Myth, a boutique in the heart of Manila’s central business district, has been selling and promoting the creations of Filipino designers for years now. Even before entering the store, their names can be seen on the glass doors.
The group is an eclectic mix of established designers, warriors of the avant-garde, and fresh blood: Randy Ortiz, Chris Diaz, Francis Libiran, Henri Calayag, Jing Monis, Joel Escober, Joey Samson, Louis Claparols, Noel Crisostomo, ProudRace, Robin Tomas, and Xernan Orticio.
Among its offerings for Spring/Summer 2012, I was especially smitten with the sky blue lace and cream dresses. Though lace has been an insistent trend these past few years, the embroidery used by Escober looks particularly Asian, with its large, bulging flowers and leaves (as compared to fine patterns used in the west).
Also of note are Randy Ortiz’s floral shirts and blazers, and his new range of totes, clutches, and minaudières in python. True to the colorful and fun Filipino aesthetics, Chris Diaz created belts and necklaces using small shells and combining them with semi-precious stones, crystal, and plastic.
Anyone is sure to find something she or he likes in Myth, if not get inspired by the wide range of Filipino talent.
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