A week-long celebration of fashion during this year’s Iloilo Designers Week was held from Nov. 7-12, 2017 at Robinsons Place Iloilo. It showcased talents from homegrown Iloilo fashion designers. There were fashion shows everyday with various themes like Vision and Trends, Grand Allure, Men’s Wear, Accessories and Luxe Wear.
The talented designers who put their time and effort on all their pieces just in time for Iloilo City’s most fashionable annual event were the following: Jaki Peñalosa, Bo Parcon, Aisha Peñalosa, Adrian Pe, Angel Ong, Yep Yep Mesina, Marc Fos, Alfie Desamparado, Totong Gellangarin, Xandrix Monares, Tata Pinuela, Sidney Eculla, Dauson Bermtay, Don Protasio, Armi Aligonero, Marigrace Reano, Erjohn Dela Serna, Gary Sintin, Djohn Clement, Reche Segura, Mac Taug, Jose Maria Sarmient and Poli Abastillas.
I should also give a special mention to international supermodel and Iloilo’s pride, Ria Bolivar, who graced daily runway and gala shows. Ria Bolivar walked for Mark Bumgarner, Rajo Laurel, and THE Michael Cinco. My friends and I are pretty much in awe every single time Ria Bolivar struts the runway.
The first day of runway show that I attended was the opening parade which showcased Visions and Trends of renowned Philippine designers Jaki Peñalosa (with daughter Aisha’s very own collection) and Bo Parcon. Here I present pieces from several designer shows and some after-show photos of invited guests.
Like mother, like daughter – Jaki and Aisha boasting their hablon designs. Hablon came from the Ilonggo word “habol” which means to weave especially on textiles such as pineapple and abaca. I’d love this collection for cocktail nights or on couture evenings with that stylish twist.
Bo Parcon’s collection was for that casual meets classy meets athleisure type of men. I love how his monotone pieces were subtle but elegant for the modern gentleman. The white face paint on the male models were eye-catching on the runway too.
The fourth day of runway show featured designers of accessories, luxe wear, and grand allure. BJ Chavez is a Manila-based accessories designer. His collection were earth-toned pieces consisting of giant bangles, anklets, tassel earrings, statement rings and oversized necklaces. It reflects the roots of a native Filipina with a royal exquisite taste. The models walked the runway barefoot, matching the theme of BJ Chavez’s collection of keeping it grounded with earthy colors.
MJORIAN by MARIGRACE REANO
Even on a plain top canvas, the neckpieces made a huge statement. They were unusual neckpieces that gave that little oompf in an outfit. I’ve mostly seen pearls and shells embedded in her collection.
PESBA by ARMI ALIGONERO
Pesba is short for “Pera sa Basura” which made use of recycled materials and transforming it into wearable earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. What interests me in this collection were the chic oversized bags that I feel perfect for beach trips.
I’m actually very impressed by DJohn’s collection. It has that modern floral elegance to it which I like. I also love the choice of color and the mix of designs. Plus, I admire the ribbons, the ruffled flairs, the elegance and the subtlety to it. It appears so put together from head-to-toe!
As guests of Iloilo Designers Week, my friends and I made sure that we’d show up looking all fashionably dressed up. Here are some photo snippets from backstage and from the after-shows.
The daily shows were fun, but the gala night, which was held on the last day of the event, was more glamorous with everyone pulling their most fashionable outfits at the Iloilo Convention Center. There were a lot of Ilonggo personalities, designers, models, make-up artists, fashion stylists, an Ilongga beauty queen (Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong), and esteemed guests from all over the Philippines gracing the gala night. Now that’s about it. Until the next Designers Week!