Right after Grand Allure, Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011 pressed on with Premiere B, where Alodia Cecilia, Anthony Ramirez, John Paras, Lizanne Cua, and Mitzi Quilendrino-Bustos showed a slew of casual and workwear pieces in their respective collections.
Alodia Cecilia started the show with fresh-faced models in breezy little dresses and easy separates for both men and women in a fresh palette of subdued neutrals and very soft pastels. Even though these days rain has already been beating the heat down, we still covet this summery collection for its crisp, fresh, and unfussy wearability.
The collection that immediately followed is a foil to Alodia's refreshing, understated collection. Anthony Ramirez presented heavier silhouettes in deeper colors—a strapless mullet gown in cerulean and draped floor-grazers in cerise and black, interspersed with palate-cleansing long, white dresses and trouser and sports jacket ensembles.
John Paras likewise showcased a heavier collection featuring textured casual and workwear separates. He used a lot of lace, feathery fringing, and filigree-like accents in A-line skirts, blouses and coats, and cocktail dresses—wardrobe fillers, all. The golden gown modeled by Jessica Yang towards the finale is a coup in glamour and elegance: it deliciously glided down the runway in a silken, molten flow, with the sweet ribbon-bedecked bustier bodice anchoring the champagne finery.
Lizanne Cua veered away from glitzy eveningwear and showed a lineup of blithe jersey pieces with drawstring accents on the shoulders and hips. Like Alodia, her collection was dominated by muted pastels, but energized with pops of scarlet and lime green.
Lastly, Mitzi Quilendrino-Bustos showed easy mix-and-match separates and minidresses with quirky accents, all in a neutral color story. She brought the jumpsuit back, too, presenting a few pieces deep-necked ones that reference this season's disco, '70s trend. She ended her collection with a sexy corporate look of black trousers and a bare jacket with tromple l'oeil lapels and nothing underneath.
Click on the following links to view the following designers' Holiday 2011 collections: