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:
I hear Michelle Lim specialises in creations made of the PiÃ±a (pineapple) fabric and I did notice it used in this collection. However, she also made use of other materials.
You can also see that she focused more on solid, thematic colours. Dipping in on popular hues.
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.
This show reminds me of the importance of choosing the right model for your dresses. I reckon, designers can learn from this.
It’s beneficial for you and your work to really do your homework in choosing the right body frame to wear them.
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?
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.
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.
But if you look past the points mentioned above, it’s quite a treat to see fantastic details.
Admire the western influences and global trends applied on the designs.
And then there’s the personal rendition of locally inspired appliques fused with a more contemporary design.
I love the luxurious layers of fabrics. Tiered, monochromatic. Creates an illusion of Edwardian underwear worn alone or gives the onlooker a peek.
Love the finale gown and what the designer was wearing. Congratulations to Michelle Lim for an amazing set.
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