A milieu of designers interpreting the looks for spring/summer 2014 resulted in a rather mismatched free-for-all. Color palettes, fabrics and lengths — even the accessories used were so dissimilar that it would be difficult to say if there is any one staple look for the coming year. In terms of wearability and artistry, there were several designers that displayed consistency. Perhaps for 2014, it’s basically about choosing your style mood: would you want to be sporty, comfy or make a statement? Choose the designer based on their strengths if you don’t want an unwearable surprise.
Active wear may have been on the now US-based designer’s mind as models traipsed out in form-fitting jackets and hoodies coupled with up-to-there shorts or loose flowing trousers. Floresca married materials normally used for sportswear — cotton and jersey — with evening wear fabrics such as chiffon, allowing for movement and texture.
Favoring a womanly silhouette, Arnaldo’s collection named “Azure” was inspired by summer itself, the sea, the blue skies and the beach evident in the palette ranging from very light and cool blue to white. Said Arnaldo: “I envisioned it to be worn in a resort or a cruise. It’s all about serenity, relaxation and peace of mind, effortless and easy going. I used fancy crepes, linens, silk satin and jusi.”
Staying true to her artistry, Quisumbing’s collection drew attention with dramatic headpieces and shoeless models tiptoeing up and down the ramp. Her collection entitled “Heroine” was inspired by a combination of a topiary, rectangular Rothko canvases and the grand personality of a heroine. Quisumbing incorporated colors such as blacks, whites, peaches and reds, using thick materials such as textured tweed and leather, softened by delicate chiffon, georgette and organza. “I aim to find the perfect balance between the complex and the minimal,” explained Quisumbing, “like the combination of a sculptural blouse on top of pedestal-like pants.” She also credits local heroine Gabriela Silang for being the “personality” behind her line. “She is both delicate and fearless, humble and brave. The collection is my inspiration of such polarity,” concluded the designer.