“Dream show.” That’s how Filipino fashion designer Puey Quiñones described his runway show at the historic Goldenberg Mansion last May 23. A stone’s throw away from the Malacañan Palace, the 19th-century villa was once the home and camp of Gen. Arthur MacArthur. After getting a makeover, led by First Lady Louise “Liza” Araneta-Marcos, the iconic structure has opened its doors again, this time for a stylish affair.
Dubbed “Filipino,” Puey’s collection captures his 23-year journey in the fashion industry. From his humble beginnings under the wings of the local fashion scene’s masters to spreading his wings abroad, the runway show was a marriage of the distinct Filipino flair contemporary and cosmopolitan appeal of Los Angeles, which he now calls home.
To make it happen, Puey collaborated with weavers, embroiderers, and artisans, giving them a platform to showcase artistry. As a result, the collection became a grand parade of unique and elevated Filipino styles that matched the beauty of the Goldenberg Mansion. Different iterations of the butterfly sleeves fluttered on the black-and-white floors of the mansion. Modern suits and reimagined barongs for men graced the runway. Romantic sculptural pieces with accordion pleats that swerve and curl wowed the night’s guests. A myriad of materials and embellishments, from sequinned dresses and grabs decorated with feathers, bows, and floral appliques to handwoven textiles and layered tulles, brought drama, glamor, and elegance to the runway.
Present on the runway weren’t just supermodels. Clad in Puey’s latest creations were notable personalities from different fields such as Philippine Airlines president and COO Stanley Ng, Leyte 4th District representative Richard Gomez, CEO of Alliance Global Kevin Tan with wife Michelle, Tourism Promotions Board’s Marga Nograles, and socialite Small Laude, among others. While among the special guests of the night were First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos and her son, Ilocos Norte Rep. Sandro Marcos.
“Honored to have done the first fashion event at the historic Goldenberg Mansion,” the designer wrote in a caption. “Grateful for the trust and support of our First Lady, Liza Araneta-Marcos, and my good friend, Congressman Sandro Marcos. Thank you very much to everyone who helped and supported me on this memorable project.”
“Filipino” by Puey Quiñones marks the beginning of the “The Goldenberg Fashion Series,” which is set to feature more works of noted Filipino fashion designers. Soon the Goldenberg Mansion will host more events dedicated to championing and enriching Filipino culture and heritage.
Check out Puey’s “Filipino” collection below: