Francis Ian Chua's Candy Crush
Photography by Al Destacamento
I have known fashion designer Francis Ian Chua for many years now and I can still remember his fashion show in the past where he used old CDs in his designs.
Trust him to come up with innovative ideas even up to now. I’m referring to his theme for the Fiber Fashion Fair 2015 held in SM City Iloilo last August 24-28, 2015 -- Candy Crush Saga.
He combined multicoloured hablon with stripes and plain fabrics such as cotton, chiffon and satin to come up with cocktail dresses and gowns. One cannot help but feel happy when looking at this choice of vibrant colors that include amber, pink, bud green, dark green, apple green, azure and black.
Although his target wearers are aged 18 to 26 years old, anyone with a sophisticated and bubbly personality would look good wearing his collection.
To promote hablon further, Chua shared that he uses the material when creating clothing for debuts, weddings and even day to day wear.
"I combine hablon with other materials to give the design a classy look," he said.
Hablon came from the word ‘habol’, a local word that means ‘weave’. Hablon refers to the weaving process and the finished product that the town of Miag-ao is known for. Chua used the fabric produced by the Brgy. Indag-an weavers.