TORONTO, Canada – Pinoy designer Kenneth Barlis is heating up runways across North America with his bold new menswear collection.
Barlis’ “streetwear meets luxury” menswear collection hit the runway at the Toronto Men’s Fashion Week this February 22 to March 1.
“I wanted to make sure and, as a designer, to tell a story on how we can deliver the streetwear or the formal wear into a streetwear. That is why we mixed our glitters and all the shiny stuff into more of a like a matte, or feathers into a suit,” Barlis said.
More popularly known for his elegant bridal and evening gown collection, Barlis said that he draws his inspiration from his Filipino roots.
“I think Filipinos, we all come from that very vibrant, happy place and very lovable, so we love colors, and patterns, the glitz and glamour of every second we can have it,” he said.
Fil-Canadian Danyl Geneciran, fashion editor and stylist of TOM Magazine couldn’t agree more.
“What fascinates me about Kenneth is that he has this sense of identity that he constantly sticks onto and he just manages to make a character within the Kenneth Barlis man and that’s like flamboyant, he’s very loud and that’s a good way of re-inventing menswear,” said Geneciran.
TOMFW Fil-Canadian Founder Jeff Rustia said he is proud to be bringing more international attention to Filipino talents in showcasing their artistry and entrepreneurship.
“Toronto Men’s Fashion Week has grown in such leaps and bounds in only four seasons and actually come this season we’ve attracted over 31,000 visitors to the entire event, plus all our peripheral events like TOM Talks and our receptions and parties, it’s quite the talk of the town,” said Rustia.
Barlis just opened up is first retail outlet last year in Southern California.
“I couldn’t be more blessed to be able to do what I love to do and getting recognized and being loved by everyone,” said Barlis.
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