For its 58th edition, Manila FAME, the leading lifestyle and design exposition in Southeast Asia, puts the spotlight on Philippine Fashion specifically Manila Wear, the foremost destination for the hottest in resort and tropical wear.
The Center for International Trade Exhibitions and Missions (Citem), in close partnership with renowned international fashion designer Josie Natori, unveils the creations of the country’s leading and up-and-coming fashion and accessories designers at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, until Oct. 20. In a gathering of the country’s fashion stalwarts showcasing their trend forecasts and techniques for next year’s resort-wear trend, Manila Wear combines the regional craftsmanship excellence of the Philippines with the individual creativity of its featured designers to offer that distinct Filipino flair. Fashion designers like JC Buendia, Happy Andrada and Carissa Cruz-Evangelista present apparel that evokes both tradition and innovation. Bag designers Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Lally
Cruz-Dizon and Adante Layesa re-imagine the trend of toting with the tropical textures and touches of the islands. The fine jewelry and accessories from the collections of Arnel Papa, Joyce Makitalo, Nicole Whisenhunt and Joel Escober are stunners to behold and beget. Manila Wear also gathers 10 dynamic artists and designers, each in a special showcase. Sculptors Jinggoy Buensuceso’s three-dimensional raw modernism and Olivia D’Aboville’s eco-conscious imaginings reveal installations with a focus on materials and shapes. Contemporary artist Leeroy New, photographer Wawi Navarroza and paper artist Wataru Sakuma delve on tint, texture and thoughtful transcendences, while young fashion designers Eric de los Santos, Twinkle Ferraren, Vania Romoff, Veejay Floresca and Tipay Caintic unveil potentials and provocations in Philippine fashion.
Eminent international guests including British fashion mover Collin McDowell, the mind behind the United Kingdom’s Fashion Fringe, and Nikki Rowntree, global trend-setter and creative consultant to the fashion industries of countries such as Brazil, Thailand, Malaysia and the UK, round up the exciting Manila Wear edition.
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