Despite a lukewarm overall showing, the PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK 2011 Spring/Summer, did produce some winners. Trends were sketchy: a predictable palette interspersed with pops of colours and strewn patches of silhouettes on airy fabrics. While we sorely missed favourites like MICHAEL CINCO, the interesting collections did lift our spirits.
The PFW S/S 2011 , aimed to brighten up Manila with some razzle-dazzle after several typhoons that hit the capital, six days of the country’s grandest fashion extravaganza left a mixed aftertaste. When master couturiers and next gen designers of the country assemble for a presentation, one expects nothing short of magic… but that is what was lacking. Somewhere, hopes were raised, sighs escaped, gasps were drawn, and the palpitation almost ruptured – but then again, almost.
The bright side is that our designers realized that emulating western silhouette is not the key to fit Asian parameters – improvisation according to need is acceptable. Thus, designers presented what they considered to be their forte. Trouble is, the forte was largely, the common ground.
The TOP TEN SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION OF THE PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK 2001
1.RONALDO ARNALDO – The artistic and minimalist collection has wowed us with its clean , high tailoring and textural technique finesse. With this fashion week, Arnaldo have honed this sensibility further by adopting deep fall hues to present an elegant series of seemingly mismatched silhouettes enhanced with color combination, fabric manipulation and sartorial finishing – a recreation of a metropolitan, urbane enchantment. Ronaldo Arnaldo’s elements, conceived collections that suit global trends and hit the right spot.
2.CESAR GAUPO- This powerhouse of a talent has retained his hallmark of luxe creations after several years of fashion hiatus. In his Spring/Summer Collection, Cesar Gaupo has again managed to design an impeccable collection. Low key elegant dresses accentuate the appealing style providing extra lift. A member of the fashion elite and amongst the purveyors of fashion hierarchy, Gaupo’s form, structure and cut has raised the bar with a quietly dramatic black widow range of brilliantly sliced satin, slinky little dresses, exaggerated drapes and body construction. Splashes of burgundy, scarlet and fuchsia have livened up the fashionably sombre line merging the fluidity that complement Gaupo’s signature to perfection.
3.LITO PEREZ – The impressive maverick of pret-a- kitschy couture has left us spellbound again. Forget about the western agenda and just revelled in his retro inspirations of hispanic moda in photographic prints, very filipino, very PFW 2011. Ingenious mix patterns inspired by an era of illustrados, of historical walls and women in baro’t saya with little of baroque influences, echoing more on wearable emphasis. Lito Perez’ collection rocks once again. Getting hold of a summery outfit with vintage treasures, the white linens and cottons, the prints, the indios dolls visually presented Philippine Fashion Week in ‘FILIPINO WAY’.
4. GERRY KATIGBAK –We couldn’t miss the Monsieur Gerry Katigbak’s influence even if we tried. We have watched and appreciated his personal style over the past few seasons, and a dose of colourfully flower prints reflected his love for life in his Spring/Summer collection. Created for the sociable young set, the airy and relax summer line is for the truly chic. Sassy asymmetrical diaphanous chiffon and georgette blouses in dots took a fancy and romantic boho luxury. Gerry Katigbak’s nude flesh tones are tasteful and elegant, the neutral palette of blush, flesh and nude makes a strong fashion statement this season.
5. KERMIT TESORO
6. OZ GO
7. BANG PINEDA
9. XERNAN ORTICIO
10.SM Dept.Store Ladies Wear S/S Collection
photo credits: STYLEBIBLE