The creation of fresh trends in Philippine fashion began with Mode Elle’s Likha, a benefit fashion show for cancer patients.
Unlike any other fashion show, it is a public event open to everyone with a taste in fashion and beauty, and everything in between, only that you have to take your hats off to the Beauty Lord, the man behind the show, Allen Castillo.
For him, fashion is not just beauty and glamour, real fashion also moves forward with a heart. It is evident when the show opened with a theatrical entrance of a little girl suffering from a disease in couture black she tries to run away from it, only to be saved by a woman who has been there.
The show opened with a different twist, unseen in most fashion shows. In the runway, you either keep a poker face or you either smile. Likha’s first creation? Crying on the runway, not because of tripping.
The victors rise, and so the fashion show went on. That was the day when the norms about fashion were broken. Mode Elle does not need beautiful people, though it is a plus. We need people with passion and goodness, that is, to help people. You can also walk the runway.
Everything starts with death, with the men’s collection by Dave Ocampo. Opening the show are dark and silver color schemes, sleeveless tops with irregular trains, thin fabrics that vaguely show the man’s chest, and fine suits paired with chino shorts.
Ocampo’s female version is equally as dark, but the green soft silk materials drive home the point, not to forget the skin-tight laces that make you forget there are actually black linings on them.
From the dark and hollow caves, Edwin Uy’s male collection is ruled by explorers which remind you of Indiana Jones or Temple Run, of course it’s always ended with a fine formal attire with patterns seen in antique collections. Satin with black lace and beads were used.
I am forever a fan of lines and straight patterns, make you look spic-and-span. Designer Jovan dela Cruz made my wish come true during the show, with organized hues of bright colors matched with black lines, we are ready for the next phase of fashion.
Mode Elle creates elegance through dreams, good dreams of course. From consistent lines fit for organized guys, we follow the words of a lady, ever glamorous, ever mysterious. Once again, we see black and white altogether but this time with dream-like strokes, designer Pat Santos brought me back to America 1800s, through a ship ride.
The ornate detailing of the gown, despite the white color, makes it standout. Touching it is like munching cakes, feasted by the eyes only.
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In fashion, we look at the dress more than the lady? But what if the dress becomes so overemphasized and dull that it becomes tiring to look at? That’s where details come out and in today’s trend, designers have to strike a balance between fine details done by award-designers or take a risk and squeeze out large coils and twists. Designer Sonny Boy Mindo did the latter, thank goodness there was this model that captivated me because of her walk.
And here comes the collection that drove me off sea, making me mumble, “Mermaids are true.” For someone with eyes on fashion and someone who has seen a lot of runway shows, this collection by Vince Sityar from Bulacan is making mermaids walk the runway. The smooth and spontaneous nature of the gown are perfect for a girl who knows how to walk. Cue in to scenic El Nido, Boracy, Cam Sur, or what’s that new spot? That young tourist bay in Legazpi, Albay.
Sityar got the inspiration from the waves splashing the sands, and he views it a “war.” He used the color aquamarine to symbolize big waves that can sink ships.
The style of Edwin Uy’s female collection draws ideas from the Philippines’s Muslim region. The use of skin-tight black tops placed the long skirts on the limelight as it recognized the hands of our Mindanao tribesmen as growers of crops.
Adam Balasa’s creations that night is a merge of Middle East with the patterns that make you think of a house carpet from Persia, but at the same time, there are touches of Africa with the headpieces. From dark patterns, Balasa brought us to the rebirth in fashion tone.
If Olan Roque were a comics character, he will be Two-Face. His creation is costume-y but still with a fang of couture taste.
When I think of Russel Cuevas’s creation that night, I was in the middle of asking whether his inspiration came from the Russian matryoska dolls, the Chinese brides, or simply the UK guards. The red is too bright that it makes you want to vomit blood.
When I think of Alessandro Sy, I think of the Marie Antoinette and other Europe’s queens’ breads. His creation is like life-sized strawberry shortcakes, strawberry puddings, that strawberry jam jutting out of a sugar-coated donut, and strawberry cream frappe from your favorite milk tea shop, or even strawberry taho. No breads? Then let them eat cake!
Ian Mallabo’s creations are fusions of the old Roman and the new. What’s the new Roman? A Rome plagued by the black death. Or maybe it’s Roman Egyptian. See for yourself.
At least we are sure that’s it is really new Roman, who are, less conservative in thought and in practice. Twinkle Norte’s creations, meanwhile, are a bit down (or up) the line, with her outfits probably inspired by Star Trek, Star Wars, and anything about the stars. It is not an everyday attire, but a nightwear. *croo croo croo*
… Before the big designers of Mode Elle come to my next post. These designers have made it the the fashion weeks of Dubai, Europe, and the United States. Michael Sta. Maria and Rocky Gathercole, two of my favorite Mode Elle avant-garde designers will be featured on my next blog. Stay updated!
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Photo credit: Jeffrey Herbolario