The first time I attended Philippine Fashion Week a couple of years ago, I hadn’t started blogging yet, but I was already granted a front row seat since I was writing a review for a major daily broadsheet. Though not everybody was dressed up for the shows, it was a bit daunting to sit face-to-face with some cliques of the local fashion industry.
Early on in the week’s schedule, I noticed a distinct pair, always together, whose outfits always stood out from the crowd.
Eventually I got to know them as Daryl and Andre Chang, actual siblings! Daryl is now the Fashion Editor of Preview, a local magazine, and Andre is a designer for Folded & Hung, a local clothing label. It is not hard to surmise that they are often the source of each other’s inspiration.
I posted a photo of them in a previous post, Style in Manila. I find it amazing that they both manage to reinvent themselves each time I see them at the bi-annual event.
I come up to them and not only do they have different hairstyles, they also occupy a different decade, mixing in various influences in between.
I also admire how they adamantly support local talent, being stylists and designers themselves, but in a way that doesn’t compromise their own vision of the present moment: the place that each of them inhabits as individuals interpreting the zeitgeist.