‘What we need are believers’

There is an ‘army’ of followers waiting for a bold menswear designer, argues Jerome Lorico.

If you think men’s fashion is all about rehashing past trends or tweaking conservative styles, then you haven’t seen modern menswear by new and upcoming designers like Jerome Lorico. At the recently concluded Philippine Fashion Week, Lorico, a nascent name in the industry, showcased a cerebral collection, aptly titled “Stitch,” that explored the body’s process of healing. With slashed sleeves and perforated fabrics, his Holiday 2009 collection mimicked human skin and framework and resulted in wearable pieces of art.

Here, the designer talks about his creative process and the directions menswear is taking in the country:

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