This season marked the first time that designers from the Philippines presented their collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. While each of the three brands’ offerings varied greatly, common themes were sustainable materials and inspiration from the natural world.
It’s rare for an accessory brand to be capable of standing alone in a runway show, but Ken Samudio’s pieces were bold enough to pull focus away from any clothes his models were wearing. The former marine biologist and college professor presented multidimensional statement necklaces, cuffs and clutches made from recycled plastic drink bottles to mimic coral reefs and creatures of the sea.
Also inspired by sea life, John Herrera’s collection focused on bioluminescence, the phenomenon that makes some underwater creatures glow in the dark. Black minidresses trimmed in bright orange and green ruffles shared the runway with several all-black pieces, such as a floor-length coat and a series of ponchos. Body-hugging dresses with supersheer panels left very little to the imagination, creating a sexiness that at times felt forced.
Renan Pacson showed black and white streetwear with Escher-inspired geometric prints. He used high-tech fabrics such as mesh, jersey and a metallic bronze bonded-plastic material to create lightweight sleeveless tops, hooded coats, pants and shorts with exaggerated wide legs. Those looks were punctuated with beautifully textured knit pieces made of sustainable pineapple fibers.