Details were on the spotlight at BFW Holiday 2017

Photography by JL Javier & Andrea Beldua
Words by Neal Corpus

Look closer.

Oftentimes in fashion, more attention is paid to the overall impact of an outfit or garment, like silhouette and color. But sometimes, the finer details like cut, construction, fit, and even accessories are the ones that make a successful outfit. This was definitely the case at the recently concluded Bench Fashion Week Holiday 2017, where Jerome Lorico, PioPio, Vero Moda, and Bench Body x Paolo Roldan showed a mastery of design with a sharp eye for detail.

At designer Jerome Lorico’s show, the clothes inspired by Morocco were accompanied by backpacks reminiscent of those carried by nomads, with spacious compartments and straps to contain things like sleeping bags. It was a detail that completed the runway looks, and allowed for a more specific story of modern travellers to be told, versus just a generic collection about the Moroccan desert.

PioPio’s collection, on the other hand, was built on many, many details. The collection, which was presented in a vibrant and joyful show with models dancing down the runway, featured special fabrics with intricate patterns like the ikat. These were heightened by fringe details on the seams of a poncho, long ribbon fringes on the sleeves of a denim jacket and skirt. The collection was topped off with beautiful accessories, with statement earrings and headpieces that contained pompoms and feathers.

The collection presented by Vero Moda was more pared down compared to the others on this list, but nevertheless, details were still front and center. Floral embroidery elevated a simple off shoulder dress, and a sheer panel and ruffles on a crew neck sweater paired with a shimmery electric pleated skirt made for fun and flirty holiday dressing.

Last but definitely not the least, international male supermodel Paolo Roldan’s collaboration with Bench Body packed a punch. One might think that there are little details to be discussed in an underwear show (there really aren’t a lot of clothes, anyway), but the attention to detail can be found in the design choices and styling. Retro design cues like checkerboard patterns and stripes were front and center, contrasted with fine jewelry by designer Natalya Lagdameo, which added a delicateness to the sporty collection.

Here’s a look at the collections:

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