The state of the terno in SONA 2023

Filipino fashion designers deliver

First Lady Liza Marcos, Heart Evangelista and Odette Pumaren

The Philippine terno has been seeing a renaissance now that the world has fully opened up after almost three years of pandemic.
Despite the increment weather, these terno creations brought in the sunshine, from a modern laser-cut banig terno jumpsuit to full-piña terno to modern interpretations of the balintawak. Here are some of the notable SONA Filipiniana ensembles from the country’s leading fashion designers.

Odette Pumaren wearing Dennis Lustico
Dyed powder blue piña with solihiya detail and lilac lace underskirt.

Heart Evangelista wearing Ivarluski Aseron
Full banig terno jumpsuit made of laser-cut strips of fabric in banig design. It’s a combination of organza and gazar to give a translucent look. According to Aseron, the jumpsuit was lined with embroidered organza to give it added texture while keeping its translucense.

Cong. Stella Quimbo wearing JC Buendia
White mid-calf-length terno dress with cowl neckline.

First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos wearing Lesley Mobo
Modern classic balintawak hand-draped in soft floral light green and white soft jacquard with twisted side skirt panel. A woven grosgrain panel incision was added to connect the bodice to a modern draped tapis.

Tootsy Angara wearing Lesley Mobo
A contemporary take on balintawak using a light blue printed floral crêpe. Mobo explained that the folded stitched pleats are added to create circular folds and darts around the bodice connecting to a bias cut fold around the upper waist to create a modern tapis in yellow soft tulle.

Claudia Cojuangco wearing Dennis Lustico
Indigo dyed piña with handstitched leaf applique.

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