If you’re also born in 1994 (like me), then you basically grew up with homegrown brand Plains & Prints. I first learned about this colorful yet elegant shop from my mom and their simple tops and blouses have been a staple in our closet even before I learned about fashion. I just dreamt of being able to wear what my mom wears when I was little!
Such is the dream of Plains & Prints co-founder Roxanne A. Farillas for the brand – to make timeless, elegant style accessible to Filipinas. That dream set its roots in a small Greenhills store, where she sold simple tops and blouses. But 25 years later, Roxanne’s small dream has taken on a life of its own. The shop has expanded to more than 90 branches run by a team of over 400 people! Her pieces even go overseas through online portals. Top names in the Philippine fashion scene continue to collaborate with the brand, producing timeless pieces worn by local style icons.
A lifetime of collaboration
As Plains & Prints slowly established a reputation for style, so did the label’s portfolio of projects with other prestigious names in fashion. In 2015, Marc Nicdao and Wig Tysmans combined their vision and the brand’s classic staples in a picture-perfect collection for Plains & Prints’ 20th anniversary.
Rhett Eala, Rajo Laurel, Randy Ortiz, Maureen Disini, and Vania Romoff followed suit the next year with a Plains & Prints collection done for charity—all proceeds went to the ICanServe foundation’s campaign for breast cancer awareness.
2017 was particularly busy, featuring two capsule collections; one leaning on refinement with Vania Romoff, and the other a bit more playful with Mattel’s iconic Barbie. The following year highlighted another unique twosome, with back-to-back releases featuring the tropical leanings of Amina Aranaz and classic silhouettes from Mark Bumgarner.
This year, all these fashion visionaries are returning for one historic collaboration to mark Plains & Prints’ 25th anniversary. Dubbed Beyond 25, the collection features 15 artists – those who have worked with Plains & Prints, as well as several new ones in the brand’s growing list of partners, and 30 stylish pieces that symbolize the timelessness of the brand’s elegance.
We’ve been given the chance to shop for our favorites during the launch, a few days ahead of the nationwide release, so Wig Tysmans and Maureen Disini’s lovely creations are now in our closet! These two are our best picks that meet our mix-and-match habit. BUT, we’ve included a peek at everything that will soon be available on the racks, plus what we love about them:
Two printed commemorative Beyond 25 and Timeless 25 tops (P1298 each) were also introduced to fill in the casual end of the spectrum – completing the 25th anniversary collection.
“Our anniversary collection might celebrate the people who have supported us in the last 25 years, but the beautiful thing about Beyond 25 is that it’s not bound by the styles of that era,” says Roxanne. “That’s the secret—it’s timeless. We will stick to our core and continue creating classic pieces for the modern Filipina.”
Modern Filipina beauty
“When we signed our first ambassador in 2002, we didn’t want girls who were just pretty or popular. We want our women to be fun, but still have that sense of style that is timeless,” says Roxanne. The brand found its first icon in Gretchen Barretto. “She is beautiful the moment she wakes up. She doesn’t even look like she tries. That’s what the brand is all about—being simple, understated, yet effortlessly beautiful.”
From Gretchen, Plains & Prints started a string of partnerships with effortlessly stylish women. Model- columnist Celine Lopez signed on in 2007. British-Thai actress Paula Taylor joined in the following year. Several years later, legendary stylist Liz Uy became the face of the brand after being the partner stylist for six years.
Nowadays, actress Anne Curtis fronts the Plains & Prints brand. She is classy, sophisticated, yet adventurous—an embodiment of the modern Filipina that wears Plains & Prints.
Where to buy
The Beyond 25 collection is available online on Amazon.com, Zalora.com, and PlainsAndPrints.com starting July 24, 2019. There are also select preview events at Glorietta 1, Chimes Davao, and Ayala Cebu from July 25 to 28, then at the SM Mega Fashion Hall from July 29 to August 2, 2019. The entire collection will be available in all Plains & Prints branches nationwide starting July 31, 2019.
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