Fash­ion Fever


The home­grown in­ter­na­tional lifestyle brand Bench proved that it’s still ahead of the RTW (ready-to-wear) game when it held its Bench Fash­ion Week, a four- day event that pre­sented the up­com­ing col­lec­tions of such brands as Kashieca, Hu­man, Bench, Cot­ton- On, Amer­i­can Ea­gle Out­fit­ters, and Vero Moda.

But the four- day event was not only about Bench’s off-the-rack la­bels and its global part­ner brands. Bench also let other local de­sign­ers, both the es­tab­lished and the promis­ing, show­case their lat­est col­lec­tions. Rhett Eala, Jerome Lorico, and Paloma Urquijo Zo­bel came out with pieces that cel­e­brated Filipino artistry, crafts­man­ship, and unique­ness.•

Pio­pio, the cloth­ing line of Bea Zo­bel Jr.’s daugh­ter Paloma Urquijo Zo­bel, show­cased a young and hip col­lec­tion in­spired by local fi­es­tas, such as the Masskara Fes­ti­val of Ba­colod City and the Di­nagyang Fes­ti­val of Iloilo City.

On Day 1 of the four-day Bench Fash­ion Week, long-time Bench en­dorser Carla Abel­lana was the fi­nal run­way model who closed the Kashieca Hol­i­day col­lec­tion show. The Ka­puso ac­tress kept her getup sim­ple but pretty by pair­ing her black tulle dress with a pair of metal­lic pink heels.

Bench Fash­ion Week The Play­ground Bench ToWer BoniFa­cio gloBal ciTy com­Plex Taguig ciTy sePTem­Ber 7-10, 2017 Filipino-Cana­dian model Paolo Roldan (third from left) showed his col­lec­tion for Bench Body on Day 3 of Bench Fash­ion Week. At the end of his seg­ment, he proudly walked the run­way with model Sher­laine Yap (right­most), Filipino-Amer­i­can model John Spainhour (left­most, wear­ing one of Paolo’s de­signs), and the man of the hour, Ben Chan.

The rap­per who goes by the name Poor Taste opened the Bench Hol­i­day col­lec­tion by spit­ting out some lines be­fore join­ing a group of mod­els walk­ing the run­way. In case you haven’t heard, the real name of Poor Taste is Paul Tiong­son, and he’s the mu­sic pro­ducer who’s cur­rently in charge of re­brand­ing James Reid.

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