‘Fashion Rhapsody 2013’: Subdued holiday fashion

The must-have this season—lace on nude

The must-have this season—lace on nude

Even the often bold and colorful holiday fashion will be downplayed this year—perhaps as a way to sympathize with the thousands of Filipinos who continue to be affected by the recent calamities in the Visayas.

This was evident at the staging of Shangri-La Plaza Mall’s “Fashion Rhapsody 2013” to showcase the holiday collections of its apparel stores and labels. Held at the mall’s Grand Atrium, the fashion show presented an array of subdued ensembles, be it casual for daytime or elegant for nighttime.

Nevertheless, some things still remained grand as it is Christmastime, what with a breathtaking life-size centerpiece of a scene straight out of the Antartic—a winter wonderland of moving animals—for all mallers to enjoy for the rest of the season.

Luxury brand Escada embraces earth tones

Luxury brand Escada embraces earth tones

As the runway came to life with Yuletide carols, “Fashion Rhapsody” began with a collection of casual and laid-back looks for both men and women mostly in different shades of gray. International menswear label Arrow was first to reveal a three-piece gray ensemble that comprised of a pinstriped dress shirt, a casual jacket and a pair of slacks. The look was comfy corporate.

Three different brands—Debenhams, Gant and Bauhaus—together whipped up with the same vibe for men, in dark pieces of long-sleeved tops and black denims, accentuated with gray scarves or jackets.

A splash of color finally took the runway when Ben Sherman paraded its red trousers though still paired with a black and gray combo for the top.

Ben Sherman parades a splash of color with this red trousers

Ben Sherman parades a splash of color with this red trousers

Pops of color appeared here and there as AX1’s maroon-gray-black checkered polo shirt, and Nautica’s navy-gray striped cardigan worked the catwalk.

Nautica carried on with the fashion show as the much awaited ladies wear suite ensued, with a bold red-orange cotton dress subdued with a stylish beige nylon blazer.

Again, the somber colors took the stage with labels Bauhaus, Gant and Onitsuka Tiger parading their season’s best, but still with fun and fresh accents, thanks to graphic tops, snakeskin leggings, and hip shorts.

Luxury brand Escada meanwhile chose to embrace earth tones in a classy corporate collection featuring a collared, moss trench coat paired with streamlined brown dress pants. The look was topped off with a leopard-printed scarf that had touches of fuchsia.

Celebrate elegance in orange from Rustan’s

Celebrate elegance in orange from Rustan’s

Capping off the show was a spectacle of dressier outfits for eveningwear. Daniel Hetcher for men presented a collection of grayish dress shirts and pants and an array of classic leather shoes.

Arrow’s debonair was clothed in a black suit softened up with gray piping and a bowtie; while Marks & Spencer presented its contemporary gentleman in an all-black matching polyester suit with subtle vertical stripes.

The women’s holiday collection mostly comprised of shorter frocks in a sparkly and metallic palette to reflect the spirit of the season. Among the labels featured were Top Shop and Bebe.

Still another ladies’ trend emerged from a figure-hugging black lace dress over a nude bodice from stylish brands Warehouse, K&Company and Marks & Spencer.

Marks & Spencer’s contemporary gentleman

Marks & Spencer’s contemporary gentleman

Warehouse, Mango and The Ramp by Crossings all presented a mix and match of black and white.

Finally Rustan’s Department Store brought on the sophistication with its collection of floor-length dresses in elegant cuts and silhouettes.

The colors of Christmas may be subdued this year, but fashion still celebrates creativity and artistry in the merriest of ways.


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