By John Legaspi
Images by Noel Pabalate
Mixed plaids, tulle trousers, and tiny botanicals reigned supreme in Chris Diaz’s “Edward R I” collection. Inspired by the Scottish highland, he reimagined the look of Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom in 1936.
Diaz was inspired by the Duke of Windsor’s fascination with plaids, making designs that are eclectic yet modern that fit today’s aesthetic.
Subtle elements from the 1980s were given an athleisure and contemporary approach through textures of shiny faux patent leathers, hardwares, and studs that mingle well with opposing fabrics in a multitude of plaids in various flannels and wools, mesh with jet embroidery, and solids in red and black.
Overall the collection imbibed a dark and moody romance, backed by a cinematic montage showing something like a fairy tale in a bewitched forest.
Holding apples adorned with lavenders and wearing peek-a-boo garments, the models walked the runway in such an enticing and mesmerizing manner as to enchant the audience with Diaz’s fashion fantasy.