Viv Barba has always shown that, as a designer, his minimalist pieces respect, accentuate, and flatter the figure of the wearer. His recent work for Manila Fashion Fest – The Next 2017, Grey Matter, is a collection that shows us, once again, that he is force to be reckoned with. The designs were everything he promised in his show notes: moody, architectural, and complex. It’s as if he wanted to treat the audience to a trip up to the clouds and down again to face stormy seas.
His collection started with a bang: an evening dress synched both at the empire and lower waist that transitioned in shades of grey. This dress transformed the model’s body into an elegant vessel. Her every step had a story, and the farther she walked, the more captivating the image.
Shades of grey kept storming the runway with a combination of loose attire and slim fit ensembles. Every sway had an attitude, and every step had drama. A memorable piece was a casual androgynous get up with a gray shirt, loose cardigan, and a plaid asymmetrical kilt that went down to the knees of the model. This design seems to be the perfect illustration of today’s more gender neutral society.
Vic Barba’s standout piece this season was an evening gown that seems to be straight out of a utopian fantasy novel. The silhouette of the piece is so natural in elegance. With a plunging neckline and dainty straps, the dress is a marvel in itself. The black fabric that accentuates every movement of the model is what really makes this piece.
This color palette transfixed the audience, and made us all time travel to a utopian universe where androgyny is no longer a taboo, but a way of life, and where simplicity is the best method of expression. This melodramatic show was definitely an experience. It’s as if we’ve been transported inside a story told by the designer and we keep wanting more and more. This is minimalism at its best, but with a touch of innovation so remarkable that it’s no wonder Vic Barba has gone on to be one of the best designers in the country. Impressed is an understatement.