Fashion is more than beads and embroideries and fashion shows are about forecast, trends and statements. On Day Two of Iloilo Designers Week 2014, a handful of designers hit the mark while a few missed it altogether and some stayed safe by rehashing their previous seasons’ collection!
VISIONS and TRENDS
DON PROTASIO’s collection had international appeal with Asian twist. It was layered but not stuffy. His layered unstructured coats, hooded vest, cropped pants, flared pants, pajama pants, jackets sweat shirts, low-crotched shorts in black, white, checks and dots were stuffs streetwear are made of! Linen and poplin were his fabrics of choice.
MIKE SORILLA showed everyone that his bustiers can come in varied décolletages and his skirts are more than bias, layered, pencil and bouffant. A menswear designer, he had made a smooth transition to women’s wear without coming out androgynous. In fact, his pieces were very feminine with structured softness. His color palette included cream, charcoal and black. His touch was minimalist but not boring.
Another on my winners’ list is the refreshing collection of DAUSON BERMTAY. Unconventional, it is not run of the mill! He paired vivid colors with brown, peach, black and grey, whiplash and grass prints with plain, and silk with linen. He gave varsity jackets new twists. His sweat shirts and shorts with patched pockets were standouts. His attention to details was exquisite. He accessorized with clutch, backpacks, grips and carry-alls.
Kudos to Hello Hello for a no-frills yet fab collection! It was shapeless yet figure-flattering. He gave his structured pieces softness and volume. Minimalist yet standouts, his oversized, cropped and pleated button down and prairie dresses, pinafores and dress-blouses over cropped pants in white and black linen are season-less, can be worn day to night, and can be mixed and matched.
DJOHN CLEMENT’s collection paid homage to women’s figure. It came in emerald and black, pleated and sheered, with draped peplum, with linear beading, mini and long, and asymmetrical. His silhouette was hour-glass and wasp-waisted.
AGNESETTE AUSAN’s collection was a breath of fresh air! Inspired by La Dolce Vita, her pieces were flirty with lots of prints and colors! Cropped tops were paired with high-waisted shirts. She showed dresses over palazzo pants, kaftans, shift dresses and resort wear perfect for yachting in South of France or clubbing in Ibiza. European with 70s appeal!
Peach and black were PAUL CONTE’s colors of choice. His flounce skirts were layered and be-peplumed for waist and hips emphasis. He mixed silk with lace and sheer with web beading. His collection has strength and femininity.
JUN-G CANDELARIO’s collection was all about layered train galore in red, black, mint and nude. His pieces were draped or pleated with pseudo-fur, embroidered and beaded on lazer-cut lace and sheer mesh. His opera coats and shawls added punch to his slinky gown.
SIDNEY ECULLA’s collection was an embodiment of quiet luxury – Swiss lace and silk. Peplum was paired with funnel and bouffant skirts. And they came in mocca, nude, peach and cream.
(Photos by Raymart Escopel)