One for the guys at style origins

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Thursday, August 14, 2014


THE Style Origins series is on its fourth year as a signature event from Ayala Malls, putting together activities for fashion, music, design and lifestyle. This year’s Style Origins kicked off in Makati, traveled around Metro Manila, and visited Cagayan de Oro and Davao before coming full circle at Ayala Center Cebu.

Two fashion shows were held at the mall’s Gallery, concluding with the Mensweek show that saw the creations of Cebu’s Cary Santiago, Edwin Ao, Philip Rodriguez, Philipp Tampus and Yvonne Quisumbing together with some of the country’s sought-after designers: Anthony Ramirez, Avel Bacudio, Bang Pineda, Bea Samson, Chris Diaz, Dennis Lustico, Don Sevilla, Gian Romano, Herbert Custodio, Ivar Aseron, Jaggy Glarino, James Reyes, Jeffrey Rogador, Jerome Ang, Jerome Lorico, Joel Escober, Joey Samson, Johann Manas, M. Barretto, Nixon Marquez, Noel Crisostomo, Norman Noriega, Proudrace, Regine Dulay, Renan Pacson, Rhett Eala, Roland Alzate, Sassa Jimenez, Tonichi Nocom, Ulysses King, Willar Matteo and Ziggy Savella.

Designs ranged from corporate to formal, to complement a man’s smart, sleek and daring style. Designers made use of both classic and unconventional materials and silhouettes in a testament to style’s constant evolution.

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One of these unconventional materials was used by Edwin Ao, as he manipulated acetate lining for most of his creations while working with the concept of protection. He used a palette of black, white and gray for different versions of the three-piece suit, each with different shirt styles and trouser cuts.

Philip Rodriguez created a modern-day tuxedo for the formal suit, a staple in every man’s wardrobe. Philip’s newest translation in charcoal and gray featured a geometric brocade fabric for the coat and vest, with slim lapels for the jacket and black detailing on a white shirt of crisp pique cotton.

Cary Santiago went back in time with knits and linen pants in draped and loose shapes inspired by the Prince of Persia. To the designer, men’s street wear in today’s generation no longer has rules. Men can wear modern or classic staples for as long as they’re comfortable.

Designs by Philipp Tampus combined neutrals with a printed asymmetrical-zip hoodie, jacket and shirt. Slim-cut utilitarian-style pants finished off these fun but polished looks for business-casual wear.

The appeal of the extremes inspired Yvonne Quisumbing for her Constructed Deconstruction collection. She deliberately took a pants leg apart, finished the edges, and “placed them back together, but not quite.” She used cotton voile to suit to keep the Filipino man comfortable in the country’s climate.

The Mensweek show closed with a final shirtless walk on the runway by the models. Their washboard abs on full display was a testament to the body being a blank canvas for one’s style preferences, while certainly delighting the audience. PR

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 15, 2014.

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