Renan Pacson : L’Officiel Manila


Traversing different worlds through futuristic fashion with Renan Pacson

Renan Pacson is one of the rising names in Manila’s calendar and for Manila Fashion Festival F/W ‘17, he decided to fully articulate his vision by weaving elements of a dystopian world with brilliant modern-day street wear. When you decide to channel an inner Harrison Ford, aka the 1982 Blade Runner God we’ve all come to admire, it should come as no surprise to witness a show that is packed to the gills; and a show that gives new meaning to futuristic fashion.

Pacson’s need to share his vision of fashion in a new world order triggered the beginning of the collection. This season, Pacson was thinking post-apocalyptic – and Androids. “There is a parallelism of the Nexus 6 Androids with the ephemerality of things. Everything expires, no matter how indestructible they may seem,” he says. This was a message you couldn’t miss thanks to a collection that balanced fragile draped pieces with heavy tough outerwear.

The show began with upbeat music and a glowing bridge backdrop set against a mountainous horizon. An army of men took over the runway looking ultramodern in blacks and splashes of mercury silver. Viewers also marveled at his white ensembles which added to that clinical and laboratory feel. When you hear the crowd scream and whisper to each other even as the first model parades the runway, it’s safe to assume that you’re in for something quite exciting.

Pacson served up an ample amount of options for his men; from unique outerwear to an off-shoulder dress – the Filipino’s modern take on gender fluidity. Waterproof nylon was used for the jackets and draped bottoms, while piña and cotton were the main materials for the knitted pieces. A good mix of neoprene was present for added structure as well. Pacson definitely has that creative eye, showing spectators ways to wear garments you never thought you could; giving you that “ah – wish I had known sooner” kind of feeling. End result: a collection that boasts first-of-its-kind artistry. Renan Pacson continuous to prove to us that dark magic isn’t just a thing of the past.


Written by Bea Lim for L’Officiel Manila

Photographs by Andrea Beldua

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