From no-fuss separates, cotton candy confections, and literal florals to fiery color blocking, the Premier B show of Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 had plenty of looks to keep our eyes occupied. Some were more delectable than others, while some were less fashionably seasoned as to let our minds drift off in anticipation for the other collections to come.
Without a doubt the most covetable (and sensible) collection in the Premier B lineup, Alodia Cecilia's 30-look selection of easy casual pieces had us dreaming of carefree summer days spent galivanting around in indolent abandon.
Mid-thigh lengths on softly gathered satin dresses are perfect for seaside or last-minute city cocktails, while a translucent silk chiffon bolero gives instant elegance to an afternoon's simple ensemble. Meanwhile, creamy matcha-colored minis and skorts paired with simple tanks are just right for braving summer's heat.
Even the guys are wont to find this collection agreeable. Trousers with just the right amount of sheen, softly scrunched up to the shins, and combined with long-sleeve button-downs make for leisurely summer dressing.
Sticking to a lively color palette of pastel yellow, pink orange, fluorescent pink and deep royal blue, Emily Sy stocked up on texture—and lots of it—for her Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Only two garments out of the 30 ensembles lacked ruffles and the various texturizing gambits she employed to give her repertoire volume and dimension. Had she toned the texture down on some of the pieces, the entire collection would've been less resemblant of a sticky, airy spun sugar treat; her colors, on the other hand, are appropriate for the season.
Joyce Pilarsky likewise amped up the texture for her summer collection by way of her curve-hugging jeweled accessories and liberally embellished garments. Having seen her sparkly creations at Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010, where she collaborated with designer John Guarnes, we were surprised to find out that the accessory designer has now transitioned into designing clothes.
There is no discernible color story to her 30-piece collection, but there are two design elements that tie the looks together. First, the too-literal spring floral theme; second, what she crafts best: her multi-hued wire and crystal accessories.
Lizanne Cua concluded the Premier B show with a color blocked parade of simple lounge wear pieces given a red-hot kick through opaque tights. Minimalist shifts and mini dresses in a palette of red, yellow, camel, and black provide unadulterated canvases for some serious styling, should one be inclined to pile on the accessories come summertime.