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Feature: Highlights from CPFW Fashion Premiere Night (Part One)


 

L-R: Kim Gan, Noel Crisostomos, Leonard Co & Norman Noriega

L-R: Kim Gan, Noel Crisostomo, Leonard Co & Norman Noriega

 

 

Filipino fashionable summit. 

 

 

By: Hina P. Ansari

Photography by  Alan Flores/CPFW

 

 

 

PLDT Canada Philippine Fashion Week made its home in Toronto during the week of June 15-20th. The very first fashion week of its kind piqued with a fantastical fashion night at Toronto’s prestigious Roy Thomson Hall.

 

CPFW presents GALA PREMIERE: PHILIPPINE FASHION’S BIGGEST NIGHT had a solid list of uber-chic designers — most who came in from Manila —  to present their collection in variety of themed runway shows.

 

The evening kicked off with fashion presentation called “Manila Chic”. Where select designers was given an opportunity to present a collection which they feel best reflects the urban cosmopolitan fashion vibe of present-day Manila. Check out the fab photos below. And stay tuned for more coverage from this very special evening.

 

 

Bench by Roland Alzate

Roland brought to the evening two separate collections. The first, was in the capacity of him being the womenswear designer of the popular Filipino clothing brand, Bench. In turn, it’s the perfect way to introduce Manila chic to the Canadian fashionable masses. With edgy tailoring and whimsical infusions of pop cultural imagery, Bench by Roland Alzate captures the modernity that is very much embraced in the urban neighbourhoods of bustling Manila and beyond. Pops of colour and giving the men a laid back tropical feel completes this storyboard.

 

 

Bench by Roland Alzate

Bench by Roland Alzate

 

Bench by Roland Alzate

Bench by Roland Alzate

 

Bench by Roland Alzate

Bench by Roland Alzate

 

Bench by Roland Alzate

Bench by Roland Alzate

 

Bench by Roland Alzate

Bench by Roland Alzate

 

Bench by Roland Alzate

Bench by Roland Alzate

 

Bench by Roland Alzate

Bench by Roland Alzate donned by Ria Bolivar (left) 

 

Designer, Roland Alzate

Designer, Roland Alzate

 

 

Brian Maristela

This Filipino-Canadian designer brings forth a fantastic fusion appeal combining both cultures without looking costumey. His pièce de résistance is his while Terno dress — donned by CPFW’s Spokesmodel Keisha Papasin – which became the visual stamp of PLDT Canada Philippine Fashion Week, featured in the marketing and advertising components. He continues to flirt with punches of colour, strategically placed in his jewel toned collection.  The looks are wonderfully varied. Gorgeous deep blue suits for men, fabulous ivory shirts softened with embroidery finishes, inspired by the traditional Filipino Barong Tagalog mens shirt ,as well as bringing a hardened edge to the Terno (the traditional butterfly sleeve as seen in traditional Filipino womenswear) with that gorgeous black number. Maristela successfully merges both worlds without losing their respective identities.

 

 

Brian Maristela's iconic Terno gown as seen in CPFW advertisements

Brian Maristela’s iconic Terno gown as seen in CPFW advertisements

 

Brian Maristela

Brian Maristela

 

Brian Maristela

Brian Maristela

 

Brian Maristela

Brian Maristela

 

Brian Maristela

Brian Maristela

 

Brian Maristela

Brian Maristela

 

Brian Maristela

Brian Maristela as donned by CPFW’s Spokesmodel Kesiah Papasin 

 

Designer, Brian Maristela

Designer, Brian Maristela

 

Kim Gan

This Manila-based designer who designs for GAKUYA fashion house, is known to  have her creations  donned by global red carpet beauties. Kim relishes in the classic silhouette. With her style icons including Audrey Hepburn and brands such as Chanel, you can see her bountiful reverence for the timeless in this collection. Her sultry colours reflect a summery sherbet-like  sensibility along with the incredible jewels, which she also designed, Kim knows what works for her and for her clientele. Her “Manila Chic” is one word: vibrant.

 

 

Kim Gan

Kim Gan

 

Kim Gan

Kim Gan

 

Kim Gan

Kim Gan

 

Kim Gan

Kim Gan

 

Kim Gan

Kim Gan donned by Filipina supermodel, Joy Caralde Yumul (right) 

 

Kim Gan

Kim Gan as donned by Filipina supermodel, Ria Bolivar 

 

Designer, Kim Gan

Designer, Kim Gan

 

 

Leonard Co

He brought to the stage an eclectic mix of Barong Tagalog shirts as a result, adding a much needed masculine flavour to the evening’s scene. Each boasts its own level of elegance and undeniably crispin tailoring, these shirts displayed Leonard’s specialty in embroidery. Undeniably tropical in its vibe, this certainly is something you could see be embraced by the movers and shakers during a night out lounge-hopping in Manila.

 

Leonard Co

Leonard Co

 

Leonard Co

Leonard Co

 

 

Leonard Co

Leonard Co

 

Leonard Co

Leonard Co

 

Leonard Co

Leonard Co

 

Leonard Co

Leonard Co

 

Leonard Co

Leonard Co

 

Designer, Leonard Co

Designer, Leonard Co

 

 

Noel Crisostomo

This Canadian designer who moved to Manila in 2007, successfully was able to merge his North American design aesthetic with those of his heritage resulting in something modern with a hint of sentimentality. His Spring/Summer 2012 collection was heralded by the Filipino fashion editorial circles as “Season’s Best Collection” an accolade handed to him by the editorial world of Philippine fashion magazines. Noel was familiar to the global fashion landscape as he also held the lead position to the design team of the international brand Ports 1961 White Label collection in China.  His present collection, which includes stunning tailored dresses that harken the golden age of fashion (with obvious nods to the classics of the salon-era made famous by Dior) as well as his textural work with eye-catching suits and three dimensional treatment, giving each ensemble a feast for all senses.

 

 

Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo

 

Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo

 

Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo

 

Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo as donned by Filipina supermodel, Joy Caralde Yumul (right)

 

Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo

 

Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo

 

Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo as donned by Filipina supermodel, Ria Bolivar (left) 

 

Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo

 

Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo

 

Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo as donned by Filipina supermodel, Joy Caralde Yumul (left) 

 

Noel Crisostomo

Noel Crisostomo as donned by Filipina supermodel, Ria Bolivar (left) 

 

Designer, Noel Crisostomos

Designer, Noel Crisostomos

 

 

Norman Noriega

There’s no mistaking a Norman Noriega design. Linear, sexy, minimalist all wonderfully swimming in a seductive depth of layers is what this designer relishes in. He admits to getting his creative juices flowing when listening to rock icons such as Patti Smyth or the The Rolling Stones. Obvious injections of that appeal can be found in his collection. Famous for designing in only black and white, this time around he felt the need to strike colour chords with his red and stunning gold ensembles. Slick. Sexy. Edgy. Very Norman Noriega.

 

Norman Noriega

Norman Noriega

 

Norman Noriega

Norman Noriega

 

Norman Noriega

Norman Noriega

 

Norman Noriega

Norman Noriega

 

Norman Noriega

Norman Noriega

 

Norman Noriega

Norman Noriega

 

Norman Noriega

Norman Noriega as donned by Filipina supermodel, Joy Caralde Yumul (right) 

 

Norman Noriega

Norman Noriega as donned by Filipina supermodel, Ria Bolivar (left)

 

Norman Noriega

Norman Noriega

 

Designer, Norman Noriega

Designer, Norman Noriega

 

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza is noted for his reverence to his people, culture and artisans. He creates only when it offers up an opportunity for him to teach fellow citizens on ways to be self-sustainable. Conscious about his carbon footprint, Ablaza only uses natural materials (including an incredibly eye-popping use of coconut!) in all of his ensembles and travels to the ends of The Philippines teaching his ever expanding community of artisans. His collection Panama  celebrates the various cultural motifs while giving it a fresh modern edge.

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza as donned by Filipina supermodel, Joy Caralde Yumul  (right)

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza as donned by Filipina supermodel, Ria Bolivar (right) 

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza as donned by Filipina supermodel, Joy Caralde Yumul 

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza as donned by CPFW’s Spokesmodel, Kesiah Papasin (right) 

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza as donned by Miss Universe Canada 2013, Riza Santos (right)

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza

 

John Ablaza

John Ablaza as donned by Filipina supermodel, Ria Bolivar

 

Designer, John Ablaza

Designer, John Ablaza

 

 

Roland Alzate

Presenting his very own collection at this year’s fashion week, Roland’s training at UK’s Central St. Martins of London is quite evident all through his presentation. Buoyed by his  intricate attention to detail including his fantastic rope/weave work, gorgeous textiles and the use of light embracing fabrics, gives his overall look an ethereal movement. Peplum detailing in the soft blue suit and the incredible head-to-toe ruffled number gives one a chance to really go out there, to then safely return to the warm embrace of feminine modernity.

 

Roland Alzate

Roland Alzate

 

Roland Alzate

Roland Alzate

 

Roland Alzate

Roland Alzate

 

Roland Alzate

Roland Alzate

 

Roland Alzate

Roland Alzate

 

Roland Alzate

Roland Alzate

 

Roland Alzate

Roland Alzate as donned by Filipina supermodel Ria Bolivar (right) 

 

 

 

 

Photography by  Alan Flores/CPFW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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