Russell Villafuerte, Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011

Russell Villafuerte - PFW Holiday 2011

Buddhist and Hindu monks were primarily the influences (that explains the skin tone headgear) of Russell Villafuerte in making his Holiday 2011 collection aptly called Ascetism. The collection is comprised of separate pieces and one-piece ensembles, some with simplistic drapings combined with structured panels. He widely made use of  the warm orange palette accentuated with touches of gold, brown, light yellow and red.

I must admit that I’m biased towards the colour orange as my least favourite. But, in fairness, I find the overall colour combination quite decent, and I kinda like it! The fabric mostly used looks like jersey, with a combination of other fabrics such as satin, etc. The tie-dyed chiffon draping isn’t my cup of tea though. I wish he could make use of another that isn’t something like that. Au contraire, I’m digging the multi-striped patterns with knitted baubles hanging around—they’re really fun and quirky to me!

Russell Villafuerte Holiday 2011 in pictures

Russell Villafuerte, Design Fusion - PFW Holiday 2011

Russell Villafuerte, Design Fusion - PFW Holiday 2011

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Don Protasio, Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011

Don Protasio - PFW Holiday 2011

Don Protasio’s Holiday 2011 Collection is inspired by desert nomads, featuring loose, tent-shaped silhouettes in greige fabric tinged in brown and [taupe] grey. The hooded pieces certainly remind me of Jedi knights, particularly the ones donned by the guys. I like the minimalistic, free-flowing feel of the fabric. The trailing and caping add much of the dramatic, and often, mysterious flair of the whole garb. The fabric looks lightweight and comfy (kinda looks like linen to me). I find the clothes streaked in highlighted hues of light and dark grey rather pretty chic.

Pieces exude my personal vision for the wearers of this collection: unbridled freedom that allows for the joy and ease of carefree movement. – Don Protasio

Don Protasio Holiday 2011 in pictures

Don Protasio, Design Fusion - PFW Holiday 2011

Don Protasio, Design Fusion - PFW Holiday 2011

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Bo Parcon, Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011

Bo Parcon - PFW Holiday 2011

Bo Parcon made quite a kick start with black and gold ensembles, maximising the use of mesh fabric (looked like piña to me, but have to check my facts first :P) which is intricately embellished with metallic gold detailing. Some dresses have ruffled or embossed tulles–like poufs–that make up the bottom (skirt part) of the garb or are niftily placed on the sleeve. Clothes are mostly paired up with black derniere socks embellished with the same scintillating golden accent. The design is a little bit tribal mainly because of the texturised woven-like patterns and geometrical symbols, yet chic and contemporary.

That’s basically what the holidays are all about—effusing a dark, smoky and sophisticated impression without ever losing touch to the glitz and the glamour.

Bo Parcon Holiday 2011 in pictures

Bo Parcon, Design Fusion - PFW Holiday 2011

Bo Parcon, Design Fusion - PFW Holiday 2011

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