It’s been a while since I watched a fashion show or attended a fashion week but the Manila Fashion Festival was a different experience. I have a lot of friends who are studying or entering the fashion scene and I know the struggle of breaking into the industry. #MnlFashionFest by Art Personas have been addressing that and helping young and upcoming designers and seasoned ones as well to make their fashion stage their own.
There were lots of talks (by Preview Magazine), shows including young designers and exhibits where creations can be bought. During the last day, I brought our balikbayan and my cousin, Ashley, from the US who’s also studying fashion design there to see our works and she really liked the uniqueness, creativity and boldness of most of the collections.
Last Sunday, I watched the second to the last show of the Fashion Festival featuring designers Banggo Niu, Bea Samson, Esme Palaganas and Tony Evan. Art Personas CEO Ronnie Cruz mentioned in the introduction that the showcase of these young and upcoming designers is what the festival is all about.
I knew Banggo (from SLIMS common friends) and I liked his work ever since he released his first collection. I am really attracted to his fresh and playful designs. I also liked Tony Evan’s collection which featured bold cut-outs and skin-tight designs.
Here are more from the designers.