I'm here in Manille na after a slight delay of our PAL flight from Bangkok. Hay, what's new with PAL, anyway?
Needless to say I'm so tired but rushed to SMX to catch half of Frederick Peralta's 25th Anniversary Show. Of course, if it's from Frederick it's dramatic, glamorous and larger than life. Saw Agot Isidro model for him
Here's Frederick being interviewed by GMA 7 after his show.
Earlier I didn't get to see my indigenous fabric entry for the opening. It was sponsored by the Fiber Industry Development Authority and the Department of Agriculture. Bo took care of my piece. He said it looked great. Tita Jaki Penalosa also showed but since all our flights were delayed she didn't get to see it also.
I borrowed Loven's camera but during the rush from Tina Daniac's house to SMX I forgot to bring it. So it's my trusty camera phone then. Sorry I didn't take any pictures from the shows coz I was seating so far behind and it was beso here and beso there with fashion people and it was just too much for me to even care. I was introduced to the 2008 winner of Campus Fashionista, Isaac. He modeled for Frederick also.
Project Runway Philippines' Bo Parcon with respected designer Barge Ramos.
Moi with Mark who I haven't seen for a long time.
All in all everyone was happy with the opening as far as the people I've talked to. The only downside I can comment was that some designers didn't show their collection for some reason. I heard rumors but you know me I won't tell. Hihihi!
Frederick's collection aside (si mother pa winner na yan, as in todo na!) I was duly impressed with the collection of Ralph Ng, although I can see too much Rei Kawakubo and i-D in the styling. But nonetheless his play of texture, tailoring and deconstruction comes from a very inspired place. I predict he will get a lot of attention from the fashion press.
And speaking of press, who did I see from the first row benches? Hmmm... Alex Vergara of the Inquirer, Camille Sison of Mega and Darryl Chang of Manila Bulletin. I don't know who came to cover for Preview and The Philippine Star. I'm sure meron pero di ko napansin.
Jeffrey Rogador and Jerome Lorico also showed their collection that night. Jerome worked with a garments manufacturer to come up with some edgy, HK RTW-like collection. It's not his main line anyway and I'm expecting a more avant garde flavor for his 10 piece collection for the Trends&Vision show.
Google PFW now and see if there's pictures of the show yesterday.
O sya, I'm getting ready pa for the show later, the Project Runway Philippines grand finals show.