Fashion and Beauty

What to wear for the next lockdown?

GLOSS THE RECORD - Marbbie Tagabucba - The Philippine Star
What to wear for the next lockdown?
Axel Arigato

Now more than ever, we need comfort. Comfort from the reassuring hug of a soft fabric, joy from beholding something beautiful, or the priceless confidence of wearing something well-made.

As Metro Manila goes into ECQ, our fashion focus is back on how clothes make us feel rather than their aesthetic value — but it’s always better to have both and more.

The optimistic post-pandemic trends are not lost in this season’s offerings because even the newest incarnations of workwear are inspired by the ease of loungewear, and sweats and knits are statement-making enough to be worn for your next day out. That’s what I saw from the latest selections at Assembly, the multi-brand concept store giving Manila current season picks from new and emerging international brands from the showrooms of Paris, Tokyo, London, and New York since 2016.

2nd Palette

On neutral ground

Give your trusty white sneakers a break. The beiges and blacks come in retro silhouettes at Axel Arigato sneakers. With or without shoes, keep your feet warm in the great air-conditioned indoors with the delicate, sheer beauty of Japanese brand 2nd Palette socks.

Art of Scribble
Christopher Kane
Mihara Yasuhiro

Raising the BAA

Now that many of us are realizing that we can live in sweats 24/7, nobody wants to give it up. But comfy doesn’t mean sloppy. At Assembly are three perspectives: Maison Mihara Yasuhiro’s deconstructed take on the good ol’ reliable top, in relaxing lilac with a tie-on hoodie by Scandinavian label CMMN SWDN; the British designer Christopher Kane’s positivity-seeking daily mantra “More Joy” in black; and Korean graphic jersey wear Art of Scribble wishes you three times the luck.

Christopher Kane

The knit crowd

I used to equate knits with chunky and cozy goodness made for tucking in with the latest editions of Monocle and book selections from Assouline, Phaidon, and Thames & Hudson (all available at Assembly!), until the past year changed all that and gave it a sexy new lease on life.

Winner of the Vogue Fashion Fund and five British Fashion awards, Christopher Kane does it in silver lamé mesh or in chunky navy knits bedazzled with crystal fringes.

Philosophy’s take is decidedly more ladylike with its prim-and-proper high neck and puffy sleeves and pearl studs all over.

Ffixxed Studios
The Keiji
Mihara Yasuhiro

Tailored for lounging

The comfort of loungewear and the sophistication of new-school tailoring come together in the newest WFH uniforms. Shanghai-based Ffixxed Studios’ suits and acclaimed Japanese designer Mihara Yasuhiro shirts have all the comforts of pajamas, while Japanese brand The Keiji does it in pleats and a Prince of Wales check.

Ffixxed Studios

Shirting the issue

The essential crisp shirt continues to become every wardrobe’s hero piece. There is nothing uptight about the quirky take by Japanese label Mint Designs by the tandem of Central Saint Martins alums Hokuto Katsui and Nao Yagi.

Ffixxed Studios slouches it down for the very few and essential times you will be stepping out for errands.

Christopher Kane carries on its crystal-embellished theme this season in a pristine poplin blouse.

The Keiji gives it a zing with this lemony tonal look.

The Keiji
Christopher Kane

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Assembly is in SM Aura, SM Aura Kiosk, Rockwell, S Maison Conrad, Podium, and @assembly_philippines on Instagram.

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