Enter Roxanne Hoey’s studio in Alabang and be greeted by lavenders, pinks and blues with shots of brown, gold and silver. These are the dominant colors of the designer’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection called Enrapture, launched on February 28.
Inspired by the colors of Provence and the fairy tale “Twelve Dancing Princesses,” Roxanne channels every girl’s dream closet into one collection. Each piece is light and fun while still maintaining the structured and tailored appearance that has become her trademark.
Enrapture is a far cry from the designer’s debut collection last year, which was much darker in both colors and design. According to Roxanne her first collection was inspired by San Francisco’s weather, specifically the fog.
This one is probably happier to the eye because she spent a full year in Manila where lighter fabrics and colors are more appropriate.
She adds that her favorite of the 16-piece collection is actually an old design, one she has hidden away for a while; a light cream tent dress that is simple, flowy, and very feminine. Just a bit of texture is seen in the use of two different fabrics, a concept that drove the creation of all the other pieces in this current collection.
We look forward to more of Roxanne’s creations in the next season! Roxane is a Filipina who studied fashion design in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.
Living in the US for eight years, she returned in the Philippines to pursue her dreams, thus her eponymous fashion brand.
Meanwhile, Filipino designer Oliver Tolentino was busy again this year at the Oscars. The Hollywood designer dressed the wife of a director nominee for the 87th Academy Awards and the star of a television series for the most prestigious after party.
Best Director nominee Morten Tyldum escorted his beautiful wife Janne Tyldum to the 2015 Oscars in Tolentino’s stunning gun metal, fully hand-beaded bareback column gown accented with a black crepe de chine detachable train and featuring a plunging neckline.
Tyldum’s husband was nominated for directing The Imitation Game, which also was nominated for Best Picture. Its writer, Graham Moore, won the Best Adapted Screenplay award before giving a memorable speech about the challenges of growing up gay.
Later at the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party, actress Eliza Taylor walked the red carpet in an Oliver Tolentino. Taylor is the star of The 100, a TV show on the CW Network. She chose a black eyelet silk organza ball gown with an off-white bustier inner mermaid gown. The following day, the actress tweeted the designer, “Thank you for making me feel like a princess!”
Tolentino, whose gowns regularly appear on Hollywood red carpets, made fashion history last year when he dressed an Oscar winner at the 86th Academy Awards (Frozen’s director Jennifer Lee), the first Filipino designer in 53 years to do so.
Pitoy Moreno was the first Filipino designer to dress a winner at the Oscars when, 54 years ago, his gown was worn by Rita Moreno (no relation) to win for her role in West Side Story.
To Oliver, continue to dress up the Hollywood celebrities and make the Philippines proud!