Arnel Papa's design has been lauded for its ingenious ways of incorporating indigenous materials like carabao horns, coco beads and capiz shells (among other things) to his designs. His jewelries are internationally recognized and in demand especially in the United States and European Market.
Like Francis Libiran designs, I too am a big fan of this designer. A lot of Filipino designers, uses his accessories during shows because his bold designs certainly make a statement. To quote, "Jewelry to adorn the body is the painless alternative".
|Arnel Papa's showroom in Marilao|
|Anj in Arnel Papa's copper necklace|
|The desire to enhance one’s personal appearance is a phenomenon as old as the world|
Thrift dress: @ $1 (50 pesos)
Too bad you can't see the details of the dress, the upper part (black) is made of a gorgeous french lace with a chiffon skirt and sleeves.
Fringe Boots: Bangkok find @ 1500 Thai Baht (2100 pesos)
One of my fave shoes! It's a lace up suede flat boots with long fringes. Next time I'll take close up photos on the details.
|An escape to dreamland|
To this day, I am very thankful that Arnel Papa has allowed us a rare glimpse of his showroom in Marilao Bulacan. One of a kind statement pieces, designers are clamoring all over the world are strewn all over the place. You are only left with one recourse- try everything at a limited time.
Here are some shots of my favorite pieces, I am apologizing first hand that my photos sometimes do not give justice to his pieces, there are certain limitations when one is using a camera phone (my camera's battery decided to die on me).
For more information about Arnel Papa, you can visit his store at Greenbelt 5. Prices are available upon request.
|Aside from jewelries, bags are also part of Arnel Papa's repertoire|