For the very first time the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will take part in a grand fashion event in the country that will showcase the collaborative work of Dutch and Filipino designers to cap the ongoing “Manila Fashion Festival Now” on October 27.
To be held at the New World Makati Hotel, the fashion show is likewise the culminating event of a fashion exchange program that has been part of the anniversary celebrations of 65 years of diplomatic ties, and 150 years of consular ties between the Philippines and the Netherlands.
Launched in February, the anniversary celebrations, themed “Inspire Innovation: Leading Sustainable Innovations toward a Progressive World,” highlight the importance of new solutions for sustainable development while capitalizing on the common interests of Dutch and Filipinos.
“This collaboration between the talented fashion designers from the Philippines and the Netherlands provides an amazing opportunity to pave the way for sustainable fashion to be weaved into the future of design,” shares Netherlands Ambassador to the Philippines Marion Derckx.
As part of the program, the Dutch participants Zena Ankersmit, Britta Bentele, and Loes van Nijnatten flew to the Philippines in April to attend design workshops and visit embroidery centers in Lumban, Quezon and Tagaytay and handpick fabrics in Divisoria. Then in July, Filipina participants Nina Gatan, Damaris Chua, and Riza Bulawan visited the Netherlands to immerse themselves in Dutch fashion and witness one of Europe’s most prestigious fashion events, the Amsterdam Fashion Week.
At the culminating runway show, an 18-piece collection of combined Dutch and Filipino artistry created by the young designers will be presented,iInspired by the fusion of both cultures.
“We are very excited to showcase the outcome of this collaboration in one of the Philippines’ most important fashion events, the Manila Fashion Festival. We hope that this event will serve as a platform to highlight the best and most innovative fashion that both countries can offer,” adds Derckx.
The biannual Manila Fashion Festival opened successfully on October 18 at The Marquee of Edsa Shangri-La Manila, featuring the works of AirAsia, Anthony Ramirez, Cheetah Rivera, Jaz Cerezo, Acuzar, Sari Lazaro, and Folded and Hung.
Wednesday night, Day 2 of MFF Now, saw “The Face of the Philippines Season 2,” showcasing collections from Fino Leatherwear, Arin, Gabbie Sarenas, Zalora, Esme Palaganas, the Goethe Institut, and Weave by Brit Romero.
Before the Dutch-Filipino finale, four more shows are scheduled tonight through Friday. This evening’s affair will feature the winners of the Manila Fashion Festival Design Competition as co-presented by Bobson Japan]; to be followed by the runway collections of Androgyn, NCCA’s featured designers, Renan Pacson, Peft X At Control, Brit Tripudio and Timberland. On October 21, the presentations of Malou Romero, Rita Nazareno, Joey Samson, Rhett Eala and TDLG [Tweetie de Leon Gonzales] will comprise the first suite for the evening, to be followed by the collections of Lourd Ramos x Aderans, Rhett Eala, Avel Bacudio, JC Buendia, and Randy Ortiz.