Written by Edgar Cruz
Start spreadin' the news, I'm leaving today/I want to be a part of it: New York, New York." Liza Minelli sings the "Theme from New York New York." She sums up: "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere,/It's up to you, New York, New York."
That's exactly what happened to Joyce Pilarsky, who, after showcasing her 10-piece fashion collection in New York, debuted in the Boston Fashion Week last October. Even if she opted not to participate in perhaps the last outing of the Philippine Fashion Week at the SMX Convention Center in Mall of Asia, Pasay City, it completes her cycle as global designer after rave shows in Paris, London, Germany and Abu Dhabi.
She did this after the soft launching of JPP Clothing, her ready-to-wear label, at Cinderella in Glorietta 3, Ayala Center. Makati City. In her well-loved designs, Joyce made available off-the-rack cocktail dresses at affordable prizes for women of varied sizes. Who says Joyce only designs for sexy women like her?
Joyce presented her latest collection at the Emerging Trends segment of the Boston Fashion Week at the Boston Center for the Arts.
"The 'Emerging Trends' runway show has grown into multiple fashion markets like Paris, London and NYC," describes the Boston Fashion Week program. "Now on its seventh year of production during Boston Fashion Week, we bring to you a distinct roster of 11 international designers and brands that will be showcased in this year's show. This continues to be an extraordinary platform for emerging fashion designers globally to showcase their talent on an 80-ft runway in an industrial fashion forward venue in the presence of sponsors, buyers, press and industry media."
In her desire to promote the country's indigenous natural fabric business even if they cost higher than classic varieties, Joyce's inspired collection uses of Filipino textiles like the abel iloco from cotton, jusi from banana leaf, silk cocoon from silk worm, and piña from pineapple leaves.
Taking from the glamorous women of '50s, the collection follows her original sexy silhouette with floral motifs in vintage touches with a modern twist for accent. Showcasing uneven hemlines, they are richly beaded that counters the trend of minimalism and celebrates maximalism. They echo the theatricality of Karl Lagerfeld's styled gowns and hints of Chanel's soft contouring.
Joyce's signature number is a ball gown, a rhapsody in gold. A diaphanous opera coat in the opulent color of nugget is embellished at the bodice with giant cabbage roses in a complementary color. Underneath is an elegant, body-hugging, off-shoulder number in rhinestones. A choker in floral design fit for a swan neck completes the snob appeal.
"The Joyce Pilarsky line of couture fabrics and creations (is) both elegant and daring, but also (is) a nod to traditional Filipino garments," writes StyleBlazer.com.
A "true visionary" of design, Fashion Nexus says: "Each of her looks… is one-of-a-kind, unique, special and so much more! There is no way that the stunning floral creations she sent down the runway were forgettable!"
Like Midas, Joyce's touch turns all into gold! Her best is her latest collection.