6 key trends spotted at the Manila Fashion Festival 2017

The latest Manila Fashion Festival held at Edsa Shangri-la Hotel on Oct. 17 to 20, entitled “Beyond” took everyone to a whole new dimension as it showcased various styles expected to dominate the runway and the streets in the next seasons. 

Here are six key trends we spotted at the most anticipated bi-annual fashion event in the country. Fashionistas, take note!

Graphic prints

From left: Daryl Maat; Jinggo Inoncillo; LSW for Garage; and Anthony Ramirez

One way to make a statement is by wearing an apparel with a graphic print. Daryl Maat presented a subtly striking dress inspired by the paintings of Degas. 

While Maat had a classic inspiration, Jinggo Inoncillo was inspired by the cover of the oldest running comic book publication for children in the Philippines. He designed a sweater, shorts, and a tote bag based from it in his collection for Garage. 

Other designers who fancied graphic prints were LSW for Garage and Anthony Ramirez, who showcased a layered graphic shirt and a graphic print dress, respectively. 

Oversized tops 

From left: Arin; Renan Pacson; and GYLE

The oversized button-down was a hot item last year during the New York Fashion Week, but, 12 months later, it seems like it will remain a staple among the stylish crowd. 

Arin’s collection showcased an oversized long sleeve shirt dress that exhibited an effortless edgy look. Renan Pacson, on the other hand, created an oversized black neoprene sweater that expressed his revolutionary style. 

Although for a subtly oversized #ootd, turn to GYLE that made its debut on MFF’s runway by presenting various possible looks with this trend such as matching an oversized shirt with a pair of wide-leg denim pants. 

Wide-leg bottoms 

From left: Kc Pusing; Anthony Ramirez; and Alex Diaz for Junca Salon

From oversized shirts to wide-leg bottoms, it seems like everything is getting large. For instance was Kc Pusing’s creation of a jumpsuit featuring mesh details and play on patterns and symmetry in muted colors. 

Anthony Ramirez, whose inspiration was women’s power in style, created a beautifully unique wide-leg pants to display the feminine silhouette. 

Proving that wide-leg trousers are not only for the ladies, Alex Diaz for Junca Salon created his own take on this trend with a supersize wide-leg pants in white with hints of black.


From left: Esme Palaganas; Jaz Cerezo; and Mia Arcenas

Pleat detailing has definitely made a comeback to the fashion limelight, and it is better than ever. One of Esme Palaganas’ creations was a long black pleated skirt inspired by the rice terraces in Banaue. 

Meanwhile, Jaz Cerezo mixed sheer fabric with metallic elements and soft drapes to create that sophisticated modern silhouette that gave subtle flairs to her dresses. Mia Arcenas created a micro-pleated knee-length dress showcasing the chic Parisian look in her flowy ensembles. 

Sheer dresses 

From left: Cheetah Rivera; Rob Ortega; and Lyn Galo

Several designers love sheer for it radiates elegance and sexiness at the same time. Cheetah Rivera tackled this soft and delicate fabric by focusing on vibrant colors with uber feminine touches. 

As for Rob Ortega, a juxtaposition of minimalism and high glamour was the basis of his pieces such as his sheer midi dress with silver sequence detailing. 

Lyn Galo, one of Preview’s emerging fashion talents, in collaboration with AT Control created a sheer dress embellished with crystal beads, lace, and tassels. 


From left: Esme Palaganas; GYLE; and Ziggy Savella for Garage

Everyone’s picking on this funky trend because of it’s celebratory vibe that is definitely making a statement. Palaganas presented a crop top and tight ankle-length skirt that has tassels on it which depicted a colonial Spanish silhouette. 

GYLE incorporated tassels to one of his looks by mixing a tangerine yellow top with a tassel combined to a wide-leg denim pants. 

Tassel detailing integrated with pompoms can also be applied to men’s fashion as seen in Ziggy Savella’s collection for Garage. Savella used a tassel choker while pompoms accented the ends of the shirt and the trousers’ sides.

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