Say goodbye to traditional red cheongsams to greet Chinese New Year on February 19 and update your wardrobe not just for style but also for luck. The Manila Times gathers fresh fashion inspirations from upcoming collections on the local runway and the regional stage in this special feature.
Take your pick and usher the Year of Sheep looking fabulously lucky.
Shanghai style meets Pinay boho
Noted Filipina designer Patis Pamintuan Tesoro is all set to present her latest interpretation of Chinoiserie, an artistic theme rooted in 17th century Europe, which continues its reinvention to this very day.
The runway show is titled Chinoiserie a Sofitel Manila, and will feature the designer’s 40-piece “La Collection Rouge” for Rustan’s at the hotel.
“In this collection, Shanghai beauty meets Boho Filipiniana,” said Tesoro at the launch of Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Chinese New Year celebrations. To achieve the look, the designer embellished her signature handwoven piña with Chinese motifs—mystical creatures and elaborate flora—such as those seen on intricate porcelain and lacquerware. Tesoro employed various techniques for this including embroidery, beadwork, and even painting, all of which were meticulously done by hand.
Looking every bit luxurious—and auspicious—evening dresses and two-piece ensembles make up the sizeable collection. Chinese umbrellas with handmade embellishments complete the look as accent accessories.
Meanwhile, the color palette is comprised of red hues with occasional blues like turquoise.
Sofitel general manager Adam Laker expressed pride in working with Tesore for such a unique fashion show. “Sofitel is privileged and honored to present this collection from foremost Filipina designer Patis Pamintuan Tesoro, who has been collaborating with French curators of the Festival International des Textiles Extra Ordinaires to promote Filipino arts and crafts.”
Tesoro had just come from exhibiting in Lyon, France’s Le Musee Bargoin, a museum of tapestry. In the Philippines, she is recognized as one of the leading advocates of local textile, most especially the piña.
Following Tuesday’s fashion show, La Collection Rouge will be available at Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Towers.
Modern Chinese aesthetics
To welcome the Year of the Sheep, Southeast Asian online store Zalora has rolled out a bold and opulent collection that is perfect not only for the festive season but also wearable for the rest of the year.
The astounding 150-piece fashion assemblage present modern interpretations of traditional Chinese wear.
“Our collection pays tribute to traditional Chinese aesthetics interpreted in contemporary silhouettes to help dress the modern woman,” Regine King, Zalora Philippines head of Category Management, elaborated.
Comprised of a mix of peplum tops, playsuits, and fit or flare dresses, the pieces incorporate interesting fabrics like jacquard and neoprene with lace and oriental bloom prints.
Modern silhouettes and cuts are accented with mandarin collars and other Chinese-influenced prints, while a strong palette of auspicious red, bright rose and darker wines make for color schemes. To keep the overall look modern, hints of blue, white and coral also pop up in a number of designs.
“Our collection gives women the chance to celebrate heritage without looking dated. It also empowers them to style freely as each piece can match any modern fashion accessory,” concluded Paulo Campos, Zalora Philippines’ managing director.
For details log on to www.zalora.ph.