• PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK HOLIDAY 2013: From beginning to end


    Filipina supermodel Charo Ronquillo is Michael Cinco’s showstopper in this Russian czarina-inspired gown

    Cinco and Andrada’s homecoming showstoppers
    As the proverbial curtain rose and fell at the style extravaganza that was the Philippine Fashion Week (PFW) Holiday 2013 from May 22 to 25, The Manila Times was ever present for the all-important opening and closing shows at the SMX Convention.

    For these, PFW executive producer Joey Espino and his team pulled out all the stops and invited internationally renowned Filipino designers Michael Cinco and Albert Andrada, who have both established names and fashion houses in Dubai.

    Both known as couturiers to royal in the United Arab Emirates, the pair did not disappoint PFW’s discerning audience, what with Cinco’s dazzling Swarovski-decked gowns and Andrada’s masterfully structured dresses.

    Cinco’s ‘Russian dream’
    There was no stopping Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco in bringing on the drama, mystery, romance and grandeur of fashion in his aptly titled collection, “The Impalpable Dream of Russia.”

    Inspired by the old-world nation, Cinco strayed from bright and loud colors, and presented a palette of whites, nudes, blushes and blacks, as he recently did on the runways of Los Angeles and Dubai.

    The master of intricate detailing and cutout patterns, Cinco’s opening act was inspired by Russian art deco patterns, embroidered on soft nude-blush tulle. The mid-length and full dresses beautifully hugged every feminine curve with the turtleneck as the recurring detail. Every piece was a delicate work of art with crystal and pearl embellishments reflecting the lights from every angle of the runway.

    The romantic mood quickly shifted to dramatic mystery in the second act as Cinco paraded a collection that mixed the elements of Russian ballerinas and czarinas’ costumes. Truly breathtaking, the designer heavily beaded yards of sheer black fabric with shimmering black Swarovski to accentuate the models’ figures and cover intimate parts. Think Black Swan but with style and glamour raised so many notches higher.

    Still part of the second act was the surprising pairing of black-sequined ball gowns with sharp black suits, and of course the black and red crystal tiaras that bespoke power and splendor.

    For his showstoppers, Filipina supermodels Charo Ronquillo and Chat Almarvez graced the runway in the grandest pieces of the truly grand collection. A thousand petals on one, and layers and layers of tulle on the other, Cinco’s magnificent pieces fittingly celebrated his 20th year in fashion that evening.

    Andrada’s return
    After successfully working in Dubai for two decades, Albert Andrada is back in the country for good. The celebrated designer announced his plans early this year, and also reveled his return would be marked by a show at Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2013. He did so to a rousing success at the grand finale of PWF.

    In an interview with MegaStyle.ph, Andrada said that he would introduce plum as the new black for his Holiday collection. Thus, the designer filled the runway with every gradient of the dark purple, with accents of gold and black to bring them to life.

    In his opening suite, Andrada used rich earthy tones of bronze and dark plum with sheer overlays, sequined details and white paisley appliqués for a rustic romantic feel. This was followed by a futuristic set of silver dresses with lots of frills.

    The next act was comprised of gold dresses in wonderfully defined structures, drapes and sheer organza overlays.

    Not forgetting the men, Andrada featured bulky suits in plum-colored fabrics with splashes of rust, and paired with gray khakis. Echoing the look for women, he used the same fabric for cocktail dresses, which ended his highly sophisticated presentation.


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