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Reinterpretations Of The Terno Just Made Cameos At Paris Fashion Week And We’re Screaming

Not one, but several cameos at Paris Fashion Week!

Seeing reinterpretations of the terno on the runways of Paris Fashion Week was a fashion moment that caught us off-guard.

In an magical turn of events, in Paris Fashion Week no less, it was a joy seeing the terno being reinterpreted by different designers on a global scale. Just yesterday, at AZ Factory’s emotional and breathtaking tribute to the late Albert Elbaz, there was one look that made us do a double take. And yes, you guessed it, it was indeed a look inspired by the terno. Meanwhile, at Michael Cinco’s impalpable show, he sent models down the runway in his modern take of the terno in form of mini dresses, deep necklines, and of course, his signature embellishments and intricate detailing. An unexpected star, the terno takes on Paris Fashion Week 2021 in the most unexpected yet sublime way. Read on below for some of its best cameos on the runway.

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The terno’s cameo at AZ Factory’s tribute to Albert Elbaz at Paris Fashion Week 2021 wasn’t surprising at all, considering the fact that we found out that their current design director is Filipino. The design director himself has also worked with Versace, Louis Vuitton, Celine, and Calvin Klein 205WW39NYC. Fashion designer Norman René Devera and the rest of the team hand-beaded this elegant terno reinterpretation fused with a mutton sleeve that was adorned with huge pearls. Subtle, sleek, understated.

This nod to the terno has a lot of history, as designer Santi Obcena (bronze medalist at the 2018 Ternocon) notes, explaining that the mutton and butterfly sleeves belong in the same puffed design technique. The difference lies in the vertical stiffness of the terno sleeve.


It’s the way Michael Cinco made the terno more contemporary at Paris Fashion Week that blew us away. The Dubai-based Filipino designer’s reiterations of the terno‘s butterfly sleeves either in the form of power shoulders, billowy sleeves or heavily-beaded statement reshaping gave us the excitement and joy of dressing up again, and in Filipiniana no less.

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