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Phfw Holiday 2013 Day 5 Review: Menswear

Philippine Fashion Week shifts the spotlight from women’s couture to the evolving designs of contemporary menswear.
Phfw Holiday 2013 Day 5 Review: Menswear Philippine Fashion Week shifts the spotlight from women’s couture to the evolving designs of contemporary menswear.

On the last day of the five-day event, Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2013 turns the fashionable crowd’s attention to men’s fashion. No, we’re not talking about basic polo and trousers or your standard suit and leather shoes. This season’s collection is certainly injected with a fresh and modern take on menswear, underlining strong geometries and silhouettes.

Anthony Nocom’s tailored pieces made use of subtle patterns and minimalist details. We spotted some python-print and paisley button-downs, cropped trousers, and a subdued color palette.

PRINTED MATTER. Printed tops take the collection from ordinary to extraordinary.

Arnold Galang went for the rebel look by putting the weight of his design aesthetic on subversive detailing like corset belts, arm bands, and leg straps.

REBEL WITH A CAUSE. Models were strapped in at Arnold Galang’s show.

On the other end of the design spectrum, Don Sevilla III served more relaxed ready-to-wear options spruced up with deconstructed vests and suits.

GENTLEMEN? This collection has got you covered.

Drei Soriano sent ninjas down the runway with his Japanese fighter-inspired collection in white, black, and red.

GO NINJA! Could it be Ninja Assassin's hot star Rain inside this wrap? 

Wanderer-like men clad in playful separates filled Edgar Buyan’s runway, capitalizing on camel leather and denim patchwork, hints of camo, and abstract prints.

THE EXPLORER. Denim gets a fresh makeover like this one stitched with camel leather.

From ninjas to excursionists to prom kings, Frederick Policarpio’s collection went back to basics with structured separates, throwing in some pairs of graphic black and white shoes and a splash of the teal against a neutral palette, perfect for the urban dandies.

FINE AND DANDY. Admittedly, we are quite fixated on this handsome look.

Jinggo Inoncillo’s collection, meanwhile, was all about abstraction—a playful mix of prints and patterns, from tribal and ethnic to modern techno and geometric.

PRINTASTIC. This geometric mash-up is an on-point ensemble, great for transitional dressing.

Lyle Ibañez decided to stick to black with a modern take on gender-bending, slouchy silhouettes.

CHILL OUT. This garment seems to be the perfect outfit to relax in on a rainy day.

Norman Noriega’s signature athletic-inspired collection followed with gray cotton tops and harem pants. He threw in a couple of bronze pieces as contrast to the neutral hues.

GOOD SPORT. Weekends call for outfits as comfy as this. 

At Sidney Perez Sio for ESAC, crisp button-downs were paired with shorts, aprons, and trousers, following a blue-gray-and-cream tone.

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IN THE HOOD. We like the punchy blue against gray.

Ulysses King takes a page from the Baroque era choosing to zero in on the construction characteristic of that period. Sans the gilded fabric, he infused his collection with accents like structured lapels, chains, and cross pendants.

THE ABBOT. Ulysses' collection gives off a certain ecclesiastic vibe.

Finally, Zxander Tan closed the segment with utilitarian pieces—studded vests, cargos, and buckled boots—that are tempered with stretch tops.

AYE AYE, SIR! Those boots alone have commanding presence.

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Click here to view the complete collection of Lyle Ibañez.

Click here to view the complete collection of Norman Noriega.

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