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Turning The Spotlight On The Terno

In his mission to keep the terno alive and encourage millennials to wear it, Bench founder Ben Chan mounts the country’s first TernoCon

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Ariella Arida in Michael Leyva

Ariella Arida in Michael Leyva

Margie Moran Floirendo in Cary Santiago

Margie Moran Floirendo in Cary Santiago

Lucy Torres Gomez in Randy Ortiz

Lucy Torres Gomez in Randy Ortiz

Kaye Tinga in Pepito Albert

Kaye Tinga in Pepito Albert

Berna Romulo Puyat in Inno Sotto

Berna Romulo Puyat in Inno Sotto

Tina Cuevas in Randy Ortiz

Tina Cuevas in Randy Ortiz

Myrza Sison in an Edgar Madamba bolero

Myrza Sison in an Edgar Madamba bolero

Marbbie Tagabucba in a bolero from Kultura

Marbbie Tagabucba in a bolero from Kultura

Apol Lejano-Massebieau in a Good Luck, Humans bolero

Apol Lejano-Massebieau in a Good Luck, Humans bolero

Kit Zobel in Ito Curata

Kit Zobel in Ito Curata

Vanessa Pinlac in her own design

Vanessa Pinlac in her own design

Ava Tessina in Filip+Inna

Ava Tessina in Filip+Inna

Len Cabili in Inno Sotto

Len Cabili in Inno Sotto

Carla Yeung McKowem in Filip+Inna

Carla Yeung McKowem in Filip+Inna

Lulu Tan Gan in her own design

Lulu Tan Gan in her own design

Sharina Gutierrez in Rajo Laurel

Sharina Gutierrez in Rajo Laurel

Juliana Gomez in JC Buendia

Juliana Gomez in JC Buendia

Daryl Chang in Jun Escario

Daryl Chang in Jun Escario

Trickie Lopa in Carl Jan Cruz

Trickie Lopa in Carl Jan Cruz

Megan Young in Niv de Leon

Megan Young in Niv de Leon

Lovi Poe in Albert Andrada

Lovi Poe in Albert Andrada

Tinga sisters Kerry and Kyle both in Lesley Mobo

Tinga sisters Kerry and Kyle both in Lesley Mobo

Kai Lim in a Joey Samson terno and vintage Ramon Valera bib

Kai Lim in a Joey Samson terno and vintage Ramon Valera bib

Solenn Heussaff in Cary Santiago

Solenn Heussaff in Cary Santiago

Xandra Rocha in Tria Ramolete

Xandra Rocha in Tria Ramolete

By Liza Ilarde

If you saw the invitation for TernoCon: A Terno-Making Convention and Contest, the requested attire read: “Ternong pang-cocktail para sa mga kababaihan.” Most of us read it to mean, “A terno but not formal.” So off to designers the female guests went, challenging them to design a terno that was not a gown, which is what most of us are familiar with.

I think this excited the designers because it gave them the chance to be creative with the terno. I’m pretty sure many of them had never designed a terno, much less learned how to properly craft the butterfly sleeve, so this gave them the liberty to make their own versions, ones that were youthful, edgy, casual, and, yes, even sexy.

The first TernoCon was an event of many layers, and the first layer certainly made an impact and made you think, this is going to be good night: It was walking into the lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and seeing all the women dressed in their butterfly sleeves. But that’s where the similarity ended—for those butterfly sleeves were attached to boleros, tunics, tailored jackets, crop tops, mini dresses, and even a bralette.

With everyone looking so beautifully dressed up, we couldn’t resist taking photos of some unique as well as some classic ternos. As we did, we noticed a few trends emerge.

 

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