Fashion, personality in Style Origin 2013

Ayala Malls' annual fashion extravaganza is launched in Greenbelt 5, with local designers and foreign brands showcasing their latest collections

BEAUTY AND LIGHTNESS. Style Origins 2013 showcases Spring-Summer 2013 collections from Filipino designers and luxury brands. All photos by Fung Yu

MANILA, Philippines – “Every personality has a style, and every style has a personality.”

With the heat of summer fading into the humid night, several of the country’s top fashion and accessory designers and brands showcased their latest collections at the Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk last Thursday, May 2. The show marked the start of Style Origin 2013, Ayala Malls’ series of fashion and lifestyle events that runs until July.

In a dapper suit and tie that foretold the looks to be seen that evening, television personality and sports enthusiast Marc Nelson hosted the one-hour fashion show that saw more than 50 models sashaying down the runway. The show paid tribute to some of Ayala Malls’ innovative Filipino designers as well as luxury brands.

From bags to jewelry to suits and swimsuits, the event was eye candy to everyone who saw the show — fashion lovers or not. 

Here’s a glimpse of what happened behind the scenes at Style Origin:

Here are Rappler’s picks of the night:


Banana Republic

FAVORITE LOOK: PINK DRESS. Banana Republic gives us color blocking that evokes lightness and freshness


FAVORITE LOOK: YELLOW DRESS. Raoul’s light summer dress is simple but can easily be dressed up or down. This versatility is essential for today’s modern, on-the-go woman. 

Paul Smith

FAVORITE LOOK: CENTER OUTFIT (WITH WHITE BLAZER). This outfit is our favorite because it pairs a busy, one-piece print with a solid white jacket. Paul Smith transforms an intimidating look into something wearable.


FAVORITE LOOK: FAR RIGHT (LONG MUSTARD DRESS). The fabric and style of the dress seamlessly drapes around the model’s body. It looks very comfortable to wear while being effortlessly elegant


Hugo Boss

FAVORITE LOOK: FAR RIGHT (BLACK TUXEDO). While Boss shows looks that range from teens to adult, we prefer the sophisticated tux that channels the model's inner James Bond

Ermenegildo Zegna

FAVORITE LOOK: CENTER. Ermenegildo Zegna caters to the more mature man. Our favorite look shows us how casual can be sexy yet on the go.


Marc Jacobs

FAVORITE LOOK: MIDDLE (RED BAG WITH SHOULDER STRAP). Red is such a strong and powerful color. Our favorite Marc Jacobs bag gives us style, straps, and what every woman needs — space!


FAVORITE LOOK: CENTER. While Tod’s gives us bags for women, our favorite is the bag for men. It gives a very professional look, while providing compartments for all business needs.


FAVORITE LOOK: SECOND FROM LEFT (WHITE HAND BAG). 'Power dressing' stretches far beyond blazers. Bally bags help create the professional attire.


FAVORITE LOOK: FAR LEFT (YELLOW GREEN HAND BAG). Furla gives great options for a great daytime look. Ladies who lunch can lunch in style.

Michael Kors

FAVORITE LOOK: SECOND FROM LEFT (BLUE CLUTCH). While Michael Kors provides a variety of summer bags, our favorite look is the small blue clutch bag paired with a salmon colored dress.

Jimmy Choo

FAVORITE LOOK: SECOND FROM RIGHT (PRINTED CLUTCH BAG). Jimmy Choo brings great colors on the runway, but the printed clutch bag catches our eye


Charriol Geneve

FAVORITE LOOK: SIMPLE OUTFIT + RIGHT PIECES. Charriol Geneve's minimal accents provide a great touch to the simplest outfit


FAVORITE LOOK: LOUD AND PROUD. The styling is definitely head turning, and the accessories definitely make that bold statement

Ana Rocha

FAVORITE LOOK: EYE MAGNET. This necklace's design singlehandedly carries this outfit


FAVORITE LOOK: SEA OF PEARLS. Jewelmer makes our dreams come true with their long, multi-layered pearl necklaces



FAVORITE LOOK: CENTER. Bayo combines smart casual wear in soft colors. This look stands out with its soft green top that we know can be worn several ways.

Bonne Bouche

FAVORITE LOOK: CENTER. Bonne Bouche fills the stage with blue hues. Our favorite look is the light, sky blue dress that evokes comfort and freedom.


FAVORITE LOOK: CENTER BIKINI. This pair is stylish and comfortable to wear. The Aranaz bag is the perfect accessory to this beach outfit, injecting a raw and rustic feel.

Charina Sarte

FAVORITE LOOK: BEACH COVER UP. Charina Sarte creates the right one with a sheer, light, and breathable fabric


FAVORITE LOOK: CENTER (STRIPED BARONG AND PINK SHORTS). Bergamo modernizes the barong with new colors, accents, and patterns. Our favorite look makes the classic barong look younger, while it brings out an artistic and fresh personality.


FAVORITE LOOK: FAR RIGHT. Barba has a lot of muted colors on the runway. Our favorite look is the surprising patterned shorts balanced with a basic top.


FAVORITE LOOK: VARIETY OF FORMAL DRESSES. Religioso's details and embroidery make us look closer

Tan Gan

FAVORITE LOOK: MIDDLE OUTFIT. We like this look because we feel like it not only updates the barong — it also updates it for women. A great twist for a traditional material.


FAVORITE LOOK: CENTER. Our favorite look from Azucar is the long emerald blue gown with gold detailing. This elegant design contains the spirit of royalty and grace. 

Jun Escario

FAVORITE LOOK: OUT OF A FAIRY TALE. We like how the embellished neckline adds sparkle to the face, while the rest of the gown still retains its classic elements

Albert Andrada

FAVORITE: FUTURISTIC FILIPINIANA (LEFT). This Albert Andrada gown mixes elements that create a sensual and luxurious effect


FAVORITE LOOK: OUT OF A PAINTING (LEFT). This Jerome Salaya Ang creation's golden colors, ruby tones, and draping make up a perfect mix of art and exotic fashion

Watch out for Style Origin on the following dates and venues:

  • May 11 – Bonifacio High Street
  • May 12 – Abreeza, Market! Market!
  • May 25 – Centrio, Glorietta
  • May 26 – Glorietta
  • June 8 – Alabang Town Center
  • June 22 – Harbor Point
  • June 29 – Ayala Center Cebu
  • July 6 – Marquee

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