Bench Fashion Week 2018 – Day 3

Change is coming, no ifs and buts about it. In the local fashion world at least, it bodes of exciting and vibrant possibilities for Spring and Summer of 2018.  This was crystal clear on the last day of Bench Fashion Week (BFW) 2018 last Sunday, March 11 at The Playground of Bench Tower in BGC.

Here’s how BFW presented the different looks as conceived by three known fashion authorities.

Assembly_Philippines, a multibrand store concept located at the Rockwell Powerplant Mall, SM Aura Premier, the Podium Mall, and at the S Maison Mall at the Conrad Hotel, suggests  these structured, yet sleek, lines.

Instagram photo by benchtm


Designer Joey Samson goes bold by combining menswear materials with perky details resulting in richly layered, mostly androgynous creations.

joey samson
Instagram photo by benchtm


The most-awaited collection was understandably that of Bench, which is well-known for its fashionably trendy designs. The pieces are summer-perfect, with colorful and breezy materials that allow youthful spunk to come through.

Spot Miss World 2013 Megan Young and Bench princess Juliana Gomez in this video.

(All collections are available at the 3F of the BENCH/ Flagship store until March 25, 2018)

– oOo –

I cannot end this post without putting in a few lines for one of the newest Bench fashion influencers – Nikki Allen, who had her runway debut last Sunday. I first met her when she was just a frisky three year old. Walking the ramp is the latest addition to her long list of interests, and she only recently turned 15!

She plays the sax, violin, guitar, and the uke.  At the British International School, she is a consistent straight A student excelling in academics while finding time to be with the choir, band, cheerleading, and debating team.  If she so chooses, she can be an excellent writer, too.

At home in the kitchen, she can bake yummy goodies and earn good money from them. If need be, she can pinch hit as her mom’s make-up artist. Equally in her element outdoors,  she got her diving certificate from PADI two years ago. Earlier, while the Allen family was setting up base in the UK, Nikki was actively involved in stage plays at the Oxford Theater. Her mom shares that she aced her voice examinations from the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music and at 12, she had a chance to be with a group that sang before Princess Anne.

One question I dare not ask this young lady is what she wants to pursue after school, because the options are longer on the things she CAN do, than on those she cannot.


nikki allen by bench
Nikki Allen at BFW S/S 2018 (photo source: benchtm)


Congratulations on your latest achievement, dear Nikki! Take a bow, too, Marites and Nick Allen for the great job of nurturing such a multi-talented gem of a daughter. Of course, sibs Shannen, Kevin, and Kirck complete the awesome Team Allen!

Please click here to watch Nikki and the rest of the young Bench talents. The video is from the Facebook page of her proud mom, feng shui maven Marites Allen!


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