Albert Andrada: The glory of emperors

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Albert Andrada bows to Byzantine royalty in his latest collection

DRAMA. The runway took a cue from Hollywood and Broadway with its stage design. All photos by Edric Chen

MANILA, Philippines – Byzantine opulence met sleek modernity at the Albert Andrada show at Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2013 last May 26. 

Luxurious purple in sheer fabrics and metallic hues were used for sleek officewear, cocktail dresses and coats. Gowns in light fabric were offset by clean geometric cut-outs and structured collars, while lace capes made a sweeping fashion statement on the runway floor.

Gold and silver details jumped out from suits and gowns even as an emperor-worthy crown stole the show.

A NOD TO HISTORY. Intricate details harmonize with sleek, modern sensibilities for this ultra-feminine look

REGAL COLLAR. The coat adds utilitarian glamour

BEADED DECOLLETAGE. This gown's embellishments elongate and draw attention to the neck

WHITE VISION. Petal-like sleeve ruffles add girly charm to this queenly gown

DAPPER IN PURPLE. The gold belt cuff anchors the suit perfectly

CROWNING GLORY. The crown maintains the shape of Byzantine crowns but is a modern tangle of gold upon closer inspection

EMBROIDERED DREAM. Clean lines blend with intricate embroidery

TRENDY TEXTURES. Intricate details add texture to this serious coat

ORIGAMI. Fanciful folds render this gown a work of art

– With reports from Maureen Manuel and Marie Gabrielle Brillantes

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