Sarah Lahbati in Abdul Diana Lann and Richard Gutierrez in Banjo Cordero. Both designers are from Slim’s Fashion & Arts School.
Lucy Torres-Gomez in Joe Salazar
Dingdong Dantes in Tria and Borgy Manotoc in his own design
Gabbi Garcia in Joey Samson
Katrina Goulbourn-Feist in vintage Slim’s, while husband and wife Chips and Akiko Guevara both wore Allen Cabili
‘Inquirer Red’ editor in chief and Preen editor at large Ria Prieto in Ivarluski Aseron
Maria Parsons in Pepito Albert, Sandy Higgins in Nina Gatan, and Louie Gonzales in Felicia Trinidad
Sophia Elizalde in a Lesley Mobo top and Matthew Williamson skirt, and Anne Marie Saguil in Jojie Lloren
Petty Benitez Johannot in Cora Manimbo and Vicky Panlilio in her mom’s dress
Sarah Meier in Vania Romoff
Husband and wife Tessa and Efren Prieto both in Joey Samson
Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez in Randy Ortiz
Isabelle Daza in a dress given by her uncle
Tessa Prieto-Valdes in Slim’s Pablo Mendez
Gretchen Barretto in Inno Sotto
Ben Chan in Joey Samson
Jo Ann Bitagcol in Joey Samson
How do you make the ever-traditional terno feel new again?
At last night’s launch of the book Fashionable Filipinas: An Evolution of the Philippine National Dress in Photographs 1860-1960, guests came in wearing what was seemingly the best show of modern-day national costumes.
The book is published by retail and lifestyle giant Bench and written and curated by Gino Gonzales, a scenographer and lecturer at Ateneo de Manila University, and Mark Lewis Higgins, a visual artist and co-director of Slim’s Fashion & Arts School. It traces the history and evolution of the terno until the 1960, and is packed with previously unpublished essays and photographs.
But the changes in the traditional garb go well beyond what the book’s breadth of coverage. Fast forward to last night, and there were embellished ternos with metallic sequins, oversized butterfly sleeves, and the piece broken down into separates. Really, the various reinterpretations of the traditional piece were endless.
So how do you fully update a piece like the terno, then? Magazine editor in chief and model Sarah Meier says, “What is crucial to the terno are the sleeves. I think anything else you do with your outfit can be completely flexible. It can oscillate between materials, texture, and prints. The true signature of a woman [who is] able to modernize something so traditional and classic is to be able to take any trend at any given time and find a way to make the two mesh together.” But model and host Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez looks beyond the signature sleeves. For her, it’s “attitude and outlook” that does the trick.
Click through the slideshow above to see more personalities and celebrities wearing their own takes on the terno and barong!
Photos by Acushla Obusan
Abdul Diana Lann, Akiko Guevara, Allen Cabili, Anne MArie Saguil, Banjo Cordero, barong, Ben Chan, bench, Borgy Manotoc, Chips Guevara, Cora Manimbo, Dingdong Dantes, Efren Prieto, Fashionable Filipinas, Gabbi Garcia, Gino Gonzales, Gretchen Barretto, Inno Sotto, Isabelle Daza, Ivarluski Aseron, Jo Ann Bitagcol, Joe Salazar, Joey Samson, Katrina Goulbourn-Feist, Love Local, Maria Parsons, Mark Lewis Higgins, Pablo Mendez, Pepito Albert, Petty Benitez-Johannot, Preen, Preen.ph, Randy Ortiz, Ria Prieto, Richard Gutierrez, Sarah Lahbati, Sarah Meier, Slim’s Fashion & Arts School, Sophia Elizalde, terno, Tessa Prieto, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Tweetie De Leon-Gonzales, Vania Romoff, Vicky Panlilio