To mark his 20th year of being a significant name in the fashion industry, Jun Escario hosted yet another awe-inspiring gala featuring his latest collection. Cebu’s fashion elites congregated at the Oakridge Pavilion on the evening of October 18, 2012, for the event entitled “Jun Escario: An Act of Fashion.”
At the young age of 19, Mario Eduardo Escario started his career as a part-time designer for a Cebu-based ready-to-wear clothing exporter. Jun, as he is fondly called, had a short stint as the full-time designer of En Sepia, the premier fashion house in Cebu, where he mastered his skills in haute couture and dealing with clients. When he decided to open his own shop, he named it Bacchus, which signifies love of life and living well. The fashionistas in Cebu started to notice and soon enough, Jun Escario became a household name.
In 2001, Jun Escario joined the “The Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode” in Paris. He was one of the five finalists representing the Philippines, where he got a special citation as the Best Philippine Designer for the dazzling piece he made out of pleated paper, silk threads, shell beads and copper medallions.
To broaden his design horizon even more, Escario conquered Manila, the country’s capital. He found the perfect location for his design studio, also suitable for small workshops and showrooms, at the LPL Towers on Legaspi Street in Makati. He invited recognized Filipino designer OJ Hofer to become his business and design partner.
Escario opened his Manila atelier in 2004. In just a span of two years, he made a name for himself and became one of the Philippines’ sought-after designers.
Following a brief pre-event cocktail, the guests were ushered into the main hall, which was lit in intriguing red and purples hues. Benches that closely resembled church pews surrounded the runway and hundreds of tea lights on the corners further accentuated the captivating atmosphere.
The awe was amped as the lights went off and the screen flashed with words that described the designer’s inspiration for his latest collection.
Solitude is my friend.
Silence, a constant companion.
Reverence, my state of mind.
As the serene sound of wind chimes gave way to a chilling reverberation, the guests welcome the first model with a warm applause. Smoke mystically wraps her silhouette, making her a spectacle to behold. She struts to towards the center stage as beams illuminate the runway. The lights create a column-like transparent drape that enhanced the sensational runway impression. As she moves forward, she reveals a veil of black beads and no less than Jun Escario’s first creation for his Monastic Marrakech collection.
The runway witnessed a parade of fabrics in rosy hues, vibrant kaftans, boho-shaped clothing, and a number of Jun Escario’s signature wedding gowns. Twenty-five muses, fourteen of which were members of the Models Association of Cebu (M.A.C.), owned the catwalk as they marched in the designer’s haute couture creations. Cebu-based Shandar Shoes capped the elegant look with their classy monastic footwear.
The fashion event was made possible by Zee Lifestyle in partnership with TreSemmé and PLDT. The runway show was directed by Mark Anton Masa and the lights and sounds were provided by Jose Mari Timothy Colmenares.
Following the runway show, the audience proceeded to a glamorous after-party. According to Zee Lifestyle, Moet/Belvedere hosted the after-show party. DAVID’s Catering provided cocktails for the event while DJ Marvin Evangelista worked his magic on the decks.
Each of those who witnessed the fashion show had at least a favorite in the Monastic Marrakech collection. As part of the audience, we kept overhearing these elites saying they’d love to wear these creations and we couldn’t help but agree. So, if you’re thinking about getting a new wardrobe, give Jun Escario a call and you might just fall in love with fashion all over again.
Jun Escario has offices in Cebu and Manila. In Cebu, you can visit his boutique at 417 Gen. Lim St., Villa Aurora Subd., Mabolo, Cebu City, with contact number (032) 233-1172. He also has a retail shop at the second floor of Greenbelt 5 in Makati, with these contact numbers (02) 729-9070 and (02) 729-9071. He also has a shop at Unit 2-B of the LPL Towers at 112 Legazpi St., Makati City, with contact number (02) 751-0026. You may also get in touch with him by sending him an e-mail at [email protected] For a preview of his designs, you may visit his Web site: www.junescario.com.