Menswear designers are giving the urban Pinoy a fresh spin on masculine dressing. But the options presented at Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2012 at the SMX Convention Center are not for the conservative, vapid type, because the overriding theme played on will appeal more to the adventurous and frolicsome male.
Inspirations ranged from the jeepney (Edgar Buyan), the sport of polo (Frederick Policarpio), the macabre (Jesson Capuchinoâ€™s Dia de los Muertes), Mother Nature (Jinggo Inoncilloâ€™s natural objects and the elements, Ulysses Kingâ€™s soil and rocks), laser cuts (Simon Ariel Vasquez), and aliens (Zxander Tan).
Textures and silhouettes were kept ruggedly virile. Anthony Nocom stayed true to his suit dressing but mismatched the pieces for versatility. Davaoâ€™s Dodjie Batuâ€™s Ragdoll collection used checkers, houndstooth and stripes. Some of Drei Sorianoâ€™s stray jackets and slim pants were made of Japanese Shibori fabric. Ronan Opinaâ€™s staple options became more interesting wih graphic illustrations.
In the wittiest collection of the night, directed by PFW co-producer Audie Espino, Herbert Custodio argued that geeks can be chic. â€śMy anthology translates how bloggers can make or break a designerâ€™s certain collection via graffiti and pixel shirts,â€ť he stated.