A fringe greet

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

A FEW days after the fretted-over doomsday of Dec. 21 (kudos to everyone for surviving—the alarm)comes the realization that instead of worrying about the “end of the world,” everyone should have been excited that another fruitful year is about to end and a hopefully a better one is set to begin.

The current year has proven itself to be a year of many possibilities. More than being fickle, the fashion trend has yet again proven itself dynamic in its own way. Although certain styles are gone as soon as they are born, there are also those that have lost their grip on fame only to come back and reclaim their old glory. By the way, the male models in last week’s feature were Kambiz Anzari and Jarrel Korber.

Now, as we all get used to biding year 2012 goodbye and plan to say hello to an optimistic year that is 2013, it is but high time to hear bold fashion forecast. What better way to do that than to heed some fashion ideals from designer Harley Ruedas?


Looking at all the designs, Live! saw it fit to call this display of wonderful styles as the “Fringe Greet” to the New Year. Along the way, it will be made clear why it is dubbed this way.

“There will be a dominance of blues and greens, and yellow ochre,” says Ruedas about his forecast for the global fashion of the coming year. For that reason, his Spring/Summer collection is largely characterized by “more floral prints and rose prints in bold patterns.”

 Moreover, he believes that there will be an interesting play of vibrant hues relevant to nature and that includes emerald green, apple green, eggplant violet, ochre yellow, indigo, aqua, rose pink, blood red, cord yellow, vermillion and apricot. Well, that is actually to name a few.

“Eco-friendly fabrics will become more popular such as bamboo, cotton and linen,” adds Ruedas. That also explains his choice of materials for his newest collection of 10 exquisite outfits, which actually walked the runway at the recent Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013.

More specifically, he used stretchable printed bamboo, shimmering bamboo fabric and stretchable cotton printed lace for his set of impeccable evening dresses.

If only to spice things up for the ladies, he also employed a bit of lace with dotted pattern and some shimmering silver lace.

Hardest to miss among the comely details are the long fringes on several femme numbers. That also explains this feature’s title. Even those attributes were well-pronounced in his set of men’s wear, of which Ruedas used some stretchable linen set in red, chocolate brown and orange.

Taking inspiration from acoustic music while getting the vibe of the 20s, Ruedas suggests that a lady wearing these styles should go for a makeup that translates into “a more natural and feminine look” to best complement these gowns. And that is how you do the “fringe greet.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 28, 2012.


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