The penultimate day of Manila Fashion Fest made a case for some serious craftsmanship and elevated basics. From the exploration of romanticism attached with a sparkly disposition to breaking barriers of casual dressing, the crowd was left in awe as local fashion exhibited its versatility once again, this time in a subtler, more toned-down approach that gave us a redefinition of easy chic. Join in as we spell out our favorite trends from #MNLFashionFest day 3!
One of our favorite Spring/Summer trends, belts are a great way to embellish an outfit and can even punch up your ensemble altogether. Reynier Abello unleashed his predilection for Japanese streetwear with modern Samurai-inspired looks—blazer dresses, kimonos, and jackets were beautifully accessorized with chunky waist belts. Aira Medina and Chi Gibbs’ Neon Island gave us all casual resort looks in an artful 80s havana assemblage armed with colorful buckle belts while Mark Tamayo went down a grander route with his fusion of couture meets workwear cinched with pearl-adorned buckle belts.
Deconstruction was in the spotlight along the catwalk as a couple of designers showed off their flair for technique and construction. Jandra Babiera brought out all the glitz and glamor with sparkly dresses and jumpsuits juxtaposed with sheer, chiffon layerings stylized with 3/4 cut sleeves. Arin by Renan Pacson sent out models with cameras and graphic sling bags in a bevy of reconstructed and asymmetrical cut separates. Conclusively, Teofila by Anthony Ramirez gave us complete unity with polished coordinates in muted and gem-toned primary hues exhibiting Grecian-inspired sensibilities with fluid dresses.
Admittedly, we get excited when we find out our new clothes have pockets and it seems Arin shared the same sentiments when he sent out neutral threads with cozy compartments—ranging from crafty skirts to trousers to crisp vests. Neon Island filled the hall with summer lovin’ as they unveiled swimwear layers perfect for a getaway in style. Lastly, Reynier Abello created button pockets attached to his blazer dresses, pairing them with turbo-charged thigh high vinyl boots that Rihanna and Kim K would surely approve of.