Philippine Fashion Week

Changeling

Last week I attended L’Oreal Paris PH’s fashion show featuring Albert Andrada and Ezra Santos—one of the first shows during the Philippine Fashion Week—which I blogged about here.

Since becoming a blogger in 2010, attending Philippine Fashion Week became one of my goals. Getting invites was not that easy though, at least initially, because they cannot be bought nor requested. The PFW team/agencies choose who to attend. Last year I got to see Oxygen, GUESS, and VANS‘ Spring-Summer 2012 collections, thanks to Connect Agencie.

Last week I was supposed to attend three shows, but due to illness and bad weather I had to cancel the two others, featuring Dax Bayani and Vania Romoff’s respective collections. At least I got to attend to one though.

Anti-Fashion Manila bustier| Liz Claiborne watch| Forever 21 necklace, skirt, and heels

I think I’ll never overcome my love for mullet skirts. There’s something about it that makes any wearer look sexy but classy at the same time. And they are quite comfortable, mind you. I feel like I’m one of those girls in a feminine wash commercial. Lol. I think I would still be wearing my mullets even when they go out of style.

Everyone at the office and on Facebook loved my new hair cut by the way, which makes me even happier 🙂 I had worn my hair long for a lengthy amount of time, so it’s refreshing to sport a shorter hairdo. I tried copying Sarah Barthel’s hair style. If you don’t know her, you should check out this music video by Phantogram.

Gorgeous, isn’t she? Hype my look on lookbook and chictopia! 🙂

PFW SS2013: L’Oreal Paris PH Presents Albert Andrada and Ezra Santos

I was invited by L’Oreal Philippines to attend their fashion show featuring Albert Andrada and Ezra Santos. It was quite timely as I just had my hair fixed. My initial peg was Kimbra but I wanted to be bolder this time so I opted for a Sara Barthel-esque hair cut. You should definitely check her band Phantogram out! Aside from their good sound, Sara Barthel is extremely gorgeous!

Anyway, on to the show..

People taking their seats. The whole placed was packed with fashion editors, media personalities, socialites, and fashion enthusiasts like me.

The first designer to take the stage was Albert Andrada. His collection showed different designs using pastel colors and chiffon and lace textiles.

His dresses have really flattering silhouettes. I especially loved this dress modeled by Charo Ronquillo, a Filipino model who is now taking New York by storm. Look at those details at the back of the dress! So lovely 🙂

The next person to showcase his work is Ezra Santos—a very influential designer in Middle East. In contrast to Andrada’s collection, Santos’ work was more structured.

According to reports, his collection was inspired by Barcelona’s sunset, which explains why most of the pieces were in gold, but was intensified by the dramatic details and sculptural shoulders and collars.

Ezra Santos’ collection finale. This wowed everyone.

Below is a video of the final walk for both designers. Hmm, the vid was clearer while I was editing it, I wonder why it turned out like this. Oh well, no biggie. Philippine Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2013 is almost over. I hope you got to see at least one show!

Let us continue to promote Filipino vision and artistry! Thank you for the opportunity L’Oreal! 🙂

SPOTLIGHT: Allison Harvard

I’ve been an avid fan of America’s Next Top Model since its first cycle, but I have not fangirl-ed over the contestants as much as I did with Allison Harvard and Ann Ward. In fact, I have already written about Allison, or Allicat as she fondly calls herself as well as her fans. Before ANTM, however, she was already quite popular. Her photos, which many found weirdly adorable, made rounds in the internet, most especially in the site Know Your Meme and 4chan, where she is dubbed as Creepy Chan. This is probably the reason why she was the most popular among ANTM‘s Cycle 12 contestants, aside from her strange fascination with blood and her huge eyes. And she returned in Cycle 17, and I was quite hopeful she’d win this time. Unfortunately, just like Cycle 12, she ended up bagging the second place. Izalright though, as Allison became more popular and received more modeling jobs after that last Cycle.

Below is a gallery of my favorite photos of Allison—from her Cycle 12 days to her artworks. Yes, she is an artist and paints really well. Click the photos for a larger version and to see more of Allicat. 🙂

Allison tweeted earlier this year that she’s participating in New York Fashion Week. Below are the two out of three shows she walked for:


Malan Breton Fall/Winter 2012

Gemma Kahng Fall 2012

UPDATE: Allison recently walked for Michael Cinco x Bench during the Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2012. Below is the motion editorial featuring Allicat 🙂 :

Come back for more Allison Harvard news!

 

Photo Credits:

Allison Harvard’s Tumblr, ANTM Flickr, Emperor’s New Groove, and Fanpop.com

GUESS x Philippine Fashion Week S/S 2012

I was fortunate enough to receive an invite for Guess’ fashion show. This month’s fashion week is actually featuring all the spring/summer collections, but since it’s Guess’ first time to join PFW, they also included their fall/winter collections.

My camera was a total failure during the show, so I was only able to take a few passable photos for blogging.

A number of celebrity endorsers walked the runway for Guess. Wasn’t able to take photos of them though. Sad 😐 I just hoped EVERYONE was seated throughout the event. But no :s However, I was able to shoot a short video, which I will upload in this post in a bit.

After the event, I had the opportunity of taking a picture with my favorite veejay Sanya Smith, who was the dj of the show (IKR, siya na talaga!). She’s incredibly tall and nice, while I, once again, looked like a hobbit.

Thanks, Katt, for the photo! 😀

And yep, you GUESSED it right! An event like this should not end without taking photos at the photo booth.

Katt, the kaladkarin. She has always been supportive of my fashion endeavors. Thanks, bakla! 🙂

And now on to what I wore to the event:


Thank you, Cocco, for the the lovely dress and biker jacket! Love love!

Cross necklace and red suede heels from St. Francis Square | Connector ring from Stylebreak

Hype this look on lookbook and chictopia!

Thank you, GUESS, for these freebies and Ed Lorenzo of  Connect Agencie for the invite!

See you, guys, on Friday for OXYGEN’s fashion show at SMX, MOA. 🙂

Styling Your Basic Tee

One of the rules fashionphiles live by is to have the basics–that is, a basic v-neck tee, an LBD, a pair of heels, among others. When you got them, the only things you will need next are creativity and boldness. I used to be the t-shirt-and-jeans kind of girl; I was too scared of trying out new things and experimenting because the last thing I wanted was to solicit stares from people. But I eventually got over it, prolly because I want to be different.  With my petite figure, it’s very difficult to stand out from a crowd, so the only way to be noticed (papansin lang. haha!) is to be slightly deviant. However, I still make sure that I don’t go overboard. That’s when a mixing of the basics and a few statement pieces come into play. With this post, my basic apparel is a basic tee and I’m gonna show you the stuff I styled it with to make it less basic but, at the same time, look effortless.

Was going out to get my Philippine Fashion Week invites in Makati when Dodon and I thought of shooting outfit photos

Basic v-neck shirt from Folded and Hung | Printed skirt from NY Square at SM Department Store

STEP 1: Decide which basic piece to use. In my case, since I was commuting I decided to wear something I can easily move in, like this basic blue tee from Folded and Hung. F&H has the most comfortable but stylish shirts, I must say.

STEP 2: Pair it with a skirt (or your favorite jeans). You can go plain or be more adventurous by choosing printed ones. In this photo, since I’m already wearing a plain-colored top, I decided to break the monotony by going for an animal print skirt. Unfortunately, I’m not anymore a big fan of jeans as I have not found yet the perfect ones. Would you believe I only own a couple of pairs? *crickets crickets*

OPTIONAL: Add a little twist by using a floral printed belt. Print on print!

Fringe necklace from Antler | Bracelets from Landmark

STEP 3: Pile on statement pieces, such as the fringe necklace, to add more edge to your simple look. What are statement pieces? For me, these are accessories that a person never wears on a daily basis. Oftentimes, they come in funky shapes and from odd materials.

Connector ring from Stylebreak | Winged heart and purple bell ring from Zeros and Fives | Feather earrings from St. Francis Square

STEP 4: Last but not the least, wear heels. Heeled shoes or slip-ons always make a look less casual (well, that is if you’re going for a more feminine look). Since I am short, heels always help me look taller, longer, and more sophisticated. Not that I’m saying short girls aren’t sophisticated! I mean, short girls, and even boys, are often labeled as ‘cute.’ No one would like to be stuck in that category! 🙂

Heels from Tiffany (these are obviously my favorite!)

Hype this look on lookbook and chictopia

So there you go, you can always look fabulous even if you’re just wearing a t-shirt. All you need is some accessories to spice up your look. The same thing also applies when you’re wearing old or thrifted clothes from bargain shops and ukay-ukay. Styling can make any clothing look expensive if you know what to do or if you are willing to take a risk.

A few years back connector rings or fringe necklaces were nowhere to be found. The first time I saw them I thought they were weird-looking, but eventually when you develop an eye for things unconventional, you’ll find yourself treating these statement pieces like diamonds. They are not only eye-catchers, but also additives. 🙂

Rewind to January, I told myself in a post that I should be able to score invites for the Philippine Fashion Week. And I did! Hurray!  Thanks to Connect Agencie for these fab invites!

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