SM Supermalls, Bench / lifestyle + clothing, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) are teaming up for TernoCon 2023, featuring the works of acclaimed designers Lesley Mobo and Joey Samson.
This year’s event, themed “Paskong TernoCon,” will take place on December 9 at SM Aura. It will celebrate Filipino heritage and artistry, featuring two visionaries who have made a lasting impact in the industry.
Lesley Mobo is renowned for his avant-garde designs that seamlessly blend tradition with modern aesthetics, earning him accolades globally. The London-based fashion designer has collaborated with major brands such as the Italian clothing company Diesel and Japanese retailer UNIQLO. Notably, his creations have adorned celebrities including Kate Moss and singer Rihanna.
Joey Samson, a minimalist maestro, is revered for his contemporary take on traditional Filipino attire. His designs, particularly his modern interpretation of the Barong Filipino, are characterized by clean lines, romantic undertones, and timeless elegance, establishing him as one of the leading figures in Philippine fashion.
Mobo and Samson’s collections will emphasize the rich and diverse Filipino culture, showcasing the intricate craftsmanship and artistic legacy that have shaped the nation’s identity.
Breaking away from tradition, the sartorial event will be held for the first time outside CCP, with SM Aura providing an accessible platform to reach a wider audience.
As a visual feast for the senses, the fashion showcase will be set against the backdrop of SM Aura’s Filipino Christmas theme. The centerpiece is a 33-foot Christmas tree adorned with handmade ornaments using locally sourced materials, including capiz, rattan, and abaca, topped with a 3-foot capiz shell star symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem.
A biennial gathering, TernoCon unites top Filipino designers and showcases the beauty of traditional attire. Rooted in cultural heritage and innovation, it stands as a landmark occasion in the Philippine fashion calendar.