After four nights of endless designer shows, Manila Fashion Fest has officially come to a close.
Celebrating Manila Fashion Fest’s 10th season already, designers made sure to put the spotlight on which the biannual event is known for: showcase the best in Philippine Fashion and prove that Manila should be the next fashion destination in South East Asia. So as the designers let their masterful tailoring do the talking this season, we round up all the designers that really moved us and caught our attention.
Giving us no less than a gorgeous pink party, Yong Davalos painted the runway with hues of pink and a hint of sparkle. She showcased a brilliant take on statement sleeves while incorporating uber feminine silhouettes. Now it only seems like we don’t have any excuse not to wear pink every Wednesdays.
Transporting us to the wild west was none other than Cheetah Rivera. Bringing the hues of the desert such as pale pastels and nudes to come to life, she consistently showcased the distinct allure celebrating the resplendence of femininity.
The moment Chris Nick’s show started and La Tour Eiffel flashed on the screen, we knew we were in for a Parisian treat. From the berets to the raw beauty of classic blacks, Chris effortlessly brought French fashion within our reach. His pièce de résistance? It would be his statement neckties.
If there’s only one designer who incredibly executed the transition of his collection it’s Daryl Maat. From his luxe dominatrix looks to glamorous sequined numbers, everyone was undoubtedly captivated the entire show—especially when we saw the exquisite intricacy of his cascading sequined ruffles.
Inspired by the heroines and heels of the dynastic soaps of the 80s and 90s, Steph Tan presented a collection that features no less than the splendor of powerful women. Add the colorful hues of metallics, it only seems like her creations are can impeccably make a fierce entrance.
After Cherry Veric’s hiatus in the Manila Fashion Fest, he finally returns bringing along the magnificence of the Renaissance. His homecoming collection brilliantly fused art and fashion wherein immaculate prints seamlessly blend with delicate pieces and embroideries.
Kaye Morales set the runway ablaze with her signature streetwear aesthetic. In addition to her already remarkable collection, bolts of colors and typography effortlessly elevated every look—especially the astonishing gold accents.
Avel x Matteo
Following the success of Avel x Matteo’s runway show during MEGA Fashion Week, the duo is back again with another collaborative collection. The catwalk was filled with athleisure-infused ensembles featuring neoprene jackets and ripped jeans—all in the label’s signature white paint stripe.
Mark Tamayo never fails to offer sleek tailoring when it comes to his creations. And he proves this once more as he married classic tailoring with a modern edge. He brilliantly juxtaposed black with prints and layering embellished bustiers over plaid trench coats.
The best thing about Renan Pacson when he presents his collection one season after another is that he is inclusive—from age, gender, to body types. So as the motley crew marched down the runway in edgy yet functional utilitarian separates, everyone was lost for words. After all, he managed to flawlessly present the authentic beauty of a diverse collection.
Famed for his aviary prints—with emphasis on the Agila—John Herrera unswervingly showcased Filipino heritage once more. But more than that, what truly struck the audience was how he remarkably reinvented his style with unexpected fabrics and striking colors.
Keeping things sophisticatedly classic in a palette of blacks and whites was Bessie Besana. Picking up inspiration from New York City, his collection fused sharp tailoring with whimsical details—just as he envisioned women walking along the streets of the concrete jungle.
Egay Ayag was one of the few designers who amazingly incorporated our country’s rich culture to his collection. He ingeniously juxtaposed local weaves and patterns with an almost streetwear take on blazers, skirts, leather, and many more.
While Veejay Floresca may now be based in Los Angeles, she still made it a point to be a part of the local fashion scene. This season, she deftly played with daring silhouettes showing how she marvelously brought forth her masterful tailoring to the next level.