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Thursday, July 10, 2014

"THE Cebu Chamber of Commerce recently held the second run of the Cebu in the Bag: Island Madness Sale for a city-wide event that aimed to add to Cebu’s appeal to tourists as a shopping destination. To formally launch the event, the “In the Bag” fashion show was held at the Northwing of SM City Cebu. Some of Cebu’s most esteemed designers each presented three pieces on the runway."

Jun Escario’s floor-length, body-skimming dresses were done in soft white with crystal embellishments, an all-black dress with sheer three-quarter sleeves, and a black-and-white number with a deep V neck and lace skirt.

Arcy Gayatin presented a variety of styles, including a pinstriped, capri-length jumpsuit with pearl and crystal embellishments, a classic sheath dress with a textured front, and a scarlet off-shoulder dress with floaty, romantic movement.


Yvonne Quisumbing’s all-black ensembles were far from monotonous, with draping, layers and folds translated into a spaghetti-strap dress, and swingy tops paired with more tailored elements like side-buttoned shorts and satin trousers.

Two outfits by Edwin Ao showed off his signature menswear with a twist. The third look was an opulently detailed piece for women in burgundy and black, with lace details and a unique skirt constructed from layered strips.

William Manahan’s tailored black and white separates came in fresh new versions of the classic suit: a vest, tunic and white trousers; a white jacket over a black jumpsuit and accented with pearls; and white cigarette pants with black piping paired with a sheer sequinned top and asymmetrical black cover-up.

Albert Arriba’s ultra-feminine short dresses came in a fully sequinned black and white style, a strapless red with a high-low hem, and a simple white shift dress with a lace detailed back.

Ren Manabat played with volume and different shapes to add interest to all-black pieces, such as a pencil dress with sheer puff sleeves, pants and a tunic with an exaggerated back detail, and an overlap-front dress with red floral accents.

Marichu Tan’s romantic and feminine dresses featured classic shapes made new using sheer fabrics to create illusion backdrops, making lavish appliques and bead work stand out.

Oj Hofer created a relaxed men’s suit with sporty details like a hooded jacket and piped trousers paired with a slouchy white T-shirt. His formal women’s wear featured a crimson floor-length dress, and a full-sleeved black lace dress.

Cary Santiago’s solid-hued dresses were in white, burgundy and black, gathering and draping luxurious fabrics in formal floor-length pieces and a shorter dress with an intricate woven skirt.

Philip Rodriguez presented two finely detailed gowns, both in red. One featured an accordion-pleated skirt with delicate ruffle accents, while the other featured a full skirt and a richly embellished bodice. Rounding out Philip’s collection and closing the show was a men’s suit with a mandarin collar white shirt, charcoal gray jacket, and black trousers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 11, 2014.


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