By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City – Celebrated couturier Renee Salud’s creation once again dazzled the runway at the Philippine Center during the Thanksgiving weekend November 25, this time highlighting on her neo-ethnic ensemble, together with Philippine Weavers.
Philippine Tapestry showcased Salud’s finest gowns and dresses made of indigenous fabrics from various Philippine regions and indigenous tribes. Dubbed by observers as a metamorphosis of the indigenous to the elegant, the project was sponsored by the Department of Tourism.
Fashion authority Erno Hormillosa said he was elated at the latest show. “The embroidery on pina was done impeccably well. The cocktail dresses were so wearable and fashionable. My favorite was the last part – those beautiful wedding gowns. We Filipinos exude craftsmanship and elegance. My biggest congratulations to my dear friend fashion icon Renee Salud, Cata Figueroa, and Concon Siniel.”
“Renee has put a focus on intricate masterpieces which made a statement for the exotic tribes in the Philippines. It was an evening of Pinoy pride to witness such an awesome, creative talent. Salud has set the mark of indigenous fabrics for international fashion standards,” said Edwin Josue, businessman and civic leader in the Fil-Am community in the city. (Photos by Edwin Josue and Juliet Payabyab)