First time at Manila Fashion Festival, and now that I’ve experienced it, I’ll try my best to go to more shows next season! So happy I still made it to the last afternoon show that features young, emerging designers. All in all a great experience as I was introduced to some new designers to watch out for, besides the ones that I’ve already been secretly stalking online!
Here are some highlights and personal picks from each designer:
Hands down my favorite show of the night. I loved Arin’s feminine take on safari dressing. A+ choice of luscious earth colors, or maybe I’m just biased because the collection’s muted color palette is similar to my wedding color motif (lol). I also wear my hair like this all the time so it was extra easy to imagine myself wearing all these beautiful outfits. The pink pleated dress, especially!
Bengt Enrique x Feanne
Feanne is one of my dearest, most talented artist friends, and I went to this show mostly support her first fashion collaboration with designer Bengt Enrique! Biases aside, this collection stood out the most because of the combination of tasteful tropical prints and that familiar 90-00s throwback to shiny fabric and denim. It reminded me so much of James Jean’s collaboration with Prada, and I hope more designers have Feanne’s beautiful patterns printed on their clothes and bags!
A different kind of mix! I love me a good menswear-inspired collection. Who else is partial to artsy prints, boxy and oversized silhouettes, geometric details, and everything black?
Been stalking this designer for ages! She previously released a collection in my favorite dusty powder blue (in anti-bodycon silhouettes, no less), and I immediately felt like we were soulmates (lol). I was so sad when I missed her S/S 16 show, but at least YStyle’s story on fashion brides featured an illustration of me wearing one of the pieces from her collection. Close enough! This time, however, she ditched the macaron colors in place of black and white. I need all these in my closet, please!
Minimal and lady-like, just the way I like it. That red dress with the ribbon shoulder straps is such dream! To my fellow brides-to-be: the last look with the white dress can be a bridal look, if you’re into structured, minimalist gowns.
Teofila (by Anthony Ramirez)
Color blocking is always a good idea, especially when they come in the form of drape-y fabric and wearable separates. The last two black looks seem perfect for day-to-night dressing! Ahh, I’m such a sucker for these classy Sabrina-ish necklines.