Manila FAME’s top fashion trends


    Manila FAME, the country’s premier lifestyle and design trade show, Filipino designers were given the chance to put into spotlight their take on these trends that cut across the fashion palate of both local and international markets. During the three-day exhibit, various Filipino fashion and interior designers’ products headlined the show. Here are five of the standout trends from the international runways that were also spotted in some of the fashion pieces exhibited at the last edition of Manila FAME.

    The eclecticism of the season was best seen in the quirky embroidery of Marc Jacobs and the psychedelic appliques of Gucci. A more subtle and homegrown take on the embroidery trend can be seen in Filip + Inna. Len Cabili’s Spring-Summer 2020 collection is a modern take on the embroidery work of the T’boli and Gaddang tribes, but on clean silhouettes and casual separates.

    A structured bag is an essential accessory, and it can give an outfit a polished look. But why not make it wicker? It is a material more commonly used in baskets and furniture which makes for a fresher, more textured alternative to leather, while maintaining a modern structure.

    Gone are the days when you had to hobble on six-inch stilettos to make a grand entrance.

    This time, color, pattern, and unique details like hand painting, woven fabrics, and square or pointy toes can let you get away with flat shoes, be it slides, mules, brogues, pumps, or low platforms.

    Bohemian style snuck into the season with fringe—with its loose edges shimmying down the runway in different iterations. This boho detail is also translated into raffia, which Vogue touts as “the single most popular material of the entire season.” This trend is easy, as you can get it in the form of various Philippine-made bags with raffia fringe, pompoms, and embroidery.

    One of the main themes this season was color—be it color-blocked red, cyclamen, and apricot, or a dress in a single bright hue of lemon. W Magazine also reported a return to “Homespun Hippie,” with an abundance of crochet and vintage-style pieces on the catwalk, and this can be translated into the saturated crocheted sling bags and woven totes seen at FAME.