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Ulysses King’s Barocco Moderno at Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2013


PASAY CITY, Philippines – Come Sunday, May 26 at the Function Rooms two and three of SMX Convention Center, Ulysses King brings his seventh menswear collection named as Barocco Moderno is formal in nature and fit for autumn and winter. His collection along with other featured fashion designers like Anthony Nocom, Arnold Galang, Zxander Tan–to name a few are the showcase of that day.

The Baroque architecture is its inspiration. It has a blend of modern feel. The dynamic rhythm of columns and pilasters, central massing, and the protrusion and condensed central details add style to the actual construction of the garments. There is an incipient playfulness with the rules of classic design, but it still maintains the minimalist aesthetics.

The classic architecture is translated into garment designs for formal and party chic, tailored dress shirt, coat and trousers for men with slight deconstruction on some hemlines.

King picked dobby type of weaving on textiles based on baroque inspired elements. There are some button-down shirt with extended cutting on shoulder-like caftan and clean or pipe-lined plackets; and also ‘texture on texture’ combination on most white shirts.

Models are Charles Christian Siy and Ethan Smith. Photographs by MJ Suayan.

Models are Charles Christian Siy and Ethan Smith. Photographs by MJ Suayan.

The designs were still tapered fit on pants matched with relaxed tops in black or white. Classic tuxedos with unusual three buttons were playfully modified by blending textured materials on plain wool, which definitely made stupendous ensemble. And a sporty-look on one pants with ribbed hem was also noticed as an aftermath of his previous athletics-inspired collection.

Models are Jeffrey Flores and Jason Curañes. Photographs by MJ Suayan.

Models are Jeffrey Flores and Jason Curañes. Photographs by MJ Suayan.

Furthermore, luxurious fabrics used to make the tailored pieces into life. Its fine texture of Egyptian cotton and wool blend were stunning and meticulously transformed into garment patterns. Some piece of the collection comes out in white and or black while others in base of black or white with textured shades of gray in a silently manifesting baroque silhouette.

When asked how does it feel to return on Philippine Fashion Week stage, he was quick to say, “I still feel excited, but now–it’s more managed and confident.”

The collections’ overall highlight is to exemplify and overcome the challenge of bridging the old classic baroque era of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting and architecture into a modern minimalist aesthetics.

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