JC Buendia’s class act

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JC Buendia’s class act 1

A fitted gray sheath by the designer

JC Buendia’s class act 1

The designer used organic silk abaca for this yellow puffed-sleeved blouse

JC Buendia’s class act 1

Classic silhouettes partnered with modern details are hallmarks of the designer

JC Buendia’s class act 1

A black embellished number inspired by the look of the TV series Downton Abbey

JC Buendia’s class act 1

The designer makes his curtain call on a bike!

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Clean, crisp, and classic – these words probably best describe the 50-piece collection created by JC Buendia to mark his 25th anniversary as a designer. Though the designer has participated in other group shows in the past, the gala presented by Metro Society last August 27 was actually the designer’s first solo show. “It took me three months to complete this collection,” said Buendia. The pieces, he said, were inspired by movies he grew up watching like The Sound of Music, Funny Face, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. More modern fare like the Sex and the City and Downton Abbey TV series also served as inspiration. And while he never tired of watching Maria spin and sing in the hills of Salzburg, Austria, he admitted that he was secretly rooting for the Baroness in The Sound of Music “because everything she wore was just so couture!” This appreciation for the finer things ultimately influenced Buendia’s design aesthetic that he describes as “modern classic.” It has not gone unnoticed as he is the designer women go to for classic pieces that are always stylish.

The show opened with a black and white suite featuring sheer lace dresses with cap sleeves as well as a nude halter top with black lace insets. Next came a series of gunmetal gray and bright yellow separates that was at once classy and fun. Some of the sheer tops in this set were fashioned out of silk abaca dyed a vibrant yellow. The designer then presented a range of men’s suits and separates including black pullovers with zippers running down the models’ backs and detachable collars in gray and yellow that one could probably slip around the neck. More ladies’ evening wear followed including a short gray coat covered entirely in round gray beads, two long-sleeved jackets with full laser-cut sleeves, and a shiny black top with a scissor-sharp collar.

As the models made their final walk down the runway, one could see what the designer meant when he described his design aesthetic as modern classic. – Raoul Chee Kee

Raoul Chee Kee is a writer and editor at Business World 

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