Thursday, October 31, 2013

Philippine Fashion Week SS2014 - Fashion Designers' Collection

Five names in fashion that opened the last day of Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2013 with their own unique take on class and style, taking over the runways in full, fierce regalia.
First up was Dax Bayani, who took the audience to the wild style Safari with his collection. Built on a host of animal prints, tribal patterns and fur, Bayani’s cohesive collection opened with swimwear and tanks, summer staples that was to transition into a full Holiday theme with fur coats and tailored pieces for both men and women. All in shades of earth and sand, and styled with bags in the same fauna fashion, Bayani’s series for Holiday 2013 found the perfect balance between wild and wearable.
Entitled “Chasing the Timekeeper,” Lizanne Cua presented a series in varied styles, all in her trademark jersey. Candy-colored abstract prints on shift dresses alternated with solid-colored pieces such as reds, offset with metallic fringes. There were instances of sheer as well, layered with nudes to create dimension. Lengths varied from short to floor-length, giving Cua’s creations wearable variety
Following Lizanne Cua, Melchor Guinto’s tailoring skills were on full display as he showcased his season’s offerings. Following a color motif of mostly neutrals, earth tones, with pops of muted yellow, Guinto’s line was an urban upgrade for sheriffs and bikers – ranger hats topped tan suits in slim, crisp cuts; leather jackets were done with an urban flare. His womenswear was no different, with his skills evident in each piece.
Opening with a video of the turbulent ocean with storm sounds blasting into the hall, Randall Solomon opened with the timeless Marina Benipayo, hair sculpted as if art, garbed in a grand gown textured to the hilt. All his pieces followed suit – embellished, textured and beaded. Playing with a soft palette of nudes, soft pinks and corals, and then ending with blacks and a final white gown as if the queen of the sea rose from the aphros, Randall Solomon told the story of the bounty of the sea.
Closing the show, Raoul Ramirez treated the crowd to what he does best – powerful dresses that do not shy away from glam. Each piece was all about luxe femininity – from his navy A-line dresses, sheer gowns that flowed in the wind, and high-shine, high-sparkle pieces. It was a celebration of Ramirez’ ability to play with fabrics and work with keen attention to tailoring: luxurious in every seam.

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