Every year, usually in December, the fashion trends in the Philippine for the coming spring and summer are displayed on the runways of Philippine Fashion Shows and Fashion Festivals. This is when your favorite local designers and brands gather to give you the latest fashion rage, so you will on top of the fashion ladder.
With this, get ready for a wardrobe makeover as we give you fashion’s hottest trends that will definitely go big in the country this year and learn the tips on how to wear them.
1. Sports Luxe
You don’t have to indulge in sports just to look athletic because this year, the international runway is reaching out to every fashion lover across the globe, including the Philippines, of course, with their sports luxe campaign. One of the biggest trends for the first quarter of 2015 that flooded the international and national runway, sportswear is now sophisticatedly infused with street style so everybody can look sporty and stylish at the same time.
From London Fashion Week to New York and Los Angeles, runways were packed with sports-themed creations in different forms for the Spring and Summer Collections of 2015. Sports styling just got upgraded this year, from color-blocking trends to statement prints on bombers, sweaters, joggers, skirts and shirts.
Thanks to David Komas, Lacoste and Topshop, sports attire has become one of this year’s staples. Their innovative collections include assymetrical lines, tailored shorts, androgynous kicks made of mesh, techno stretch, foam injected leather, glitters and preens. Mother of Pearl, Pringe and Thorton Bregazzi also featured tennis-inspired collections in the form of pleats, flares and jumpers. And, then DKNY came parading an amazing collection of athletic flat shoes and chunky strap sandals.
High-end fashion desingner Alexander Wang also made this trend sophisticated with his body con dresses and waisted slim line pants, tees and camis and further collaborated with Vis a Vis, Nike and Stan Smith. Givenchy and Karl Lagerfield gave an edgy touch to street styling with their fiery sports-driven designs. Nike also featured sports bra, colorful tights, running tanks and edgy sneakers for their 2015 Spring Collection.
Filipinos can easily adopt to the sports luxe trends because they are one of the most comfortable outfits ever. At this time, you can even wear these outfits to the office or during your nights out.
Sam Pinto, commercial model, actress and FHM’s Most Sexiest Woman in the Philippines in 2011 and 2012, had her precise fashion prediction December last year when she boldly announced 2015 to be more on street style, classy chic street wear like joggers, jeans, leather and suede.
Lacoste’s L.12.12 watch collection introduced in December last year also reignited the sports luxe spirit with their amazing tennis inspired watches.
International street fashion features Rihanna and Kim Kardashian as some of the Hollywood celebrities spotted wearing leather joggers. Models like Hanne Gaby Odiele and Catherine Brasch Nielson are also fond of wearing the sport-themed street style look.
Julia Barretto was photographed by BJ Pascual wearing an all blue sport-themed ensemble styled by Liz Uy. When she appeared in the TV show Minute to Win It, she was also wearing a bright-colored sporty outfit and Skecher shoes. Jasmine Curtis Smith also made a classy act when she wore a cropped top and glittery pair of joggers in one of the Move It episodes on TV. Kim Chiu was also spotted wearing draw string joggers on one of her photo shoots.
Joggers have become one of Kathryn Bernardo’s signature look. From on-screen interviews, mall shows and casual days, this Filipino teen queen was seen wearing jogger pants multiple times.
How to Wear
Take cue from Kathryn Bernardo’s Instagram look when she paired her joggers with pink heels and sparkly cropped top for a feminine appearance. If you want a casual look without looking too laid back, match your joggers with blazers or buttoned-down tops. Go for black, blue or gray sports-inspired pieces if you want to keep it low key because bright colors tend to capture a lot of attention. For an edgier look, you can pair a sporty bomber with leather joggers and keep it chic with a pair of single strapped sandals.
2. Florals Prints, Bold Colors and ‘70s Patterns
The ‘70s are back and the prints couldn’t get any better this year. From bold clashing hues, color blocking and bohemian vibes, 2015 is giving a throwback trend that everyone can connect to.
Junya Watanabe, Chanel and JC de Castelbajac are all for bright and mixed colors during the Paris Fashion Week 2015. Valentino’s Fall and Winter 2015 Collection were also filled with defined patterns in flowy fabrics and any kinds of patterns from florals, abstracts, colorful polkas and geometric diamonds. More florals came flooding to the runway with the creations of Celine, McQueen and Maison Martin Margiela’s iconic floral sunnies.
Tommy Hilfiger and Henry Holland put up a retro fashion show with boho dresses and clashing florals while Michael Kors’ Spring 2015 collection was all about florals, stripes and graphic ginghams.
Eclectic patterns are not only hitting the runways of Paris, it has been visually manifested in the country as well during the Philippine Fashion Week in October last year with the creations of Eric delos Santos for his Spring and Summer Collection 2015 and the feminine patterns of Arnold Galang, which included palm prints, florals and abstracts. Forever21’s edgy selection showed hints of vintage vibes with gingham prints, plaids and the all-time favorite stripes.
Rajo Laurel recently launched his Spring and Summer 2015 collection on March 14, 2015 with a burst of geometric shapes and abstract prints inspired by the artistic works of Henri Matisse in London.
Metro Magazine’s February 2015 edition featured Kathryn Bernardo wearing a seventies ensemble composed of a laced floral top paired with a pleated midi skirt in bright bold stripes. As you go through her photos, you will also see her in a full gingham dress that speaks nothing but ‘70s. The magazine could not stress more on how groovy prints and the seventies trend are becoming unstoppable, when they featured seventies pin-up ideas and how to wear them.
Another renowned fashion magazine in the country, Preview, jut released their March 2015 issue with Julia Baretto gracing the cover wearing a groovy printed dress with a retro-themed look. She has perfectly captured the vintage vibes in the pages of the magazine showing different looks on how to pull off pieces from the seventies.
How to Wear
When you do the color blocking with your outfits, stick to monochromatic colors. Black and white is the most classic team-up you can go with.
If you want to take fashion risks, let the color wheel guide you in choosing what colors would match perfectly. Choose either complementary colors, these are colors exactly opposite to each other, triad colors, these are the three colors evenly apart from each other, or the analogous colors, these are colors next to each other with relative shades.
In mixing prints, you may either choose different prints with the same color, one bold pattern and pair it with fine prints or pair anything with stripes, as you can’t go wrong with stripes. But, always try to scale everything into proportion.
If you want to go boho, keep it cool and laid back. It is a free spirited style where your creativity can be truly manifested by the way you mix and match the outfit with the accessories. Do not go overboard and make it look comfortable.
Radiant orchid is for 2014 while Marsala is for 2015. Marsala is officially 2015’s color of the year according to Pantone, a world renowned authority in colors. It is described as terracotta red shade but before 2015, it was commonly called rusty red, maroon or burgundy.
Over the past few years, marsala was one of the favorite colors during fall and winter season, but this year, things have changed and you have to deal with it because Marsala is going to stay the whole year round, not just in the wardrobe department but also in the accessories and beauty section.
Marsala was everywhere during the London Fashion Week SS15 – the color was featured in Louis Vuitton’s velvet pants and leather jackets, Burberry’s sheer dress, Dolce and Gabbana’s brocade suit, Valentino’s silk maxi dress, Isabel Marant’s ruffled cocktail dress. Marsala was literally all over the runway.
During New York Fashion Week, Zimmerman also showed his support to Pantone’s choice of color with his Fall and Winter 2015-2016 Collection. His neck to toe marsala ensembles in flowy maxi dresses and sheer creations only heightened the demand for this color.
Forever21 incorporated marsala during the Philippine Fashion Week in their Spring and Summer 2015 collection with high-knee socks, capes, skirts, shorts, tops and jeans. Forever21 proved that 2015 is indeed the reign for terracota red. Other marsala ensembles during the Philippine Fashion Week include the collection of AudieAE for EsAc, Suiteblanco and the shades of red creations from Cherry Samuya Veric.
Happy Andrada launched her “Ninuno” ethnic inspired collection in March this year featuring a marsala sheer dress, top, coat and blazer. Another local designer was featured in Mindanao Times publication in January 31, 2015 with his “Warmth and Seduction” creations showcasing elegant marsala gowns.
The color became an instant favorite in the red carpet during the last quarter of 2014 after it was announced as the color of the year for 2015. Blake Lively nailed an all-marsala chiffon dress when she attended the Cannes Festival last year, Rihanna looked immaculate in a silk off-shoulder burgundy gown during the Diamond Ball in Beverly Hills in December 11, 2014 and the Queen B, Beyonce, attended the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Luncheon in December 12, 2014 in a classy marsala dress paired with a pair of metallic peep toe heels.
Julia Barretto, who was interviewed in March this year by stylebible.ph, wore a printed marsala blazer. Victoria Velasco, a production designer known for her paper and cloth crafts, was photographed wearing Vania Romoff’s rich rusty red dress, when she had her interview with Philippine Star in January this year. Julia Montes wore a long-sleeved lace marsala top during one of ASAP’s show when she danced with fellow actor Jay Falcon.
The controversial gown that Miss Universe Mary Jean Lastimosa wore after the 2015 pageant was a marsala sheath beaded gown allegedly created by a Cebuano-based designer. Lastimosa wore a white mermaid dress from a Columbian designer during the pageant and the lovely marsala gown, which has a better appeal among the Filipinos, did not make it to the international spotlight.
How to Wear
For pairing ideas, choose colors that would best complement marsala for a more elegant look. Shades of cream pink, rugby tan, gossamer pink, starlight blue, blue nights, antique green or cedar green color aside from black and white are highly recommended.
The feminist revolution continues its campaign with laces, sheers and silhouettes this 2015.
Filipino women who are naturally sweet and feminine are instinctively attracted to anything dainty like laces. This year, lace has evolved into different textures, fabrics and designs from needle works to crochets, yarns, knits, cutworks, knots and filet laces.
A lace dress design skyrocketed to fame early this year – the viral blue-and-black dress that has everyone, fashion enthusiasts or not, battling over the real colors. Roman Originals, the creator of the dress, recently released a limited edition of a white-and-gold version of the dress in eBay and other designers are now following the lead.
Thanks to the world wide web, lace dresses are getting a major reboot this year.
Valentino proved that lace is going to be huge this year with his white broiderie anglasie dress during Paris Fashion Week SS15 and this was further illustrated by the designs of Elie Saab and Chloe. Roberto Cavalli opted for the all white minimalistic look in sheers, pleats, laces and silhouettes during the Milan Fashion Week SS15.
On the other side of the world, Oscar dela Renta displayed laser-cut lace gowns during New York Fashion Week SS15, Marc Jacob has an array of colorful collections in florals and lace, Alice Olivia gave a Spanish vibe to her creations and Michael Costello kept it sleek and classy.
Lace is all the rage at the Philippine Fashion Week with Cherry Samuya Veric‘s elegant SS15 collection in lace, sheers, tulle, and mesh. Veric totally nailed the Filipino’s taste of red carpet fashion, when he showcased his lacey, sheer and tulle fusion creations worn by the country’s most celebrated beauty queens like Venus Raj and Shamsey Supsup. He literally transformed the runway into a royalty lounge with his muses strategically wearing gold crowns.
Lace and florals were also the main themes during the recently conducted Manila Fashion Fest and these were highly signified in Jerome Salaya Ang‘s creations. On the other hand, Zalora Philippines, one of the country’s leading online fashion stores, released its 2015 Chinese New Year collection in February this year highlighting stylish lace romper tops, along with fancy floral prints.
Lace proved its prevalence after the Cosmopolitan magazine released its February 2015 issue featuring Nadine Lustre wearing a lacey top and laced velvet shorts on the front cover.
The newest primetime princess of ABS-CBN, Liza Soberano, was also photographed in all-white ensemble with a striking lace details on the top in March this year while she was in the Mall of Asia arena. This was not the first time she was spotted wearing lace this year. She was also photographed wearing a casual full sleeve black lace top paired with kitty head accessories and she was also on the cover of Star Studio magazine in their January 2015 issue, wearing a black lace gown along with her on-screen partner, Enrique Gil.
Georgina Wilson and Kathryn Bernardo were also spotted wearing the same off shoulder lace dress on different occasions this year and both of them looked totally amazing.
How to Wear
Lace is the easiest trend to pull off, whether you wear it on your casual days or in the office or when you attend a special affair. However, you need to invest in quality fabrics since laces can easily run down. When choosing a lace outfit, choose the one that shapes you up, ill fitted lace outfit make you look drab, and try different textures for a modern distinction.
5. Cropped Tops
A major staple during the 1940s, crop tops were highly popularized during the ‘70s and ‘80s with such famous pop culture artists as Madonna. During the nineties, they showed up in the movie Clueless and were worn by pop singers like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
On the international runway, cropped tops are mostly incorporated with other trends like florals and ‘70s wear. Donna Karan and Milly fused the trend in their feminine pieces with plunging V-cut necklines during New York Fashion Week SS15. Diane von Furstenberg had them in stripes and color blocks, while Michael Kors kept them classy with florals and paired with midi skirts.
Chloe played with laces to create a laid-back set outfit of cropped top and trousers during the Paris Fashion Week SS15. Lucas Nascimento preferred leathers, solid colors and intricate knits in what he called “half dresses”, which are sets of cropped tops and skirts during the London Fashion Week.
Penshoppe worked with one of the most recognized models in the world and the “it” girl in the fashion industry Cara Delevigne for their 2015 Spring and Summer campaign featuring joggers, maxi dresses, mesh jackets and a lot of cropped tops. Bench issued four giant billboard photos in Manila this year tagged as “All Kinds of Love”, with the second billboard creating a furor among the public for the cropped top worn by the model, which added sensuality to the image.
Cropped tops are basically everywhere and are worn by almost everyone in the country and in the whole planet. From the famous Kardashian sisters to Hollywood’s hottest artists like Jessica Biel, Vanessa Hudgens and Lily Collins, from awarded-winning music artists Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus to the world’s prominent fashion icons like socialite Olivia Palermo, model Miranda Kerr and designer Victoria Beckham, the trend is truly uncontainable.
In the Philippines, local artists are also embracing the trend for a couple of years now. If you have been watching “Showtime”, a noon-time TV show in ABS- CBN, you can always spot Anne Curtis wearing cropped tops like the one she wore on Valentine’s Day of 2015, paired with a uniquely cut midi black skirt. Her equally beautiful sister, Jasmine Curtis Smith, rocked a denim set of cropped top and ripped skinny jeans.
Model Solenn Heussaff lately posted an instagram photo with her classy lace cropped top and skinny black jeans and another model, who will be hosting Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3, Georgina Wilson, is also a big fan of the trend.
How to Wear
Cropped tops create an illusion that will make you look leaner and taller and this is one of the reasons Filipinos are widely embracing the trend. Depending on your body structure, you can choose a lot of cropped tops that would accentuate your best features.
If you have broad shoulders, you can wear a halter top or one with diagonal prints. If you are curvy, choose the top that ends on your waist to make you look slimmer, and pair it with a knee length pencil skirt to make you appear taller. If you are fit and trim, you can basically rock any type of cropped top ever invented.
If you think cropped tops are for lean individuals only, you are totally wrong. Sure these types of top would look totally amazing on a person with a slim waist, but plus size women are making this trend work for anyone else. If you are not comfortable to bare a little skin on your midriff, you can always go for the conservative crops or pair it with a high waist skirt or shorts.
6. Fringes, Ruffles and Feathers
With the come-back of the seventies patterns and boho vibes is the emergence of fringes, tassles and feathers. When 2014 music festivals became a parade of flower crowns and headbands, this year, fashion designers will call it off and replace it with anything that brims and trims.
Brace yourself for the ultimate boho invasion this summer. With the rise of the seventies fashion, designers decided to put up music festival-inspired creations on the catwalk with different frock variations and fashion icons are making it work on the streets.
Alberta Ferretti made this clear with his floral suede caped dress with fun hemmed fringes paired with a pair of fringed sandals, while Proenza Schouller and Dolce and Gabanna also made their own version of tasseled capes in fancy floral prints and pastel colors. Sonia Rykiel added more sophistication to her creations with her feathery white skirt and cropped top, while Creatures of Comfort preferred a laid back appeal with their muted colored fringed dresses.
Fringes mania is also conquering loads of bags, accessories and foot wears as well. International brands like Topshop made clutches and bags edgier, while Cotton On has backpacks made of fringes. H & M, Zara, Mango, and Forever21 also did their part in embellishing tassles to their shoulder bags, totes and cross body slings.
Philippine Fashion Week 2015 showed a hint of fringes with Arnold Galang’s feathery textured cover-ups. His fringed leaf-cut designs incorporated in the sleeves, top, and skirts of his creations were phenomenal. Forever21 and Sfera perfectly hit the notes with their tassled capes and Pat Santos also made an elegant twist of fringes on her mermaid China blue gown.
Manila Fashion Fest 2015 holds no difference with Philippine Fashion Week SS15 after Cebu-based designer Vania Romoff incorporated fringes with lacy fabrics during her show. Veejay Floresca’s “Distressed” creations made the resurgence of ruffles official, while designer Happy Andrada used feathers and ethnic-inspired tassles to further give life to her “Ninuno” collection.
Kim Kardashian made an outstanding impression wearing a blazer top and a fringe skirt during Paris Fashion Week 2015 together with his singer and designer husband Kanye West. Model Poppy Delevigne also attended SS15 wearing a fringed mini skirt topped with a black sweater shirt, while fashion icon Olivia Palermo made a fashion statement with her suede frocked bag.
Two of the most beautiful talents of GMA Network, Heart Evangelista and Marian Rivera, who are also newlyweds, have been seen wearing feathers and ruffles. Heart Evangelista made everyone love her with her peplum-ruffled dress during her pre-nuptial shoots in January this year and it was followed by a long ruffled gown when she appeared in the Sunday All Stars show early March this year. Marian Rivera, on the other hand, looked flawless in her editorial shoots for Hair Asia Magazine, trotting an elegant feathery vest that was very Parisian in every angle.
Binibining Pilipinas candidates made sure they were not behind the trends. Pia Wurtzbach, the newly crowned Miss Universe, displayed a very creative gown during the National Costume competition with pearl fringes all over the bottom, while Wynwyn Marquez wore a lacy fringe gown made by Frederick Peralta during her trial fitting before the pageant.
On another editorial photo, supermodel Charlene Almarvez, one of the most successful filipino models of all time, was wearing a feathery mini skirt from DKNY SS15 for US based magazine Seventeen, for their December-January 2015 edition.
How to Wear
Frocks and ruffles are strong fashion statements, so keep everything simple. When you wear a fringed dress, wear minimal or simple accessories to complement your outfit. But, if you focus on tassled bags, keep your dress bold and avoid mixing prints.
If you want to take risks, however, you can mix fringes with different textures like lace and stripes, but take everything into proportion. Fringes are supposed to give you a sophisticated and laid back appearance, not grunge or norm core.
7. Flared Jeans/Trousers
Remember when you were told to ditch your bell bottoms 10 years ago because skinny jeans are taking over? Now it’s time to break into your closet and bring them back to life, unless of course they won’t fit you anymore. Make your way back to this trend and be one of the first fashion lovers to stride this trend. But, as bell bottoms are just getting started, do not junk your skinnies yet for this year.
Flared jeans have been around the fashion industry for a long time. It is one of the trends that history could never get rid of. In the mid-sixties, Cher, an American singer and model, made the trend popular by wearing striped bell bottom pants together with her fellow artist, Sonny. Legendary supermodel Twiggy was also photographed in an all black ensemble and flared jeans. The flared craze continued to reign in 1970s until mom’s jeans took the crown between 1980’s and 1990’s.
Back with a vengeance, flared jeans rose to life this year together with the ‘70s patterns and frocks. The Fall and Winter 2015 collections during New York Fashion Week was tagged as “seventies throwback” and these brought on catwalks filled with retro- glam silhouettes, groovy prints, fringed capes and tasseled outfits and big time bell bottoms.
The Coach 2015 collection featured furs, animal prints, leathers and denim washed bell bottoms. Lilly Sartin’s 2014-2015 inter-blended the ripped trend with acid-washed flared jeans. New York Fashion Week put more weight on flared jeans with the retro inspired bell bottoms from Derek Lam, Rebecca Taylor and Diane von Furstenberg killing the dynasty of skinny jeans.
Mary Bruno, head designer of J Brand, advised everyone to go out and buy flares this spring may it be high rise, mid rise or trousers. Citizens of Humanity creative director Catherine Ryu admitted creating a capsule of flares for every occasion and defined the trend as the new shape of the season.
Local designer Pablo Cabahug incorporated wide legged trousers during the Manila Fashion Fest 2015 and Jot Losa also displayed his structured bell bottom pieces for the same event. Yay 2015 Spring and Summer collection featured in Mega magazine shows bell bottoms under a dark chambray coat and Manila Times Today named flared jeans as the current comeback on their March publication.
This trend has been featured on Preview’s March 2015 edition, where Julia Barretto graced the cover for the “Summer Dreaming” edition. Through the pages, Julia was seen wearing flared jeans three times, one of which was a pair of mustard bell bottoms from Arnold Galang and a pair of denim flared jeans from American Eagle Outfitters.
During the Fall/Winter 2015-16 Fashion Week shows all over the world, celebrities and fashion icons were spotted wearing the flared trend and these included Kate Hudson in a classy all black outft, Olivia Palermo in matching suede coat and pants, Ellie Goulding in flared and fringed bottoms and Poppy Delevigne in wide-legged denim.
Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe, Sophia Vergara, Jessica Alba and Heidi Klum are also just a few of the biggest names in the industry who visibly made this trend work in street styling.
In the country, prominent fashion bloggers were seen wearing the flared trend to stay on top of the game. Blogger and commercial model Kryz Uy was seen wearing white wide-legged pants when she had her photoshoot for Mandaue Foam Lifestyle campaign. Other bloggers turned models, who strutted flares and bell bottoms, were Vern Enciso and media manager Kookie Buhain. The country’s leading celebrity stylist and fashion editor Liz Uy was also vocal about her obssession with flared jeans on Instagram.
How to Wear
Avoid looking like a complete throwback from the seventies with your flared jeans by adding modern touches like layering your top or wearing a structured blazer. Stay away from belts, as this will totally make you look retro. For summer, you can try wearing mid-denim wash jeans instead of dark ones and always wear it high-waisted, not hipster.
With the touch of Filipino creativity, local designers have made the international trends mentioned above more wearable and incredibly stylish for every Filipina. Let these fashion craze help you build up your confidence and stir up your sense of glamour, while you stay a step ahead and give your everyday a taste of your personal style.Hottest Fashion Trends in the Philippines for 2015 by Holly Bissonnette