Rule of yellow-A A +A
Thursday, February 21, 2013
LONG live the color that has become synonymous with remembrance and freedom!
It was on this day, some 27 years ago, when a civil resistance, a series of non-violent protests, marked the demise of dictatorship in the country and thus, revived democracy. From Feb. 22-25, 1986, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos marched along the stretch of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) shouting for change.
Dubbed as the People Power Revolution, it was also known as “the revolution that surprised the world.” More than that, some would refer to that event as the Yellow Revolution, what with the presence of yellow ribbons during the demonstrations that shadowed the assassination of a potential leader.
Like any historical highlight, it is but right to commemorate such triumph through no less than a laudable manner. It has got nothing to do with any political propaganda, but Live! saw it fit to gather an array of outfits that suitably speak well for the occasion.
Thus, this show is entitled the “Rule of Yellow.”
Three avid designers come together to lend their creations today, if only to evoke the glory of the Edsa Revolution and the color it calls to mind.
Barbie Alvez, Bree Esplanada and Yves Camingue share their yellow stuff for this noble purpose.
Alvez’ offering is a power of two that ooze with positive impressions. Golden yellow is said to carry the promise of an optimistic future. Holding true to that promise, these frocks seem to advance from any surrounding color and instill enlightening thoughts and energy.
These dresses celebrate “basic feminine silhouettes.” The main materials used were Japan glazed shantung and lace that affects enough idealism.
For embellishments, she used weaved natural sea grass and holograph sequins. By the looks of it, these outfits pay homage to local artisans like weavers and embroiderers.
Esplanada’s input is a set of three that shows off an arresting mix of yellow and black. Belief has it that when yellow is placed against black, the combination often makes an issue of warning. Indeed, these outfits ring an alarm for striking splendor.
He used peau de soie (say po-da-swa), also known as “skin of silk.” Printed over the heavy, smooth satin were edgy patterns of seahorse, shells and urchins. Also added were spikes to make different looks that emanate air of “rock and roll yet feminine at the same time.”
Camingue’s take is a number that owns a butter yellow color. Also known as jasmine yellow, this shade seems to symbolize clarity and awareness.
In all likelihood, this garb exudes profound polish that is never meant to be kept out of sight.
He used lined crepe fabric to come up with a lovely semi A-line dress. Accentuating the micro mini number are mixed media embellishments around the bust area. Moreover, this also serves as the designer’s “ode to the ‘60s era and retro adornment.”
Yellow and its other shades determine the meaning of expressions or idioms using this primary color. With its visible trait of purity and brightness, little wonder is there why this, of all colors, sits for the advocacy of a liberating event that was the Edsa Revolution. Yellow has attained a new meaning in fashion and history.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 22, 2013.