Every Filipino Fashion Designer Who Will Take the Virtual Stage of PMFF 13

In 2022, the Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival (PMFF) is gearing up for its second year taking on the virtual stage. In partnership with GO LIFESTYLE Group Inc., this year, the festival is preparing to transform itself into an industry-wide event featuring an impressive roster of talented designers that showcase Filipino design talent.

With a number of setbacks that halted operations and delays to the festival, now that the situation is taking a turn for the better, PMFF is once again determined to celebrate the excellent talent and design masterpiece of Filipino fashion artists and brands.

With Season 13 on its way, various designers are coming together to showcase their talents in support and celebration of the growth of the fashion industry in the Philippines. Check out the plethora of multi-talented designers and their mesmerizing designs that are set to be premiered in the festival.

Albert Andrada

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Luxurious, opulent, elegant – these are the words typically associated with Albert Andrada’s designs. The Filipino designer prides himself in offering unique and elaborate designs for the elegant and accomplished woman. With numerous local and international success and accolades along with a massive following, Andrada’s designs have long proven to be something to look out for.

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Andrada’s collection “Secrets of Atlantis” takes inspiration from the beauty and design of the ocean, the coral reef being the Earth’s treasure. The collection is a vibrant reflection of the deep blue sea that really showcases his ingenuity for elegance and opulence.

Alodia Cecilia 

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Focusing on showcasing the surreal yet mesmerizing dichotomy of design, Alodia Cecilia is a champion for freedom of thought and self-expression in her designs. Combining elements of complexity and simplicity, this designer values the beautiful paradox of weaving natural and earthy elements with a minimalistic touch and mindset.

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Cecilia’s collection is all about new beginnings and feelings of hope. “Seed” showcases feelings of bliss, tranquility, and optimism in times of darkness, hopeful for a new chapter.

Aranaz

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Aranaz is all about appreciation for Filipino tradition in their designs. With humble beginnings producing artisan handbags, the brand is now taking its indigenous and artisan crafts to the fashion world beyond our borders. Bringing forth a renewed appreciation for local arts and craftsmanship, Aranaz is making beloved traditions relevant to the modern woman.

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The “Weave Play” collection features expertly done weaving techniques using natural materials put into beautiful and sophisticated silhouettes. Bended rattan, crocheted raffia, braided woven panels, and an array of intertwined leather comprise the building blocks of this season’s pieces.

Azucar

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When thinking of luxurious resort-wear and staycation aesthetic, Azucar’s unique and chic designs are on top of everyone’s brand recall consciousness. Arleen Sipat-Sutton takes the Filipina to sunny and beautiful destinations with her wonderfully crafted and exemplary designs, bringing a one-of-a-kind experience to its wearers.

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With Azucar’s collection, expect sleek and stylish designs that exude elegant fashion, put into a wardrobe that is a staple for any occasion.

Barba

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Silent and strong with a touch of simplicity, these are the designs Barba is best known for. With emphasis on sourcing and manufacturing their pieces locally, Barba brings designs and clothing that is both accessible and appealing at the same time.

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The Barba “ABELISSIMA” collection showcases what the brand has always been doing to highlight the use of Abel Iloko. In combination with other fabrics like denim and linen so one can easily adapt these pieces into their daily wardrobe. Corset belts and bustiers to add a touch of Filipino to dress up your everyday jeans and t-shirt.

While a floral wrap dress worn with a denim and Abel oversized jacket if it gets nippy in the beach. An unlined trench dress that goes from 9 to after 5. For men, using Magdalena Gamayo’s bold patterns and needle-point weaves for shirts and jackets. Always striving for their pieces to be at once cosmopolitan and Filipino.

Camlu

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Camlu’s designs take inspiration from a variety of sources. From fellow designers, to trends, costumes, and history, Camlu is all about the fusion of ideas and imaginations to life. Focusing on mastering creativity and resourcefulness, the designs put emphasis on Filipino history, culture, and tradition.

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Move” is a collection that is an expression of fashion during the post pandemic. With the new sense of optimism, style encourages us to embrace the new movement from almost two years of stagnation. Yes, whether big or small, it’s time to party with frocks and frills for the season anywhere from our homes to the streets to the beach.

As fashion celebrates style in 2022 with all its fringe benefits. Fashion is fearlessly frayed for its needed boost from too much domestic affairs. From cute detail trimmings to long frills, there’s no excuse not to shake your mood to the bright side.

Daryl Maat

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Daryl Maat’s fashion and design is all about style and elegance. With pieces that showcase the designer’s talent for bringing the best elements and features of its wearer into a fashionable light, one would definitely feel as if they have breathed new life into their style and aesthetic.

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Youthquake” was coined by Diana Vreeland in 1965. It is a cultural movement that involved music, pop culture and changed the landscape of the fashion industry. Youth culture during the ’60s were the primary source of inspiration for this movement.

Ditta Sandico

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Marketing herself as the “wrap artiste” of Philippine fashion, Ditta Sandico focuses on designing wraps made of banaca, a fabric made of banana and abaca that she pioneered. Her fashion and designs were inspired by her experience in growing up and immersing herself with the Mangyan tribes of Mindoro which served as her first teachers in the art of weaving.

Today, her advocacy for sustainability and passion for creating smart and timeless pieces using natural Filipino resources sees herself having success and recognition in the local crafts community as well as the international scene.

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Tropical Paradise” features organically grown, handwoven banaca fabrics in vibrant colors taken a step beyond the traditional silhouettes. With her mesmerizing collection, DITTA gives a new look to Filipiniana and celebrates the weavers of Catanduanes.

Emir Yamamoto

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Taking inspiration and elements from various different design principles, Emir Yamamoto brings together historical ideas into modern vessels and pieces that highlight his revolutionary design thoughts and principles. An experienced designer-artist and a master of his craft, Yamamoto puts emphasis on the aesthetic and creating an artisanal product in his designs.

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Clean, tamed and minimalistic direction, mainly inspired by understated wealth, very subdued but structured is what Yamamoto’s collection “Mogul” communicates. This season’s silhouette is directed towards effortless shapes and comfortable structure that celebrates every gender and body shape. Some pieces have epicine (genderless) spirit which makes the clothing versatile. Ageless, genderless and shape shifting.

Last season was injected with retrograde and bold colors, but this time, the color palette is dark and almost masculine, interspersed with feminine texture. Intended to not show complicated contraptions and fasteners send a message of convenience to buyers, it is important to feel the market’s pulse. With people still reeling from the effects of the pandemic, Emir aims for the collection to have an elegant and facile look.

Jun Escario

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Cebuano-raised fashion designer Jun Escario is a household name in the fashion industry. Most known for his romantic wedding gowns and exquisite evening wear, he has established himself as the forefront for haute couture in the Philippines. Escario’s designs bring formality and elegance to its wearer, captivating those blessed enough to view them.

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Sara & Akira” explores the relationship between fashion and gender. It is an ode to the times, connecting and exploring the relationship between fashion and gender in today’s dominant cohorts like Generation Z, the Alphas and the Millennials.

June Samson Pugat

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Esteemed and experienced designer June Samson Pugat brings fashionable formality style and design to the table. With his atelier, the House of Helios, he brings made-to-measure formal wear for his all-women clientele.

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Eos, in Greek Mythology, is the goddess of dawn and sister of the sun god, Helios. It also ushers a new design direction for June Samson Pugat’s House of Helios, as the name for his limited collection of the brand’s less formal line, called EOS.

The take-off point would be the colors of dawn splashed over – on the flat lay – geometric cut garments with details inspired by what could either be unfinished or unfolded origami in custom dyed jusi, linen, local inabel, and treated denim and chambray.

Kaye Morales

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Inspired by the art and streetwear of the inimitable London underground style, Kaye Morales’ style is all about intertwining opposing designs, making for a daring yet sophisticated and elegant principle. A trendsetter and visionary in her own right, Morales’ eye for her designs creates a statement that is bold, distinctive, and singular.

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Representing dreams, unconscious desires, series of thoughts, images occurring in a person’s mind during sleep is the artistic direction Kaye’s collection “Nocturne” is heading towards. For this collection, Kaye will be presenting punk streetwear pieces and through creative expression she wishes to transform life’s occasional ruptures into art.

Kelvin Morales

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Kelvin Morales combines contemporary and experimental themes into his designs, bringing forth an artistic narrative and peculiar forms into his pieces. He is all about experimenting and going against the societal and cultural beauty norms, challenging society’s idealized beauty standards. Kelvin Morales’ designs aim to create conversations and spark dialogues in and beyond the realm of fashion.

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Hazard Blue” is about the future dystopia. At present, Morales has studied and observed people getting genetically deformed because of toxic chemical exposure. He took inspiration from that concept and translated it through pieces with futuristic tailoring and semi rugged appeal.

This questions our actions as causes of this current pandemic and other calamities we are experiencing. He wants to ultimately bring light and consciousness to the toxic waste and pollution brought about by our careless mindset.

Lorico

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Jerome Lorico aims to create a directional and creative outlet with its fashion and designs. The brand envisions creating aesthetically pleasing products that create a narrative that revolves around certain cultures, issues, and ideas that the audience can connect with.

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Lorico’s collection is an introspection about the mysterious intersection of modernity and traditional spirituality, featuring urban wear that twist and follow the bizarre and rustic spirit of certain FIlipino culture. “Speculo” is a mirror or a portal to a world between what is there and the barely seen.

Marc Rancy

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Exquisite and elegant dresses worn by sophisticated women is the statement of fashion Marc Rancy expresses himself in. Decorated in experience and education from notable fashion institutions abroad, Rancy’s passion, talent, and sheer dedication allowed him to gain a strong following and a name for himself among Manila’s high society.

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Joli Garçon” is inspired by the changing times, as the world progresses back to what it was – an urban struggle of finding the balance between work and play. Centered with tailoring techniques, the new Marc Rancy collection infuses touches of romance, flair and sensuality into an otherwise masculine silhouette. With interchangeable looks, each piece from the collection can be worn from a day in the office into a late night rendezvous.

Oz Go

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With numerous notable accolades, awards, and overall experience, Oz Go brings his vision and style to the festival. His unique pieces and designs make his stamp and statement integral to the growth of the Philippine fashion industry, creating an aesthetic that is both bold and creative.

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Ballroom culture is a subculture of the LGBTQIA+ community in which you can be whoever you want to be at a ball. Where there are categories that cater to everyone, even cis gendered people.

Playground” is inspired by the chaotic, surreal, colorful and fun ballroom culture of New York City mixed with the eccentric 1990s style of clothing. The colors for this season focus on light and pastel tones combined with fuchsia pink, bronze green, lemon yellow, and hints of metallic tones. There is a play on mixing different fabrics and joining them together by embroidery and/or embossed sublimated prints. Cotton shirting, ribbed jersey, power mesh, cotton organdy, ultra-fine polyester, and jersey, are some of the fabrics featured. This collection is targeted towards people who are not afraid to experiment with colors and texture, might be an artist or art collector or people who like something unique in their closet.

R.A.F.

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Clothing for the vibrant vivacious fashion-forward women is what R.A.F. has been all about since its inception back in 2007. With flashy and glamorous designs and aesthetics, the brand has been a pioneer in redefining the norm for today’s woman’s style and identity.

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R.A.F. Spring/Summer 2022 Collection, “The Naturale,” features modernity and natural blended into the seams, rendered in colors and prints. Angular shapes and soft architecture, with contemporary silhouettes.

This collection is a forward-looking nod to jetset life with a subtle indication of respite and ease. It plays with different ​​colors and prints, gold, beige, charcoal and gray are predominantly used, while the prints bring out the warm summer vibe. These curated pieces are effortlessly chic, a perfect wardrobe staple for any sun-soaked destination.

Renan Pascon x Z-Emotion

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A champion and advocate for sustainable fashion, Renan Pacson partners with Z-Emotion to create fashion that has its designs centered around bringing sustainability and accessibility to its pieces. His designs aim to showcase quality and style while staying friendly to the environment.

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Meta Filipina” is an introduction to the new world we are entering. An uncharted territory. A whole new universe that is unknown. The collection is a whole new universe deeply-rooted in history with 7,107 chapters telling the history of Las Islas Filipinas, a glimpse of this universe that is about to unfold.

Rhett Eala

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Setting trends and seeing his visions come to life in his designs is the principle for fashion designer Rhett Eala. Using luxurious fabrics in creating pieces that caters to all kinds of women, he always brings his signature designs and style with no fail, expressed boldly in his art.

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Bright florals and patterns highlight the optimistic mood to transmit positive vibes through “Floral Psychedelia.” Play with primary bright and minimalist silhouettes such as kimonos and shift dresses make the collection stand out while still being wearable regardless of season.

S’TOI|C

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Putting emphasis on the raw and natural theme of their fashion, S’TOI|C is both exploratory and experimental with their designs. The motif of their pieces play around the idea of the amalgamated culmination of all construction techniques from past, present, and future exhibitions of the artist, creating a unique and interesting fashion approach.

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Skin. Flesh. Raw. These are the motifs of S’TOI|C’s collection. Skin signifies the texture and treatment on the fabric, asymmetrical netting to mimic the different layers of the skin. Flesh is the hue of our debut collection. And raw since it is the brand’s premiere collection. The designer aims to be straightforward with the theme, taking it as literally as possible, with no hidden meaning.

With an array of talented designers showcasing their unique and captivating designs, get ready to be mesmerized by their newest collections in the upcoming festival.