When four of the Philippines’ top fashion designers come together in one show, expect nothing but an unforgettable visual experience. Such was the case when Lulu Tan Gan, Dennis Lustico, Jojie Lloren and Cesar Gaupo collaborated creatively to stage Salon.
The brainchild of Tan-Gan and Lustico, Salon was born from the designers’ dream to present their collections just like in the old days. Two other designers who shared this vision, Gaupo and Lloren, were brought on board to complete the circle.
“We wanted the concept of the traditional salon shows, which is intimate, where the clothes are viewed at a closer distance,” says Tan Gan.
To which, Gaupo adds, “We wanted something true to the nature of fashion. We wanted to go back to the roots of fashion.”
Held last September 12 at The Peninsula Manila, Salon show-cased 15 pieces from each of the designers resulting to an interesting mix of minimalism and extra-vagance.
First among the four designers was Tan-Gan. For the fashion show, the Queen of Knit called her collection Asian Modern. It evoked a vision of romance with embellished pieces and flowy fabrics that naturally comple-mented a woman’s form.
Then, the whole feel of the show was transformed with an air of mys-tery and exotic flavor as Lloren pre-sented his collection featuring in-tricate curving shapes and flowing lines of flowers and caped dresses. “I was inspired by Art Nouveau,” he said.
Up next was Lustico. Inspired by the works of Zaha Hadid, his collection was sexy, sophisticated and pegged to the lines of architecture. In hues of white, silver, gold and black, his collection clearly represents poise and confidence.
Last but not the least was the presentation of Gaupo’s collection. Showcasing well-tailored and structural pieces in different splash of colors, Gaupo’s collections are definitely perfect for any glamorous occasions. On how he came up with his pieces, Gaupo shared, “I cannot describe my inspiration. All of a sudden, it just came to me. It’s experimental. Not based on the usual way of creating.”
So, how is this different from the rest of Manila’s abundant fashion shows? Lustico concluded, “Salon is about paying attention to the details, and making sure that the clothes are relatable and wearable. We believe that this is what women in Manila want to see and experience.”