I never pre-style outfits because I don’t know the kind of woman I will be tomorrow. With the rising female presence in various echelons of modern society, I imagine our wardrobes to be a reflection of how far we have come to closing the equality gap. While clothes certainly don’t make the woman, it pays to have a closet one can rely on. It has to be versatile enough to keep up with diverse sartorial needs but also expressive of one’s personal style; it must have classic pieces that withstand seasonal trends but also updated with trinkets to keep the looks current.
A recent collaboration between local accessory brand Joanique and ready-to-wear label sofie b. aims to respond to these very concerns. A curated capsule wardrobe with the modern woman in mind, “Modern Visionaries” is a foolproof proposition one can easily take from the office, to running around town doing errands, to a chill night in with friends.
In a mysterious, paradoxical way, the Joanique minaudières push the threshold of colorways so much, they almost function as a neutral, able to blend and complement the streamlined silhouettes of sofie b. As for most minimal designs, the genius rests in the details: a slight flare in the skirt, hems left raw or even fraying, pussybows haphazardly tied for a playful take on the classics, pieces that will fit snugly on one’s current working wardrobe. Both champions of local craftsmanship and Filipiniana references, the Joanique x sofie b. collaboration underlines the supplementary ability of well-designed and carefully crafted clothes to empower a woman.
The Modern Visionaries trunkshow is open to the public from May 18-20 at the Joanique Studio in Poblacion, Makati.