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In Praise Of The Terno Pantsuit In The #SONA2018

While there was definitely plenty of eye-catching looks at this year’s SONA (as expected), we’d like to give special attention to one particular trend; one that would—hopefully—progress into mainstream fashion. The terno pantsuit, as worn by Heart Evangelista and Jinkee Pacquiao, may not be the dominant style in this year’s SONA red carpet, but we think it’s the most powerful.


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Contrary to what people expected, President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2016 clamor for a less glamorized, more business appropriate dress code for the SONA hearing did not dampen its platform for fashion innovations. Rather, it had the benefit of pushing Filipiniana dress into a more practical and professional application, as opposed to the usual red carpet and costume dress. In 2017, we’ve actually noticed an increase in more workwear-inspired Filipiniana, such as blazers made of indigenous fabrics, and even Barong-inspired womenswear.


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This year, the terno pantsuit not only captures the best balance of worlds (male to female influences, the traditional to modern style, and between glamour and corporate), but also the pulse for women’s social movements.

Since 2016, the fierce USA elections has reportedly renewed interest in women’s pantsuits, thanks to it being Hillary Clinton’s uniform of choice; womens’ suit trends have since sky-rocketed continuously, along with its depiction of female leadership. But beyond the imagery of one presidential candidate, the call for women empowerment continued throughout the year, culminating into the intense events of 2018.

Social campaigns like the #MeToo movement and #TimesUp dominated global discourse throughout the first half of this year, calling for more women to come forward and be brave. Even Philippines’ own #BabaeAko campaign landed in TIME magazine’s 25 most influential on the internet, signaling the growing presence of women in protest, politics and management.


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And of course, fashion—ever the sartorial reflection of the times—has raced on to reinvent styles to suit the cultural course. Consider the terno pantsuit then as our own unique interpretation.


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