaring Twenties, and the plush enclave of Members Only did somewhat growl with that era's decadence—fashion-wise, at least. Absent was the surreptitious allure of drinking prohibited liquor, the syncopated rhythms of jazz, and no one (as far as I know) broke out into the Charleston.

But flapper fashion was represented well enough in the flirty fringed dresses of lovely muses Tippi Ocampo, Anna Panicucci, and Ann Cuatico-Mansueto. And heady fashion was also most certainly on the heads of all of the muses. Headwear is one thing we didn't know the spirited designer dabbled in, and seeing her creations last night prompt us to encourage her to keep at it.

Instead of the cloche hats so favored by the Art Deco-loving, newly liberated, suffrage-entitled women of the 1920's, Michelline took her inspiration from the trimmings of cloche hats and took headwear to another level and new heights with hats and slim headbands artfully adorned with a multitude of feathers and a material that suspiciously looks like chain mail, albeit an airy, light-enough-to-wear-on-the-head version.

All in all, Michelline's take on the cranial silhouette of the 20's was entirely curious, fresh, and as expected, unorthodox.

And not to forget—of course her precious, arresting jewelry was in attendance on her muses' necks, fingers, and arms. Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Mai Kaufman, and Mikaela Lagdameo-Martinez all rocked their modern statement accessories. We shouldn't, after all, forget that first and foremost Michelline crafts jewelry, and this foray into headwear is but an extension of her fearless creative will.

Click on the photo gallery to see more pics from Michelline Syjuco's night for the Prive Fashion Series.

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