By Alex Y. Vergara
Images by Noel Pabalate, Camille Ante, and Alex Y. Vergara
As the exclusive distributor in the Philippines of global shoes and accessories brands such as Pedro and Charles & Keith, Suyen Corp. recently launched the brands’ respective spring/summer collections in separate events. Recurring elements such as play on textures, colors, and themes inspired by nature and pop culture were evident in each of the collections.
Vince Acop of Pedro’s head office in Singapore flew to Manila to personally introduce the brand’s latest looks and inspirations. Suyen’s marketing team chose a vacant store space at SM Aura as venue for Pedro’s spring/summer launch.
Meanwhile, Charles & Keith presented its latest collection inspired by peasants and the Garden of Eden at Bench Tower’s Playground. As part of its global campaign, it collaborated with Filipino graphic designer and digital illustrator Raxene Maniquiz and cake artist Yumi Castrillo to produce vignettes beamed either through a series of video screens or, in the case of Castrillo’s work, on chocolate cupcakes that echoed the brand’s current themes.
Pedro drew inspiration from Cuba and its “vibrant and Latin” charm. A pair of men’s brown leather brogues, for instance, is made more interesting, thanks to the laser-cut image of a palm tree etched on each shoe. The same palm tree etching is found on the shoes’ soles.
A greenish bag looks like it has the typical camouflage pattern. But upon closer scrutiny, the prints are actually in the form of foliage in various shades of green. To give some of its shoes and ladies’ bags a handicraft feel, its Singapore-based designers employed a wrapping technique typically found in certain furniture pieces.
These details are evident in a number of pieces in Pedro’s “Nomad’s Trail” collection, which pays homage to Africa. Since stones are also central to African aesthetics, certain bags are adorned with faux garnets and other crystals, which symbolize African tranquility.
And in keeping with the current trend for medium and miniature bags, Pedro also offers its customers a wide range of choices no longer limited to huge, sometimes oversized bags, which became the rage several seasons ago.
Other inspirations in Pedro’s current collections are dubbed as “Zen” and “Voyage.” The former is seen in men’s sneakers and backpacks with cork details and in such earth tones like beige and other warm neutrals.
For the ladies, a number of laser-cut and ankle-strap footwear evoke the waves on the beach. Part of the Voyage series, the collection also offers women’s shoes with a Grecian faux marble look. Another variation is made of indigo-colored fabric. Certain wooden platforms are incorporated with metallic chrome heels for contrast and added visual appeal.
Blooming with nature
Garden of Eden, one of Charles & Keith’s main collections this season, is composed mostly of pink and black shoes and bags ensembles embellished with gold butterflies and other dangling charms. Meanwhile, its Peasant Charm series is made up of classic black and beige items made more interesting, thanks to embroidered elements like flowers and bees. The same collection also includes wedge and platform shoes with heels made of raffia.
Both Eden and peasant collections are feminine and eye-catching, but interpreted differently. Apart from pink, Charles & Keith’s designers went for neutral shades to allow the embellishments to do the talking.
Charles & Keith also has an exclusive offering dubbed as the Sparkling Midnight collection. On top of its meticulous construction, the series uses such as suede and faux leather with a gold spike or chain detail. Spikes on bags are removable, allowing the fashionista to go from flashy to classic in an instant.
In line with the brand’s collection exploring creative processes and the way it motivates advancements and pushes endeavors, Charles & Keith’s latest campaign, #CHARLESKEITHCURATES aims to document fashion by highlighting the works of different individuals from all walks of life, inspiring each of us with their unique artistry and techniques.
For more info on Pedro, go to www.pedroshoes.com, like facebook.com/PedroShoes, follow @PedroShoes on Twitter and @pedroshoes_official on Instagram
For more info on Charles & Keith, go to www.charleskeith.com, like facebook.com/charleskeith.ph, follow @charleskeithofficial on Instagram