Manila Fashion Festival Day 3: Of post-punk poetry, bird migration, and love

Heart Evangelista-Escudero presents a gown by Mark Bumgarner during the third night of Manila Fashion Festival, March 21, 2015. Photo by Rhoy Cobilla,

On the third night of Manila Fashion Festival fall/winter 2015 show, Art Personas’ CEO Ronnie Cruz shared that the biannual event is all about “selling, vision, and inspiration.”

“Manila Fashion Festival is all about the business of fashion; the vision of creating possibilities and where MFF would be; and about inspiration,” Cruz said in a welcome remark.

Big names in the fashion industry including Rhett Eala who is celebrating his 25 years in the fashion industry, Cheetah Rivera, Pablo Cabahug, Mark Bumgarner, and Art Personas’ ARIN conquered the runway on the third day of the fashion event.

Beauty queen Ariella Arida and actress-host Heart Evangelista-Escudero also struted the runway for Arin and Mark Bumgarner respectively.

Eclectic themes

The designers took inspiration from different themes, and Rhett Eala warmed up the stage; showing his collection entitled Post-punk Poet that was “inspired by the music of Jay Z and Lauryn Hill, the cultural styling featured in Osaka and London, as well as the essence of the tribes of punks and Mongols.”

Composed of tops, pants, sweatshirts, and dresses for men and women, with a fusion of ethnic, athletic, and sporty shapes, Eala used neutral colors of black, white, and gray accentuated with a pop of chartreuse. Detailed hand embroidery as well as metallic embellishments can also be noticed on Eala’s pieces.

A model presents Rhett Eala’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection for men on the third day of Manila Fashion Festival, March 21, 2015. Photo by Rhoy Cobilla,

From punk, Cheetah Rivera took the audience in an adventure with nature with her collection she calle Aviona.

Inspired by the “great migration of long distance wandering birds,” Rivera’s Aviona featured gowns and dresses with  detailed embroideries of colorful birds in flight. Neutral colors of white, black, nudes, navy blue,and  indigo were accentuated with embroideries of birds in loud colors of pink, red, and orange.

Art Personas’ ARIN also explored on the punk movement with the collection entitled Pretty Vacant. Mostly for women, ARIN’s collection “embodies rawnes and edge, inspired by the diverse era of the punk movement.” Mostly ready-to-wear pieces for women that are sporty and boyish, the collection are casual wears that were made for the dynamic individuals who want comfortable wear.

The collection, some in patterned fabrics, were composed of tops, pants, coats, and dresses, which were moslty in colors of red, white, and black.

Sporty met class in Cabahug’s collection he called Sporty Luxe. Exploring on the sporty look, Pablo Cabahug’s pieces were inspired “by sporty silhouttes, of shapes that embody luxury and freshness.”

For men and women, Cabahugs pieces were composed of jackets, dresses, pants, tops, and skirts that were mostly in neutral colors of black, white, and nude.

‘Sporty meets class; in Pablo Cabahug’s pieces for men and women. Photo by Rhoy Cobilla,

Closing the show was Mark Bumgarner who showed his collection he called as L’Amour. His pieces “explored romantic silhouttes,” and was “inspired by the essence of love.”

Mostly in pastels and red, the long gowns used luxurious fabrics that were cut in intricate shapes, which created movement and fluid effect.

With the palette used, and details such as floral embellishments and beadworks, Bumgarner’s works are very feminine and fits a princess-look.

Today, Sunday, the festival culminates its Fall/Winter 2015 presentation with the collations of Banggo Niu, Esme Palaganas, Tony Evan, and Bea Samson at 5 p.m. Then, at 7 p.m., Mark Tamayo, Sassa Jimenez, Ziggy Savella, Vania Romoff, and Jaz Cerezo present the last collations of Manila Fashion Festival Fall/Winter 2015. -

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