High fashion in ready-to-wear
MANILA, Philippines - Models strutted down the catwalk donning stylish yet functional pieces in Philippine Fashion Week's Ready-To-Wear collection presented on May 26. The show featured casual and formal pieces perfect on and off the runway.
Referencing both Eastern and Western influences, Alodia Cecilia used cotton, suede, chiffon and shantung for her sleek, laid back baby doll and shirt dresses. Cecilia used earthy tones with unexpected accessories to create a sleek and polished collection.
Dimple Lim created structured tops and panelled barongs in a collection that drew inspiration from cult groups from small towns. Jersey, pina and cotton poplin in browns and reds were the material of choice combined with cord elements and dip-dye creating a collection of distressed but refined pieces.
With a bold use of organza masks, faces were obscured as monochromatic tailored blazers, sheer tops and evening wear took centre stage. With a delightful sense of drama Jian Lasala aimed to provide both men and women with ready to wear essentials in heavy jersey and knitted fabrics.
John Guarnes, inspired by the sensual appeal of midnight based his collection on the romantic emotions felt during that time. Wool, linen, brocade and tulle in blue and grey were all used to emphasise the uncertainty and excitement of the midnight hour. The houndstooth print ensembles with their peplum silhouettes and structured blazers were impressively crafted.
Rachel Whiteread's 2005 exhibition was the source of Yako Reyes's inspiration. Titled "Embankment" the exhibition explored the universal quality of the cardboard box and in turn motivated Reyes to explore. His collection comprised of navy, moss green and grey in panelled linen, cottons and twills creating minimalist, sportswear-inspired pieces suitable for travel.