We’ve recently started September and so immediately, the holidays are just around the corner. Just in time for us to get in style for all of the end-of-the-year happenings, Bench presented their latest collections for the new season over the weekend, and they’re all about collaborations and luxewear, plus the search for the next batch of designers for the Bench Design Awards.
Day one: It was all about womenswear, with Lucy Torres-Gomez kicking off the show with the Paris-inspired pieces (silk drape skirts, cardigans, scarves) she had collaborated on with Kashieca. This was followed by another collaboration, this time between Patty Ang and Bench, with the designs fit for modern working girls in their playful colors of yellows, baby blues, and whites. Albert Andrada closed the day with his white structured pieces accentuated with with intricate detail such as ruffles, lace, and embellishments.
Day two: Streetwear fashion ruled as Human opened the show with pops of colors on every accessory, matching the stripes and prints seen on polo shirts and sweaters. New York designer Willy Chavarria had worked with Bench to present tailored trousers, cropped jackets, and sleeveless tops on the runway, and Japanese designer Mihara Yasuhiro played with layers of streetwear staples: patched outerwear, striped pants, zipper accents.
Day three: Tokyo Fashion Week found themselves some youngblood with the announcement of the Bench Design Awards’ newest winners. Among the nine participating designers—which included Robert Hiyas, Marc Blanco, Benj Rogando, Michael Bawar, Russell Villafuerte, and Candle Torreverde—emerged Antonina Amoncio, whose collection featured illustrations by her sister; the Vladimir Nabokov butterfly illustrations-inspired designs by Jeasar Quiambao; Bon Reyes‘ depiction of pre-colonial Filipino apparel for the label Hansen. All three will get to show their spring/summer 2020 collection in Japan this October.
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