Holds gala fashions shows in San Francisco and Paris
In the middle of run-down buildings gray with smoke and masked with graffiti, survives a woman with impeccable taste and flair. Hair disheveled but sharply clothed, she sneaks a long tulle skirt under her neoprene, oversized trench coat. Beside her walks a man in a long coat that stops mid-thigh, his hands concealed by leather gloves and his hat askew.
He, too, embraces the desolate environment by wearing all black, but eschews the sense of dread for a bit of humor in his style.
This is what “Asia’s Most Influential Designer of 2014” Avel Bacudio had in mind when he designed his latest collection: a creative mesh of drama, character, texture, and modernity. Marking his 20 years in the fashion industry, Bacudio celebrated by having back to back shows in San Francisco and Paris.
The first one in California, USA was a fundraiser co-presented by ABS-CBN’s The Filipino
Channel. An 80-piece collection that showcased the breadth of his creativity, Bacudio sent down confections in digital print, nude, ruby, and black for a spectacle deserving of the $250 front row ticket. Proceeds from the show went to the ABS-CBN International Foundation.
To cap off the night, Bacudio took his curtain call with children of the Fil-Am community in SF, all of them clad in Avel Kids sweaters.
In Paris, the designer unveiled his “Vinyl” collection at the Asian Fashion Week 2015 in Champs-Elysees. This was part of the Mercedes-Benz Stylo global launch at the Mercedes-Benz Gallery
With pieces adorned by intricate lace patterns and beadwork, Bacudio charmed and enchanted despite the hopelessness of the imaginary post-apocalyptic setting.
The best compliment? Bacudio was personally congratulated by world-renowned luxury shoe brand founder Jimmy Choo, who was guest of honor and key to the selection of designers for the Paris show.
Both the San Francisco and Champs-Elysees shows feature a capsule collection created by Bacudio to support an advocacy, which he also hopes to mount in the Philippines before the year-end.