FASHION WATCH SUMMER 2012: JAMES REYES
Veering away from the austerity of his last collection, Filipino designer James Reyes showed us an entirely different side of his personality for Fashion Watch Summer 2012. Drawing upon a happy spectrum of colors as both inspiration and challenge for his newest lineup, James presented key looks that are perfect for the relaxed yet buoyant vibe of summer.
Influenced by the pop art of illustrator Patrick Nagel—who has done album art for '80s pop band Duran Duran, a favorite of the designer—James turned his models into the leggy, graphic vixens of his '80s inspiration, clothing them in slouchy, breezy garments that have all the sprightly freshness of the cheery trend that dominated the first half of this year, color-blocking.
Ultra-high hems, asymmetric cuts, bare shoulders—there's a whole lot of skin-love in this summer outing. The silken ponchos, with their Day-Glo wisps trailing after you, are fun to wear, while the hot pink and purple finale is a stunning number to don for any summer soirée.
Lastly, James added whimsy to his collection by styling the easy dresses with little black and striped buttons and fascinators. The color-blocked Tatjana clutch of jeweler Janina Dizon-Hoschka also made its runway debut in James' show, a befitting accompaniment to the designer's kaleidoscopic palette.
Click on the photo gallery to view James Reyes' Fashion Watch Summer 2012 collection.