• March 4, 2024

It was a festive, star-studded evening in celebration of Filipino heritage and fashion at the inaugural Paskong TernoCon 2023 held at SM Aura.

A collaborative effort between SM Supermalls, Bench/Lifestyle + Clothing, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), this event marked a milestone in Philippine fashion history with visionary designers Joey Samson and Lesley Mobo taking center stage in TernoCon’s first fashion show in a mall.

Set against the backdrop of SM Aura’s exquisite Filipiniana-themed Christmas centerpiece, the runway showcased the impeccable technique and artistry of Samson and Mobo, as well as the range and versatility of the Philippine terno.

Samson’s collection showcased masterful minimalism and tailored, architectural forms, while Mobo’s was a celebration of draping, unabated maximalism, color, and folk aesthetics.

Actress Janine Gutierrez (left, front) and model-photographer Jo Ann Bitagcol (right), with actor David Licauco (left, back), elegantly showcase the creations of renowned fashion designer Joey Samson
(L-R, front): Acclaimed fashion designer Lesley Mobo and celebrated fashion designer Joey Samson, accompanied by models Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Michelle Dee (left, back) and actress Janine Gutierrez (right, back)
Minimalism maestro Joey Samson, TernoCon Artistic Director Gino Gonzales, and avant-garde designer Lesley Mobo
Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Michelle Dee and Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ara Arida
Lesley Mobo’s collection is a vibrant celebration of tropical sensibilities and folk crafts, adorned with bold printed fabrics.
Lesley Mobo unveils a dynamic collection celebrating the tropics, expert draping techniques, and bold prints.
The Aklan-born and London-based designer showcases a vibrant fusion of tropical sensibilities, folk designs, and dynamic colors.
Actress Janine Gutierrez models a timeless and elegant gown crafted by the maestro of minimalism, Joey Samson, while model-photographer Jo Ann Bitagcol showcases the designer’s creation, seamlessly bridging the gap between menswear and womenswear.
Actor David Licauco wears Joey Samson’s modern interpretation of the Barong Filipino.
Designer Joey Samson is renowned for his clean, supple lines, and subtle romantic undertones. His structured looks transcend traditional boundaries.
(L) Dive into the world of minimalism with Joey Samson. | (R) The understated distinction of Joey Samson’s creations fuses tailored precision with fluid elegance.

But more than a fashion spectacle, Paskong TernoCon served as a platform for inclusivity, making the best of Philippine design more accessible to a wider audience. 

“The event epitomizes SM Supermalls’ commitment to championing Filipino culture and artistry, and provides a platform to bring this closer to more people through our malls,” said SM Supermalls’ President Steven Tan. “The exquisite designs by Lesley Mobo and Joey Samson beautifully represent our rich cultural traditions and Filipino creativity, and SM is honored to have been part of this trailblazing project.”

Some of the biggest names from Philippine fashion, film, culture, business, and society came to support and celebrate Pinoy culture and fashion. Some of those who graced the occasion include First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, SM Investments Corporation Chairperson Tessie Sy-Coson, Bench founder Ben Chan, CCP Vice Chairperson Margie Moran-Floirendo, and SM Supermalls’ President Steven Tan.

Paskong TernoCon 2023 was also made possible by collaborators of the two featured designers. For Joey Samson: Lakat for the footwear and Unang Panahon for the jewelry. For Lesley Mobo: Ash & Muff and Harold & Harry for the earrings, and Adante Leyesa for the bags.

Watch the video highlights here.

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