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This has been so late already! But I didn’t want to move on to other topics without finishing what little of Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011 I was able to cover.  This 4-part post is about the show entitled “10″, and you can read a rundown of the other collections also in an article at The Philippine Online Chronicles (which I also wrote, haha).  It has the complete photo slideshow, too, so if you’re curious you can also hop over there.  Right now I’m only featuring the final four collections of the show, designed by JC Buendia, Johny Abad, Noel Crisostomo and the late Salvacion Lim “Slim” Higgins.

I think I forgot to mention it before, but this show was originally designed for University of Sto. Tomas’ (UST) 400th year celebration.  All the designers are UST alumni. Forgive me for taking excerpts from my own article…

On JC Buendia

Buendia shows off simple yet skillful tailoring, a more subdued route in comparison to his counterparts thus far. The designer seems to understand the strength that lies in his careful editing, however, and remained true to elegance and sophistication, never going overboard. The results are absolutely chic and wearable pieces that can be pulled off only by those who possess real style and savvy. It is also commendable that while his menswear has a bit of a sheen to them, it is a testament of his expert tailoring and construction that ensembles looked particularly luxe, with nary a telltale wrinkle or an  unflattering fold making itself known despite the movement. He also mixes masculine details in his women’s wear to great effect, resulting in a sharp lady tux and sexyfied Barong Tagalog that kept the full, black skirts and updo from looking old.

JC Buendia - PFW Holiday 2011

JC Buendia - PFW Holiday 2011

JC Buendia - PFW Holiday 2011

JC Buendia - PFW Holiday 2011

JC Buendia - PFW Holiday 2011

JC Buendia - PFW Holiday 2011

On Johny Abad:
(Photos are few from here on, as mentioned in previous posts, someone was already blocking my view then. But you can still view the complete set of photos of this show, taken by Francis Tuason for The Philippine Online Chronicles here)

Abad goes for understated and decidedly heads off the formal evening wear in swathes of black and copper floor-length creations. The designs hint at ethnic and native influences, and they stay safe in ultimately wearable silhouettes and styling.

JC Buendia - PFW Holiday 2011

Johny Abad - PFW Holiday 2011

Johny Abad - PFW Holiday 2011

 

Noel Crisostomo’s was my favorite. I usually like his cut and the fabrics that he use.  He’s always so elegant, and perfect for effortless chic, and Noel Manapat’s favorite adjectives when it comes to styling: mukhang mayaman and mabango tingnan.  He styled his whole segment as an indoor show even though the original venue at UST was an outdoor setup because he had a feeling it wasn’t going to push through.  It certainly paid off.  I love the whole feel of his collection, and he was the only one who booked separate models so he could style them head to foot!

The change in mood is instantly palpable as the first few strings of Yumeji’s theme softly plays in the background, immediately associated by Wong Kar Wai’s classic love story, In the Mood for Love. When the models came out one by one (for the first time that night), they exuded the same grace that So Lai-Zhen (Maggie Cheung) in the film unwaveringly possessed. Unlike the others, Crisostomo seemed to have avoided compromise in his styling, which would call for using models the others have booked and sharing a safe and workable hair and makeup that would suit everyone’s collections. Because Crisostomo booked his own models separate from the others, he was able to give each head to toe styling apt to his vision: wine red lips, an elaborate, classic updo and fur-lined heels.

It  resulted in an awe-inspiring 10-piece collection with a decidedly Oriental touch, showcasing exquisite worksmanship in the cutout details, tailored jackets and form-fitting silhouettes. Noel Crisostomo stayed true to what he has been known for in past seasons, but with this collection, he proves that he has more tricks up his sleeve that will keep us craving for more.

 

Noel Crisostomo - PFW Holiday 2011

Noel Crisostomo - PFW Holiday 2011

This one worn by Jessica Yang is my favorite. I wish I could own a Noel Crisostomo or at least wear one to the upcoming Fashion Ball this year!

Noel Crisostomo - PFW Holiday 2011

Noel Crisostomo - PFW Holiday 2011

Ooh, it’s Ana Sideco. I just finished a shoot styling for her this weekend (for her online store, duHubShop). I’m excited to see the new layouts and photos.

Noel Crisostomo - PFW Holiday 2011

Noel Crisostomo - PFW Holiday 2011

Noel Crisostomo - PFW Holiday 2011

Noel Crisostomo - PFW Holiday 2011

Noel Crisostomo - PFW Holiday 2011

Noel Crisostomo - PFW Holiday 2011

And designs from the archival collection of the late Salvacion Lim Higgins closed the show.

We saw classic silhouettes that are testament to the designer’s timeless aesthetic. Yet as further evidenced in the next dresses, she was not afraid to push the borders and experiment with other cuts, Asian and native styles. Students of Slim’s Fashion and Arts school were famous for their thorough study of the terno and its construction; true enough, the collection ended with a few elegant vintage terno that would make any of her graduates proud.

Noel Crisostomo - PFW Holiday 2011

Salvacion Lim Higgins

Salvacion Lim Higgins

Salvacion Lim Higgins

Salvacion Lim Higgins

Salvacion Lim Higgins

Salvacion Lim Higgins

All photos were taken by me, Alex Lapa. Please have the decency to ask permission or at least credit the site if you plan on reposting.  If you are a designer and would want to have the photo for your archive without the watermark, drop me a line.

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