MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL The Next: Gearing Up for a Stunning Evolution
Words by U-Ned Algabre
Photos by Rosvic Castro
Manila Fashion Festival came back this season full blast, to feature the Next in fashion. The successful four day event held at the Marquee Tent of Edsa Shangri-la Plaza Hotel last March 21-24 was filled with fashion enthusiasts and patrons. The line up of designers are amazing, and the collections are all to drool at! Diverse inspirations brought out an an array of silhouettes, patterns, and a kaleidoscope of colors. But more than just the dazzling spectacle it offered, the successful event has helped designers create a brand equity. Three years ago, when Art Personas established Manila Fashion Festival, it immediately became recognized as a platform that would revolutionize fashion in the Philippines and be at par with the best fashion capitals across the globe. Today, MFF which is considered to be at the forefront of the Philippine fashion scene is gearing up for an evolution. Art Personas President and CEO Ronnie Cruz saw that changing things is not enough, and it is high time to evolve and be at the core of that evolution.
Here is the first set of photos of some pieces that caught our attention from each collection of MFF fashion designers.
Watch out for the next sets soon!
PABLO CABAHUG – ‘Dark Romanticism’ interprets the madness and inner workings of the human mind in the form of grotesque and sharp fabrics.
AZUCAR – ‘St. Tropez’ gives you the jetsetting vibe of a summer vacation to the South of France with embossed lace, embroideries and colorful prints.
CHEETAH RIVERA – ‘Mu Ai’ are dynamic pieces with clean lines and silhouettes, focusing on proportions to highlight a woman’s natural form.
JAZ CEREZO – ‘Psyche’ is a modern and glamorous take on the female silhouette, 70’s discotheque style.
VEEJAY FLORESCA – ‘Enchanted’ consists of chic evening dresses with elegant embellishments that exudes a fairy tale-like feel.
DARIRUÉ -‘Ephesians 6:12’ is an interpretation of the chaos in conquering the battlefield with style that incorporates metallic and a nude gunmetal palette.
REYNA TSUKADA – ‘I ain’t no princess’ is about dressing up by dressing down with elegance. It echoes the statement, “I am a female. But I ain’t a princess. ”
ESME – ‘Mono no aware’ evokes a fleeting feeling through ethereal and dreamy couture with lightweight fabrics.
MAE-ANN VELOSO – ‘Une Femme est Une Femme’ Is a frisky blend of feminine and masculine elements aspiring to break the distinction between genders through tailored wears.
CJ MARTIN – ‘Fugue’ explores the world of insomniacs expressed in an innovative fusion of medical sphere and luxurious streetwear.