Written and photographed
By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista
Leather booties, tie dye, leather pants and skirts, a generous amount of zippers on a cocktail dress, it’s not a rock concert but a fashion show. Let’s not forget frizzy hair from the 80’s. Norman Noriega channeled his inspiration Patty Smyth, one of the better singer songwriters who has made her music relevant through several decades.
Noriega featured his most recent collection at the Fashion Watch Quartet held at the Lobby Lounge of Shang Rila Makati last May 26, 2011. Fashion fanatics can get a preview of the best Filipino designer’s works by attending high tea for P810 every Thursday from 3-6pm. This year’s series began last April 14 and will run until June 23.
Noriega described his experience, “I think it’s really a great honor to be one of the designers chosen for Fashion Watch. I respect all of the designers who participated. I’m very fortunate to be here. With Phil Fashion Week and Fashion Watch, the industry’s really growing. A show like this that features Filipino designers is crucial.” The companies involved have shown their support for the designers: Olay is presenter of Fashion Watch in cooperation with Metro Pacific Investments and BMW. Media partners include: The Phil Star, Star World, Preview and Stylebible.ph
Noriega’s sensibility is able to use rock as a jump off point to create and update the edgy look. His clothes are wearable even in our warm tropical weather without losing that ‘attitude.’ For evening wear he said, “The collection is black and white. I’m really not a color person. It’s more on shadow like a black and white photograph. I wanted to show elegance and make it classic yet maintaining that edgy look.”
It’s the kind of clothes that would be perfect for a night out in Republiq or Opus. The day wear is “tie dye, stretch satin and leatherette.” The material is perfect even at a hot outdoor concert. Men are bare-chested wearing a vest inside a jacket without a shirt. Or a white Nehru style shirt accented with a wide leather belt. Again, Norega repeats his combination of stylishness with comfort.
He also confesses that, “I’m always inspired by music. I’m into Patty Smyth, it’s more on rock and roll.” What also showed his homage is the hair, “The whole collection works with that frizzy hair. I wanted something that showed imperfection.” The hair is very much updated and toned down. In the 80s the hair was big and wild not just frizzy.
Patty Smyth became famous as the lead singer of the band Scandal and had their biggest hit, “The Warrior” in 1984. In 1992 she had an even bigger hit this time in a duet with Don Henley, “Sometimes Love Just Aint Enough.” She later became an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated vocalist and co-writer for “Look What Love has done” for the film ‘Junior’. The film is a comedy starring recently disgraced ‘Sperminator’ Arnold Schwarzenneger with Danny Devito.
I could remember when Charles Barkley’s highlight video was to the song of ‘The Warrior’ click on Patty’s pic to see official The Warrior vid.