Tres Chic was a collaboration between the Pablo Antonio Ancestral Home Project and the Ambassade de France aux Philippines (French Embassy) on April 21, 2018. It was all about French culture and high style in Filipino architecture: a presentation of the Manila edition of Gallic fashion designer Clivia Nobili’s 16-piece Spring/Summer 2018 work wear collection.
Yves Zobberman, French cultural attaché to the Philippines and wearing an ultramarine blue overall designed by Nobili, gave an opening speech on celebrating Philippine and French friendship.
The salon show took place in the sala packed with guests, most notably French citizens living in Manila. Jumpsuits, jackets, denims, sailor shirts, separates, artist’s smocks, and day-dresses evoked the simple yet bold cuts and shapes of French craftsmanship – Nobili’s take on elegance, comfort, and sophistication in the workplace.
The collection highlighted Marithé et François Girbaud shoes, Nobili’s trademarked bleu de travail (working blue), as well as inspirations from artists and designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani, Yohji Yamamoto, Nouveau réalisme pioneer Yves Klein, and Mexican architect Luis Barragan.
Nobili was invited by former designer-turned-culinarian Vicky Veloso-Barrera who viewed Nobili’s first shows in the Philippines at SM Aura by the French Embassy and in the School of Design and Arts by Fashion Design & Merchandising program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
After the show, guests were welcomed by Chef Dino Ferrari and Paris Délice to the dining hall and exhibition rooms to enjoy classic Parisian hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Meanwhile, more artworks celebrating Filipino and French heritage have been added to the exhibition spaces.
- French design, Filipino architecture come together in salon show by Marge C. Enriquez, Philippine Daily Inquirer : Lifestyle. April 19, 2018.
- French high style in practical work wear by Marge C. Enriquez, Philippine Daily Inquirer : Lifestyle. April 27, 2018.
- In the style of Luis Barragán by Marbbie Tagabucba, The Philippine Star. April 27, 2018.