It comes as a coincidence (or maybe not?) that a Filipino-themed editorial in Dubai-based Illustrado magazine was released in August, the Philippines’ national month for language.
True, this editorial by up-and-coming photographer-stylist duo Enzo Mondejar and Eric Poliquit draws on western images (color blocking, psychedelia, surrealism), but the fusion of local elements has made the spreads fluent in Philippine culture.
Who would ever expect the use of cellophane (frequently used locally to wrap gifts and even Christmas loaves) and even containers of street food (for hotdog buns and fish balls) as props for a fashion shoot?
Even the expressions of the models and the characterizations draw richly on noontime telenovelas and icons of local cinema. Truly, this fresh visual language has come as a surprise, and a delight!
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