Words by RJ Roque
There’s a noticeable change in Mark Bumgarner’s offerings as the designer strayed from showcasing the full regalia of his signature ball gowns at the #MEGAFashionWeekSS18. That is not to say that the magnificence the designer is known for is absent—he merely translated the grandeur of red carpet-ready gowns into wearable pieces: separates of asymmetrical tops and jacquard cigarette pants were shown while shoulder-baring dresses were balanced with billowing sleeves and exaggerated silhouettes. Brocade ruffled coats and crystal-encrusted gowns in various pastel hues and jewel tones channeled Mark’s signature eleganza.
When asked about his design process for this particular collection, Mark shares that it was actually a trip to Europe, wherein he stopped at London and Italy to source new fabrics, that started everything. He was enamored by the different lavish textiles. In fact, he even had it all shipped to his home so that he could start production. Mark hopes that his newfound international market would love the collection as much as they did with his couture creations as he will be releasing them on international shopping website, Moda Operandi.
Photos taken by Studio 100
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