Never losing sight of their respective design leanings and motivations, Chris Diaz and Jerome Salaya Ang presented 45-look solo shows alongside each other on the last day of Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011.
Chris showcased a bright and cheerful collection comprised of swimwear, casual wear, workwear, and evening pieces that capture summer's lively verve and embody the designer's romantic and very feminine design persuasions. Ang, meanwhile, exhibited his tough, grungy, and industrial aesthetic through a diverse array of evening wear for women and atypical casual and workaday separates for men.
This self-styled "romantic" designer didn't miss a single beat in delivering a covetable selection of clothes for ultra-stylish ladies for Spring/Summer 2011. He started off with a few pieces of swimwear, as he did last season; five jewel-hued maillots with mesh paneling and strategically-placed textured appliqués prepared us for the welcome onslaught of his abundantly chic creations.
The designer focused on nipped waists, bare arms, and full skirts for his summer repertoire. Bow belts in brown or silver leather or in leopard print cinched in the models' tiny waists and emphasized the fullness of his skirts and the shapely contours of his silken trousers. Lace was juxtaposed with satiny fabrics for maximum contrast, and florals in subtle tones provide print-lovers a selection of wardrobe fillers of collared button-downs and shirtdresses.
Among the most covetable ensembles are the following: a crop top and bow-belted full skirt combo in royal blue that hints at cheeky sexiness through a flash of tummy; a simple sleeveless number with a slight bubble skirt cinched by a leopard print belt, also in royal blue (a fuschia version with a fuller skirt takes the silhouette from girly to womanly); a lace shirtdress defined by a skinny leather belt; and this two-hemmed evening gown whose electrifying color is as spirited as its silhouette.
Overall, the collection is a pleasing non-deviation from his romantic and feminine design aesthetic, and an alluring danger to our wallets—covetable wearability just abounds in this collection.
Jerome Salaya Ang
On the other hand, Jerome Salaya Ang's collection could not be any more different from the one that preceded it. But that's not to say it's any less chic, feminine, covetable, and wearable. His rough-and-tumble sensibility manifested itself in an industrial cornucopia of acid prints, punk metal embellishments, draped jumpsuits, neon separates for men and highly textured cocktail frocks for women.
From the headgear to the footwear, this production was thoughtfully styled. Male and female models alike donned face guards and gas masks that allude to the designer's industrial influences, together with spiked and chained sandals and soaring wedge platforms, a gray pair of which designer Patrick Galang instantly snapped up after the show.
Despite its extreme fashion show stylings, the collection is filled with incredibly wearable pieces that are perfect for those who opt to sartorially express their femininity in a fiercer manner. The draped jumpsuits mentioned earlier are über-chic, especially the asymmetrical one; a floor-sweeping evening number cut from a similarly printed fabric is a spunky choice for those with lithe silhouettes; and this seemingly displaced but nevertheless gorgeous sculptural cocktail piece is a lovely study in fluid structure.
Ang's collection is definitely not for the weak of heart. It takes a certain courage to wear his pieces—a certain kind of gritty sensibility that finds beauty not only in florals and pastels, but also in gravelly and discordant elements.