Philippine Fashion Week: 3 Superlative Seasons

A look back at some the local fashion scene’s greatest hits
NOV 26, 2015 | by Cessi Treñas PHFW-OPENER With Spring/Summer 2016 shows just around the corner, we think it’s high time to look back on Philippine Fashion Week’s achievements. Now on its 20th year, the affair has naturally garnered its fair share of milestones: its creation in 1997, its introduction of local designer collections in 2000, and in 2008, its evolution from an annual event to one staged twice a year. Throughout the course of two decades, international personalities like Kylie and Rob Jenner, Leighton Meester, and strong contenders from America’s Next Top Model gradually found their way into the line-up of select shows. Here, we recount some of PhFW’s most impactful seasons.
Gerry-Katigbak_Holiday-2009 Photo: Sandro Domingo Our local fashion week rang in its 12th year with a shift in focus. With the promotion of indigenous Filipino fabrics set as the season’s focal point, designers turned to abaca and other native materials. Gerry Katigbak, whose collection struck a balance between cultural and organic, was a standout among the slew of 100 participating designers.
SS2013 Menswear was the main attraction for PhFW’s sixteenth year. Standing their ground amongst 12 other menswear shows were Zxander Tan’s steampunk-inspired rendition of The Wizard of Oz and Anthony Nocom’s effortless assemblage of street and formal wear.
2014 64 designers, 5 days, and an appearance by supermodel David Gandy. Need we say more? 2014’s Spring/Summer shows ushered in brave silhouettes, multitudes of prints, and shrouded faces a la Dave Ocampo and Jerome Salaya Ang. The affair wrapped up with a retrospective tribute to Filipino fashion’s living legend, Ben Farrales.

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