The fourth day of Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival 2019 was the last, yes, but it certainly wasn't the least. Here, spy snippets of all the designers who showed their fresh, fun takes on timeless threads.
It’s a mod, mod world, says Edgar Buyan, sending your way bright, painterly hues in haphazard geometric blocks fit for a pop art gallery. In other words, these are vibrant, kaleidoscopic versions of what would otherwise be modest silhouettes.
Dodjie Batu's myriad of rainbow madras checks and zany polka dots lay juxtaposed against sombre, muted plaids—this is the traditional barong Tagalog made extra fun.
Enter Marichu Tan's prom queen with attitude: She craves gothic romance but is a tough cookie about it, she wears black but absolutely refuses to melt into the background. And how on earth could she, with all that frothy noir lace?
Sweet dreams, bids Windel Mira, whose cloudlike, nightgown-esque pieces in pastel hues are perfect for stealing away into the night for a fairytale adventure before dawn. Peter Pan's beloved Wendy would so wear these.
Bamba Limon's opulent yet warm collection consisted of regal, sparkling ternos that looked almost custom-crafted to cater to any manic, chronic print clasher. A glamour x tradition collab, if you will. The piece de resistance? That closing feathered frock.
Egay Ayag eagerly celebrates perhaps the most underrated of our national treasures: the bakya. The often-overlooked traditional wood-wedge sandal came printed on everything, from blazers to sliken slip skirts! Special mention goes out to that mini banig tote oh-so-trendily carried like a clutch.
Bondage, mythical goddesses, ancient Egyptian treasures...it was a playground of inspirations over at Emi Englis' catwalk, where ancestral symbols came etched in gold on flowing capes.
Off to have tea with the queen, BRB! Philipp Tampus' show, tinted a dainty old rose, brought to mind 1950s debutantes, British horse races, Princess Margaret’s iconic 21st birthday portrait, and chaise lounges in Edwardian ladies' sitting rooms.
Spend 24 hours in Old Hollywood-era Venice with Yong Davalos. By day, Venetian gondoliers-slash-retro airline attendants row you through the canals. Models walked down the runway in a sort of organised chaos—perhaps to mimic the busy streets of Murano? And, come evening, the theatrics: Take your pick from star-littered gowns that'd make fitting opera attire.
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