After the news this week that the guest list for incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s inaugural on June 30 had ballooned from 500 to 627, came the confirmation from Metro Manila’s fashion designers that they have, indeed, received orders for Filipiniana wear intended for the Malacañang event.
Masters and Millennials. Three, four generations of Filipino fashion designers face off in the biggest edition yet of Inquirer Lifestyle’s Face-Off fashion series, to tackle one Filipino costume: the maria clara.
It was 1972 when I first met Bobby Caballero. Martial law was only a few months old, and I was barely 15, on a Christmas school break from La Salle Green Hills. Auggie Cordero took me to Nayong Pilipino that cool December night to assist him for a dress rehearsal for “Bagong Anyo,” Imelda Marcos’ fashion show meant to end all fashion shows.
Auggie Cordero creates the best gowns for Christmas partying. “His taste is elegant, his designs are classic yet youthful,” said Cris Albert in her Yuletide festooned flat.