As the year is about to finally end, we’ve recapped the biggest fashion trends of 2018. Ranging from the celebrities’ go-to fashion statement like a shiny ensemble to the most sought-after sophisticated detailing of fashion designers such as the ostrich feathers, 2018 fashion trends were all about making an eye-catching statement.
There’s a reason why this year’s MEGA Millennial Ball‘s theme was “maximum exposure,” and it’s because it is one of 2018’s biggest trends. Cue Randy Ortiz’ 30th Anniversary-runway collection, Anthony Ramirez’ holiday collection during MEGA Fashion Week 2018, and Mark Tamayo‘s corseted ensembles at the Manila Fashion Fest, it was pretty evident that several designers made sure to inject a dose of sexiness into their creations.
Feather You Like It Or Not
2018 had an explosion of feathers and it was uncontrollable—the trend was everywhere. The moment everyone witnessed MEGA’s December cover star Heart Evangelista-Escudero in an ostrich feathered Armani Privé creation for her Harper’s Bazaar US feature as a real-life crazy rich Asian, the trend only proved that it was meant for the ever-sophisticated ladies. And Rajo Laurel‘s breathtaking feathered creation for his finale at the Red Charity Gala only made things even more grandiose. Finally, making a case for feathers to the global stage, Furne One brought all the feathered-drama at his #Worldclass Show.
Business As Usual
Suiting is, and will most likely be a wardrobe essential for anyone. But as the time passed and more innovations were made to take it to the next level, it seems like we’re already at the onset of “business casual 2.0.” Perhaps that’s why when we saw our MEGA December digital cover star Catriona Gray in a bold fuschia power suit by Erwin Flores, it served as a premonition that she truly had a bright future ahead of her. We’ve also witnessed a powerful case for the new suiting at the Manila Fashion Fest—from Yong Davalos complementing it with animal prints to Jun Escario making an immaculately tailored number in ivory.
If you truly want to command the attention of everyone upon entering the room, glistening shades of fabrics and sparkly ensembles should be your go-to. A perfect example was Lovi Poe as she spectacularly closed Rosenthal Tee’s runway show at the MEGA Fashion Week in a pink dress with a double front slit complemented by crystal embellishments and beaded fringes. On the other hand, two notable designers who made their runway splendidly sparkling were Chris Diaz during Manila Fashion Fest and Lyle Ibañez at the Philippine Fashion Week.
Pleats are becoming more and more exquisitely stunning. We’ve seen Heart Evangelista-Escudero breathe life into art when she puts her remarkable paintings on her pleated skirts for her collaboration with Kamiseta. Ivarluski Aseron further elevated the pleated trend in the fashion echelon as he showcased his deconstruction and reconstruction design aesthetic during Bench fashion week. And, of course, we can’t forget Rajo Laurel‘s jaw-dropping opening at his 25th Anniversary show at the Red Charity Gala featuring his origami pleated ensembles.
It might not be for everyone, but fringe was really a major trend throughout the year. From Coach transporting everyone to a dystopian future during NYFW to Rob Ortega impressively kickstarting Manila Fashion Fest, both of which made a fantastic case for leather fringed jackets. And exhibiting the true glamor of the fringe trend, Filipino designer Paolo Blanco garbed Miss Guam in a vibrant yellow fringed dress at the Miss Universe preliminary competition.
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