Slide Lesley Mobo and Renz Reyes:
Is Fashion Week going out of fashion?

New Layer BY AMRIE CRUZ

Can we go back to the way things were before the COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 a year of reckoning? How has the fashion industry been changed by limited face-to-face fittings and reduced production? Were the past few months mere hiccups for fashion houses that were able to showcase their collection in Paris and Shanghai Fashion Week this month? 

London-based designer Lesley Mobo, currently in his Samar paradise, catches up with his TernoCon 2020 mentee, up-and-coming designer Renz Reyes. Mobo, a Central Saint Martins graduate, has lent his talents to the likes of Diesel, Harrods’ Jasmine Di Milo, British label Ghost and Uniqlo. His ready-to-wear line MOBO has been sold around the globe and he continues to design for his atelier in London.

On the other hand, Reyes, whose attention to detail and subtle craftsmanship once caught the eye of Vogue, has been collecting local design accolades as a top prize winner in the 2018 Bench Design Awards and as a TernoCon 2020 finalist. Aside from making garments for his own label, he designs for New York-based womenswear brand The Natori Company. 

 

On the other hand, Reyes, whose attention to detail and subtle craftsmanship once caught the eye of Vogue, has been collecting local design accolades as a top prize winner in the 2018 Bench Design Awards and as a TernoCon 2020 finalist. Aside from making garments for his own label, he designs for New York-based womenswear brand The Natori Company. 

Yearning for a change in the industry

Lesley Mobo: Hi, Renz. How are you? How’s everything?

Renz Reyes: Everything’s fine, I’m going back to the grind.

Lesley: So how’s the mood at work?

Renz: There are fewer people because the pandemic really hit the company a lot. A lot of the usual people that I work with are not there anymore.

Lesley: [The lockdown forced] us all to find ways to be creative and to solve all these problems. Do you think we [can] get anything positive from this?

Renz: I think the whole industry has been in this system that’s [moving] at a rapid pace. Designers [have] to craft collections faster because the turnover between collections can go at a dizzying pace. Fortunately, this pandemic has given us the time to reassess the industry. Everyone has been yearning for change but everyone seems to be stuck in this system.

Lesley: [What] do you think [of the] wholesale system? Another [way to describe it is] bringing your product into Fashion Week and opening it to retailers and depending on retailers [for your sales]. What do you think is the future for that? A lot of American companies basically went bankrupt because of that system of wholesaling [where retailers] basically direct the designer and the consumer on what product to buy and everything. Is there any chance for that to change?

Renz: My advice is for designers [to] just do seasonless clothing [instead of] all these pre-collections between [their] other collections. It’s unnecessary. Just do two collections a year [instead of per season]. Make it more about quality not quantity. We have been so fixated on doing these filler collections just to follow this fashion [or] marketing calendar.

Slide “My advice is [to] just do seasonless clothing, [instead of] all these pre-collections between [their] other collections. It's unnecessary. Just do two collections a year [instead of per season]. Make it more about quality not quantity.” RENZ REYES

Lesley: For bigger brands like Saks, Selfridges in London or Galeries Lafayette in Paris, the common practice is for designers to do the usual two collections. But retailers want to use the window between [the autumn/winter and the spring/summer] collections to sell [the] resort and the pre-collection. [Retailers] discovered that [these] pieces have more shelf life and tend to sell better for some odd reason.

What happens is that the media, like Vogue and other media outlets, tend to kind of push the idea of asking designers to do a shoot, do a lookbook. From the lookbook, it became like a fashion show. What’s happened in the last five years, I think, is that smaller brands started emulating what the big brands were doing. You’re basically making a collection every three months rather than every six months. We’re not even talking [about] menswear [yet]. The bottom line of fashion really is doing business.

Renz: In the Philippines, going to stores [to sell your pieces] is a non-existent [practice]. So you’re really forced to market your own products. Some of my friends, also young designers, aren’t stuck in the fashion system. They’re joining trunk shows and bazaars and really speaking to customers. I know that in time, it builds a brand following. These young designers are not in a race to become a big fashion conglomerate.

Lesley: I think it’s quite exciting to see some young designers having a different approach. Some [use] dance. Some [use] film.

“In the Philippines, going to stores [to sell your pieces] is a non-existent [practice]. So you’re really forced to market your own products. Some of my friends, also young designers, aren’t stuck in the fashion system. They’re joining trunk shows and bazaars and really speaking to customers. I know that in time, it builds a brand following. These young designers are not in a race to become a big fashion conglomerate.”

Renz Reyes

Fashion is prostitution

Lesley Mobo for Absolut Vodka Sweden

Lesley: This is my collaboration with Absolut Vodka Sweden. I was supposed to do women’s underwear. Because everyone seemed to be doing women’s [pieces], I did this one. It’s really quite scary to look at actually.

Renz: Actually, I remember this.

Lesley: I used to work with Diesel in Italy and I think the same PR [agency that worked with the brand] put me on the book to do this one. It was supposed to be like a high concept underwear. I kind of learned from this that there’s nothing much you can do with underwear. It’s funny because when they did the launching in Manila, they found this American guy who’s really super huge to wear it. The underwear was kind of breaking. When he wore it, it turned out to be more like a Playgirl launch than [one for an] Absolut Vodka underwear 1879 collection.

 

Renz Reyes Graduate Collection 2018

Renz: That’s my graduate collection [from] almost 20 years ago. During that time, I was so obsessed with leather, pleather and all this BDSM fetish upholstery material. All those details are handsewn. I felt bad for my models during my graduation show because I saw all my batchmates’ [models] and they were all wearing these fancy, luxurious materials while my girls were all sweating under this synthetic leather. And I also made these bib necklaces out of wood pipes and bullet shells.

Lesley: But your illustrations [are] kind of like these even then, right? I mean, you [already liked] this type of illustration?

Renz: That’s the first time I learned to do digital illustration because I worked as a graphic designer during that time.

 

MOBO Spring/Summer 2012

Lesley: Oh my god. Let’s not do that. I don’t wanna look back at this one, which I sold wholesale in Paris. It must be either [our] fifth or sixth ready-to-wear collection. It was very difficult because we were dealing with particular aesthetic demands from different countries. The sizing was a nightmare as well. It served as a good lesson for me.

 

Renz Reyes Bench Design Awards 2018

Renz: This collection was inspired by the film “Suspiria.” So all of those motifs are tessellations from M.C. Escher. I just wanted it to look really easy, but when you look at it up close, you [can] see the craftsmanship.

 

MOBO Autumn/Winter 2011

Lesley: This is my stage of prostitution. This is a best-selling collection. MOBO was supposed to be [a] party [dress brand]. For most of my career, I worked for brands and most of the time I’m not even mentioned. And I thought, why not do something separate from what I do for other people? It’s prostitution because it’s not really my particular handwriting. Fashion is prostitution. But, you know, [the] press and buyers, [it’s] kind of funny thing [how] they’re two completely different people. If you show this to the press, maybe [they’ll go,] “Yeah, whatever.” But if you show this to a buyer, they would probably be happy with it.

Renz: I love the sequins.

Fashion is all about inclusivity

Lesley: Being a fashion designer nowadays, from an international point of view, means you have to be bigger than just someone who can cut and sew a garment. You have to be someone with taste in photography, business-savvy, a graphic designer—you have to be an all-singing, all-dancing designer. At the moment, social media sort of ruined that sort of thing because everyone suddenly became a fashion designer.

Renz: Based on my experience, the fashion education here mostly [teaches] you skills but not how to go into the industry and [apply for] certain jobs. Actually, that’s another problem, there aren’t a lot of fashion jobs here. What a designer seems [like] here in the Philippines is just someone who makes clothes. But there are a lot of jobs in fashion aside from being a fashion designer. That is also lacking here. Based on my experience as a designer here in the Philippines, you have to be a multitasker. You need to be able to design [and] do patterns. [Basically,] do everything. It’s not like in other countries [where] there’s a specific person who does a specific job. Lesley, what do you think is the future of fashion?

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Lesley: I think it’s an exciting time. I sort of waited and waited and waited for a time where it could actually pause itself. But it can’t, because fashion doesn’t really pause. It’s a sort of, kind of a never-ending circle. If you stop working in the fashion industry, the industry will just continue without you. It’s just like a monster. It just keeps eating and eating and eating and eating. Everything is so redundant.

But everything is always in question: how we present things, how we do things. I think fashion, in a way, should really be able to move. You don’t have to go to New York. You don’t have to be based in Paris. You don’t have to be in Milan. You don’t have to be in London to be able to do fashion. I think you could be living in Samar, Jolo or Batanes [and], you know, you could still do fashion as long as you have the internet, a website and a product. That’s what I was hoping [for,] [for fashion to become] more open. I’ve seen so many young Filipino brands, and you’re one of the young designers that I really, really admire.

 

Slide “Fashion doesn’t really pause. It’s a sort of, kind of a never-ending circle. If you stop working in the fashion industry, the industry will just continue without you. It's just like a monster. It just keeps eating and eating and eating and eating. Everything is so redundant.” LESLEY MOBO

Renz: We were about to do the Katutubo [pop-up market] before the pandemic hit. I was already finalizing the brand, the clothes that I was about to sell. I already have a vision for the next collection I’m doing. For sure, it’s going to be more commercial because no one’s really going out. What’s still going to be there is the craft because my background is in embroidery and mixing materials, mixing textiles. 

Lesley: Going back to how redundant the fashion industry is, doing Fashion Week with separate genders [where] Men’s [Fashion] Week [is] separate from womenswear puts us back to the question of social movements happening now—you know, with Black Lives Matter [and the] #MeToo movement. Trying to separate menswear from womenswear is absolutely obsolete. Fashion is all about inclusivity. Maybe menswear and womenswear should just [become] one. Maybe children’s wear or bridal wear should be all in one Fashion Week. Or maybe there’s no Fashion Week [in the future].

I mean, why do we do fashion? Aren’t there enough clothes for everyone yet? If you look at the news, like [on] H&M and Zara, you know [that] the number of garments that [wasn’t] sold for years is just piling up. I asked myself why I still continue doing fashion [when] I could just easily sit around in a barrio, plant kamote and still be a happy person. Because I don’t need to do fashion. I think we need fashion because it inspires us to be better people. I still like doing fashion because I like to make clothes, express myself and be able to touch people.

“Trying to separate menswear from womenswear is absolutely obsolete. Fashion is all about inclusivity.”

Lesley Mobo

Renz: For the holidays, what are you designing? 

Lesley: It would be nice to glam up [for] Christmas. I mean, this is the time to be authentic, to be yourself and to care less about [what other] people [think]. And I think fashion is always about trying to be decisive.

Renz: Personally, I’m just going for comfort this holiday [season. I’ll] just save all the creativity for next year.

Lesley: We’ve gone through so much hardship this year, maybe we should just all go out and celebrate one day. If there’s no reason to celebrate, then maybe we should celebrate.

Renz: There’s always time for a cocktail.

Lesley: We’re all at a crossroads. I don’t think there will be such a thing as a wrong or right decision. I think we’re lacking sincerity. The penetration of the industry by all these [banks] and investment companies that try to acquire brands and sell them off after five years created a problem as well for the fashion industry.

Renz: Since we’re talking about the future, what trends do you want to leave in 2020?

Lesley: I hate trends. I mean the word is quite redundant because trends are just created by people in the industry. We just created trends so that consumers always felt they were getting something new. A trend is created by people who work in Première Vision and want to sell the same types of fabric but in different colors.

Slide “I hate trends... We just created trends so that consumers always felt they were getting something new. A trend is created by people... who want to sell the same types of fabric but in different colors.” LESLEY MOBO

Renz: I haven’t been seeing any trends [lately] but I do get your point that [following] trends [is] an outdated concept.

Lesley: For me, fashion is not art but a marriage between creativity and business. I think fashion, in a way, is broken because it’s quite limiting. Trying to be inclusive but at the same time being original is what fashion is all about. It has to be a reflection of [the times].

Writer’s note: This conversation has been edited for brevity

Story by Amrie Cruz
Creative direction by Nimu Muallam
Art direction by Tricia Guevara
Produced by Amrie Cruz
Video by Neal Alday
Assisted by Nadine Halili, Zofiya Acosta, Lia delos Reyes, Alexa Cruz and Michael Yabut

Since most TikTokers are staying at home, most of their videos feature them wearing their comfortable loungewear. In fact, there seems to be a common theme in a lot of their fashion choices.

The rise of TikTok fashion trends started last year thanks to the VSCO and e-girl aesthetics, which actually dominated 2019 Google searches. Aside from these, Who What Wear also noted that a lot of TikTokers wear similar outfits in their videos. Whether or not it’s a coincidence is a mystery to us.

That said, we looked at a number of TikTok videos to see which loungewear pieces are common. Here’s what we found:

Crop top

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When you’ve reached the expert level of @tiktok 😂 #captainhookchallenge

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Who What Wear observed that TikTokers like Addison Rae often wear crop tops. We’re also predicting that more people would opt for this piece since summer is just around the corner.

Short shorts

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tho it tho it 🤽‍♀️

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Rappers like Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat are loving short shorts while they do dance covers, mostly ones with twerking. We also can’t blame them for wearing this piece around the house since it’s breezy and lightweight.

Tie-dye print

@addisonreI HELD UP A 44 HAHAHAHHA♬ After Party – Don Toliver

For some reason, tie-dye has been popular among TikTok users, with pieces having either neon prints or muted pastels. The latter is also considered the 2020 version of the trend as more people are opting for a more ombré tie-dye.

Sweats

@mnl48_coleenYoeeee! We just reach 1M followers here, thank youuu!😖❤️♬ original sound – 𝔍𝔞𝔥_𝔶𝔬յ

Whether it’s a hoodie or a pair of sweatpants, you’re bound to see a couple TikTokers wearing them in videos. It’s possible that they’ve been working out before posting their videos on the platform, but we also know how comfortable sweats can be when you’re just chilling at home.

 

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Looks like green has some competition for the title of 2020’s It color. This year’s color trend predictions show the return of Instagram beige.

This color trend was everywhere last year with Instagram influencers filling their feeds with beige OOTDs and interiors. Glamour UK also noted that the A6 VSCO filter, which has subtle natural tones that make beige hues pop, was a “fashion blogger favorite.”

 

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Contrary to Dazed‘s prediction that Instagram beige would take a backseat in 2020, fashion week street style and runway looks proved that the color palette isn’t going anywhere. Last year, the likes of Tadashi Shoji, Max Mara and Vivetta showcased several beige ensembles during their respective fall/winter 2020 shows.

During New York Fashion Week (NYFW) last February, attendees wore various shades of beige. Who What Wear theorized that people have been wearing this color a lot because of its timelessness, meaning it can be worn during any season of the year.

For everyday wear, Vans released a milk tea-inspired line of Old Skool sneakers which included three colorways: Milk Foam (light nude), Hazelnut (dark peach) and Smoked Milk Tea (soft “greige” or grey-beige).

 

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Outside of fashion, beige seems to be a popular choice for interior designers this year. My Domaine predicts that people are choosing more neutral-toned furniture, walls and floors for their homes. This color palette seems to be a go-to for beauty lovers, incorporating it in their nail polish and hair color.

Like green, Instagram beige is an easy go-to color for people who love neutrals. But in terms of versatility, beige might just have the upper hand as the color of 2020.

Let us ask you: Which color trend do you like more?

 

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Tired of comebacks and throwbacks? Love it or hate it, pop culture continues to embrace nostalgia. From movies to music, we are seeing reinventions and restorations of things past. Fashion is no exception and an example of a style that borrows from bygone years is kidcore. According to thedressco.de, the style started as a satirical aesthetic on Tumblr in the early 2010s. Its bright colors and obsession with ’90s kiddie icons like Furby mark a return to childhood. Try going over stuff from your youth. Dust off your old toys and take your Lisa Frank-esque clothes out of the closet. With a number of Gen Z teens now co-opting the style, it looks like now’s the time to give your forgotten knickknacks their fashion-forward glow-up. We’ve rounded up a list of kidcore lovers to get you inspired.

Takashi Murakami of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.

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just started! @complexcon photo: @rkrkrk

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One of the kings of kidcore, Takashi Murakami is the originator of the Superflat art movement and founder of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. His company, which boasts a Louis Vuitton collab, is known for a playful style that takes inspiration from pop and otaku culture. The artist is pictured here wearing a fuzzy bear robot headpiece and a matching paw. He has the iconic smiling Murakami flower pinned on a bright jacket. His matching illustrated top and bottom are paired with chunky Kaikai Kiki sneakers. 

j-hope of BTS 

🐔🐔재밌게 잘 들어줘서 고마워요🐔🐔 pic.twitter.com/MJrINh4D7W

— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) September 28, 2019

The fans of the K-pop superstar call his personal style #hobicore instead of kidcore. They’ve started a kidcore trend with their fan merchandise and OOTDs under the hashtag on Twitter. An Urban Dictionary entry says some of the #hobicore style elements are smileys, rainbows, colorful nails, plushies and happy energy. j-hope tweeted this picture of him sporting a “Hope World” beaded word bracelet with yellow tassels, candy-colored lucite rings to match his nail polish and a tiny framed childhood photo necklace.

Hyuna 

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South Korean soloist Hyuna has been showing off a lot of kidcore getups and doing photoshoots mimicking her personal style. Browsing through her Instagram, you can see glitter jelly sandals, ’90s cartoon tops, vintage floral babydoll dresses and looped dutch braids. In this post, she gives us a glimpse of her plastic glitter rings and kiddie trinkets. Check out those Trollz dolls and that bead animal keychain.

Tyler, The Creator 

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GOLF le FLEUR* : JULY 6th – link in bio

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Rapper Tyler, The Creator mixes skate style with kidcore. His clothing line Golf Wang and merchandise for his collective Odd Future combine vibrant colors with images like cats, doughnuts and cartoons. To cop his look, couple tinted chinos with his signature GOLF le FLEUR Converse flower patch sneakers.

Arci Muñoz 

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Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight, never running from a real fight, she is the one named Sailor Moon! 🌌🌙 #sailormoon

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Filipina actress Arci Muñoz is a style chameleon whose fondness for Japanese and South Korean street style as well as anime brought us delightfully kidcore ensembles. Here she is with a Sailor Moon hoodie, a stuffed Chimmy keychain, BT21 character bag strap clips and a soft pink beret. 

Jules of “Euphoria”

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love rules

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Jules Vaughn was the talk of the town when hit HBO show “Euphoria” aired. When the next season comes this year, we’ll hopefully get to see more of her candy-colored wardrobe, sparkly rainbow makeup and fuzzy bags. Remember the daisy print sheer top on the saturated blue shirt plus her bright yellow mini backpack? What about the baby pink underwear to match her cropped cotton sleeveless crop top with little rose details? 

Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey

Margot Robbie and her team gave Harley Quinn the treatment she deserved in the kickass, female-led blockbuster “Birds of Prey.” Dr. Quinzel’s style is a fusion of punk and kidcore. She’s having fun and committing crime in messy pigtails and glitter. Only she can pull off trying to escape armed men while wearing a rainbow caution tape jacket with bright red suspenders clipped on striped shorts. Another ComicCon worthy costume is the electric crop top and yellow dungarees combo.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Users

If I have to feel jelly of ppl being able to afford the Galaxy Z flip and making it super aesthetic then you do too. hics*
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Your phone cover can make or break your mirror selfie. These days, you want it to reflect your personal flair. If you’re thinking about going all-in for kidcore, try vamping up a phone case with cute stickers. Take these kawaii Samsung Galaxy Z Flips for example. They’re decorated with rainbow holo stickers of smileys and stuffed bears. They even have stuffed or crocheted keychains for extra oomph. 

The kidcore doesn’t stop with clothes. You can turn almost anything into kidcore ang go all out. 

i know i love it sm i also love kidcore which is this pic.twitter.com/JzLrkzRJYn

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But here’s a word of caution. The responsible fashionista should remain wary of the privileged pitfalls of nostalgia like romanticizing the past and not contributing to the present. Instead of yielding to escapism, redefine kidcore as an empowering counterculture of inclusion and representation.

 

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Jungle looks are paired with layers of crystal-embellished jewelry. The placement of the multicolored crystals emulates the colors of the iconic design. Explore the #VersaceSS20 Collection at the link in bio.

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After millennial pink and Gen Z yellow, the new It color trend taking over is—drum roll please—green.

In the past, the obsession with millennial pink started when Rose Quartz became Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2016. This year, it’s different since green isn’t 2020’s Color of the Year. So, how did the trend start?

Before 2020, shades of green was seen as a likely candidate to become Color of the Year because Pantone’s color trends at the time contained a lot of green. And just last February, Vogue cited a 1stdibs survey of 50,000 designers that green is the most in-demand color for 2020. The color is mostly being used in interior design because it can”evoke the soothing beauty of terra firma—grass, trees, and other earthly entities” during a time where many of us feel disconnected from nature.

During fashion week season, green fashion was seen a lot, especially in the streets of Milan. Refinery29 also mentioned other notable green shades like mint, lime and chartreuse. They also mentioned that we’ve been seeing a lot of the color recently and probably didn’t notice how big green would be—Jennifer Lopez’s iconic Versace jungle dress toBillie Eilish’s neon green roots.

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#VersaceSS20 looks reference the iconic Jungle design. Sequined dresses are embroidered with sculptural palm tree décor and lace-up sandals are embellished with leather leaf-shaped accents. Browse the collection at the link in bio.

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Shades of green is also one of the predicted swimsuit trends for 2020. So expect to see a lot of that once summer rolls in.

In beauty, green is making its presence known as well. A darker shade like Paintbox’s forest green nail polish called Like Wild is considered a great neutral to wear this year. Makeup lovers and recent runway looks also had pops of green on their eyes using mascara, eyeliner or a bright neon inner corner shadow.

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Colorful, mood-boosting manis for the win.✔️

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We’re only three months into 2020 but we can definitely see green dethroning its predecessors millennial pink and Gen Z yellow. Will it get a catchy name too? Well, we don’t know yet since nobody has come up with one. As you can see, it might be hard to pick just one shade of green to highlight since people are loving all of them.

So, what do you think?

 

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As far as color trends go, tie-dye is still a popular trend. But unlike the vibrant psychedelic designs we’re used to, we’re seeing more muted pastel shades and ombrés.

Shopbop recently released an ombré collection of dyed dresses, tops and accessories, giving the tie-dye trend a much-needed upgrade for spring and summer. Vans also has a new line of sneakers in the same diffused ombré effect.

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That said, check out our list below if you’re looking to update your wardrobe this season.

Jacqueline De Yong Laila Life Long Sleeve Dyed Sweat

This long-sleeved top has a tie-dyed ombré design using black and dusty pink dyes. You can wear this over a sleeveless top or on its own during casual days. Available on Zalora PH.

Mango Pleated Midi Skirt

For your upcoming brunches, wear this breezy midi skirt that comes in a blue ombré design. You can pair heels or white sneakers with this—totally up to you! Available at Power Plant Mall.

Solid and Striped Belted Tie-Dyed Linen Shorts

This pair of Solid and Striped shorts has a light splash of pink dye, perfect to use at the beach. It’s also made with lightweight and non-stretchy fabric for maximum comfort. Available on Net-a-Porter.

Keds Triple Kick Tie Dye

Add playful color to all your outfits with Keds’ tie-dye sneakers. It has a Dream Foam footbed for extra comfort while walking and an elevated sole for height. Available at Glorietta 3.

BBty Ribbon Tie-Dye Hair Ring Bow

Style your hair with this tie-dyed bow that comes in four colors, meaning you can wear each one depending on your mood for the day. Available on Lazada.

 

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Looks like dad trends are still dominating the fashion world.

During recent fall/winter 2020 shows, Who What Wear noted that ties and suits were popular on the runway. Designer labels like Prada, Dior, Gucci and Rokh have capitalized on the suit accessory, pairing it printed pantsuits and dresses.

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@saweetie arrives at the grand hall of @FondazionePrada's Deposito, transformed for the #PradaFW20 Womenswear show. ⁣ Discover the collection via link in bio. ⁣ #Prada #mfw⁣ ⁣ Photo: @germanlarkin

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A leitmotif of the #DiorAW20 show from @MariaGraziaChiuri, discover the #DiorSavoirFaire behind the scarves that appeared tied around the models’ heads throughout. Featuring House motifs such as polka dots, Toile Oblique, and the more recent tie-dye, as well as referencing archival designs from the Marc Bohan era, the scarves were woven with fil coupé jacquard borders before being precision printed.

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We’ve been seeing dad trends pop up since 2017. If you’ve wondered how it’s evolved throughout the years, here’s a quick timeline.

Dad sneakers (2017)

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During the summer of 2017, everyone was obsessed with chunky sneakers, calling them “dad sneakers” since they’re commonly worn by dads. Instead of wearing the shoes with jeans, people started pairing them with dresses, suits and other outfits. We’ve also seen brands like Dior and Yeezy come out with their own renditions of the shoe style.

Collared shirts (2017)

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I know, collared shirts are practically everywhere and people wear them a lot. But when Balenciaga sent down men wearing long-sleeved collared shirts during their spring/summer 2018 show, it was instantly a dad fashion trend. A lot of times, this style is layered with an oversized crew neck.

Hawaiian shirts (2018)

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These tropical-print shirts became trendy in the summer of 2018 when women started wearing them with bralettes and crop tops. Think Hayley Kiyoko in the “Curious” music video.

Tube socks (2018)

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We don’t know where the obsession with tube socks came from, but fashion girls like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner started wearing them a lot in 2018. These were usually worn with chunky dad sneakers and shorts. Or if you’re Selena Gomez, paired with leggings.

Dad cardigan (2019)

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A dad cardigan is just like every other knitted outerwear that’s commonly worn with collared shirts and jeans. It later evolved into an oversized sweater that young women wear over their graphic tees and crop tops.

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What other dad trends will become big (or will come back) in the next few months? Let’s wait and see.

 

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March just rolled in but the summer heat is already intense. And as we’re all planning where to spend our summer vacations and what beaches we’re going to hit, it’s just as important to know what clothes we’ll be bringing.

From lighter fabrics to skimpier outfits, we’re all reducing bulk when it comes to our looks to stay fresh this summer. The scarf top trend started back in the early 2000s and made a comeback in 2018. Wearing  scarves and bandanas as a top has pretty much been a staple look every summer, especially since it’s so easy to pull off.

Here are some scarves you might wanna cop for your summer wardrobe:

H&M printed satin scarf

If you’re into bright colors and scenic prints, this scarf is for you. The fabric is soft and light, making you feel cooler. Available at G/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall.

Mango printed pleated scarf

This pleated scarf from Mango in a blue and white polka dot print with hints of red gives off sailor vibes. Available at Level R1, Powerplant Mall.

MEMO oversized scarf

If you’re not a fan of showing too much skin, this blush scarf is for you. There’s more fabric to work with and it’s got floral lace details. Available at UG/F, Alabang Town Center.

Zara animal print scarf

If you’re a fan of subtle fringes, this animal print scarf has frayed edges that add a bit of attitude to the already loud print. Available at Level 1, SM Mall of Asia.

BENCH floral and stripes scarf

This striped scarf littered with pineapples screams tropical fun and relaxation—two things you’d definitely want this summer. Available at 2nd flr., Uptown Mall.

STMNT. Lola scarf

Aside from the natural elements present in the scarf’s design, it gives off an enchanted forest feel, from the dreamy blend of olive, powder blue and red and yellow. Available on STMNT.’s Instagram account.

 

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The RuVolution begins! 👑 #DragRace S12 premieres FRI 2/28 at 8/7c on @vh1! 🏁💋

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The jury’s out: Fans are loving the first episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 12. Even previous winners Bob the Drag Queen and Sasha Velour said in “The Pit Stop” it was a pretty solid start for the new season.

For episode one, only seven out of 14 queens were introduced. Host RuPaul Charles said the other half will come in on the second episode, premiering this Friday (Mar. 6). The queens’ first challenges were a spring/fall fashion show (similar to the one in season seven) and a rap performance guest-judged by Nicki Minaj. Meanwhile, the first runway category was anything sparkly.

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, we’re not going to spoil anything about the elimination. Instead, we’re going to talk about the fashion trends that popped up in the episode. This includes outfits from their entrance, the spring/fall fashion show, rap performance and the final runway.

Pink animal print

Both Heidi N Closet and Crystal Methyd wore pink animal-print outfits in this episode. First, Heidi entered the werk room in a tiger-striped blazer and skirt outfit. She also hilariously called it “leprosy print” because she thought it was a leopard print. #dead

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WOW! What an experience! I have officially crossed the threshold and entered the Werk Room! This truly is the most magically experience of my life. I can’t wait to share this season with you all and spread laughter and light! I’m so happy to have worn my glam-mother’s, Ebony Addams, sportswear from when she competed in Miss Ebony North Carolina, in 2000 – yes; that outfit is 20 years old and she made it!! ⠀ 👗: Ebony Addams 🎩: @sonja.simone @satine.allure 📸: @djbonet1 of After 6 Photography ⠀ Follow me on all social media: @HeidiNCloset (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) ⠀ #dragqueen #instadrag #dragcon #dragqueensofinstagram #welovequeens #rupaul #rupaulsdragrace #rpdr #dragshow #yw#instadragqueen #lgbtq #softandsssupple #funandfestive #blessedandhighlyfavored #bridgethegap #vh1 #worldofwonder #dragrace @vh1 @rupaulsdragrace @worldofwonder

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Speaking of leopard print, Crystal wore a hot pink jumpsuit paired with bright green boots, sky blue hair and chunky necklaces.

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Fascinators

There’s no Royal Wedding, but some queens did wear fascinators when they entered the werk room. Brita wore a cheetah print one with a pink feather detail, while Nicky Doll wore a red and black fascinator with a thin feather sticking out.

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I can’t believe it’s here! The season premiere of @rupaulsdragrace. I was always meant to be a drag queen and I’m so excited to share my light and love with the entire world. I’m so grateful for this incredible opportunity. Let’s get ‘em! #TeamBrita Look: @costumes_by_palu Hair: @shelbylate_wigs Photo: @steven_menendez_official @stevenlovephotography

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Oh well, since our Werk Room Entrance is already out – Here is my full fantasy @jpgaultierofficial heavily inspired entrance look. I wanted to wear my French pride on my shoulder with a twist. I am a queen, I am living in NYC but I have been here for only 4 years and I am a PROUD French immigrant and PROUD to be representing my people! I have been lucky to work with so many European designers to realize my visions this season, because I wanted to showcase talent from overseas as well. 🇪🇺🇫🇷 Outfit by @jan_eneskey and @daniltop Hat by @erikhalley using @louboutinworld Hair by @parizhair Nails by @theeditorialnail Photography by the one and only @jonophotography ENJOY THE FIRST EPISODE OF @RUPAULSDRAGRACE SEASON 12 TONIGHT ❗️

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Helmets

We don’t know why Gigi Goode loved wearing helmets in this episode, but we’re not complaining. The first one was a multi-colored helmet to go with her pastel motorcycle suit during the spring/fall show.

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The second was a black glittery helmet to go with her green pantsuit during the final runway.

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Category is: SPARKLES ON THE RUNWAY 🤢✨🧤 Listen, you will never catch me in a rhinestone so thank Goodeness for this stunning glitter suit and helmet from @christiancowan and latex by @vexclothing And can we get a round of applause for @jonsams for these stunning photos!! Not too shabby for a season premier, and I can’t wait to see what my other divas bring to the stage next week! . . . #dragrace #gigigoode

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Shoulder pads

Whether it’s Jackie Cox’s poofy sleeves for her entrance look or several of Widow Von’Du’s exaggerated shoulder details, it was clear that these queens went for the power woman look by adding shoulder pads to their outfits.

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“The Persian Princess of Drag has arrived!” As many of you have guessed my entrance look was inspired by the 1950s Mouseketeers and specifically Annette Funicello! I hope you all enjoy tonight’s episode of @rupaulsdragrace on @vh1 ! Swipe through to see the inspiration for this look! Photos by @michaelhullphoto Hair by @thechelseapiers Bodysuit by @coquetryclothing

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Happy Premiere Day! Only a few more hours!! Y’all ready or naw??? #Dragrace @worldofwonder @rupaulsdragrace

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Summer is so near. We’re already counting down the days when we can travel to our favorite local destinations like La Union or Boracay. But you know what else is getting us excited? Swimsuit shopping.

If you’re looking to replace your old one-piece and bikini sets, you can’t go wrong with this year’s swimsuit trends. We listed some of them below so you can choose which colors, patterns and styles suit your tastes.

All shades of green

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Shaken or stirred? The Isla Margarita in green with flower embroidery is delicious either way 🍹| Also available in lime green, black

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Green has been a standout color recently because of the street style during Milan Fashion Week, so it’s no surprise to see swimwear in mint, lime and neon green as well.

Florals of every shape

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Bouquet dressing” or floral-on-floral pairing is a popular trend for spring 2020. It’s also a trend that Miranda Priestly wouldn’t find “groundbreaking,” but I digress. Floral swimwear is expected to become popular this summer, with Refinery29 putting emphasis on “micro-florals.” This print is not only spring/summer-appropriate, it’s also perfect for people who love fun colors.

Long-sleeved bikinis

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Long-sleeved swimsuits aren’t just limited to rash guard-type pieces. Stylecaster notes that even bikinis (like the ones Acacia presented at Miami Swim Week last year) have long sleeves now. Aside from being a unique take on swimsuits, it will also protect your arms from harmful rays.

Ruffled up

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According to Pop Sugar, ruffles on swimsuits are making a comeback. One popular style is a ruffled sleeve seen one-piece and one-shoulder suits.

Tiger stripes

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Animal prints are still very popular this year. The standout for summer 2020 is the tiger-striped print. You can choose from the traditional orange and black motif or more neon options.

 

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