Proudly Filipino international fashion designer Josie Natori will grace the 60th edition of Manila Fame’s “Manila Wear” exhibit with her highly anticipated island-inspired collection.
Slated from October 16 to 19 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila Wear is a bi-annual platform for the Philippines’ finest collections of tropical and resort apparel, as well as accessories and other wearables, infused with traditional yet contemporary elements.
This is the first time for Natori, whose tremendous success in the global fashion scene has long served as an inspiration for Filipino designers, to participate in this well-known initiative by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (Citem), the export-marketing arm of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI). Thus, her presence has unified 10 of the country’s most celebrated fashion designers to present their own island-inspired collections alongside the prestigious Natori Company. This select group of designers and principal proponents in Philippine fashion industry is comprised of Ivarluski Aseron, Avel Bacudio, JC Buendia, Rhett Eala, Cesar Gaupo, Rajo Laurel, Dennis Lustico, Randy Ortiz, Joey Samson, and Lulu Tan-Gan.
Natori’s participation in this year’s Manila Fame is wholly symbolic of the exhibit’s perennial message that the collections featured in the show are “Filipino and global at the same time.”
As the fashion world knows, Natori’s almost 40-year success in the global scene was inspired by an ordinary embroidered Filipiniana blouse, which she sophisticatedly turned into sleepwear.
“At the time, lingerie was either lewd or frumpy,” the former Wall Street top executive-turned-full time fashion designer recalls in her website www.natori.com. As she “worked to fill the niche in between,” she built an international lingerie empire with the brands Josie Natori, Natori, Josie and N Natori, which have since spun off the equally successful Josie Natori ready-to-wear, home, fragrance and eyewear lines.
While details on Natori’s Manila Wear island-inspired collection have yet to be revealed, what is certain is that it will carry the designer’s trademark of “merging the visual appeals of the East and West.”
To complement the resort wear collections for this year’s Manila Wear, the Filipino’s mastery in handicraft will also be exemplified in a special setting rising designers Amina Aranaz, Len Cabili, Tipay Caintic, Carissa Cruz-Evangelista, Maco Custodio, Lally Dizon, Joel Escober, Twinkle Ferraren, Emi Jorge, AdanteLeyesa, Joyce Makitalo, Arnel Papa, Malou Romero, Anne Saguil, Ken Samudio, Michelline Syjuco, and Nicole Whisenhunt. This roster of mostly familiar names specializes in designing bags, footwear, jewelry and other accessories.
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