Tuesday, November 30, 2010

60s-inspired collections

Time travelling fashionisers had a splendid time as Paperdolls and Wharton presented their ‘60s inspired collections at Philippine Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2011, featuring the designs of two of the country’s top designers, Kate Torralba and Rajo Laurel. A sartorial inspiration to men and women, the elements of the swinging sixties come to fore in a manner so chic it’s too hard to resist.
Once again, Paperdolls collaborated with designer Kate Torralba for a collection featuring shift dresses, shirts, wide-legged pants, and boxy jackets in a muted palette of black, white, and camel, which according to Kate is something people did not expect from her. But of course, what is a KT collection without her signature play on prints? Kate created a limited edition KT+PD print she calls “Flame.” “It is actually my favorite in the collection because it’s very, very KT!” Kate said. Her fun, cheeky, and retro-modern collection encapsulates the 21st century girl dreaming of the ‘60s London life, which served as her inspiration for the collection. “If I had my way I’d love to have been around during those days of Mod and Flower Power,” said Kate.
Made for fashion-forward men, Wharton worked with designer Rajo Laurel for his first all menswear collection. He took his inspiration from the youth spirit of the ‘60s and images of James Dean and Marlon Brandon. Key pieces such as sports jackets and fun shirts were given new proportions as well as a quirky design in unusual colors such as gold, silver, and bronze. Rajo also incorporated vintage tailoring in his new collection. “I fell in love with the art of tailoring! I took vintage techniques and skills of tailors from the past and imbibed the discipline in this collection,” said Rajo. His creative, intelligent, and impressionable collection combines the past and the future. “The pieces are deceivingly simple, but with closer inspection you will notice these surprising design elements that will only leave a smile to “W” clients,” he said.
Guests were instantly transported to 1960’s downtown London, with UK’s best import, The Beatles and today’s hippest British bands playing in the background and the typical London street blown up as setting. With over 60 looks from decked up lads and ladies going down the runway, it’s easy to catch the vibe. And to cap off the show, a surprise Paperdolls and Wharton music video from Kate and Rajo was premiered with a remix of The Beatles’ From Me to You and She Loves You as directed by RA Rivera and mixed by Diego Mapa. Making their way through the ramp in bicycles, the gents upped the energy as the ladies walked for the finale. Kate then took the stage and since Rajo was in Paris during the show, the males took out their Rajo masks in representation.
Manila’s most fashionable came to witness the launch. Among the guests were Miriam Quiambao, Pia, Maxene and Clara Magalona, Sarah Meier- Albano with husband Banjo and daughter Kaya, Divine Lee who was clad in a Wharton polo and Victor Basa, Tim Yap, Joey Mead, Ian King, Karen Pamintuan, Brent Javier, Raymond Gutierrez, Celine Lopez, Wendy Puyat, Rosario Herrera, Dra. Vicki Belo, Atom, Cristalle, and Quark Henares, Marc Nelson, Myx VJ Robin Nievera, Jenni Epperson, Cecile Van Straten and Liz Uy. Mexican Ambassador Tomas Calvillo with son Tomas Jr., also came to watch and support the show.
As the venue thinned out, one can hear the guests humming and singing to “She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah!” With Kate Torralba for Paperdolls and Rajo Laurel for Wharton’s fashion in everyone’s mind, the sixties has truly come full circle.
Paperdolls and Wharton S/S ’11 collection will be available exclusively at selected SM Department stores nationwide. Paperdolls by Kate Torralba S/S ’11 collection will be available at SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, SM Cubao, SM Fairview, and SM San Lazaro. Wharton by Rajo Laurel will be available by the third week of November at SM Makati, SM North Edsa, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Megamall.

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