Florals, Flounces, and Femininity at Bench Fashion Week Day One



Filled with an abundance of colors, threads, and fine craftsmanship, day one of Bench Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection reveals its roster of local designers that raised the bar.

1. WHAT WOMEN WANT by VANIA ROMOFF

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Quintessential femininity is a recurring theme that percolates through all of Vania Romoff’s womenswear collections. Her woman is the kind who exudes elegance and nonchalance all at once. The opening look was a mini flapper dress reminiscent of Josephine Baker’s playful nature. Evidenced by Romoff’s signature aesthetic in soft hues and a few brights, there was a plenitude in ruffles, natural fabrics, sheath-column dresses, streamlined trousers (some even worn underneath statement blouses), and accessorized by gold, scene-stealing earrings.

2. THE SUMMER GIRL by VERO MODA

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Vero Moda’s contemporary ensembles have always been known for its stand-alone pieces. Its functionality, comfortability and chicness uphold the brand’s core values, catering especially to women of all shapes and sizes. It’s this exact diversity that was unveiled in their Spring/Summer collection, ranging from resort wear, evening wear, streetwear and casual cool. A few highlights include a slogan tee that said “more girl power in the future,” a yellow citrusy cropped jacket paired down with yellow side-striped tear away pants, and a statement beige belt bag juxtaposed on a linear playsuit.

3. GEEKY GOODNESS at KAREN MILLEN

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By the looks of it, the geek chic look peppered with the Parisian girl’s aesthetics isn’t going anywhere this season. She’s the type of girl that feeds on your curiosity, full of self-assurance and wondrous sensibilities. It was an ode to all the lazy girls who champion comfort more than anything else. The runways were filled with patterned stripes, high-shine leather, metallic textures, pencil skirts, and a-line dresses. There was an absence of towering heels and clunky shoes, but present were mules, studded footwear, oxfords, and mid-heels. The collection was definitely wearable, easy on the eyes and perfect for women on-the-go.

4. TROPICAL HAVANA at KASHIECA

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Drawing inspiration from her travel journeys, the Kashieca woman is one that seeks adventure, imaginably one that has the perfectly curated Instagram feed filled with sunny photos and summer-ready OOTDs. The show was opened by none other than the beautiful Liza Soberano. The ambiance was energetic and full of optimism, brimming with ensembles that you could easily wear to Maldives or Monaco. Kashieca’s latest collection boasted of frilly dresses, florals, colorful head scarves, oversized straw hats, voluminous sleeves and contrasting yet complementing prints. Closing the show along with Liza were Kashieca’s muses namely Bea Alonzo, Carla Abellana and Kelsey Merritt.

photos by Floyd Jhocson of Studio100