Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009, Michelle Lim

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Sometimes, the reason why I’m not all too excited about checking out collections from local designers is, it can be expected that I’ll just be seeing gowns with elaborate and intricate designs, accents and embellishments. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I find them bland or poorly made, in fact, it’s the opposite. Most works are enchanting and wonderful. It’s something to be admired and be proud of.

However, Philippine fashion isn’t all about cocktail parties, heck, folks in Manila hardly dress formal. Gowns are saved for debutantes, brides, Reyna Elenas or pageants. And even when one would attend a formal occasion, people wouldn’t really show up in billowy skirts that reaches the floor or wear organza, taffeta or chiffon made dresses.

It’s actually baffling how local designers excel in evening wear and everything formal but lack in the RTW department.

Enough about that, let’s focus on the Holiday 2009 collection by Michelle showcased during the recently concluded Philippine Fashion Week 2009.

Here are some show samplers:

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

I hear Michelle Lim specialises in creations made of the Piña (pineapple) fabric and I did notice it used in this collection. However, she also made use of other materials.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

You can also see that she focused more on solid, thematic colours. Dipping in on popular hues.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

I particularly appreciate the set that included dresses with more billowy, fluid asymmetric hemlines. They look very feminine, romantic, and seemingly perfect for beach weddings.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

This show reminds me of the importance of choosing the right model for your dresses. I reckon, designers can learn from this.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

It’s beneficial for you and your work to really do your homework in choosing the right body frame to wear them.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Don’t hire the model just because they’re popular (though that can help, I guess) but if you want to optimise the show, wouldn’t it be better for your audience to see a dress’ potential and real beauty if it’s worn properly?

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Some of the dresses I saw in Michelle Lim’s show would’ve been better highlighted on the catwalk had it been worn by a more suitable model.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

These dresses ended up looking awkward and simple. It’s also distracting to see models ruin dresses (literally) and fail to carry the dress well.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

But if you look past the points mentioned above, it’s quite a treat to see fantastic details.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Admire the western influences and global trends applied on the designs.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

And then there’s the personal rendition of locally inspired appliques fused with a more contemporary design.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

I love the luxurious layers of fabrics. Tiered, monochromatic. Creates an illusion of Edwardian underwear worn alone or gives the onlooker a peek.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Love the finale gown and what the designer was wearing. Congratulations to Michelle Lim for an amazing set.

Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009 - Michelle Lim | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Fashion

Now, I give the floor to you folks. Were you able to catch any of the shows during the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2009? What do you think of the current state of Philippine fashion? Thoughts on Michelle Lim’s collection are also welcome.

Photo © 2009 Sasha Manuel

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Comments

  1. “Sometimes, the reason why I’m not all too excited about checking out collections from local designers is, it can be expected that I’ll just be seeing gowns with elaborate and intricate designs, accents and embellishments.”

    Hi, Sasha. I was actually wondering the same thing myself. It’s like they’re stuck on the idea of fashion = gowns/dresses. Like on Project Runway: Philippines, that’s all they ever do. Where’s the street wear? Business outfits? Swimsuits? Sportswear? Shoes, bags and accessories?

    “It’s actually baffling how local designers excel in evening wear and everything formal but lack in the RTW department.”

    Have you seen Rajo Laurel’s RTW line (I think it’s called Rajo!)? OMG, it’s cringe-worthy! http://www.houseoflaurel.com

  2. I wish michelle lim have a website :( does she? if she does please tell me i dont know what is it called thanks!
    ~MhikieF

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