Now on its 10th season, the Manila Fashion Festival started its four-day presentation with glitz and glamour. Opening the show was the festival’s partnership with online retailer Zilingo Philippines, with a special appearance by Edward Barber and Maymay Entrata (or #MayWard to their fans) decked in Folded & Hung. Yong Davalos paraded a collection that showed the endearing power of pink, while Cheetah Rivera kept the runway cool with neutrals. Chris Nick and Cherry Veric had some European persuasion tied into their collections, and Steph Tan and Darly Maat deflected light on stage with their shining, shimmering, splendid pieces. Servings of a more casual womenswear wasn’t far behind as Arin, Teofila, and Jaz Cerezo had a variety of looks to offer.

Here are our top picks from day one:

Color-blocked athleisure is right up our alley this season, and that’s why we’re saying yes to this Zilingo jacket. Bonus points: The front pockets that can hold your earphones or keys, so you can keep your hands free.

 

It is rare to see full-on cutesy, youthful looks on runways lately, so this candy-colored set by Yong Davalos is very much welcome. Imagine arriving at one of your afternoon high teas in that ruffled-sleeve suit; you’ll look as devilishly delicious as the array of pastries served.

 

Who says utilitarian isn’t for the chic? Well, these Cheetah Rivera looks prove that you can skip the ultra-feminine details and still remain polished.

 

The relaxed vibe of this no-lapel suit jacket by Chris Nick encapsulates the Parisian character, and that black-and-cream scarf is both subtle yet hard to miss.

 

Daryl Maat’s creations played on asymmetrical cuts on the neckline and hemline, and when made out of daring textiles such as sequins and velvet, they present a complete package of glamorous ferocity—a combo that never fails to excite.

 

Cherry Veric’s collection gave us a generous dose of art from the 1800s as the designer centered his creations around prints done in the style of the Old Masters. Jackets were styled with delicate chiffon and tulle, further heightening the whole collection’s romanticism.

All photos from Manila Fashion Festival