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.