When the words ‘sensuality’ or ‘femininity’ come up, some sartorial images would probably include skin-baring outfits that expose the decolletage (and maybe more) or high-slit skirts that give us “legs for days.” However, Ministry of Silk’s presentation at the Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival Season 10 seems to challenge that very notion through a collection that kept silhouettes simple and austere but never scrimped on sensuality.
Some of the ensembles call to mind the book turned movie, The Handmaid’s Tale, what with the puritan-like pleats, puff sleeves, and the long A-line skirts. The brand balances this conservatism with more sultry pieces that hug the curves and reveal a little bit more skin—check out the silk slip dress matched with a feather boa. Similar outfits (like a simple silver halter dress) stand out because they give the impression of a modern movie siren. Moreover, what makes this collection interesting would be the use of unexpected color—instead of fiery reds or mysterious blacks that are usually associated with girl power, the brand used muted colors that were just as striking: silver, navy, and ecru.
One outfit that embodied the collection’s spirit was the blue dress that came in a perfectly flowy length, complete with pleated sleeves. It was topped off with a head wrap because why not? The brand proved that sexy does not mean you have to bare it all. The female figure can be embraced even by way of straight cuts and high necklines,
Ultimately, Ministry of Silk’s lean lineup of everyday wear lets us celebrate the female form by balancing simplicity with sultriness—and a heavy dose of attitude. Check out the rest of the collection below and enjoy!