To cap off the three-day Bench Fashion Week Holiday 2017 affairs, local retail behemoth Bench held its first Design Awards as a platform for showcasing the sheer creativity and raw talent of up-and-comers in the fashion industry. The Bench Design Awards invited esteemed judges to select three of the most compelling designers that will present their collections this October at the Amazon Fashion Week in Tokyo alongside Bench. Included in the roster of 10 native talents who previewed inspired collections are Bea Samson, Esme Palaganas, Banggo Niu, Wilson Limon, Jennifer Contreras, Diorelle Sy, Ched, Yves Camingue, RJ Santos, and Jaggy Glarino.
Each designer sent works of art down the runway, suggesting that varying elements–from music to art, bygone cultures to contemporary traditions–can transcend and merge together into what we know today as fashion. At the end of day, it was Jennifer Contreras, RJ Santos, and Jaggy Glarino who ultimately caught the attention of the jury as the winners of the Bench Design Awards. Nonetheless, every designer demonstrated unparalleled talent with every piece presented during the show. Below, we give you a closer look at all the collections showcased during the Bench Fashion Awards:
Bea Samson’s Real / Unreal Collection featured psychedelic prints fashioned into polished pieces like button-downs and trench coats, coupled with sheer tulle fabric for an overall softer, more quaint feel.
Inspired by local traditions of mourning the dead, Esme Palaganas’ Babang Luksa is dominated mainly by black and white tones and features intricate beading work and gossamer fabric, almost as if suggesting the frail and delicate feeling of lamenting the loss of a loved one.
Banggo Niu exhibited ‘sleek’ and ‘edgy’ coalesced into a cohesive and yet utterly diversified collection, with urban pieces like hoodies and leather jackets balanced with sequined details and sexy silhouettes.
Davao-bred designer Wilson Limon reimagined his ethnic origins into a contemporary affair by creating a marriage between modern silhouettes and tribal patterns.
Inspired by elements of a bygone era merged with more modern themes like sex and liberty, Jennifer Contreras successfully envisioned fashion pieces as literal portraits of art with unabashed layering of garments and artful collages of text and illustrations plastered on clothing.
The purely menswear collection by Diorelle Sy featured ‘30s-inspired suits with strands of modern accents, showing the audience how fashion transcends time and trends.
With contemporary designs influenced by Oriental accents, Ched Studio presents modern-day women’s looks stitched with Asian influences. Embroidered suits, loose silhouettes, and subdued hues all appeared on the runway.
Romantic meets urban grunge in Yves Camingue’s collection, creating an uncanny ensemble of ruffles and lace coupled with deconstructed silhouettes, edgy footwear, and army green accents.
RJ Santos jumped out of the box by premiering fun, artful, and visionary self-made prints in miscellaneous silhouettes, forming a collection with its own carefree and unapologetic persona.
Unmindful of proportions and magnetized by explosions of non-complementary colors, Jaggy Clarino brought forward avant-garde at its finest in his latest collection with Crayola-inspired colors and prints as well as rucksacks in varying sizes.
Photos by Jemy St. Anne