Runway Review: Patricia Santos Spring/Summer 2020



Set in what was an artistic impression of a butterfly sanctuary, Patricia Santos astonished everyone as she finally unveiled her Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

When you have a renowned modern art painter and a talented young fashion designer synthesize both their own aesthetics, you’ll see the real definition of art in all its glory. And that’s because when you combine the adroit technique of the painter and the brilliant eye of a designer, the output can seamlessly evoke emotions from its viewer.

Recently, Patricia Santos collaborated with Galerie Joaquin featuring renowned modern art painter Justin Nuyda, where we saw how their works amazingly unfolded before our eyes. There was a small gallery set up showing the great works of Justin Nuyda, followed by Patricia Santos’ collection inspired by the former’s works of art.

Upon entering the ballroom, we were instantly transported to what seemed like a butterfly sanctuary. We all became lepidopterists for the night, or a butterfly collector, because Justin Nuyda’s works have always—if not most of the time—been inspired by butterflies, as wellnas of landscapes, light, and patterns reminiscent of moments frozen in time.

Primarily inspired by Justin Nuyda’s work, Patricia Santos chose to paint the runway with colorful pieces highlighting the painter’s visual art practice. Opening her runway show with a bold choice of color red, things were off to a powerful start.

For her first set, she showcased her take on lace detailing, micro-pleats, mullet cutd, and lovely A-line silhouettes. Following the courageous splash of color, she opted to cool down as her blue-colored pieces were sent down the runway that were embellished with crystals and ostrich feathers.

It was then followed by her ever feminine and dainty pieces ranging from purple to pink. Power suits instantly commanded the attention of the crowd, followed by stunning pieces punctuated by bejeweled lacework, floral appliques, and puffed sleeves.

Continuing the momentum, Patricia Santos also highlighted her take on classic elegance with a hint of modernity. Black, white, and champagne-toned ensembles took over the runway and captivated us with her intricately bejeweled form-fitting creations.

To majestically cap-off things, she took the opportunity to showcase her bridal collection, which was a smart move considering that we were already in a stunning butterfly garden. Her bridal line was all about luxe feminine pieces, putting emphasis on crystal embellishments, and floral appliques in voluminous and figure-forming gowns.

At the end of the show, all of Patricia’s muses such as Sarah Lahbati, Jessy Mendiola, Chie Filomeno, Nicole Cordoves, Denise Laurel, Dani Barreto, Martine Cajucom-Ho, and Elisse Joson went up on the stage to give her the accolades she deserves. After all, she was the queen of the garden that night.

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