Fashion Philippines once again brought Manila Wear to the International Fashion Showcase (IFS) in London. The showcase provides the public, including international press and buyers, the opportunity to discover new collections, making it the best venue for the designers’ international exposure.
As the Philippines’ premier fashion brand, Manila Wear is a comfortably unstructured tropical and resort collection, vibrantly colored, and richly embellished translated in bags, jewelry, and other accessories. Using local materials developed into fresh ideas by young designers from the country, it evokes Philippine tradition and modern culture. High—quality craftsmanship that is truly Filipino.
“The strength of the Philippine Fashion industry lies with the designers’' ingenious use of homegrown materials, creating truly innovative designs that have an international appeal. The works of this year’s exhibitors perfectly encapsulates all that, producing distinctive tropical and resort wear,” said Rosvi Gaetos, Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions executive director
Six Manila Wear designer talents showcased their artistry:
Jun Artajo from Davao is known for his extensive use of local textiles. He brings texture to his couture dresses and accessories by using materials such as t’nalak fabric, jute and abaca, and reimagining them for the contemporary audience
Steadily making a name for herself, Tipay Caintic, one of the youngest designers, imaginative use of fabric, particularly knit, has resulted in fashion pieces and accessories defined by its unexpected structures.
French-Filipino designer Olivia d’Aboville creates jewelry pieces and accessories that are often inspired by the ocean. Taking ordinary objects such as monofilament fishing lines and stainless steel, she transforms them into delicate fashion pieces that exude sensitivity to the water's natural movement.
Joel Escober is known for his romantic designs, particularly in bridal wear. His couture dresses and gowns and fashion accessories exude the same sensibility, achieved through his trademark application of heavy textures and bold embellishments.
In the name of sustainability and social responsibility, Adante Leyesa’s accessories and bags are made in partnership with local communities. Leyesa uses locally sourced organic materials such as weaves, woods, semi-precious stones, tiny beads, and metal chains to create delicate yet elaborate fashion pieces
With no formal training in fashion and a background in biology, Ken Samudio started Matthew & Melka, a luxury brand of headpieces, hats, and accessories. His street-style and quirky headpieces and accessories are quite popular with local celebrities.
The Philippine exhibition was organized by the CITEM and the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in cooperation with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC), the Philippine Embassy in London, and the British Fashion Council.
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