MANILA, Philippines -- Colorful resort wear, showcasing locally sourced fabrics like pina and tinalak, were showcased at the Manila FAME fashion show.
Local designers are now embracing the trend of making tropical wear or resort wear a strong selling point in Philippine fashion.
International designer Josie Natori said the Philippines should focus on its strengths.
Noting that the country has made its mark in selling tropical furniture, Natori urged the fashion industry to follow this lead.
Twenty fashion and accessories designers worked together on capsule collections made to complement each other's work.
Some of these designers include fashion design icon Inno Sotto, Randy Ortiz, Jc Buendia, Rajo Laurel, Joey Samson and Jojie Lorenothers.
Designer JC Buendia said all the designers are very happy with their collaboration.
And it shows. The vibrant collections of designers symbolize the energy and renewed hope the local fashion industry feels today.
Most grateful for Manila FAME are the new and young designersm who were not only given exposure but were also mentored by Natori.
Twenty-two year old shoe designer Jun Artajo designs shoes using tinalak. He has won awards for his designs in Japan but he said he wants to be known in his own country.
Accessories designer Adante Leyesa, on the other hand, has received many orders for his hand-woven and hand-beaded handbag designs. He said his designs were made by out-of-school youths from his home town in Lipa Batangas.
Designers said their success will not only put the Philippines in the map in terms of fashion design but will provide more jobs and livelihood for many Filipinos.