PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK HOLIDAY 2012: JASLER, GUINTO, TAMPUS, FLORESCA
Four designers take on denim, workaday basics, sheer evening dressing, and Filipino fabrics on the fifth day of Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2012.
If anybody out there thinks that denim is too normy, too generic to step out of the ranks of jeans, overalls, and cut-offs, they have to see the work of Chris Jasler stat. This man got our attention with his very first Philippine Fashion Week show, where his models stripped out of their jackets and wore them as jeans. Yup, it was quite a transformation to behold—a feat of engineering that must have cost him a few headaches to the run-up of the show. This season, he bewitched his audience with a similar gimmick: a denim bag that folded out into jeans. We wish we had captured the transformation in video, but the photos will have to suffice. Treat yourself to Chris' punk-goth denim creations by...
Melchor Guinto didn't stray from what he does best for his Holiday 2012 outing: tailored suits, workwear separates, and casual basics. But this time, he dipped into the bold by using metallics, tangerine, and acid wash in his color palette, making this collection a somewhat more daring show from the designer.
If there was one designer who really took the sheer trend to heart, it was Philipp Tampus. He was unafraid to incorporate the trend even in evening wear, resulting in a slew of airy cocktail dresses that left little to the imagination—and lots saved on seamless lining. The see-through element even made its way to the men's clothing, in the form of turtlenecks meekly ensconced beneath embellished velvet suits and the like. We wonder if this will catch on, but we have a strong feeling that the general public likes its evening wear lined. But then again, who are we fooling? Philipp clearly didn't design this collection for the general public. There are only so few, after all, who truly have the daring—and taste—to gallivant around in creations like these.
It never hurts for Filipiniana and native textiles to find a home in contemporary dressing, especially if the revivals and appropriations are done in a respectful, tasteful manner. Fashionalism found an advocate yet again in Veejay Floresca, the youngest of this four-part PFW show, who, fresh from his travels abroad, is rooting himself firmly in Filipino garments and fabrics spiced with a strong provocation of current global trends. Focusing largely on the barong Tagalog, Veejay appropriated it for womenswear, pairing it with knee-length shorts and lace pencil skirts. By lengthening hems he turned the barong into easy day dresses and more fashion-forward ensembles fit for the office and beyond; by taking the barong's shirtfront and turning it into a skirt, he livens up the garment.
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