Fashion experiment in ‘Visions and Trends’

Kim Jones
Philippine Fashion Week 2013 'Vision and Trends' brings fashion creativity inspired by the unusual and the unnoticed

SCRAP METAL DREAMS. Edgy metallic piece by Russell Villafuerte. All photos by Dru Robles

MANILA, Philippines – The “Visions and Trends” segment in the final shows of Philippine Fashion Week 2013 held May 26 showcased several designers who have proven their passion and ingenuity through their uniquely crafted pieces. The creators mainly drew inspiration in typically overlooked elements found in nature.

Happy Andrada sought out environmentally friendly resources to create a collection that supports the Filipino artisan worker. The collection was a stand out with pieces crafted pieces out of abaca, pineapple silk and crepe, Philippine dupioni, bamboo and water lily. 

Oz Go’s aptly named collection “The Librarian” was inspired by the books that take readers back to different eras and thus, the different eras of fashion. Neutral colors bedecked with map motifs and enhanced by metallic shades produced a collection that is feminine yet strong, with a hint of nostalgia.

Georgette and leather, chiffon and metallic hardware are just some of the surprising tandems witnessed in Russell Villafuerte’s “Polarity” collection. The designer chose to create pieces in soft white fabrics paired with structured harness-like pieces to create a new, edgy repertoire that was impressively crafted.


Santi Obcena paid homage to Japan and its noble warrior utilizing organza, ikat, sequined fabrics and denims in his latest collection. The structured silhouettes with strong shoulder shapes and use of layering gave the pieces a multi-textural look.

Xernan Orticio created highly tailored pieces from crepe, silk bazar, organza and textured chiffon in stark white and black inspired by the era when slavery was rampant in Japan. The collection was crafted with floating fabrics juxtaposed against sharp origami folds.



Kim JonesKim JonesKim Jones is a television personality, hosting Etcetera, ETC HQ and I am Meg on cable channel ETC. Born and raised in Australia, she moved to the Philippines in 2010. When she isn’t surfing or enjoying the sunshine she combines her love of fashion and penchant for writing as a model, events host and blogger. (

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