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Wonder Wardrobe: October Is About Halloween, Jet-Setting Ahead of the Holidays and Nostalgia––More Nostalgia

The lowdown on fashion news, the latest releases and whatever else is buzzing in retail this month



Since October is an open invitation to let your freak flag fly, it goes without saying that any and all forms of eccentricities are welcome. And you bet, with fashion in mind, we’re in for an interesting month.


It won’t be long until the slew of Halloween-themed collections hit the shelves (ahead, we mention one action sports footwear brand that’s gotten a leg-up in this department). Give it two weeks, more or less, and expect people to get cracking on costume ideas for the 31st, too.


But this glorious holiday isn’t all that October has in store. There’s Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival’s fifth anniversary, its biggest season yet with shows happening on October 15 through 18. Let’s not forget JW Anderson’s reunion with Uniqlo for a Fall/Winter 2019 collaboration hitting stores on the 17th. Over at Case Study Atelier, it’s The Chinatown Market Collection that streetwear enthusiasts are counting down to. (We hear the release party happens on the 10th.)


With many yet-to-be-announced releases and news on fashion brands just coming in, you can count on us to keep you in the loop for what’s what in fashion this month. We’ve already got a few items to get you started.



Local Label of the Month: Praco
We first laid our eyes on this brand’s sleek separates at TRESemmé Runway Ready 2019. Further investigation only had us wishing we got it on our radars (and in our closets) sooner


There’s something satisfying about the idea of returning to the essentials…yet having them in the few colors that speak to you. The concept isn’t new, sure, but Praco has played its cards right, letting a mix of bright and muted hues do the talking. Across high-waist slacks, button-down tops, selection of shorts and more, Praco talks basics but not boring. And if we ever get the urge to build a wardrobe from scratch, we’re definitely starting here.




TernoCon 2020 Kicks off with the Announcement of the 14 Finalists in the Terno-Making Competition
Remember the names: Abdul Gaffar Dianalan, CJ Martin, Xernan Orticio, June Samson Pugat, Renz Reyes, Hanz Pableo, Toping Zamora, Hannah Adrias, Jennifer Jean Dee, Jaggy Glarino, Krizia Jimenez, Windell Madis, Dinnes Obusan and Gavin Ruffy


The road to January 26, 2020 starts here: After a successful inaugural run in 2018, Bench and the Cultural Center of the Philippines put the national dress back in the spotlight with TernoCon 2020, introducing the 14 designers from all over the Philippines who will compete in the terno-designing competition. Between taking on extensive workshops, consultations and mentoring with industry veterans Inno Sotto, Philip Rodriguez, Ivarluski Aseron and Lesley Mobo, the finalists must also create a three-piece capsule collection featuring their interpretation of the terno while preserving its authentic design.


The final showcase and judging are set for January 26, 2020 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo in CCP.




Adidas Originals Releases an Iteration of the Streetball model from the ‘90s
The brand has been digging into its expansive archive lately.


Born during the golden age of street basketball, the 2019 Streetball speaks to a time when basketball shoes were high-top, tech-heavy and overbuilt. This modern reinterpretation is a refreshing remake of that.


The shoe features a classic material makeup: premium leather, textile underlays and a chunky heel stabilizer unit topped off with a streamlined lacing system. All this is placed on a Lightstrike midsole and accented with contrast details; finishing touches include throwback branding details on the tongue and the reflective welded 3-Stripe mark, which culminates in a nostalgic silhouette that pays homage to enduring ‘90s basketball design while pushing its origins into bold new territory.


The Streetball silhouette is now available in-stores and online at It will retail for ₱6,800.




Samsonite Introduces Its Latest Innovations, Ultimately Changing the Way We Travel
Meet the Evoa, Evoa Tech Lite-Box, Cosmolite, Xylem 2.0, Tri-Tech and Openroad


Inspired by its commitment to creating smart, durable and lightweight on-the-go solutions for purposeful travelers, Samsonite launches its new and first-ever global integrated campaign, “Born to Go,” that celebrates the growing “on-the-go” mindset among young travelers.


Samsonite is available in all major malls, department stores and online at Click on to learn more about the cool new Born to Go suitcases.




Fred Perry Collaborator Nicholas Daley Flies to Manila to Present his Debut Collection with the Brand
The two team up to celebrate British subcultures


“As a designer, I wanted to challenge myself and work on styles that I haven’t yet explored,” shares Daley. “This collaboration allowed for that opportunity and it has been another way of expressing my creative outlook.”


Nicholas Daley’s debut collection is based on the continuation of the SLYGO story: his homage to his family’s role in the emergence of reggae sound system culture in Britain. SLYGO takes its name from the DJ alias of Daley’s father and draws direct inspiration from his parents’ night club called the Reggae Klub, which ran from 1978 to 1982 in and around Scotland.


Wide collars on the polo shirts reference the styling from the ‘70s: with the zipped placket and chest pockets made with corduroy (another nod to the era where this became a popular British fabric). There is also a carbon blue bomber jacket made with the same timeless material, further harmonizing the past with the present.




UTme! Makes its way to the Philippines
Along with the first anniversary of its Manila flagship store, the brand also launches new collections and featuring Filipino artists.


While Uniqlo’s anniversary is chock-full of exciting content debuts, one noteworthy milestone is UTme! becoming available in the Philippines. This is the brand’s digital T-shirt printing service exclusive to the Uniqlo Manila Global Flagship Store where customers can create one-of-a-kind graphic shirts and tote bags using the tablets on the second floor’s UTme! section. Fun and easy to use, shoppers can send in their personal photos, type texts and apply special effects on their chosen canvas.


As part of the brand’s dedication to promoting Filipino talent, Uniqlo has partnered with 10 local artists for its #UTmeArtPH collection. The debut collection ‘Future’ features designs created by Happy Garaje, Rob Cham, Isabel Weber, Manix Abrera, Ev Yu, Mika Bacani, Otto Björnik, Myka Arnado, Auggie Fontanilla and Soleil Ignacio.




Vans and Disney Come up with a Collection Dedicated to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
This one had us at the “Nice Work, Bone Daddy” accent


All ghouls, ghosts and goblins are invited to celebrate the holidays with this limited-edition release: Vans immortalizes iconic scenes from the equally iconic animated film on footwear, apparel and accessories. Halloween Town favorites can be found through a variety of different designs available to Disney fans of all ages with friendly features including elastic laces, zip closure and glow-in-the-dark elements made for the youngest of ghouls.


Disney Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is available exclusively at Vans Evia, Trinoma, Glorietta 3, Greenbelt 3, Festival Mall, Robinsons Lipa, U.P. Town Center, Robinsons Ilocos, Robinsons Bacolod, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Tuguegarao, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa Annex and Market! Market!




Feel like backtracking to see what you might have missed in September’s Wonder Wardrobe? Click on for last month’s recap, where we showed local label Anoto some love, rounded up the ways GAP, Case Study and Havaianas celebrated their respective anniversaries and more.



Melissa Celebrates 40 Years with Color Me Collection; Collaborates with Opening Ceremony 
For the first time, the Brazilian footwear company will be joining forces with the global retailer to launch three modernized styles


Established in 1979, the iconic global footwear brand celebrates a milestone with the Color Me Collection, an ode to the transformative power of color. It features reimagined colors and contemporary styles—a reminder of how Melissa has built an empire out of color and imagination through the years. From primary brights to pastels and even stark monochromes, there’s something for everyone.


To add to the roster of high-profile collaborations, Melissa is teaming up with global powerhouse Opening Ceremony to rework some of Melissa’s most memorable silhouettes: the Hatch, Ladii and Flipp. These will be available in a spectrum of fresh, in-the-now shades.


Melissa is available nationwide. Find out more about the brand over at



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