From casual, street pieces to party-ready frocks, pink workwear garments to bright, summery swimmies, the ten designers of the Ready to Wear segment of Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011 presented an assortment of ten-look collections, which, for the better part, had us wanting to shop.
Dave Ocampo, Harley Ruedas, Jot Losa, and Reian Mata each showcased more glamourized lineups than the rest, banking on the foolproof combination of black, gold, and shiny silver to render instant dazzle to cocktail-ready dresses and separates. Dave masked his sequinned and lace-garbed models, easily presenting the most dramatic outing in the RTW segment. Harley presented a more refined version of his affinity for pop prints this season around, churning out looks that are easily breakdown-able with plain or tribal- or graphic-print separates that would be at home in any stylish woman's wardrobe. Jot, meanwhile, presented noir and pewter drama with his made-for-evening designs cut from lace, brocade, and satin. Lastly, Reian showed some covetable draped confections in liquid, champagne and silver satin.
From this array of dressy outings, though, the simpler repertoires of Jian Lasala, Mike Lavarez, and Ziggy Savella best captured the light, carefree spirit of ready-to-wear.
His was the simplest, most unadorned lineup in the RTW segment, and for that it stood out for all the right reasons. Very wearable, unfussy, but spiced with interesting, eye-catching details—shoulder and back cutouts, high slits, deep necklines, sloping or linear architectural silhouettes—Jian's monotone sheaths are a study in stark minimalism that said more in their simplicity and polished wearability than the loudness of all the other collections.
Mike showcased a streetwear collection of rough, piled-on separates in grays and black shot through with the palest of mauve, and texturized with symmetrical shredding in strategic areas. His background as head designer of retail brand Mental clearly influenced his design sensibility in terms of the grungy, rock 'n' roll aesthetic and the comfort and commercial appeal of his designs. This is one collection we see being favored by the city's hottest street stalkers—avant-garde and edgy enough without being too dissident or too alienating.
Ziggy showed a utilitarian collection of casual and semi-formal basics doused in the most vibrant of hues shown as yet in the entire RTW segment. Following what seems to be a trend in detail—sharp little cutouts in the shoulder and other unexpected places (recalling Noel Crisostomo's S/S2011 collection)—he seasoned his pragmatic yet colorful garments with quirky nuances that imbue a bit of playfulness and whimsy in what could've otherwise just been an outing of practical, easy-to-wear pieces.
Click on the links below to view the Ready to Wear collections of the following designers: