World-renowned designers Michael Cinco, Monique Lhuillier, Rajo Laurel and Lesley Mobo have carved their own respective spaces in the industry.
And like young cubs thriving to be tigers someday, many young Filipino designers dream of someday owning their own spotlight in the industry, too.
This was the reason behind the Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo that recently stole Japan’s heart.
With ample backing from the Philippine Embassy in Japan, Filipino designers were able to parade their collections in the country.
The featured designers were Jace Quiambao, Antonina Amoncio and Bon Hansen Reyes, the winners of the 2019 Bench Design Awards held on 1 September 2019 in the Philippines.
The runway collections were reflections of the designers’ vision of genuine and global Filipino fashion that serves different walks of life.
BENCH, a locally-owned fashion brand, launched the Bench Design Awards in 2017 to put the spotlight on undiscovered talents in the local fashion industry in line with its vision of putting Philippine fashion on the map.
Jace Quiambao’s “A Lepidoterist’s Summer” took inspiration from butterflies and incorporated traditional Filipino elements in a modern style.
Antonina Amoncio’s “Gunita” was inspired by children’s books and fairytales with hand-embroidered fabrics that highlighted the rich Filipino culture and values.
Bon Hansen Reyes’ “Inuod” depicted pre-colonial menswear, which aims to disrupt gender norms.
BENCH also featured its collection taking the baro’t saya to a new level through its young, hip and modern aesthetics.
The Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo is hailed as one of the world’s renowned fashion weeks, in league with those held in the domiciles of famous and authentic fashion wears: Paris, Milan, London and New York.