PMFF 2022: Native roots and soft silhouettes executed with futuristic formula on Day 1

With the goal of supporting the growth of the local fashion industry, Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival (PMFF) is transitioning itself into an industry event organized by Go Lifestyle Group Inc. By showcasing Filipino talent and brands through online and exhibit opportunities, the group aims to put Filipino fashion in high regard and be marketable internationally. 

Due to the pandemic, PMFF season 13 was delayed from its production originally slated for a January 2022 showcase. Today, it is back and goes full throttle from March 30 to April 2, 2022. Entitled “Redefined,” the season was opened by seven fashion designers championing Filipino roots translated in modern day silhouettes. 

“Meta Filipina” by Renan Pacson told a story of the 7,107 chapters of Las Islas Filipinas but in a futuristic lens. Cut-out dresses in bright-colored pieces made up his collection which were an introduction to unchartered territory we are currently facing. 

Marc Rancy’s collection, “Joli Garçon,” was also inspired by the changing times, focusing on a tailoring technique touching on romance and sensuality translated in masculine silhouettes.

For Daryl Maat’s “Youthquake,” a term infamously coined by the iconic Diana Vreeland in 1965, the collection was inspired by the youth culture in the ‘60s that was heavily influenced by music and pop culture. Power suits and coordinates appeared on the runway in either patterned or sequined styles. 

A nod to the jetset life, R.A.F.’s “Modern Naturale” collection centered on angular and soft architecture with contemporary silhouettes. Mainly in neutral colors, the pieces were done mixing structured and soft detailing. 

Azucar’s “Secret of Chic” made sure summer is sweet with soft, flowy silhouettes with sleek clean lines and sensual detailing of ruffles and feathers. 

“Move” was Camlu’s expression of fashion in the post-pandemic era. The pieces— which you can take from home to beach—were detailed with fringe and frills proved to be instant mood-boosters. 

Various woven techniques and natural materials like bended rattan, crocheted raffia, and braided woven panels made up Aranaz’s “Weave Play” collection. The pieces were paired with ultra-feminine dresses giving them a laid back yet sophisticated vibe. 

Here are the top looks as seen on the runway: 

Renan Pacson

Marc Rancy

Daryl Maat