SAMSUNG METROWEAR YDG / FDCP 2009

THE SAMSUNG METROWEAR YDG / FDCP SHOW PRESENTS HOLIDAY TRENDS 2009

Metro took the lead in forecasting the trends for the coming holiday 2009 season with the second leg of its highly successful Samsung Metrowear 2009 series. Now on its seventh year, Metrowear continues to provide a stage to showcase, promote and celebrate the creativity, artistry and ingenuity of Filipino fashion designers. This is part of Metro Magazine’s vision to draw focus to the fine craftsmanship and innate creativity of local designers as they emerge as global artists.

JC Buendia
JC Buendia

Brent Chua Jerome Lorico
Jerome Lorico


As part of their celebration of 20 stylish years, Metro Magazine, with editor-in-chief Katrina Holigores at the helm, continues to set the bar on fashion and beauty for the stylish independent woman. This means working with the best in local fashion design talent and creative minds, as is evident in the fashion show series. The Metrowear series takes on a grander scale, as it marks this milestone for the magazine. The year opened with the historic Samsung Metrowear 100, which showcased the work of 100 designers on one stage. The grand presentation was capped off with a finale presentation by the dean of Philippine fashion, Ben Farrales.



Eric Delos SantosLast July 30, at the NBC Tent, Metro presented the hottest trends of the season in the highly-energetic Metrowear YDG / FDCP show. This is the first time where the two groups shared the stage for the series. While the Young Designers’ Guild leaned towards a more cutting-edge direction, the Fashion & Design Council of The Philippines wowed the audience with their elegant aesthetic. The onstage collaboration was seen as a natural fit by Katrina, “Both groups represent excellence in design in both seasoned and ‘up and coming’ categories. Both also have high standards in terms of design creativity, quality and foresight in predicting trends,” she expounds. Directing the show for the first time was Robby Carmona, known for his trademark flair and creative onstage executions. One of the innovative executions for the event were the live musical performances that accompanied each trend. The music was a mélange of rock, pop and electronica served up by DJ Brian Cua, The UST Concert Chorale, Radha and Jay Cayuca. (Inset: Eric Delos Santos)

Playing host for the show was the statuesque Joey Mead, wearing a dress by Avel Bacudio that was inspired by Coke Light. She was also joined by G Tongi, who joined Joey to share her thoughts on 20 years of Metro. Both ladies graced the cover of the magazine three times in the past years. Metro Magazine editor-in-chief Katrina Holigores also highlighted Metro’s advocacy of supporting Philippine fashion.


Regine Dulay
Regine Dulay

Louis Claparols
Louis Claparols


In this leg of the Metrowear 2009 series, the designers from both the YDG and FDCP were divided among the five holiday 2009 trends, showcasing an interesting range of fashion points-of-view. Opening the show was Techno-Folk, presenting the works of YDG’s Louis Claparols, Eric de los Santos, Veejay Floresca, Brian Leyva and Reian Mata alongside the FDCP’s Dong Omaga-Diaz, Avel Bacudio, Arcy Gayatin, Len Nepomuceno-Guiao, Tippi Ocampo, Frederick Peralta, JC Buendia, Gerry Katigbak and Anthony Nocom. Next in line is the romantic-inspired Shakespeare, where YDG designers Mitzi Quilendrino-Bustos, John Herrera and Aries Lagat went head-to-head with FDCP’s Randy Ortiz, Vittorio Barba, Frederick Peralta, OJ Hofer and JC Buendia. Fashion also goes down the trendy country lane with House On The Prairie featuring the FDCP’s Hindy Weber-Tantoco, Gerry Katigbak, Tippi Ocampo and Anthony Nocom sending their models down the runway with the YDG’s Reian Mata and Louis Claparols. Fashion takes a walk on the magical side with Enchantment, as seen thru the works of FDCP’s Rajo Laurel, Ramon Esteban, Len Nepomuceno-Guiao, Dong Omaga-Diaz and Arcy Gayatin. Representing the YDG are Ferdie Abuel, Eric de los Santos and Brian Leyva. Rounding out the evening’s trend forecast is the architecture-inspired Guggenheim trend, presented by the YDG’s Regine Dulay, Jerome Lorico and Veejay Floresca alongside the FDCP’s Joey Samson, Avel Bacudio, Jojie Lloren and Edwin Ao.

Dong Omaga DiazRepresenting the edgier side of the fashion spectrum is the Young Designers’ Guild. Just shy of 15 years as a group, the current roster also boasts of really strong design talent with a distinctly modern and avant garde point-of-view. Current YDG president Louis Claparols sees Metrowear as a great venue to present their work. “We’re very honored… They’ve really opened doors for young designers like us. Metrowear is the venue for us to show that even if we’re young, we can do the same as the senior designers can,” he enthuses. The Fashion & Design Council of the Philippines has had a long relationship with Metro Magazine, being the first group to collaborate with the magazine in Metrowear’s early presentations. A goal of the group, according to FDCP president Dong Omaga-Diaz, is to “…give direction to the Filipino fashion market. We’d like to present clothes that can be worn but with a certain difference… clothes that can stand out. We’re here to tell you what’s there for you…that there is a choice.” Last year, FDCP member Randy Ortiz was the featured designer for Metrowear Icon, where he presented his “Aspirer” collection. (Inset: Dong Omaga Diaz)

The idea of working together on Metrowear proved to be an exciting concept for the magazine, the YDG and the FDCP. Dong elaborates, “It’s a collaboration…Most of the FDCP designers came from YDG. When the idea was brought to us by Metrowear, the first thing that came to mind was…the young ones and the more mature designers together in a show, so it was quite exciting. Of course, you believe in the YDG…who else can take the place of the seniors one day?” On the other hand, Katrina saw the experience as a reflection of the great partnership between the two. “Their collaboration is an opportunity to learn from one another,” she adds.


Anthony Nocom
Anthony Nocom


Fredrick Peralta
Fredrick Peralta



Photography by: © Henry Anima


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