Going long for summer
- Bea J. Ledesma () - December 21, 2011 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Designers at Fashion Watch looked to summer when delivering their collections over the past months. Once surveyed, we discovered that designers loathed over-designed platforms and the Kardashians, while they loved Filipiniana, color and, well, boyfriends. For summer 2012, we deciphered the trends to look forward to.

Casting slouch

Is nothing more relaxed than a slouchy top and equally loose bottom? Some designers found ease in the laid-back silhouette, a smart option that allows a body to breathe during the hot summer months.

Floral examination

There’s a hint of flower child and ’80s power woman in the two designers who’ve taken up the gauntlet. Arcy Gayatin went for OTT florals embellished on black cocktail dresses, while Philip Rodriguez sent out Valentino-inspired soft gowns in a sweet cornflower.

Let the bright one in

Summer garb packs a powerful punch, thanks to the colorful clothes that made their way to the runway. Whether neon, vivid primaries or light prints, color is having a major moment — again.

Sheer leader

Whether it’s lace, eyelet or tulle, designers are baring all — in a more sophisticated manner. Jun Escario opted for a new combination of embellished linen with cutouts. Ivar Aseron masterfully patterned a cutout dress after fallen leaves, while JC Buendia and Philip Rodriguez delivered sly peekaboo blouses with a hint of flesh visible under lace and sheer fabric.

Maxi fad

Though summer often means mini, designers went a more modest route, sending out model after model in floor-skimming numbers. Patrice Ramos-Diaz had a slouchy, gray number, Jerome Lorico mixed urban materials with soft knits in a jacket-covered, body-skimming dress in gray. Norman Noriega and James Reyes delivered dark long dresses in slouchy silhouettes, while Dennis Lustico sent out a more formal ensemble with a slightly pouffy skirt.

Following suit

The ladies’ pantsuit returns to form, this time in trim, close-hugging silhouettes and bolder wide-leg pants. Ivar Aseron and Joey Samson have a knack for sharp cuts that work either at the office or playground, while Dennis Lustico turned to shapes that paid homage to a classically-garbed Jackie O.

ARCY GAYATIN BUENDIA AND PHILIP RODRIGUEZ DENNIS LUSTICO FASHION WATCH IVAR ASERON IVAR ASERON AND JOEY SAMSON JACKIE O JEROME LORICO JUN ESCARIO
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