Monday, October 20, 2014

Kate Spade at Central Square

Kate Spade New York recently opened its latest branch in the Philippines located in Central Square at Bonifacio High Street. The "travel" themed event showcased a feminine, quirky and jetset collection in vibrant hues. Inspired from Kate Spade New York Creative Director Deborah Lloyd trips to key Asian cities such as Shanghai  and Tokyo, the overall look and feel displays the brands contemporary fashionable lifestyle seen in living color.










In the Philipppines, Kate Spade New York is exclusively distributed by Store Specialists, Inc(SSI) and is located at The Powerplant Mall, Greenbelt 3, Ristan's Makati, Newport Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Central Square in Bonifacio High Street.

Project Runway Season 4 Davao Auditions

The search is on for Project Runway Season 4 which is going to be aired early next year. The author has been lucky to be guest mentor/judge of the auditions screening committee which will be held in key cities in the Philippines.  Recently concluded the second leg which was held at the Abreeza Mall in Davao. More than a handful aspiring designers came to present their creations as they dream of becoming one of the final 15.  The finalists will then be housed in Manila for 3-4 months and will face challenges for the competition until a winner is proclaimed.  Not an easy task to judge the applicants for all of them are brilliantly talented, creative and passionate artists.  From on the spot illustration, interviews, portfolios and masterpieces, it is no doubt that the Philippines is a treasure trove of amazing designers. Each has a distinct point of view, aesthetic and  vision as they showcase their design perspective. Here are some of the pieces at the auditions and hopefully some of them make the cut.  


The venue at Abreeza.


The set up.


The form.


Gilded hoodie.


Middle East inspiration.


Texturize.


Cohesive direction.


Clearly sheer.


Shuttle cock reworked.


I want some more!


It's a wrap! The author with ETC's Georgette Tengco, Saling and Katrina Holigores.











Sunday, October 19, 2014

Manila Wear 2014

Why Manila Wear? One of the more relevant issues of Philippine fashion is design translation into the contemporary. Culture and tradition is reinvented and transformed into modern creations fitting for the times.  This branding initiative aimed to position the industry in the global resort/tropical market is a visionary  step in showcasing local artistry at its best.  Lead by international fashion icon Josie Natori, it umbrellas the countries more established and seasoned designers in showcasing artisanal creations made from fusion of both basic and Philippine materials. A reflection of the beauty of Filipino talent and sensibilities, the insightful movement is a progressive and optimistic approach on style relevance in the local industry. This collective of outstanding artists aims to present masterpieces defining the current  nowness of style individuality and more significantly promoting cultural preservation. Manila wear is fashion forward with a strong design statement of better things to come.


Rhett Eala.


Rhett Eala.


Avel Bacudio.


Avel Bacudio.


Ivar Aseron.


Ivar Aseron.


JC Buendia.


JC Buendia.


Cesar Gaupo.


Cesar Gaupo.


Rajo Laurel.


Rajo Laurel.


Dennis Lustico.


Dennis Lustico.


Randy Ortiz.


Randy Ortiz.


Lulu Tan Gan.


Lulu Tan Gan.

Check out Fashion Philippines' Manila Wear's last day of exhibition at the 60th Manila FAME Level 2 SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila.


















Friday, October 17, 2014

Chuck and Leon Holiday 2014 Campaign

New menswear retail brand Chuck & Leon unveils its Holiday 2014 collection introducing dapper formals.  Now on its second season, the brand focuses on tailoring in a variety of mix and matching pieces. Classic neutrals in modern silhouettes define the new code of dressing. The look of sleek has never been so chic in amazing fabrication that's all about formalities. Cool blazers and suits are must-haves in a celebratory season of partying and special occasions. Dressing up the man for Chuck & Leon is a seamless appeal of made to measure. Fashion essentials go beyond the current trends as it displays contemporary pieces that are all a matter of style.  

Fashion finds at Manila Fame 2014

Fashion in the now is about the new. Manila Fame is one of the great platforms where local talent showcase their artistry. Captivating the eyes of the world, both seasoned and up and coming designers unite in a display of oustanding Filipino artistry. Brilliant creativity, global designs and oustanding craftsmanship combined define contemporary masterpieces  made by the finest and best in the country.  The code of perfection has remarkably pushed the envelope as it raises the benchmark to international standard with a high degree of quality and excellence. Here is a glimpse of why stylephiles, fashion followers and the likes should come to Manila FAME


Modern Tribe. Neckpiece by Joanique.


Seat to the throne.  Chair by Nicole Whisenhunt.


Mida's clutch!  Mother of pearl clutch by Emi Jorge.


Dapper steps.  Lace up shoes by Maco Custodio.


Color coded!  Colored clutches by Carisaa Cruz Evangelista for Beatriz.


Belted interest.  Belt with gold buckle by Aranaz.


Bold Moves.  Sculptural "Monolith" woven bag by Zacharias by SC Vizcarra.