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Holiday Fashion: Hip Styles For New Year's Eve Parties

Whether you're a rocker chick, a glam gal, or a preppy miss, you'll find inspiration for the outfit you'll ring in 2012 with from the Philippine Fashion Week runways.

Even if your closet is chock-full of basic shirts and jeans (most likely for practical reasons), you're still bound to be attracted to certain styles of clothes. Maybe you can't help but be drawn to frilly, lacy pieces while window-shopping, or you might be more into edgier numbers with leather and studs. Whatever your fashion inclination is, be sure you wear your clothes confidently--and you should make that your resolution in 2012.

We saw a lot of other holiday fashion inspirations from the front row of Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011's Premiere C show. The five designers featured in this runway show created head-turning pieces in various styles, but are all head-turning in their own way.

Modern Retro, Polished Rockstar

Derick Hibaler's (mostly) menswear collection, Modern Retro, Polished Rockstar, had a mix of patriotism and rock 'n' roll. Tailored blazers and long-sleeved button-downs were matched with artfully distressed jeans and knee-length cut-offs. In a fitting tribute to the Philippine flag, Hibaler added red, yellow, and blue geometric details to his pieces and made his models swagger on the catwalk to the tune of Mga Kababayan Ko.

Comic Chic

Old-school Archie comics were the inspiration for Jeffrey Rogador’s collection, Comic Strip. Cosmo girls can unleash their inner Veronicas (or dress up their very own Archies) with his selection of preppy vintage pieces: blazers, cuffed pants, high-waist bottoms, and chunky, colorful shoes.

Wear Human Anatomy

Popular local designer of avant-garde fashion, Kermit Tesoro, gravitated toward the mysteries of death and the human body in his holiday collection. Red, black, and flesh patterns were intertwined on simple form-fitting dresses to simulate the flow of human blood. Strips of shiny material were woven together to create armor-like tops that eerily resembled a person’s sinewy muscles. Tesoro also created two shoe designs that went perfectly with his collection: a nude stiletto pump with a human heart carved on its heel and nude stiletto ankle boots with heels resembling muscles.

Luxe Fashion

Raoul Ramirez presented luxurious pieces, replete with flowing skirts, intricate sequined patterns, thick waist belts, and sweetheart necklines. These were mostly done in black and white, complemented with pops of rose. The effortless glamour it possessed is perfect for confident yet feminine chicks who need something they can wear from work to a pre-New Year party this week!

Functional Minimalist

Chic ladies who don't sacrifice style for functionality would definitely approve of Yako Reyes' collection. He gave us a bevy of modern, minimalist, almost shapeless clothes with lots of pockets, tied to nature with shades of dark gray, green, brown, and maroon. And since Reyes is primarily a bag designer, he accessorized with finely crafted satchels and fold-over handbags that retained the collection’s chic utilitarian feel.

Launch the gallery to view the collections, and tell us when you comment which collection you like best.

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