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We Can't Wait to Shop These Pieces from Plains & Prints x Mark Bumgarner

We want every single thing from this dream collab, TBH.
We Can't Wait to Shop These Pieces from Plains & Prints x Mark Bumgarner
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We want every single thing from this dream collab, TBH.

It's official: Mark Bumgarner has created a ready-to-wear collection in collaboration with homegrown fashion brand Plains & Prints

Known for his reinterpretations of classic feminine looks, Mark's show-stopping creations are worn by a rapidly growing celebrity clientele at the most glamorous and prestigious events across the globe, and starting August 3, you can finally rock the sought-after local designer's red carpet-ready pieces on your daily grind. 

The Plains & Prints X Mark Bumgarner line features four dresses, five tops, one pantsuit, and three bottoms that lend Mark’s signature aesthetic to clothes that are decidedly more casual and wearable. Below, Preview stops for a chat with Plains & Prints' founder Roxanne Ang-Farillas, ambassadress Anne Curtis, and Mark himself,  all while giving you a glimpse of the full collection at the same time!

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PLAINS & PRINTS Sofia top, P1698; Clarisse skirt, P1898, Glorietta 1

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PLAINS & PRINTS Veera dress, P2698, Glorietta 1

How did this collaboration start? Tell us the story of how it began.

ROXANNE: "We started coordinating with Mark in October of 2017. We've done so many collaborations in the past and normally it takes about a year for us to coordinate with the designer, to come up with a full collection."

MARK: "So I was contacted by someone at first to set up a meeting, not knowing that it was Plains & Prints. I only found out 15 minutes into the meeting that it was Plains & Prints, and that's when I was like okay, I'm good. 'Cause I'm familiar with the brand and I've seen their advertorials with Anne, and I knew they do a lot of collaborations with local artists, so it was a no-brainer for me. [It was] an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

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PLAINS & PRINTS Sofia top, P1698, Ella pants, P1998, Glorietta 1

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PLAINS & PRINTS Olivya dress, P2798, Glorietta 1

Why are Mark Bumgarner and Plains & Prints an ideal pair? Where do their signature aesthetics meet and cross paths?

MARK: "In a lot of ways, our aesthetics and branding and look are very feminine. Like mine, their pieces are very soft and created for the modern Filipinathey don't follow trends that much and neither do I, and in that way it's more classic, more wearable, and I think Plains & Prints has provided the perfect avenue for me, coming from a made-to-order business type, to be available to the everyday woman."

ANNE: "I think they're a perfect pair because of the mere fact that there are a lot of Filipinas who aspire to own a Mark Bumgarner piece. I personally have worn him before to balls and events, and so many people would comment on my outfit saying "Oh, I wish I could have a dress by Mark," and I think that's why this is such a great thing, because all the Plains & Prints ladies nationwide can now own a Bumgarner piece!"

ROXANNE: "I love Mark's work. We're always looking to bring designers' creations to our market, so just seeing Mark's collections we knew that they would resonate with the women we dress and felt that they'd love to see his pieces in our stores!"

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PLAINS & PRINTS Tammara dress, P2798, Glorietta 1

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PLAINS & PRINTS Thaliya pantsuit, P2698, Glorietta 1

Do you have any signature touches that you lent to this collaboration?

MARK: "Yeah, we tried to keep the modern-yet-timeless feel, really, more than trendy. We developed prints especially for this collaboration. I kept it very close to our rootsmy main inspiration was drawn from the anahaw leaf, and our local orchid, the waling-waling. I kept it very Filipino at heart."

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ANNE: "That's another thing that I really love, that what he chose was to not step away from our Filipino culture. So instead of having something like a flag, this time it's coming from a more feminine side, with the waling-waling flowers and the anahaw." 

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PLAINS & PRINTS Andreia top, P1798; Ella pants, P1998, Glorietta 1

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PLAINS & PRINTS Larra top; Andreia skirt, P1898, Glorietta 1

What's the vibe or the look of the collection and who do you envision wearing it?

MARK: "So the pieces I designed for Plains & Prints are very wearable, things you can wear from day to night, without sacrificing neither practicality or style. Also, the prints are fun! I envision young Filipinas wearing it, for work or for birthday parties or for evening events or even for going out. There's a lot of separates and dresses you can mix and match.

"I'd like to think that if you see the lookbook, you would instantly know that it's a Mark Bumgarner collection done the Plains & Prints way, which is wearable and relatable."

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PLAINS & PRINTS Ezzra top, P1898; Andreia skirt, P1898, Glorietta 1

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PLAINS & PRINTS Andreia top, P1798; Ella pants, P1998, Glorietta 1

What are your favorite pieces in the collection and why?

ROXANNE: "I love the Tammara dress! It's very romantic and yet it's not too daring or sexy! It comes in white, green, and pale blue."

MARK: "The Francesca maxi dress! It's the only floor-length dress in the collection, which is as close to a Mark Bumgarner piece as you can get. [laughs] And, the print is inspired by the orchid, the waling-waling."

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PLAINS & PRINTS Veera dress, P2698, Glorietta 1

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PLAINS & PRINTS Ezzra top, P1898; Clarisse skirt, P1898, Glorietta 1

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What was the creative process of dreaming up the collection like? How long was it in the works?

MARK: "During the initial meeting, I already had a few ideas in mind—after I sketched a few silhouettes and options, I then conceptualized the prints. I wanted prints that were very Filipino but nothing that would look like a souvenier, you know? After I presented those to the team, we trimmed down the styles. The process, from concepts to actual samples took about three or four months."

ROXANNE: "When we do collaborations, it's really a collaboration from both our end and the designer's. As you know, Plains & Prints is very strong with prints. We regularly develop our own prints and manufacture our own fabrics, and with our collaboration with Mark it was still the same process. We had to get Mark's idea of what he wanted this collection to be, what prints he would like to bring out. For this collaboration he wanted a motif of Philippine plants and flowers, particularly the anahaw and the waling-waling. We helped him create those prints and developed them into fabrics, and he designed the silhouettes and did the sampling, then went on to manufacturing."

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PLAINS & PRINTS Viktoria top, P1798; Ella pants, P1998, Glorietta 1

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PLAINS & PRINTS Tammara dress, P2798, Glorietta 1

How does designing for ready-to-wear differ from creating your usual custom pieces?

MARK: "It's honestly completely different because when you're doing ready to wear you not only have to think about it being easy to wear...I come from a background of designing made-to-order, where the goal is to be completely unique, created for just one person. With ready to wear, you not only have to design something you think is nice, you also have to consider if it's gonna move, if a majority of women would like it. Not only that, but you also have to understand that the production is very different. It's not made in my studio by a small team, this is mass-produced. So, construction-wise, it also has to be doable. There's a lot of different aspects to consider, including fabric choices! Plains & Prints made it very easy for me, though. They basically put everything out for me to just choose. There was hardly any process of trial and error, because they're well-prepared and they know what their clients want. So it was pretty smooth sailing."

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PLAINS & PRINTS Francesca dress, P2998, Glorietta 1

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PLAINS & PRINTS Viktoria top, P1798; Ella pants, P1998, Glorietta 1

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