Known for their made-to-measure works and bespoke gowns, top Filipino designers Ivarluski Aseron, Rajo Laurel, Francis Libiran, and Dennis Lustico switched gears and presented their ready-to-wear collection at the recently concluded Fashion Exchange International (FEI) last Thursday at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.
FEI is a trade fashion event that aims to bring Filipino fashion, especially the ready to wear brands, into the global market. (Link to my other article). The evening show, where four of the designerspresented their collections, was attended by selected local and international buyers as well as celebrities like Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Tim Yap.
Aseron warmed up the show with his collection in a straightforward palette inspired by a recent trip at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. In a statement, he said,” I found the Broad Museum a fascinating and mesmerizing sight during a recent trip. I appreciated the difficulty in how it was built, that as a fashion designer, I hoped to translate those architectural details to my collection.”
“I evoked the museum’s qualities–a piece of art that captures your attention from afar, and when you get up close, you can better appreciate its beauty,” he added.
Next was Laurel’s collection, which he dubbed as “Magpie+Memphis.” He said, ” It is really based on my memory as a teenager. I began with the idea of how my friends and I used to dress up when we were younger.”
The New Wave genre was also Laurel’s inspiration upon coming up with his collection. “I rediscovered my interest and love for the Memphis Movement, which began in the late ’70s but hit worldwide acceptance and boom in the late ’80s. I used the coloring, patterns, and textures as a basis for the collection.”
On the other hand, Libiran showcased a collection with his signature Art Deco detail.
“I drew inspiration from my fascination for lines and structures. Being true to my desgin aesthetics, my creative team and I designed a collection of wearable art pieces through different detailing techniques such as embroidery, laser-cutting, custom felt applique, digital printing, and quilting,” Libiran said.
Lastly, Lustico drew inspiration from the Japanese culture for his collection. He said, ” The colors and textures are often unexpected and seemingly random, but their manner of putting the elements together stil lresults to a harmoniously beautiful creation.”
“With that as my insipiration, I used hand-applied beads, sequins, and embellishments together with a mix of fabrics such as thick mesh, medium-weight satins; and techniques like beading, cutouts, and layering,” he added.