Powerful. Glamorous. Fabulous. Statement-making. Definitely eye-catching, the pieces from each of the four designers, Avel Bacudio, Chris Diaz, Eric delos Santos and Raoul Ramirez, would make every Filipino fashionista proud. Even if the collections are very distinct from each other, they all had a unifying trend, Holiday Glamour.
One look on the collections and you’ll instantly know that they will appear this holiday season, worn by the country’s top fashion icons, no less. Everything just exudes luxury, as well as pizzaz, perfect for the powerful women hosting lavish dinners in the coming holidays.
Truly Femme Fatale, yes?
Read on for designer specifics. 🙂
I don’t know how Avel Bacudio pulled it off, but he just did. Although the collection had a monochromatic palette, having pieces only in black and white, they were still noteworthy pieces. You could tell each piece was well made, from the very clean lines to the structured skirts and details, to the tailored suits, each look was well executed.
To offset the strong corporate vibe of the collection, metallic pieces such as plates and studs were added here and there, to add a touch of edginess. He showed everyone his modern interpretation of medieval armor. The metal plates on each look were reminiscent of chastity belts, and war gear, but the designer used them in such a way that it looked just right. The kneecaps, shoulder pads, belts, they just melded together with the whole thing, not looking awkward at all!
Wilma Doesnt struts her stuff on the runway with her opening the show.
This whole look is divine! the skirt just looks, perfect.
A few pieces with prints, freshened up the collection.
I am in love with this coat. O.O
lace, studs, both on a long gown, it doesn’t get any better than that!
Opulent and elegant, these are two words which can describe Chris Diaz’ Holiday 2012 collection. The pieces give off an old Russian vibe, as the designer got his inspiration from the life of Nadia Leger, an artist from Belarus, east of Russia. The collection boasts of using luxurious materials such as faux fur, lace, taffeta and velvet, on deep jewel tones like emerald and carmine red.
I honestly couldn’t help but remember my favorite childhood animated movie, Anastasia, when I saw this collection, everything was just beautiful. Everything just speaks romantic drama to me. 🙂
To see Chris Diaz’ previous collection, click this
Eric Delos Santos
This collection, was one of the best I’ve seen so far for Holiday 2012. After watching the show, I immediately tweeted a huge congratulations to Eric delos Santos because it was really a success.
I’ve come to believe that leather and hair (or was that fur?) have come to be the designer’s choice of material this year, being predominant in the previous season as well. Nevertheless, the materials were used in such a way that they had an effortless elegance to them, true to the designer’s aesthetic. Mixed with glitter, sequins, and lace, the collection made me think of a rock disco diva. Yes, it might remind you of the 70’s, but the collection had such a wonderful story, paired with superb styling, that the pieces did not look dated at all.
Even with normally unflattering materials like leather, Eric delos Santos manipulated each seam, fold, cut, and whatnot, to celebrate the glorious beauty of the woman’s curves. Sexy, glamorous, and full of power, the collection is perfect for this generation’s movers.
As always, Marina Benipayo gives a lot of spunk, energy, and fun, for the finale of the designer’s portion.
Vintage Glamour. Two words that would perfectly describe Raoul Ramirez’ Holiday 2012 collection. Everything was reminiscent of the 1920’s, and every extra detail was intentional, even the dated look was intentional. Vaudeville music even played for a more emphasized theme! It was indeed a fun show to watch. 🙂
Full of posh ensembles, the most exhausted fabric was lace, paired with satin, tulle, faux fur and sequined fabric. It was literally a trip down memory lane. Amazingly however, when you look closely at the designs, these are pieces which can be actually worn by the women of today. Each one accentuated the female figure, and highlighted assets too. Great for the confident power walker.
All in all, it was a great collection to cap off the night’s show. 🙂
This lace dress is gorgeous! That cleavage is O.O
Sexy sexy sexy.
Vintage utilitarian anyone?
If only I had a killer bod to pull this off.
To view my previous PhFW runway reports, click here
Official PhFW photos by Nelson Villarica, other photos by yours truly