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.