The Grand Allure segment of Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 features a variety of eveningwear executed by 13 Filipino designers. The range of styles for this season’s evening gowns and cocktail dresses varied from dark colored pieces to pastel with both texture and heavy embellishments and embroidery.
“Ironic as it may seem, my collection Understated Opulence intends to convey elegance in a toned down manner. With just minimal embellishments, I preserved pureness of deep black tailored into architectural lines and linear silhouettes, using taffeta, chiffon, and lace; thus achieving a classic, timeless appeal.”
“Indelible Impressions is alluring, uniquely charming, and very unpredictable. Inspired by the works of impressionist artists and the book of the Renaissance Flemish Art, The Hastings Hours, I combined texture and print brocade, black chiffon, lace, and organdie, as well as beadwork made into geometric patterns. Set against a black backdrop are hues such as fern green, rust, beige, and muted gold in tapestry-like prints.”
“My collection, The Passion of Callas, is based on American-born Greek soprano Maria Callas, a popular 20th century opera singer. Inspired by Callas’ ever-evolving talent, my Spring/Summer 2014 offering is about embracing trends and finding strikingly unique pieces that work for you. Use silk, leather, and duchess satin in green, yellow, brown, fuchsia pink, blue, orange, red, and violet hues, I crafted a variety of key trendy pieces such as midriff tops, ruffled skirts, pants with skirt overlays, and hooded swimsuits.”
“I put together Amano to portray the fusion of Spanish and Filipino culture that has long been a trademark of our heritage. A touch of crochet gives each piece a customized Filipino feel, combined with hand-crafted detailing that the local fashion industry is known for. I used tones of amber, beige, champagne, bronze, and copper, to execute a dramatic, antique look.”
Edgar San Diego
“Muwebles is a collection inspired by the craftsmanship of local furniture. My Spring/Summer 2014 repertoire offers decorative pieces with graphic designs in bright shades of yellow, red, orange, royal blue, aqua marine, moss green, fuchsia, and black. Made with matte satin, rayon, linen, powder mesh, and chiffon, my pieces vary from loose to body-sculpting silhouettes, which are both meant for easy dressing for the warmer season.”
“In crafting my collection this season, from the formal gowns and cocktail dresses to fun and colorful beachwear, I referenced the diversity of Moroccan culture. I used jersey and chiffon in yellow, orange, aqua blue, purple, green, and pink, wanting my wearers to feel comfortable and fresh during summer, while still looking chic and elegant.”
“Characterized by the softness and the fragility of white, A Walk in the Clouds is a poetic collection of evening dresses in pearl white, which I’ve accentuated with pearls, crystals, beads, and plumes. A nod to haute couture, my pieces are very rich, luxurious, and intricately detailed.”
Frederick was partial to pastel colors for his Spring/Summer 2014 collection that was enhanced with a lot of texture and high-shine embellishments. He was leaning on classic silhouettes with a variety of cuts.
“Under the Sea comes from my undying amazement for the beauty that lies beneath our orient seas. I made my floor-skimming creations with see-through fabrics, using blue, red, yellow, orange, violet, apple green, and pink se against neutral colors. I also used stretch tulle, jersey, chiffon, organza, and vintage lace formed and tailored in cutouts, pleats, and beadwork.
“All the Glitters us a concoction of fashion flavors taking after the indulgent styles reflecting 60s glam. My collection features shapeless mini dresses in guipure lace and metallic tulle, brocade men’s suits, and serpentine gowns in a wild mixture of neon and gold textures.”
“My Spring/Summer 2014 collection Throne takes inspiration from the antiquity of Filipino furniture and the Spanish baroque era. This in mind, I’ve come up with form-fitting silhouettes accentuated with lush embroidery, heavy embellishments, and intricate lace in white and silver.”
“This season, I offer a floral empire crafted with silk gazar and pina fabric. Each pieces is intricately adorned with floral appliques and embroidery, and ornamented with precious stones, sequins, and crystals. I used bold colors such as gold turquoise, fuchsia pink, red orange, and emerald green, for daring women who want to look sexy, stunning, and definitely stylish.”
“Redefining fierce, my collection Summer Safari combines animal print with leather, lace, and French tulle, which adds a soft touch to my pieces. I tailored these to create classic and romantic silhouettes and cuts.”