CONRAD Manila’s 2019 two-day bridal fair over the last weekend was not only a success but fittingly and perfectly titled. Truly inspired, “Inspired Beginnings 2019: A Bespoke Wedding Experience” was Curated by Marbee Shing-Go, editor-in-chief of Wedding Essentials, and impressively gathered the biggest names in the wedding industry to work their magic against the backdrop of the hotel’s well-appointed and enchantingly decked out events spaces.
The main highlight, of course, was a fashion show featuring the bespoke bridal collections of award-winning designers Happy Andrada, Carina Canlas and Jo Rubio.
“The wedding industry in the Philippines is a very dynamic one,” Shing-Go said at the event. “To present it in the way it should be, then, we did everything we could to showcase the creativity and the talent that is bursting in this industry.”
Indeed, there was nothing usual on the Conrad’s runway with gowns that are in every way imaginative for contemporary brides who love to take on very unique themes for their big day. They may want their wedding to be dramatic, rustic or whimsical, and the trio of designers definitely had something for them in the show.
Andrada’s pieces to start with were certainly innovative with one of her muses even wearing a pantsuit. Very experimental in her aesthetics she nonetheless added classic details in her designs which made her modern brides all the more a standout. Her silhouettes for example veered off from the usual regal shapes of wedding gowns, instead taking on straighter cuts that go wide at the bottom. Nevertheless, they were whimsical in effect and over all breathtaking.
The works of Rubio on the other hand reflected his trademark elegance with such details as carefully placed jewels, beads and lace even in his suite of barongs for the grooms. Playing with different materials and techniques, his collection was also very diverse with a range of simple and traditional wedding gowns to more experimental ones.
Finally, Canlas ingeniously devoted her collection for the members of a bridal entourage who are often overlooked in bridal fairs and fashion shows. Eye-popping to say the least, she went with rich colors and silhouettes that were definitely a contrast from typical bridesmaid dresses that are often to safe and simple. Nevertheless, these gowns were elegant and will never steal the spotlight from the bride even as they are unique creations themselves.
Bravo, three times over.