Fashion designer Marianne Martin’s avant-garde Santacruzan

Published May 16, 2022, 4:00 PM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

Marianne Martin III (Photo by Edison Sia)

Fashion designer Marianne Martin goes avant-garde in her biggest Santacruzan event yet. The Santacruzan, set on Friday, May 26 at the Marriott Hotel, is sponsored by Dubai-based Global Women Empowerment Summit (GWES), which is dedicated to empowering women all over the world.

It is supported by His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai.

Twenty fashion designers were screened for the event. Only 10 – Renee Salud, Jun-Jun Cambe, Nardi Presa, Steve de Leon, Ulysees King, Ariel Simon Vaquez, Mixy Dy, Ramon Santiago, Albert Fontanilla, Jay Layson and Marianne – made it.

Foreign dignitaries, ambassadors and international delegates are expected to watch the event. Instead of feeling pressured, Marianne prefers to focus on creating bright-colored, fashionable gowns modern Filipina.

Marianne recently bagged Crystal International Women’s Young Fashion Icon of the Year 2022 award in ceremonies at Okada Manila.

The award, timed for the worldwide celebration of women’s month in March, acknowledges the success of women. It also honors women of perseverance, those who devote their time to help others and make a difference.

Marianne says it inspires her even more to empower fellow women, to make them feel good about themselves through the clothes they wear.

The young designer recently presented her latest collections at the Fashion Forte show in Crowne Plaza Hotel. The designs exude calmness, enthusiasm and positivity. As a nod to the ongoing pandemic, Marianne’s models wore dresses, skirts and gowns that leaned towards simplicity. It had less beads, Swarovski crystals and embellishments.

John Fernandez, son of the late veteran designer Criselda Lontok, praised Marianne’s creations, which members of the jampacked audience hailed as “powerful and amazing.”

Her show celebrated the “goddess within,” the one that represents feminine strength and confidence.
Marianne will be featured in an LED billboard along EDSA, Pasay and Roxas Boulevard.