Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — On its sixth year, the Philippine Fashion Ball looked to the future.
Conceived as a celebration of the achievements of local fashion industry professionals, the annual fashion event, held last Saturday at the basement of Bench Tower in Bonifacio Global City, took a decidedly youthful turn this year, choosing to highlight the work of four designers identified with youth culture — Basic Movement by Esme Palaganas, Randolf Clothing by RJ Santos, Proudrace by Rik Rasos and Pat Mosby, and Bea Samson.
The four designers were the focal point of this year’s program, with their work presented in tableaus that highlighted their unique aesthetics. In the past, the Philippine Fashion Ball highlighted the work of veteran designers like Rajo Laurel, Dennis Lustico, and Joey Samson.
Every year, the Fashion Ball presents Industry Awards to industry professionals who have made considerable contributions to the local scene. These awards cover every facet of the industry, celebrating the designers who makes the clothes, the models who wear them, the journalists who write about them, and the photographers, makeup artists, and stylists who work on the images that present them.
This year, the Industry Awards went to editors Liza Ilarde and Isha Andaya-Valles, makeup artists Robbie Piñera and Omar Ermita, models Jodilly Pendre and Miko Raval, and photographer Paolo Pineda.
CNN Philippines Life sent art photographer Czar Kristoff to the Philippine Fashion Ball without agenda or a shot list, and told him to shoot whatever interested him. A self-taught photographer based in Laguna, Kristoff's usually monochromatic images have been published in international publications like Esquire Russia and T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and exhibited in Berlin, Copenhagen, Dubai, London, and Manila.
Backstage at the Philippine Fashion Ball 2016. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
Basic Movement is the work of fashion designer Esme Palaganas. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
Every year, the Fashion Ball presents Industry Awards to industry professionals who have made considerable contributions to the local scene. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
Esme Palaganas graduated with an AB in Fashion Design and Merchandising from De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, with honors in 2014, and was included in Preview’s 10 Emerging Fashion Talent list in the same year. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
Basic Movement believes in amping up daily wear while keeping practicality. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
Bea Samson’s “Paraluman” collection is inspired by the forms of traditional Filipino wear such as the barong, terno, and traje de mestiza. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
The models sit down as they wait for their cue to go onstage. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
Bea Samson studied in top fashion school Slim’s Fashion and Arts and has been featured in several fashion publications. This year, she has been selected as one of three finalists in AirAsia's Runway Ready Designer Search who will represent the Philippines in Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
Rik Rasos grooms one of the models wearing Proudrace clothing. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
Pat Bondoc and Rik Rasos are the masterminds behind Proudrace, a label that is “rooted from the underground and built with the balance of luxury and street style." Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
(Left) A hooded model is dressed in a new Proudrace piece. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
Randolf Clothing is known for its collection of bright prints and colors — bringing the spirit of pop art to the high fashion table. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
RJ Santos is the man behind Randolf Clothing. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Clothing Technology from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
One of Randolf Clothing's pieces contains patches of Philippine policemen in action. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
(Right) Models wearing Randolf Clothing’s new collection pose for the camera. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF
One of Bea Samson's models gets groomed at the make-up table. Photo by CZAR KRISTOFF