The final show of Day 6 of Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011 had us seeing all sorts of robotic and bionic inspirations first from Happy Andrada, then Jan Garcia, to Oz Go, all of who showcased android influences in differing executions. But all this allusion to futuristic fashion was tempered with mostly current collections—current in that they makes sense in the here and now, that they are wearable and covetable right now.
Aries Lagat started off with a cocktail number featuring layers of delicious shirrs in molten chocolate, followed by an easy knee-length gray dress with architectural details. From there his collection sauntered onto printed men's rompers and street garments for men, but the collection hit a discordant note on the second to the last garment: a shark-finned jacket that does not quite go with the rest of the lineup.
Jaki Peñalosa, meanwhile, showcased a set of liquid dresses and gowns in Grecian silhouettes in molten mineral colors, somewhat recalling the luxe, darker earth palette of his Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Kenneth Chua likewise hearkened to the Greeks for some of his styles; but what stood out the most from his glam outing were the chunky Lego accessories, forming some of the earrings, cuffs, neckpieces, and even shoes of the Cleopatra-haired models. Regine Dulay, on the other hand, exhibited less glam, more street styling in her lineup, presenting sculpted separates that can be easily paired with the edgier wardrobe staples of the fiercely fashionable.
Last but definitely not the least, Enrico Carado deserves a special mention for bouncing gaily back from the tedium of his Spring/Summer 2011 collection, where he benignly rehashed the striking techniques of his Holiday 2010 collection that caught our eye and propeled him to the forefront of last year's emerging designers to watch.
This season, he refined what is becoming his trademark technique: a hand-dyed fabric treatment that gives dimensional color and texture to stiffened cloths, which he cut and fashioned into wonderful little trellises that form the neckline and bodice (or, for some, the entire body) of cocktail- and floor-length dresses. Another merit of the collection is Enrico's endearing contrast of these colorful fabric accents—which, on the whole, can be too heavy and overwhelming if used without restraint—with other flowy, voluminous fabrics which lend an airiness and distinctly more feminine softness to the entire collection.
Click on the following links to view these designers' Holiday 2011 collections: