Denim, camouflage, leather, Dri-fit, more leather—all these and more were presented in the Premiere show of Derick Hibaler, Melchor Guinto, Russell Villafuerte, Ulysses King, and Veejay Floresca for Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012.
There is no mistaking that Derick Hibaler is proud to be Pinoy. From the OPM soundtrack of his show to the nationalistic motto emblazoned across his jacket's back, Derick's show was a showcase of his patriotic spirit, perhaps all the better to encourage support for locally designed and produced denims, which is exactly what he showed. Taking cues from the laidback stylings of rodeo riders, his summer collection offers hot jeans for both men and women in an array of styles that's sure to rival those readily available from retail brands.
This season, Melchor Guinto dipped into womenswear, expanding his line of contemporary menswear with a few casual and workaday separates for the ladies. His strength, though, lies in what we're used to seeing from him: relaxed daywear and spiffy suits for working guys.
To heavy industrial and dubstep beats, Russell Villafurte's models sauntered onto the Fashion Week catwalk in military- and biker-inspired looks. Dubbed Urban Rebellion, Russell's summer lineup is a rough and tough approach to casual dressing. Ever hankered to dress up in camo? He's got camouflage for you in different varieties. What about leather (who doesn't)? He's got several looks to cover (or uncover) you in a multitude of ways: pencil skirts, wide panels on sheer-sleeved shirts, shorts, leggings—you name it. And the now-ubiquitous fringe? He showed them, too.
Ulysses King took his audience to the ocean for his summer outing. Called Narcosis, the collection takes its name and inspiration from the altered consciousness that occurs in deep-sea diving. Narcosis impairs the senses, messes up one's movements, and is very much akin to being drunk, which is kind of what we felt while watching the show what with the hodgepodge and too-literal execution of the scuba and marine motifs. Black swimming briefs and a bagged wakeboard? A bubbly maillot? Apple green swimmies? Scuba pants? All these walked the runway. Well, at least there's no arguing that this collection was done for summer.
The finale of Premiere had us snapping out of whatever altered consciousness we were previously put in, and had us breaking down look after look to figure out how we could incorporate the runway pieces into our very own wardrobes. Veejay Floresca's Arbitrary was inspired by his recent trip to London, where he imbibed some seriously cool "Euro-urban vibe." Block-cutout skirts and dresses cut from mahogany- and wine-stained leather with safari lining make for terribly chic wardrobe additions, while maroon brocade suiting offers an elegant alternative for cocktail dressing. And naturally, Veejay didn't disappoint us with the selection of stylish evening long dresses, this time cut from the lightest of silk chiffons to close the cosmopolitan collection with a soigné finish.