The last show of Philippine Fashion Week is reserved for the elite designers. This year, I was fortunate to have been personally invited to the finale show by Albert Albert Andrada himself. The Filipino designer has just recently returned to the country after twenty years spent in Dubai where he designed for royalty. His collection, aptly entitled “Couleurs Royale”, was inspired by the British crown jewels. “This show will be different from the ones I’ve done before. The gowns will be simple lang talaga but very detailed. But the whole point of the show is that I’m doing it for charity. I want to give back to the community, ” Albert told me. Gina Lopez , managing director of ABS CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation chose Andrada to be a partner in the runway fundraiser for the benefit of the program Bantay Bata 163.
ON THE RUNWAY
Understated opulence best describes the luxewear collection that was shown last May 30 at the SMX Convention Center. The lead muse opened the show garbed in a dramatic fuschia-pink cloak which she later removed to reveal a white gown embellished with Swarovski crystals and feathers on the skirt.
The Skintone and Lace Pairing
The Jewel Tones
WORKS OF ART
It was my first time to attend and seat in the front row of a fashion show such as this. It was a different experience–the kind that makes me want to see another one again. I have always loved fashion. Having seen the creations up close, I found myself marvelling at the minute details of each. I can just imagine the hours spent in carefully cutting, beading and sewing each dress. Excellent craftmanship indeed!
I encourage everyone to support our local designers. They are masters, really. Wouldn’t you want to own a wearable work of art?
From top right clockwise: 1.The BQP with Arvie Dizon of Mega Magazine and PLDT AVP Ava Espanola 2. With Gina Lopez 3. With the boys of fashion – Mikkit Tenazas of Power and Beauty and Glen Ompoc of Ever New 4. With Frederick Peralta