Philippine style trade and Philippine theater acquired with shock this morning the information that one among its main designers, James Reyes, has handed away at midnight. He was 48. The loss of life was sudden, and, it was mentioned, heart-related.
Reyes was one of many founders of the Young Designers Group, who grew to become one of many stalwarts of Philippine style. He then joined the Fashion Design Council of the Philippines, the place he was the secretary on the time of his loss of life.
Reyes, together with his era of comparatively younger designers who started to peak within the new millennium, was an innovator. He caught the eye of the style watchers and gained a clientele as a result of he was at all times considering out of the field—whether or not it was in silhouettes, cloth remedy, or gildings.
Like many in his batch, his designs have been extra structural and conceptual, quite than ornamental.
He was actively becoming a member of style reveals, together with the Inquirer Lifestyle’s Face-Off collection.
He didn’t cease with style design. He went to design costumes for theater, proving his robust grounding in Philippine tradition. And this should not have come as a shock. He descended from a clan that was a pillar in Philippine tradition. His grandfather was the well-known playwright and writer Severino Reyes, whose “Lola Basyang” collection reared generations of Filipinos within the tales for youngsters. His uncle, Efren Reyes, was a well-known actor within the ‘50s.
Reyes designed costumes for Tanghalang Pilipino productions and likewise for the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He additionally designed the trendy Filipiniana attire of the usherettes of the CCP.
His newest stint, nevertheless, was one more problem in style design. Last yr he was named inventive director of the established model of native menswear, Bergamo. He was infusing youthful elan into the normal tailor-made menswear and barong of Bergamo, and had simply completed a summer time assortment that was innovative and funky. He designed tailor-made fits in pastel and summery colours, and included prints.
The funeral wake will begin tonight at 9 pm at Alphonsus de Ligouri Church, Magallanes, Makati, and can run as much as the night of March 20.