Collections From 6 Designers Tell The Story Of Eternal Love

Local fashion designers created a collection fit for a fairytale wedding, showcasing their distinct design intelligence and aesthetic. 

This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s August 2023 Issue.

Brides keep their weddings memorable by finding the perfect dresses for the special day. In the recently concluded Marry Me At Marriott, six designers showcased their design prowess to create dream wedding gowns. Each designer presented a unique design aesthetic—creating options for brides of different personalities and characteristics.

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Comeback Glamor

Two designers who showcased their collections were Val Taguba and Ezra Santos—two very distinct designers who share a love for glamor and grandiosity.

Taguba opened the show with a dress with a high slit. Glamorous dresses that shimmer extravagantly every time the light touches the bodice make the collection cohesive. Voluminous wedding gowns do not need petticoats to create the silhouette showcased in Taguba’s design intelligence. 

Val Taguba with his models
Val Taguba with his models/Photo by Pix Republik Studios

On the other hand, Santos had a different mission with his collection. “My inspiration is bringing the glamorous Dubai to Manila,” the designer states. Santos’ collection is nothing short of opulent.

Ezra Santos and his models/Photo by Pix Republik Studios

Out of the Norm 

Jaggy Glarino, a young designer, also showed his collection. Glarino interpreted the classic bridal dress by injecting a retrospective point of view into his design. The designer’s collection was an ode to the romantic 1950s.

Jaggy Glarino and his models
Jaggy Glarino and his models/Photo by Pix Republik Studios

Rhett Eala’s collection is perfect for garden weddings since the designs follow a floral theme. “I always have this thing in my mind called my secret garden. It’s always about nature, florals, it’s about movement. It’s all about girls feeling feminine,” Eala explained.

Rhett Eala surrounded with his models
Rhett Eala surrounded with his models/Photo by Pix Republik Studios

Hand In Hand

One of the main highlights of the runway was a mentor and a protégé, Albert Andrada and Jezelle Amorado, showing their collections in one show. The two designers created masterpieces that would make any bride feel more special on her wedding day. 

“The primary inspiration of my collection comes from the idea of hidden love letters between the pages of novels,” she explained. Amorado, who personally cut and sewed the collection, showcased her design codes through fabric manipulation. 

Jezelle Amorado and her models
Jezelle Amorado and her models/Photo by Pix Republik Studios

“My inspiration is the color of flowers that bloom during summertime,” Andrada explained. Clean-cut lines are evident in his collection, proving he is a master in garment craftsmanship. 

Albert Andrada and his muses
Albert Andrada and his muses/Photo by Pix Republik Studios

Banner photo by Pix Republik Studios.

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