PFW Visions and Trends (RTW, Spring/Summer 2013)

Magnum celebrates skin in pret-a-porter forecast

By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Skin is in again, once the sun peeks through the somber clouds of winter come spring and summer next year. This is the suggestion from the recently concluded pret-a-porter show of the Philippine Fashion Week.
Frozen dessert brand Magnum presented the Ready-to-Wear Visions & Trends Collection for its Spring/Summer 2013 forecast from fifteen participating designers.
Definitely not for the fainthearted, Emi-Alexander Englis heralds the fashion parade in a dichotomy of sun and moon, dare and bare, sex and power, skin and sin.
Englis’ fight or flight concept presented skin-toned body huggers with peek-a-boo details, palazzo pantsuits and off-the-shoulder numbers with ruffle detailing. Unitards and masked headdresses completed the ensemble collection.
Oz Go creates a statement in a postage stamp inspired gown. Black-and-white sailor-themed sportswear bear interesting Par Avion piping worn over pleated harem pants or heavily ruched shorts. Gem-encrusted hosiery and sleeves offer an eye-catching contrast.
Jot Llosa featured a regiment of body conscious silhouettes, shape teasers and strategic cut-outs that made for choices in night and day wear. Embroidered dainty frocks with touches of pink and pewter shared the runway alongside female barong cuts with interesting twists as well as see-through 3-piece coordinates.
Bo Parcon does a Japanese manga-inspired trunk in textured black and gray ensembles over unitards and long johns tucked beneath deconstructed tailcoats. Meanwhile, Enrico Carado blazes the catwalk in floral cuts with sleeveless and hanging tops, peplums and micro minis, flowing umbrella skirts with leather piping and a well-applauded interweave of bag to zipped bolero versatile outfit.
Touch down, loll or lounge, in better shape on ground in Yernan Ortico’s black-and-white lattice or web concoctions. While Mark Tamayo sweetens the deal with pinya bustles, cut-out decked halter dresses with ornate embroidery, flimsy overlays, feather-lined swimwear, skin-revealing gowns with flowing trains and an all-black men’s wear collection.
Exciting lengths cruise the swell with Paul Herrera’s tutu dress, mini & bolero ensemble and lounge wear with Op-Art/Aztec printed creations over gossamer skirts. John Herrera, on the other hand, goes Roman with denim creations sporting button detailing and piping. Gladiator skirts and centurion helmets deck Capri pants and layered ensembles; pairing well with heel-less platform footwear. Texture play continues with Santi Obcena’s denim, vinyl and leather interplay on jodhpurs and avant garde mix-match.
Jan Garcia calls the wild on a desert safari with a Mongolian-inspired, environment statement pieces. Genghis Khan avant garde costume creations in plastic with Fartingale skirts and fireman’s overcoat contrast with fully-beaded gowns in moonstone spangles. Beauty queen and model Marina Benipayo was well received in an ebony piece-de-resistance outfit decked in spangles and intricate applique work (with some pieces, held by glue gun, falling on the catwalk).
Jari Penalosa goes for the Filipiniana and Asian twist with embroidered jusi, Tinalak weave and a pleated cheongsam. An uneven accordion dress, chino-collared numbers and pleat-on-pleat cuts complete the collection.
Dave Ocampo’s muses seem to stargaze in a tropical Savannah decked in printed peplum on full-length gowns, over leggings, on strapless dresses, haltered numbers, as a wrap over pantsuits, over mono-kini and swimwear or a flowing tulip gown. Jian Lasala paints a parfait palette with blouson and pant coordinates, open-breasted sleeveless tops, belted shifts, strapless creations with flowing balmacaans and men’s sportswear in tennis shorts and shirtsleeves.
The eclectic lines braved the klieg lights of the concrete jungle; looking forward to fight innate inhibitions with spunk and bravura. It dared fashionistas to make a stand to go out of the crowd – nude and proud!
John Guarnes closes the curtain, deliciously, with the Magnum design collection by exploring cuts in shades of brown – from tan, mocha, coffee, burnt sienna to chocolate! Guarnes presented an eclectic trunk with every conceivable cut from neckline to hemline: strapless, turtle neck, haltered, asymmetrical, sleeved, short-skirted and/or full skirted. Models scorched the runway with an unlikely hand prop – the Magnum bar! Each took turns savoring their hand-held accessory as onlookers also shared the moment with either the Chocolate Truffle, Almond, Choco-cappuccino or original variant.
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