The country’s best designers showcased their creativity at reimagining the national dress for the Metrowear Filipiniana show held recently at the Sofitel hotel. Nationalistic in theme, the show was an enjoyable feast for the eyes as the models sashayed in the many different interpretations of the terno, baro’t saya, and the barong Tagalog.
Participants include the Young Designers’ Guild (YDG), Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP), international designers such as Albert Andrada, Cary Santiago, and Ezra, along with Cebu designers and menswear designers. Of course, the masters of traditional ternos were also included, such as Mike dela Rosa, Loreto, Patis Tesoro, Danilo Franco, Efren Ocampo, Greg Centeno, and Nolie Hans. Live music was provided by the String Minstrels, who played on stage classic Filipino songs mixed with modern OPMs.
Here are some of my favorite pieces:
Daphne Osena-Paez wears a romantic lace dress by Hindi Weber-Tantoco. The sheer fabric adds a touch of femininity.
Frederick Peralta keeps it simple and conservative with this long sleeve lace gown. He adds sparkle through sequenced beadwork, and a bejeweled brooch.
JC Buendia sexifies the Barong Tagalog by giving it an androgynous take. A structured black maxi skirt, cinched at the waist, completes the polished look.
Cary Santiago soars high with this fully embroidered ensemble. The bird-designed shoulder details are inspired from Ibong Adarna, perhaps?
Ezra makes a grand entrance in this voluminous trail of tulle and heel-less boots. Could he his muse be a Filipina dominatrix from the 18th century?
Louis Claparols’ highly detailed leggings prove that Filipina’s shouldn’t be messed with. Soft and sweet, but armored and ready for life’s battles.
Rajo Laurel goes for a criss-cross peek-a-boo gown that’s subtle and soft in the eyes. Embroideries can be seen from different angles for a surprising touch.
Randy Ortiz’s version of the baro’t saya is fused with European elements such as the feathered sleeves, billowy top, and a train of soft chiffon.
Salvador Malto’s lace skirt has colored floral lace appliqués that makes it a standout. The unfinished wrap-around top toughens up the soft lace skirt.
Philip Rodriguez’s off-shouldered v-neck gown is glamorously old-world with its lace and ribbon detail.
Tonichi Nocom’s overlap barong tagalog makes this 3-piece suit an extra handsome set.
An exhibit of the country’s best accessory designers awaited the guests. Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Rocio Olbes for the bags; Ana Rocha, Nicole Whisenhunt, Michelline Syjuco and Joyce Makitalo presented their jewelry designs; Cesar Gaupo, his shoes; and Mich Dulce, her hats. Patis Tesoro’s Ninay dolls were also part of the exhibit.
* Visit us again tomorrow to find out who attended the event :)