Tokyo, Japan – The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo supported young Filipino designers as they showcased their collection to an international audience during the “Asian Fashion Meets Tokyo” segment of the Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo on 15 October 2019.
The Featured designers, Jace Quiambao, Antonina Amoncio, and Bon Hansen Reyes, were the winners of the 2019 Bench Design Awards held on 01 September 2019 in the Philippines. The runway collections reflect the designers’ vision of a genuinely global Filipino fashion.
BENCH launched the Bench Design Awards in 2017 to put the spotlight on undiscovered talents in the local fashion industry in line with its vision of putting the Philippine fashion on the map.
Jace Quiambao’s collection, “A Lepidoterist’s Summer”, took inspiration from butterflies and incorporates traditional Filipino costumes into a modern style. Antonina Amoncio’s collection, “Gunita”, was inspired by children’s books and fairy tales with hand-embroidered fabrics that highlight Filipino culture and values. On the other hand, Bon Hansen Reyes’ collection, “Inuod”, depicts pre-colonial menswear, which aims to disrupt gender norms. BENCH also featured its collection taking the baro’t saya to a new level through its young, hip, and modern aesthetics.
The Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo is hailed as one of the world’s renowned fashion weeks, in league with those held in Paris, Milan, London, and New York.