Ensembles has already enjoyed successful collaborations with designers like James Reyes, Debbie Co, and Louis Claparols. For Holiday 2011, they’ve enlisted designer sisters Yvette Religioso-Ilagan and Choc Religioso-Dayrit of Religioso to create a capsule collection for the work wear retailer.
Sheree Gotuaco, Chief Executive Officer of Elite Garments the company behind Ensembles and sister brands Freeway and Solo, who we spotted wearing a dress from the Ensembles by Religioso line at the recent PEFTA 2011 revealed she was very happy about this particular tie-up. Apart from being easy to work with, she said that the sisters’ feminine yet powerful design style and work ethic fit in well with that of Ensembles.
The clean tailoring, emphasis on power collars, and origami detailing that you’ll find on the racks of the Religioso Greenbelt 5 boutique are present in the 19-strong collection for Ensembles. Bows created out of thick folds of fabric have a lengthening effect on skirts and shell tops. Panuelo-style collars open wide in a commanding gesture to frame the face. Bold ruffles, contrast black and white
“Every piece is stylish, but not faddish!”,Yvette shares when asked to described the pieces they did for Ensembles. The separates are timeless rather than trendy and while simple in structure, texture treatments and the contrast of black against white makes an impact. “It was a wonderful experience collaborating with top retail brand Ensembles since it developed and opened more doors to develop our creative network.”
The Ensembles by Religioso collection has been available in stores since September 16. Prices range from P1195 to P1995.
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