Albert Andrada’s debut of his fashion collection in Paris Fashion Week at the Westin Paris Vendome on Sept. 29 brought the Filipino heart and soul to France.
As Andrada exclaimed: “The Filipino barong has hit the Paris runway. Mabuhay!”
The 20-piece pret-a-porter collection consisted of clothes for men and women in a color palette of beige, off-white, and white. Bluish, golden, and ivory seed beads and paillettes were finely embroidered on distinct pieces.
Inspired by the colors of the powdery sand, water, and seashells of Philippine beaches, each piece was finely crafted to show Andrada’s aesthetics in fashion.
Fabrics used were silk, tweed, and jusi, the woven Filipino pineapple fabric. The barongs were all finely hand-embroidered in beige and off-white threads. Lines were simple and elegant.
Balintawak sleeves, sarong, and camisa were inspirations for women. Square jackets, loose pants, and the barong Tagalog were dominantly manifested in his men’s collection.