He's in my top ten. You'd think its the restrained lines and the wearable silhouettes? Actually, it's the ingenious manipulation of the oh-so-overused traditional fabrics: pina and abaca. Reworked, tweaked, draped and constructed to create these refreshingly new--architectural silhouettes. I was sort of worried that he might border on the cliche when he shared to me that he was working with organic materials a few months before. But boy was i wrong. This is directional and classic at the same time, and so very now.