Friday, November 13, 2009

Salvaging Philippine Fashion Week

01 M Barretto 01

Unfortunately, I wasn't that excited with the Spring 2010 menswear offering from the recently concluded Philippine Fashion Week. Only a handful of collections were consistent, let alone driven by a singular vision. I was dispirited enough not even to have written anything for a daily paper.

But here are a few items worth a second glance, if not a quick purchase.

01 M Barretto 02

Loungy basics from M Barretto.

01 M Barretto 03

It seems blue and beige/brown are the colors of the season.

01 M Barretto 04

02 Jerome Lorico 01

Here are clearer images of Jerome Lorico's collection, which I have talked about before. The dyeing is clearer here.

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02 Jerome Lorico 03

02 Jerome Lorico 04

The powder blue color.

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The imprecise tailoring.

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So just focus on the linen denim dye.

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And the tan marbling.

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This image best illustrates the complementary color theme of the show.

03 Anthony Nocom 01

Without dye this time, Anthony Nocom's linens are quite apt for traditional fun in the sun.

03 Anthony Nocom 02

In fields, your weekend hacienda, and even at informal work settings.

03 Anthony Nocom 03

Florals, for spring? It's good that they are merely abstract prints.

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It's all about ease.

04 Ziggy Savella 01

Ziggy Savella expounds on Lorico's color compliments by using actual chambray and other fabrics. The effect is soothing.

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Again, woven belts do a lot.

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There is something wrong with the sleeveless jacket. Too long by an inch, you think?

04 Ziggy Savella 05

Simple and casual, but one wonders how different some pieces are from department store staples.

05 Jun Cambe 01

Jun Cambe brings in flowing drawstring pants, some cinched at various places.

05 Jun Cambe 02

Yes, these are florals for spring, and are not at all impressive. But with the right robe and low, shawl-collared shirt, they're ready to go.

06 Odelon Simpao 02

The color of Odelon Simpao's pants, and the alternating patterns of the shirt. Yes, sorry to say, that is all.


Anonymous said...

Seeing that 90% of your posts and closet are filled with thrifted items, you clearly don't support the global fashion industry at all. Your payments don't go to the designers, fabric researchers, pattern makers, sewers, finishers or even their lowly delivery guys.

You havent shown anything you own that is locally made except for some 2nd hand items you've snipped around the hems. I myself prefer to buy imported but i keep my mouth shut when i don't agree with what the local designers do since they're struggling as they are. They don't need some smarty pants, trying hard to terrorize them.

Anonymous said...

The title to this post reflects a lot on the blogger, a salvage freak who rummages through thrift shop racks for things intended for calamity victims, in order to pass himself off as a man. And you think you know what fashion is? and are better than these designers who spent time and talent to put together their collections? have you even spoken to them about their inspiration and intent?

Anonymous said...

espadrilles for the rainy season

Anonymous said...

Chill, guys. An expression of discontent is just as much an indication that the blogger expects more from the industry, and therefore believes in the industry.

To add: designers, by the very nature of the industry they occupy, are meant to be criticized. This is just one such critique - I've seen much worse.

Anonymous said...

I drink to that. Any public criticism should be taken by the creator as it is - mere criticism. It should inspire instead of stifle innovation. To begin with, once creators present their crafts to the public, they instantaneously expose themselves to all kinds of feedback - ill-intentioned or otherwise. The greater challenge a craftsman should confront is not the abundance of his critics, but his lack of creativity or passion to create.


Anonymous said...

I would have to agree with the last two readers. But only if they will also agree that a neurosurgeon can criticize the work of a mechanic and vice versa, complete with the ability to improve or correct each others different line of works. If you go to a restaurant in France, and you order soup, you can't call the chef right away and complain if it's salty. If it's only the plain table salt that you know, then you better shut up and leave with your kidneys damaged. For all you know, that soup was really meant to be salty. In a restaurant, we have this simple no brainer list called menu. So you can choose and avoid those things that could give you gas or allergies. Complaining on a meal that was purely your choice to eat is a manifestation of a hidden ignorance. Don't order or expect caviar when you haven't even been able to taste or even afford it. But come to think of it, you can still complain since you paid for the soup. But for shows such as this? Do you even pay tickets for you to have the right to spit when it didn't pass your taste?

Anonymous said...

the word "criticism" is the lamest excuse ever. and btw, i have nothing against thrifting. ;P