TO describe Cleopatra’s allure, Shakespeare coined a phrase that many women today would forfeit the better part of their bank account to hear: “Age cannot wither her.”
Yet the passage of time can, and does, change our ideas about what constitutes a beautiful face. Well, an army of women defined the true meaning of it in one night. Just imagine how fast it has traveled by word of mouth.
Their minds came together for a reason. Last March 12, the members of Zugbuana Jaycees organized a fashion show called “Women for Women.” It featured the latest pieces made by Cebuano designers for the benefit of the Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors (Forge) and the Rescuing Sexually Exploited Children Under Eighteen (Rescue) organization.
Push your imagination further, and you might envision Arcy Gayatin sprinkling the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert on her collection. No, not that the collection was grainy. No, it was a varied line of resort and summer evening gowns that she describes as “easy glamour”—and used colors like beige, which recalls the color of desert sand.
Wild imaginings of Africa could have also inspired her to deliver animal-printed tops. Or how about the magenta sundress with silver appliqués and sexy slit to show a little tease?
Like Gayatin, Kate Torralba (or KT), as always, thought of the woman first. But nobody can take away her love for prints and unusual color blocking. She was also very experimental with hemlines: handkerchief and bubble skirts styled with one-shoulder tops, comfortable tubes and a lot of V-neckline.
“I wore this sensational, out-of-the-ordinary and colorful ensemble by Kate Torralba. Suffice to it to say, I definitely had fun in it and an amazing time with the rest of the KT girls,” shares real estate entrepreneur Jaja Chiongbian-Rama, who wore a pair of Harlem pants and a Venus top. She was also one of the models.
“But most especially, walking the catwalk for the benefit of the Forge and Rescue project to save sexually-abused, exploited and high-risk children and raise further awareness on human trafficking was a great experience. And it was such an honor to be a part of it,” she continued.
Meanwhile, Loalde was all about consistency. The classic lace in black and white dominated the capsule of party dress. After all, Nia Durano-Aldeguer, the brand’s lead designer and creative director, is particular about combining classic and modern fashion.
“The collection was about black and white cocktail dresses that range from silk to lace, all in a couture-quality and limited collection. They’re seasonally updated with playful chic accents of ribbons, oversized belts and vintage-inspired jewels.
The collection ranged from glam jackets, to tailored tops to romantic and delicate trimmed dresses that carry a casual and trendy elegance,” Aldeguer described. The event also included Jun Escario, Cary Santiago, Mango, Top Shop, and Orange Juice.