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.


















Old Navy Fall 2014 Collection

Classic American brand Old Navy celebrates this holiday season with style individuality.  Its current state of fashion presents its key classic and trendy staples in a variety of prints and color.  The mainstream brand for all unfolds a variety of pieces ideal for mix and matching to create a wardrobe-full of looks. No need to think twice, Old Navy's on the radar fashion sensibilities unfold endless possibilities for men, women and kids.  Their extensive collections unveil the latest in streetwear, casual and evening wear from the classic to the most wanted of the season.  Whether its preppy, old school, funky, pop, rock or glam, the brand definitely has the perfect piece just for you.  
In the Philippines, Old Navy recently opened two new branches in Fairview Terraces and SM Megamall.  

















 

In the Philippines, Old Navy is exclusively distributed byCasual Clothing Retailers Inc. (CCRI), a member of the SSI Group, and is located at Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta 3, SM Megamall and Ayala Fairview Terraces.