Armed with our trusty pen, paper, and mobile phones, we short-list the upcoming trends of next season as seen in Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011.
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Made to minimize the waist, fashion takes a break from bodycon and goes back to the forgiving and flattering flair of circle skirts. Chris Diaz paired charmeuse circle skirts with cropped tops and leather belts tied into bows. Tween brand Jellybean naturally took the Lolita route, giving budding fashion set a chance to wear the trend, too. Noel Crisostomo ingeniously used an unexpected fabric, pink patent, for a more modern take.
The love affair with all-in-ones is in full swing and has weathered through many a season. This summer's crop of jumpsuits run the gamut from crisp and tailored to the soft volume of harem pants. Jerome Salaya Ang kept the look very street with a bit of bleach and a jodhpur bottom. Again Noel Crisostomo set this trend, releasing tailored linen jumpers and top-to-calf culotte suits in frosty stripes. Lyle Ibanñez's opening number had bouyant bottoms with huge slits and we saw a few fashion editors give an appreciative nod to this.
The proliferation of stark, solid colors in primary and secondary shades is sure to make summer dressing double the fun. Bright on bright is the way to go, don't be afraid to pair up popsicle colors as seen in the collections of Grace Ong, SM Department Store and Lizanne Cua. Kermit Tesoro on the other hand revisited high school geometry, playing with shapes to create panels of color on skintight suits.
The whole glamorous goddess look has been done a trillion times yet it's still a crowd favorite. To update the look, designers have take their draping to the streets. Leading the pack to strategic urban draping were Bo Parcon and Jerome Salaya Ang in what seemed like distressed fabric draped to street wear perfection. Reian Mata and Anna Leah Salvador used drapes in a much feminine but edgy look.
Saccharine sweet prints on feminine shaped pieces reminiscent of those perfect cake toppers–sugar flowers. Chris Diaz worked sugar-sweet prints into a '50s-inspired line-up with an a-line silhouette. Joel Escober played with textures, purple ribonette flowers cascading over bodices. Meanwhile, cascading maxi dresses were spotted at Folded & Hung (as worn by endorser Anne Curtis), Penshoppe, Noel Crisostomo and June Pugat.
Bodysuits are back from the '80s and maillots for fun in the sun, sand and sea have wormed their way back to the swimsuit rack. Watch out Boracay, sun worshippers are about to hit the beach in one-piece suits instead of bikinis-from the flattering nautical stripes at Gerry Katigbak's runway to Jun Jun Cambe's and Chris Diaz's take on liquid shine and texture. Stylist note: pick a piece that can double as a top for maximum wearability in the city too!
Neon brights as summer staples add a fun, ‘80s punch to any outfit. A bright example was a mesh bodycon dress by Lyle Ibanez whose sleeves stretched into gloves. Meanwhile, the dresses of Jerome Salaya Ang and Tina Daniac were a play on texture, shredding bits of black to tame the fluorescence. Don Protasio also paired his shade of choice, Stabilo yellow, with black in his collection of shift dresses, boxy tops, and skinny trousers.
Who says you can’t use sparkle this summer? Looks like the holiday favorite is transcending the season with silver sequins extending their stay to summer nights! Covering the full style spectrum, we spotted sequins paired up with military looks at Penshoppe while Jonti Martinez, SM Department Store, and Raoul Ramirez stuck to dresses and gowns. Both Lyle Ibañez and Noel Crisostomo presented silver sequined palazzo pants. Our top pick is the latter's sequin and floral match up, a perfectly easy look for a summer fete.
The heat of the summer sun always brings with it more skin exposure than usual and for the demure and brave alike, sheer is here. Oxygen represented Gen Y's take with sheer shirts in loosely askew cuts worn over bandeaus and shorts. Xernan Orticio extended the hemline of his minidresses with a sheer, ankle-length skirting. Richard Papa's piped designs on black mesh over nude lining were both elegant and exciting.
It's time for women to wear the pants in their relationships with fashion. Wide-legged trousers and their leg-lengthening properties have become the cut of choice. Waisted pairs came in an assortment of hues: cobalt blue at Juluis Tarog, a ruddy tan at KT for Paperdolls, while Ronaldo Arnaldo amped up its lengthening power with pinstripes.
Sashay into summer in a favorite trend–the maxi. Floor-grazing pieces in solid colors and floral prints alike were seen all over the catwalk. Folded & Hung's Coachella-inspired show presented a flurry of dresses and full skirts that exuded the right amount of Bohemian vibe. Meanwhile Jun Escario, Penshoppe and Tina Daniac turned on the brights with metallic shades and summer brights. We received many favorable responses via Twitter to SM Department Store's nude and narrow maxi skirt with oversized pockets.
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