Ronaldo Arnaldo is embracing all things Filipino this year for his Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010 collection. The PFW veteran—he has been joining since 2004 and was one of the first designers to ever have a full solo show—is showcasing his 45-piece Filipiniana Now, a Salvacion Lim Higgins-inspired collection fashioned entirely of 100% organic Filipino fabrics and weaves.
The designer created his elegant Slim-influenced designs out of piña, abaca silk, and Philippine dupione. Ronaldo says about his decision to use local textiles, “Since there is an increased global awareness of utilizing organic and pure fabrics that don't harm the environment, it's very timely that we push our very own local weaves which will also help our local farmers and weavers.”
Ronaldo is pleased with the final outcome of Filipiniana Now, which was three months in the making. “It is my first time to interpret Filipiniana in a modern way. Utilizing indigenous fabrics—[even] though [they are] a little expensive—plus the fact that I respect mother nature, makes the collection even more special.”
We visited Ronaldo's atelier in Makati to catch a preview of his PFW Holiday 2010 collection. Watch this video where he talks about Filipiniana Now and enthuses about the perks of being a part of Fashion Week.
Ronaldo Arnaldo's Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010 collection, Filipiniana Now, walks the runway this Saturday, May 29, 2010, 5:30 PM, at Function Rooms 2 & 3, SMX Convention Center.
Click here to watch Ronaldo Arnaldo's PFW Holiday 2010 teaser video.