Friday, June 11, 2010


This is only the second time in a row that I attended SAMSUNG METROWEAR, and I felt it’s going to be this fashion addict’s habit from now on! The buzzworthy annual event held recently at the NBC Tent celebrated its fabulous 15th year, with joint efforts by designers from YDG and FDCP.

Going better and stronger at 15!

Mela de Luna, METRO Magazine’s Fashion Editor, told us that this year’s show would be spectacular (as usual). Geo and I found it more stellar – we were both awe-struck with the whole production value the creative team poured onto the event, just as how we adored Mela’s fully beaded killer dress by current fashion darling Michael Cinco.

Mela dazzled in a Michael Cinco frock while Mayone B. strutted in a Topshop ensemble

Speaking of stellar, the stage design looked like a million bucks as the audience were treated to a state-of-the-art stage-cum-ramp that felt like going thru an intergalactic, outer space sort of dimension. There were twinkling stars on the background, as well as a big wallscreen that changes background graphics, and the much talked about dome-like figure at the center of the stage. Add to that the edgy, wonderful music they played and brilliant choreography only from Direk Robby Carmona.

Intergalactic drama with direction by Robby Carmona
Introduction number with futuristic-clad dancers donning Samsung mobile phones.

Jet Pangan rocked on stage.

The jam-packed event looked even more marvelous with left-and-right fashionistas, celebrities, stylists, designers, models, icons, wannabees and other people who dressed to the nines.

Of course, the show’s highlight was the collections made by the designers. What’s good about METROWEAR is that instead of competing with and upstaging each other, the designers seemed like one big happy family all out to promote local fashion and creativity. I also love the MTV that played before showcasing each segments by YDG and FDCP – the designers were dancing around, looking very candid and very human.

Designers Regine Dulay, Reian Mata and Louis Claparols showed that YDG can dance (in their MTV).

Designers took a bow during the finale.

The vanguards of Philippine fashion in one momentous event.

Since it’s METROWEAR at 15, I listed below the Top 15 designer pieces/looks that I personally like. Kudos to METRO, the designers and the whole production team! We also thank Mayone Bakunawa and Francis Balbarin for sticking with us after the show (von voyage Francis!).

1) OJ Hoffer

Fierce long gown in snow leopard spots with cutouts and power shoulders! Grrrowl!

2) Ferdie Abuel

Ferdie's super back with this ethereal, drapey modern-day Roman warrior princess.

3) Ivarluski Aseron

Love this chic and elegant  Audrey Hepburn-ish LBD with shredded fabrics.

4) Mitzi Quilendrino-Bustos

Mystery and drama heightened in this high funnel-necked long dress.

5) Avel Bacudio

The new Metro man in a relaxed short suit.

6) Regine Dulay

Ethnic-inspired beadwork and knots on this dress have never looked this sexy!

7) Bryan Leyva

This lone, shiny entry (made of coins) from Bryan is worthy of an applause.

8) Vic Barba

Gilded cocktail + street style = new city glam

9) Dong Umaga-Diaz
Gray matters in this structural long dress.

10) JC Buendia

Simple yet sleek - my kind of man!

11) Randy Ortiz

This evening stunner is definitely for the tall and sexy.

12) Louis Claparols

Create impact in this super heroine body suit with colorful geometric patterns.

13) Eric delos Santos

Whimsical piece with touches of blue.
14) Gerry Katigbak

Dark Age gothic beauty with vampish appeal

15) Jerome Ang

I really love the shoes!


  1. thanks so much for the post,

    we enjoyed the show tremendously because of camaraderie. We were all looking forward to another show together if only to laugh at Avel Bacudio's antics and one another's idiosyncrasies.

    incidentally, my last name is spelled with a single "F" as in HOFER.

    repeatedly, thanks


  2. Hey OJ, I stand corrected! Congrats to you and everyone else! My partner and I really love your dress (on top of my list) and we also hope to borrow from you in one of our editorial shoots in the future. Thanks a lot and we look forward to seeing more great designs from you!