Runway to reality: Eric Delos Santos

MANILA, Philippines - One of the country's most famed and sought-after designers, Eric Delos Santos creates pieces that embody the strong, feminine spirit.  

He is renowned for dressing women with elegance and grace, from television personalities to beauty queens to society's best dressed.

This week, Rappler takes 5 different looks from the runway of this celebrated designer and gives you ready-to-wear alternatives to inspire your wardrobe.

Jacquard 

Runway: This blue number gives classic an edgy vibe with structured panelling and an inverted neckline.

Dress, Eric Delos Santos. Heels, Zara. Accessories, Parfois.

Dress, Eric Delos Santos. Heels, Zara. Accessories, Parfois.

Reality: Give your outfit texture and depth with a beautiful jacquard fabric with tulle underlay.

Dress, Ever New. Skirt, Miss Selfridge. Heels, Dumond. Accessories, Parfois.

Dress, Ever New. Skirt, Miss Selfridge. Heels, Dumond. Accessories, Parfois.

Black beauty 

Runway: Turn your black outfit into walking art with this beaded, floral print.

Dress, Eric Delos Santos. Heels, Zara. Necklace, Parfois.

Dress, Eric Delos Santos. Heels, Zara. Necklace, Parfois.

Reality: Keep it classic and simple but with a full silhouette. 

Dress, Harlan u0026 Holden. Heels, Dumond. Necklace, Parfois.

Dress, Harlan u0026 Holden. Heels, Dumond. Necklace, Parfois.

Pantsuit perfection

Runway: For those who dare to go bold, a matching printed pantsuit is for you. 

Suit, Eric Delos Santos. Heels, Zara.

Suit, Eric Delos Santos. Heels, Zara.

Reality: Turn heads with bright matching florals. Keep styling simple to avoid overcomplicating your look.

Suit and polo, Ever New. Heels, Dumond.

Suit and polo, Ever New. Heels, Dumond.

Form fitting

Runway: Eric Delos Santos' red, embellished dress beautifully marries structure and femininity.

Dress, Eric Delos Santos. Heels, Zara. Earrings, Parfois.

Dress, Eric Delos Santos. Heels, Zara. Earrings, Parfois.

Reality: Choose a firm bustier top with a diaphanous layered skirt to enhance your silhouette.

Dress, Ever New. Belt, Parfois. Earrings, Forever 21. Heels, Dumond.

Dress, Ever New. Belt, Parfois. Earrings, Forever 21. Heels, Dumond.

Floral overload

Runway: These culottes partnered with a cropped bustier top have just the right amount of drama.

Culottes, Eric Delos Santos. Crop top, Topshop. Accessories, Parfois.

Culottes, Eric Delos Santos. Crop top, Topshop. Accessories, Parfois.

Reality: Instead of clashing prints, pair your floral skirt with a floral embossed top.

Top, Miss Selfridge. Skirt, Topshop. Heels, Dumond. Earrings, Parfois.

Top, Miss Selfridge. Skirt, Topshop. Heels, Dumond. Earrings, Parfois.

- Rappler.com


Styling, Kim Jones. Styling assistant, Kaky Viacrusis. Photography, Jason Quibilan. Makeup, Kris Bacani. Hair, Raymond Defeo. Model, Che Ram at Mercator.

Kim Jones


Kim Jones is a television personality, hosting "Etcetera," "ETC HQ" and "I am Meg" on cable channel ETC. Born and raised in Australia, she moved to the Philippines in 2010. When she isn't surfing or enjoying the sunshine, she combines her love of fashion and penchant for writing as a model, events host and blogger at kimcamjones.com.