Saturday, December 12, 2015

LUZVIMINDA2 Fashionably Gives

Phoenix, AZ – Show stopping designs by Jun-Jun Cambe and Audie Espino took center stage at the 2nd Annual Luzvminda Fashion Show produced by Marie Cunning - President of Federation of Philippine American Chamber of Commerce (FPACC), Charmel de la Cruz – Producer/Director at Laras Media International, and Fleur Magbanua – Editor-in-Chief of F Magazine.  

Held at the Heard Museum in Phoenix Arizona on the 20th of November 2015, the much anticipated Pan-American charity fashion show drew attendees from Nevada, California and Utah, with evening gowns and barong Tagalog selling off the racks even before it hit the runway!

With proceeds benefitting Phoenix Barangay Lion's Club for 2016 Medical Mission to the Philippines, the affair, emceed by Charmel and Fleur, kicked off with powerful performances by Maribeth Pascua and Marian Alcordo.

Manila’s prince of Avant Garde fashion, Jun-Jun Cambe, opened the show with a bit of Hollywood flair displaying body-hugging pieces with lace and ornate gold embellishments.  

Jun-Jun Cambe, Manila’s prince of Avant Garde fashion.

Maureen Montagne, Miss Arizona USA 2015

Setting up a trend, the most applauded is the parade of good looking blokes wearing fun and colorful Barong Tagalogs playfully styled with modern interpretation…

...tucked in trousers,

...layered with inside shirt or another barong, well as ‘80s style pushed up sleeves and stand up collar. 

Ending the menswear portion is formally styled (my fave), traditional hand-embroidered Barong Tagalogs. 

Jun-Jun also showcased a hint of Spanish influence in his floral, brightly-hued and shiny Filipiniana long gowns.

Philippine Fashion Week Executive Producer and Co-Founder, Audie Espino, also the Proprietor of EsAc Apparel Center, unveiled EsAc’s classic ready-to-wear for S/S 2016.  Slowly departed from previous years’ distress, fraid and stained looks, Audie continues to elaborate on his vision for Philippine Fashion with an updated aesthetic for the new season, with timeless separates in basic shades of red, black and cream composed and combined to create a confident look.  EsAc revealed the must-have fashion looks for spring, “baro’t saya” inspired pieces with accent floral embroideries. The collection consists of graceful straight-line and A-line dresses as well as shorts and plain tops, with ethereal and intricate overlay. Simple yet sophisticated!

Audie Espino, Philippine Fashion Week Co-Founder and Executive Producer, and EsAc Apparel Center Proprietor

For the final segment, soft oohs and aahs ushered the stunning models in Jun-Jun Cambe’s breathtaking “Baby Doll” collection. Drawing inspiration from the ‘50s era, the resurgence of haute couture post the war years, the flowy aesthetics of Cambe’s empire waist evening wear exuded soft femininity and elegance.  It was dreamy and romantic leaving the audience wanting more.

And so the count down begins for Luzviminda3…stay tuned!

Shout out to multi-talented Hair & Make-up Artist (when not singing!), Miss Marian Alcordo.  Marian is the behind the scene unsung hero and very much appreciated by the models, designers and emcees.  Love you, Marian!!!


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