In an exclusive interview with MEGA, Bonita Penaranda takes us through the inspiration behind her latest collection, “Confessions on the Dance Floor“
Gone are the days where people would wear the same look during the main event and after party because if it’s a night out with friends, best believe that most will be dressed in shorter hemlines and more revealing cuts and silhouette. This is the concept that inspired JustBonita’s latest collection.
Titled “Confessions on the Dance Floor”, Bonita herself shares what the pieces are all about and how these designs capture the daring and risqué essence of after-hours style. Besides, what happens on the dance floor, stays on the dance floor—that is if you still recall it the next day.
Established in style
“JustBonita directly translates to ‘just beautiful,’ and I wanted it to sound like that because beauty should be inclusive to anything.” This is the sentiment that the founder expresses, and it’s definitely one way to describe the brand at its core. In less than five years, JustBonita has already established an identity in the local fashion scene with its form-flattering ensembles and sculpturesque finish.
“Everyone wants to be at the main event, but the after party is where the excitement is at.”Bonita Penaranda
Elevated after party
So what is the perfect after-party style? Think of all things sultry, glamorous, and glistening—all dance floor-appropriate of course. This is what Bonita interprets in her collection. Body-hugging silhouettes are elevated with various appliqués draped to accentuate the figure of the wearer. Corsets, a signature JustBonita piece, were also paired with low-waisted maxi skirts inspired by the Y2K aesthetic, while latex was used to give a high-shine finish for other pieces.
The collection includes a wide range of hues that can cater to any after party you’re planning to go to. Feeling a little mysterious? Take your pick from the line of pieces that are made with leather and denim. A pop of color? They have a line of minis and maxis done in warm hues.
Through the eyes of the designer, we get to witness how her perception of beauty manifests in her collection. Playful yet timeless, sultry yet inclusive—these are all infused in the pieces in a meticulous manner. And while others may deem it as extreme or revealing, it’s engaging to see how she intends to introduce a fashion that isn’t afraid to make a statement.
Photography ANDREI SULEIK
Hairstyling RENZ PANGILINAN, MONG AMADO, PATTY CRISTOBAL, and SUYEN SALAZAR
Makeup KIM ROY OPOG, JANI CLETO, ROSHNI HEMLANI, and KATHRYN ORAN