The by-invitation-only event comes two years after the pandemic
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Bench brings back its much-acclaimed Bench Fashion Week in by-invitation-only shows from September 30 to October 2. This edition’s lineup includes three rising young designers, one of who will showcase her collaborations with the Bench brand, HUMAN.
HUMAN x Jenni Contreras
Jenni Contreras is a fashion designer from Los Baños, Laguna. She graduated with a degree in fashion design and merchandising from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. At 23, she joined the first Bench Design Awards in 2017 and was one of three winners sent to participate in Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo, where she presented her first collection for her brand, Problem Child. In 2018, she was included in Vogue Italia’s “Vogue Talents List.”
Her design collaboration with HUMAN is a tribute to her parents, who grew up in the ‘70s. “One of my favorite things to do when I’m at home in the province is to go through my parents’ old photo albums in our attic. I’m always curious and fascinated about their younger years—particularly the places they went to, the activities they did, and especially the clothes they wore.”
Born in 1996 and a graduate of the University of the Philippines, Antonina Abad Amoncio creates very personal designs, often inspired from her own experiences, socially relevant issues, and sentiments. Her brand is her personal diary of memories and beliefs expressed through forms of clothing. Her works have been presented and exhibited in the Philippines and Japan as a winner of Bench Design Awards.
The designer is known to experiment with fabrication, hand-sewing techniques with the use of textures, threadworks, and prints.
In her latest collection, Antonina wishes to express the dimension of shadows occupying spaces and escaping a source of light. Note the dark yet subtle take on exaggerated silhouettes and cut-outs.
STRONGVILLAGE is a brand that advocates for ethical and guilt-free fashion. Inspired from different streetwear cultures, it was founded by designer Russell Villafuerte.
He recently collaborated with HUMAN, where he recreated and repurposed old HUMAN apparel, turning them into one-of-a-kind pieces. The aim is zero waste production. “We follow these simple rules in making our pieces: reduce, reuse, recycle,” Villafuerte said.
SEPTEMBER 30, Friday
HUMAN x Jenni Contreras
A tribute to our parents and their youth spent in the ‘70s
A youthquake collection from Australia’s favorite streetwear brand
A personal collection that explores shadows occupying spaces and escaping a source of light
One-of-a-kind pieces made from upcycled materials and inspired by streetwear cultures
OCTOBER 1, Saturday
The brand known for play fashion presents its holiday art and luxury collection.
KASHIECA x Lucy Torres-Gomez
A capsule collection of classic and easy chic pieces
A play of vibrant colors, hints of brights, and athleisure undertones on occassionwear to celebrate 15 years of design mastery
OCTOBER 2, Sunday
BENCH x Mobo “Masaganang Ani”
A celebration of abundant rural life in the Philippines and its rich cultural and agricultural heritage