Corduroy looks, mesh tops, and Lucy Torres-Gomez’s design debut: Inside Bench Fashion Week Holiday 2019

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Designer Albert Andrada's latest collection at Bench Fashion Week Holiday 2019. Photo by JL JAVIER

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — For three days, Bench Fashion Week Holiday 2019 showcased designs, collaborations, and awards that display the innate creativity of Filipinos.

The first day jump-started with Lucy Torres-Gomez’s ready-to-wear collection in collaboration with Kashieca, featuring tailored long-sleeve dresses, wide-legged trousers, and high-waisted pencil skirts, among others. This was followed by Bench’s collaboration with designer Patty Ang, who is known for her soft drape details, clean lines, and tailored sets. For this line, Ang and Bench included corduroy looks, square pants, and suit sets all in vibrant colors, which can make for a good alternative to bland work ensembles. The first day ended with Albert Andrada’s latest 15-piece collection that features ivory and white garments all made in different kinds of luxe textiles.

On the second day, streetwear brand Human took over the runway, featuring denim co-ords, plaid sets, and camo pieces, among others. This year, Bench also collaborated with Willy Chavarria, a streetwear designer from New York, where models sported ‘50s working men looks complete with denim jackets, mesh tops, and rugged jeans. Japanese fashion designer Mihara Yasuhiro’s clothes also invigorated the runway with prints, big silhouettes, and textile combinations that are unmistakably inspired by urban Japan.

The three-day event closed with the Bench Design Awards. The winners are Antonina Amoncio of Anoto, Bon Reyes, and Jace Quiambao, and the three will be showing their winning collections at the Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo this October.

Here’s a peek at what went down from this year’s fashion week.

Lucy Torres-Gomez. Photo by JL JAVIER

Lucy Torres-Gomez's collaboration with Kashieca. Photo by JL JAVIER

Patty Ang's collaboration with Bench featured corduroy suit sets, wide-legged trousers, and tailored dresses, among others. Photo by JL JAVIER

Albert Andrada's designs all made with different kinds of white luxe textiles. Photo by JL JAVIER

Details of one of Albert Andrada's designs. Photo by JL JAVIER

One of the looks at streetwear brand Human's Holiday 2019 collection. Photo by JL JAVIER

Human's latest line features a lot of denim. Photo by JL JAVIER

Willy Chavarria, a streetwear designer from New York, with his collection that is in collaboration with Bench. Photo by JL JAVIER

Japanese fashion designer Mihara Yasuhiro doing some last touches on his collection. Photo by JL JAVIER

A closer look into Mihara Yasuhiro's pieces. Photo by JL JAVIER

Bon Reyes' winning collection. Photo by JL JAVIER

Jace Quiambao's winning collection. Photo by JL JAVIER

Antonina Amocio's winning collection. Photo by JL JAVIER

Bench Design Awards 2019 winners (from left) Bon Reyes, Jace Quiambao, and Antonina Amocio. Photo by JL JAVIER


Watch out for the documentary on Bench Fashion Week: Bench Design Awards soon on CNN Philippines.