By Chonx Tibajia
The Philippine Star | March 12, 2014
It’s the commercial equivalent of an art fair, one that gets the knickers of every remaining Domino fan this side of the world in a bunch. Why is Manila FAME so exciting? Because it’s been known to challenge that fine line between art and design, showcasing locally made furniture that is refreshing even to us. Charles Eames said, “Design is an expression of purpose, and it may (if it is good enough) later be judged as art.” The pieces are almost always at once both — the thoughtful marriage of the practical and the imagined. On the 59th edition of Manila FAME, which opens on March 14, is yet another exciting mashup with the unveiling of tropical wear collections from local designers in Manila Wear.
Designer Josie Natori spearheads Manila Wear, which is in itself a sort of a promise that it is going to be a fashion event that’s not to be missed. It’s a bi-annual presentation, now in its second year, of the finest selection of summer-inspired clothes. This edition’s theme, Urban Resort, alludes to the prevailing jet-set mindset of the cool and the fashionable. Manila FAME creative director Budji Layug, whom Natori is collaborating with for Manila Wear, says “the pieces capture a youthful, modern energy.” “They are inspired by the traditional but presented on a modern level, which makes them exciting. Plus they are wearable and they travel well,” he adds. Read More.