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Ydg/fdcp 15th Anniversary Gala

Twenty designers present mini collections for the show.
Ydg/fdcp 15th Anniversary Gala Twenty designers present mini collections for the show.

The YDG and FDCP 15th Anniversary Gala was presented as part of the annual Metrowear series. Since the shows first started in 2006, the production value has increased exponentially—a larger venue, live dancers and musical performers, and even a video presentation of the designers themselves doing the dancing. Call it fashion as entertainment or a glimpse into a less serious side of the industry.

Each of the twenty participating designers, twelve from the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and eight from the Young Designers Guild (YDG), presented abbreviated collections.

As a tribute to Brian Leyva, a YDG member who passed away earlier this year, model Grace Tagle wore the designer's entry for the Philippine Fashion and Design Competition in 2004, which was created with 8,000 five-centavo coins.

Don't miss the collection of Regine Dulay who had an interesting play on simplicity and texture, showing minidresses wrapped in knots of colored cord.

Louis Claparols' bodycon numbers in multi-hued deco patterns could be the answer for your next happy dress day.

Between the grey palette of Ivarluski Aseron (wonderfully sophisticated chiffon pleats showing the usual hint of skin) and the taupe dresses by Ferdie Abuel (note the knee-length number with asymmetric ruffles and the column gown with its ruched sleeves), you may just forego color altogether when you chance upon the next big excuse to dress up.

You'll hanker as much for Vic Barba's copper brogues as the easy metallic pleated shift dresses they accompanied. You might consider Avel Bacudio's grey day suit, rolled up trouser legs plus nude toned oxfords, for your beau to compliment the former.

Continue to the gallery to view all the collections from the YDG and FDCP 15th Anniversary Gala then stop by the Designer Directory if you find the urge to inquire about a design.