In the midst of a looming monster ball just around the neighborhood and the huge public attention on the highly dramatic developments of the impeachment trial, Tuesday also saw a well-attended opening show of the 16thPhilippine Fashion Week 9PFW) at the SMX Convention Center.
At 6 p.m., a long queue of dedicated clients, fashion editors, bloggers, and other fashion watchers waited patiently for the doors to open for the Holiday 2012 Collection of The Ramp by Crossing Department Store.
A visibly pleased and confident Joey Espino, PFW’s executive director and producer who produced the first fashion show series 16 years ago, welcomed familiar faces on the first night.
A few minutes past 7 PM, The Ramp fashion show began as models romped in shell peplum tops, shifts in paisley prints, brocade slim pants, short frocks worn over sheer sheaths, zebra-print dresses with uneven hemlines, and metallic peplum dresses.
Shoes also play an important role in the collection as models strided in skyscraper wedges, glittery Maryjanes, and wedges with the vamp or front part made of fabric in paisley print, and neon-accented spiked heels that added an edgy feel to the otherwise lady-like outfits. Clearly, fanciful dressing for the Holidays will depend a lot on the heels one will choose to wear. Yes, nice dresses but check out the shoes!
The Ramp’s men’s line, Mundo, came in delightful pastel tones with lemon as a dominant color. Men are encouraged to look casual for the holidays with double knit pique shirts, checked and plaid shirts and Breton striped cardigans paired with drawstring track pants, printed trousers, and board shorts in lime yellow. Three-toned shoes in light colors looked cool and right for the coming partying season.
Kids were not excluded as The Ramp showed oh-so-pretty styles of paisley in dresses and tops for girls. Boys walked in mini-versions of Mundo, meaning pastel board shorts and plaid shirts will also be available to the little stylish ones for the holidays.
The show was directed by Robby Carmona and styled by Daryl and Andre Chang. As models finally walked all together on the ramp during the finale and as The Ramp’s General Manager Xandra Ramos-Padilla took her bow—the week of celebrating fun and fabulous Philippine fashion has clearly just began.