Playing fashion editor here, I'm choosing my biased men's wear top picks from the shows I've seen during Philippine Fashion Week fall/winter 09 collections.
I loved the restraint and minimalist direction Aries injected into his collection. He's known to be a very good pattern magician but sometimes gets the better of him because of complicated seaming that render the garment seems unwearable and a tad costume-y. Thank goodness he held back! The subtle degrade of the first look and the use of jersey makes it very versatile. I would just add a tailored jacket if the occasion calls for it.
The ochre hue for the second one looks warm and the deep V neckline suggests the piece could double as a cardigan. The whole ensemble looks fashionable but very comfortable.
Stylist to the stars Bang Pineda creates a wonderful melange of separates that gives nod to graphic sensibility.
The muted palette enhances the impact. The longer cut of the tees are practical to cover privates that may bulge (or lack thereoff) when paired with legging-like stretch pants.
This scribble print, sleeveless variation on the trench coat is my top choice, as well as, one of the polka dot tee.
For her men's, Dimple didn't go all out, over-the-top like her womenswear. My pick is this subtle reworking of a button-down shirt paired with gingham ruched pants. The vestigial add-on just gives the look a much needed omph without sacrificing wearability.
Lorico went down the deconstructed route and came up with a collection that's conceptual but peppered with individual pieces that can be integrated into one's wardrobe.
He played with sheer and opaque fabrics in muted colors, which compliments the hard tailoring and soft draping he combines in most of his looks.
This vest is one versatile piece you can dress-up or down.
One of the few local designers I wear, Norman Noriega, stuck to what he loves best: minimal and quirky detailed clothing that's understated.
There's a sort of boxy feel to the cuts and silhouette that he showed this season. Notable also are his use of matte and shiny fabrics for contrast.
I ended up getting this strappy vest made of garter, satin and ribbon. I love how I can just pair it with a simple tee and instantly makes me look fasyon but done effortlessly.