A rather swift yet stylish week went by with the best Filipino designers showcasing their genius in the recently concluded Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2013 Season. Models, celebrities, fashion bloggers, the media and all shape and sizes of fashion lovers marched on at the SMX Convention center taking the time to witness the presentation of our world-class talents. With the heat of the summer (night and day literally,) our designers took the runway like hurricane enthralling the audience on the future of Philippine Fashion. With that being said, here are my 10 favorite collections of the season!
No. 10 Magnum’s LUXE WEAR collection by Sidney Perez – Sio
This collection may have been the most cohesive collection presented this season. The minimalist attack of Perez-Sio dramatically captured the essence of its somehow lucid soft grey pieces that may work well in casual to formal occasions! Also, it is very pleasing and fresh to the eyes!
No.9 Grand Allure Collection by Mark Tamayo
Using black, red and white sheer, Tamayo essentially dressed up her models to showcased their heavenly feminine figures. Bravo!
No.8 Michael Cinco’s The Impalpable Dream of Russia”
Dreamy and royal! THE Michael Cinco never fail to impress me! REPOST: The Dubai-based designer presented his newest collection which he calls “The Impalpable Dream Of Russia” and the pieces are just to die for. From the crystal embellishment of each dress to the cuts and intricate artworks – these pieces are something we’d only see in our dreams but Cinco’s genius gave us the pleasure of experiencing this into reality! Bravo!
No. 7 Zxnader Tan for Menswear
Military inspired pieces were strutted by Zxander Tan’s warriors (models) and they are just oozing with appeal. Comfy, hip and just pure stylish! These are happening NOW!
No. 6 Katutubo Collections by Gerry Katigbak
Using fabrics out of local Pinya and Jusi, the gothic feel of his take on the old barong tagalog may have been a bit too much for some but I just loved it! Katigbak’s take on our national costume is modern, provocative and still is, conservative enough. These are for modern Filipino men.
No. 5 Ulysses King for Menswear
I literally got chills watching this collection in the ramp. Ulysses King is an innovateur that doesn’t run out of ideas – ever! These somewhat religious-inspired pieces are creepy yet fascinating (that’s how they made me feel ). The well-tailored lining are the works of a master and Ulysses yet again delivered!
No. 4 Magnum’s LUXE WEAR collection by Anthony Ramirez
While I’m not a fan of his ladies collection, I reckon that if he did “menswear” this season, it would’ve been one of the most lauded. His suits are to die for!
No.3 Norman Noriega for Menswear
I love this collection! The overcast look of it is easy in the eye. It’s streetwear – perfection if you ask me.
2. Arnold Galang for Menswear
When his pieces came out of the runway, I immediately thought “S & M?” The details are masterfully crafted, the idea of a contrasting black and white floored the audience without even seeing the rest of the designers of the night. I daresay that Arnold Galang had the best Menswear collection this season.
1. M. BARRETTO
With a slew of celebrities strutting his designs, the look of the collection still outshined them all. Here, you see the imagination of a true genius. The cuts, the cosmo-Twiggy vibes, the sleek-James Bond suit, the rakistas and the all-so chic feel of the whole collection made me decide to put M Barretto at the top of my list this season. His are perfection at a whole new level.