It started strong, and it ended even stronger. Design Fusion opened the fourth day of Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 on a very impressive note with the ten-piece collections of designers Bo Parcon, Dax Bayani, Dimple Lim, Jaki Peñalosa, Jot Losa, and Xernan Orticio
Iloilo-based designer Bo Parcon opened Design Fusion with a fresh collection of all-white ensembles in his signature texture-heavy aesthetic. The fringed and tasseled lineup departs from his gilded, pin-encrusted Holiday 2010 collection in longer, leaner silhouettes, and more organic texture play.
Dax Bayani took to heart some pressing environmental concerns while he was conceptualizing his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Sepia Dreams is his short ode to environmental sustainability, with mini-dresses made from raw textiles and natural fabrics which were chemically untreated and cut in form-hugging silhouettes. Strategically placed cutouts give the lineup a sexy, youthful vibe.
Offering more texture for Design Fusion was Dimple Lim, who used fringe and shirred tulle overlays atop neutral-colored short dresses and separates. The designer's earthy color palette is a refreshing, tasteful departure from the hodgepodge of seasons past.
Jaki Peñalosa also hails from Iloilo, taking good advantage of the province's abundance of local weaves for her Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Using hand-woven abaca in metallic gunmetal, Jaki pleated, sheared, and layered fabrics for the sleeveless mini- and long dresses of her summer offering, demonstrating once again that fabrics such as abaca can be taken from traditional to contemporary dressing.
This PEFTA talent has been making the rounds of Philippine Fashion Week season after season, so he's definitely no newbie when it comes to presenting attention-grabbing collections. From the neutral-dominated collections of his Design Fusion predecessors, Jot awed his audience with a crimson series that's an expansion of the same collection that he showed during the PEFTA fashion show. Juxtaposing hand-dyed abaca and leather in skimpy, cutout- and florette-adorned dresses, he shows his audience (albeit a larger one, this time) why his adeptness with dressmaking and sexy vision make him one of the best young designers around.
Xernan Orticio is another PEFTA designer whose tailoring proficiency and streamlined design make him an exciting talent to watch (many veteran designers were buzzing about his collection after the show). Creating a completely different collection for Philippine Fashion Week called Mecha-Symmetry, Xernan once again showcased his passion for origami techniques, precise patterning and fabric cutting, and structure play. The Japanese-inspired collection features cream silk, gazar, and chiffon separates with fuschia panels and clustered pearl and lacquered bead embellishments. At once coolly conceptualized, deftly tailored, and sharply presented, Mecha-Symmetry is a proud showcase of Xernan's expanding skill set and evolving design style.