Since the dawn of the coronavirus pandemic, some local designers have confessed to reflecting on what fashion means to consumers at present. The common thread was that now, fashion is all about focusing on its purpose, and that is to protect the wearer.
The same philosophy holds true for Los Angeles-based fashion designer Puey Quinones, who staged his first-ever online runway show yesterday, June 5th. “‘Forward Fashion’ is thinking about forecasting what's going to be the trend in the future in fashion,” Puey said before the show. “So, creating something that's protective—that for me is thinking of ‘forward fashion.’”
Hosted by Tim Yap and witnessed by many famous faces of the sartorial set, the show debuted Puey Quinones’ PPE collection, titled “PQ Essentials,” as well as his Summer 2020 collection. Through their streamlined design, both collections made it clear that for Puey, protection is at the forefront of fashion today and beyond.
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Puey’s penchant for soft volume was distilled into his PPE designs for wearability and practicality. The result was clean-cut bunny suits and double-breasted pantsuits in easy-to-wear colorways of white, blank, and gray. No frills, no fuss, just chic suits that can be worn on the daily. He focused his attention on fabric, using microfiber material. It’s lightweight, breathable, and comfortable. It's the exact same fabric he used for the PPEs he donated to hospital frontliners.
Aside from the basic suits, Puey also reinterpreted familiar wardrobe staples into protective wear, as with the puff-sleeved, polka-dotted kimono with matching wide-leg trousers, or the simple navy blue jumpsuit with dolman sleeves.
The new summer wardrobe
As for the summer collection, there were plenty of options to put on rotation. There were neoprene shifts and trapeze dresses that can easily transition into cocktail dresses for when gatherings are permitted again. All these were rendered in airy hues such as romantic blush and clean white. The short hemlines mixed with cowled necklines or exaggerated leg-of-mutton sleeves strike a balance between the sensual and the chaste.
Among the pieces in this collection, perhaps what best represents Puey’s “forward fashion” philosophy is the wide-sleeved trapeze dress embellished with colorful stones that radiate from the neckline. The fun frock shows that protective clothing can still be playful while honoring its purpose—and truth be told, getting dressed isn't just about form and function, but feeling a sense of joy, too. Perhaps we'll see more of these happy designs from him in the future!
Puey also launched his brand’s full-fledged e-commerce website to give consumers an easier way to learn more about his products and to conveniently shop them afterward.