by Heidi Ng
December 22, 2013 

Kit Barraquias with twin daughters Violet and Lilli; Supermodel Ornusa Cadness; Audrey Miles and Troy Montero with son Hunter
Kit Barraquias with twin daughters Violet and Lilli; Supermodel Ornusa Cadness; Audrey Miles and Troy Montero with son Hunter
It is the time of the year when fashion brands are launching their fall/winter collection in Manila. Even if we really do not have a winter, jackets are nice to stock up because it can get chilly in the holiday season all the way until February. Mango, the Spanish brand that has brought us affordable, trendy  high street fashion, presented its Fall/Winter 2013 collection in a Rock It Up fashion presentation at the grand opening of its flagship store in SM Mall of Asia.

Showcasing their highly popular, trend-driven choices for women, the shop now carries pieces from H.E. by MANGO and MANGO TOUCH. Mango has also expanded its presence in Manila with the highly anticipated Mango Kids line. Giving Victoria’s Secret a run for its money, Mango has introduced its intimate line. To add to the excitement, pieces from the sports collection available abroad are also now available in Manila. This just goes to show that the brand has recognized the importance of carrying the different lines available elsewhere in Manila, as proof that our city is getting the nod for being one of the fashionable ones in Asia.

On this occasion, the show consisted of 60 looks, of which 10 corresponded to men’s fashion. The woman’s collection was all about leather and tartan prints accentuated with gold and distressed elements, although black still dominated the collection, found in articles such as tweed blazers, biker jackets, and suede pumps. On the other hand, rugged leather jackets, check shirts, and slim-fit vintage wash denims adorned the men of H.E. by MANGO.

Little ones also strutted their stuff in the MANGO Kids collection with 10 styles, in which lumberjack shirts and lightweight down vests matched with blue jeans gave way to a cool punk-rock look for the boys and sweatshirts combined with tulle skirts, Aztec skirts and pastel foulards gave the girls some sweet bohemian flair. In a surprise twist, the audience were delighted to see the Mini Me collection, in which the little ones sported similar looks to outfits from the women’s collection.
Likewise, the MANGO Sport&Intimates line was also presented, another of the brand’s new lines which ran the catwalk with 10 looks. The comfortable, loose cotton garments of the cooldown yoga line were mixed and matched with the more technical fitness and running garments. The stars of the colour palette were neutral colors ranging between greyish and black hues, accentuated with pink and purple. Meanwhile, some articles from the Intimates line were teased underneath suit blazers and sheer tops for a classy and sexy appeal.

Gracing the event were his Excellency Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines Jorge Domecq, with Mr. Miguel Albero, Director of Programs of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) who was here to open the exhibit “Pacífico: Spain and the Adventure of the South Sea” at the National Museum. Special guests from MANGO Spain Jeronimo Garcia, director for expansion, and Jocelyne Calandra from the back-up team were also in attendance.

Hosts for the night, Borgy Manotoc and Nicole Andersson kept the energy up as Robby Carmona directed the evening’s extravaganza in style.
Celebrity couple Aubrey Miles and Troy Montero with their son Hunter were spotted onstage along with super models Ornussa Cadness and Kit Barraquias with twins Lilli and Violet in tow. Former MMA fighter and entrepreneur, Mitch Malli also took his turn in apparel by H.E. by MANGO, alongside actress Bubbles Paraiso.

Sitting front and center were sartorial standout Marta Araneta, commercial model Lexi Schulze Berenguer-Testa, TV host Issa Litton, and swimwear designer Maggie Wilson-Consunji. The Philippine Volcanoes’ Gareth Holgate and Jake Letts were also scoping out the latest from H.E. by MANGO. TV personalities Phoemela Barranda and Princess Snell also graced the occasion.
Taken by Cars provided the soundscape for the rock-inspired catwalk, while DJ Samir Ayeb spun the beats during the shopping party.

The night capped off a huge success for the brand and marked their presence in the country as a go-to for the fashion-conscious.  With a bevy of new surprises in-store, MANGO makes the search for the hottest styles more refreshing than ever before.
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Hon. Ambassador Jorge Domecq


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