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Gucci owner revamps jeweler to Czars as branded rocks boom

A GLEAMING necklace in Boucheron’s shop window in Paris’s Place Vendome features dozens of lifelike hydrangea blossoms made from mother-of-pearl and diamonds, framing a 43-carat pink tourmaline.

Uniqlo accepts all clothes for charity recycling initiative

AS PEOPLE clean out their closets before the end of the year, Uniqlo Philippines is hoping more Filipinos will consider donating their old clothes as part of its All-Product Recycling Initiative.

A personal scent

THE SENSE of smell awakens something primal in many of us. While smelling something might bring back memories of an elevated, cherished status, it’s a different story during social interactions. Humans are still animals, and through scent, we pick up on cues the same way animals do: through scent, we pick up on a person’s health, values (I mean, does this person take the time for grooming? Does that person respect me enough to take a shower before meeting me?), and, like it or not, social status.

There is more to New Era than caps as seen in...

NEW ERA Cap Philippines recently opened its 13th branch in the country at the Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, but it is no ordinary shop as it is touted as the first concept store in the Philippines of the globally known brand.

Beautiful in seven days

A NETWORKING company promises that its serums will make you look like a queen in seven days.

A Taste of Creativity

What in the world is this nebulous construct called creativity, anyway? The mere mention of the buzzword can make even the most erudite tongue-tied. Vastly cited Italian behavioural scientist Paolo Legrenzi describes creativity as a justification of artistry. In his 2013 publication, Creativity and Innovation, he cites architect Vittorio Gregotti: “Every work of architecture seems to be justified by the term creativity, which by now is used to define every aesthetic act (diffused aesthetics has overwhelmed us) with which designers, advertisers, stylists, architects and many other professions justify their ‘artistry.’”

The dating game

HONG KONG is the top destination for Swiss watches, surpassing in the last three years the value of those taken in by the US, China, Japan, and the UK (in that order, latest figures from the Federation of Swiss Watch Industry show). Notably as well, Hong Kong is the second-biggest exporter of watches, next to Switzerland in terms of value, and coming after China in number of units, according to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. It was no surprise, then, for Tudor to debut a new timepiece not in its home country of Switzerland, but in Hong Kong.

Penshoppe taps ‘bad boy’ as endorser

FASHION’S beautiful bad boy (at least according to some British newspapers) Jordan Barrett set foot in Manila on Nov. 20 for a fashion show showcasing Penshoppe’s Holiday 2018 collection.

Celebratory collaboration

WORLD BALANCE and The Walt Disney Company Philippines have collaborated on a limited-edition collection of products to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary and highlight the Filipino brand’s world-class potential.

Dolce & Gabbana says sorry as China debacle threatens its future

DOLCE & GABBANA’s Chinese marketing scandal is fashion’s biggest faux pas since former Christian Dior designer John Galliano’s anti-Semitic rant in 2011, and it’s potentially far more costly.

Why it took time for Ikea to get here

GET YOUR DIY hands ready, Manila: Ikea is finally coming to town.

Natori brings Japonisme and seasonless appeal in new collection

BOLD AND neutral caftan dresses with embroidery that appeal to young female professionals; printed matching pajamas, and silk lingerie that may be worn for outdoor activities and events -- these are some of the statement pieces in Josie Natori’s Fall 2018 and Resort 2019 Ready-to-Wear collection.

Fashion turns to mapping tech for supply chains

NO ONE dies for fashion in greater numbers than, it turns out, the trees. More than 150 million are cleared every year, shipped around the world, then pulped and processed into viscose -- a.k.a. rayon, the cheap, silk-ish fabric most mass-market brands can’t survive without.

Burberry designer’s buzzy ‘Kingdom’ powers demand for looks

NEW BURBERRY Group Plc designer Riccardo Tisci is giving the British luxury-goods maker a boost before his creations are even available in stores.

Photo exhibit highlights SSI’s ongoing 30th anniversary celebration

FOR 30 years now, the SSI (Stores Specialists Inc.) Group has changed the retail landscape of the Philippine by bringing in some of the world’s most influential brands to the Philippines: think Gucci, Prada, Calvin Klein, and Alexander McQueen, among many, many, others.

Uniqlo launches collaboration with designer Alexander Wang

JAPANESE RETAILER Uniqlo has launched its latest collection of HEATTECH underwear, this time done in collaboration with American fashion designer Alexander Wang.

Kiehl’s goes beyond brick and mortar and enters the online shopping...

AMERICAN SKINCARE brand, Kiehl’s has finally ventured into the realm of Philippine online shopping as the brand made its debut on the online beauty portal, BeautyMNL on Nov. 9.

Product Review: Kiehl’s Ginger and Hibiscus Firming Mask

GOING ONLINE isn’t the only big news to have come from Kiehl’s as the brand launched last month its newest product meant to beef up its mask line -- the Ginger and Hibiscus Firming Mask.

Carolina Herrra’s CH handbags launched

FOR THE 35th anniversary of Carolina Herrera, it’s taking the founder’s initials seriously in a campaign called the “Insignia.”

Tory Burch’s Rockwell branch biggest in PHL

TORY BURCH opened its fourth boutique in the Philippines in August, but was only officially launched late last month. The Rockwell branch is the biggest Tory Burch store in the country to date, surpassing its other locations in Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, and Rustan’s Shangri-La.

Looking good, being good: the collective responsibility of sustainable fashion

How companies and consumers work together in sustainable fashion

Back to the ’90s

NEW FACES behind the runway and more meditative fashions took control during the Panasonic Manila Fashion Fest’s ninth season. These are some of the designers who caught BusinessWorld’s eye as we sat front row during the fashion event.

Skechers banks on ’90s nostalgia with new colorways for chunky sneaker

AMERICAN footwear company, Skechers continues to bank on the current nostalgia for the 1990s as it releases new colorways for its classic chunky sneaker D’Lites line, with one harkening back to the original black and white style which started it all for the brand.

Jennylyn Mercado is new face of Max Factor

INTERNATIONAL cosmetic brand Max Factor has found its first Filipina muse to be its beauty ambassador: Jennylyn Mercado.

Avene Hydrance: An impressive lightweight moisturizer for Asians

AVENE, the French skincare brand known for using the thermal spring water from the town of the same name, has released its new Aqua Cream-in-gel, an “all-in-one multi-benefit skincare [product] to keep skin beautifully hydrated and protected all day long” which is specially formulated for Asian skin, according to a press release.

Working on glasses with an eye to the future

A PAIR of eyeglasses does not only need to have accurately graded lenses, it would also be nice for it to complement your personal style and face shape.

Habi fair’s fulfillment of dreams: both shoppers’ and weavers’

TEXTILES carry our dreams and aspirations within them. When we use these textiles: to cover our furniture, or else our bodies, we seek to camouflage the baser aspects of life and seek to be seen with the added value that the textiles project.

Beauty and the boys

APPOINTING male ambassadors for Korean beauty brands is more common than ever. Customers strolling through the Seoul shopping district of Myeongdong can attest that they are often lured into stores by men endorsers of make-up and skin care lines rather than their women counterparts. The strategy may have seemed odd several years back, but today it has become the norm, especially for Korean cosmetics.

Kenya Hara on the design philosophy of Muji

ON OCT. 22, renowned Japanese graphic designer, curator, and board member of Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI, will visit the Philippines for the first time for a design talk at the De La Salle University Manila (DLSU).

Strong muses

ART DECO arrived in the early 1910s and emerged as the premier decorative style of the world in the period between the two World Wars. It took over from the asymmetrical fluidity of the Art Nouveau movement, perhaps as a response to the noisier world that awaited it; the world that Art Nouveau created having been charred by the unprecedented horrors of the First World War.

Uniqlo Manila is biggest flagship store in SE Asia

A GUEST gets overwhelmed by the perfectly folded shirts on display. It takes five minutes to decide which to buy among the six available colors of the round neck shirt. The chosen color is tossed into a shopping bag (along with five other staple pieces in neutral colors). The possibility of sharing the same outfit with everyone else is no problem thanks to its design versatility and function.

This year’s HABI fair includes ASEAN weavers and indigenous fabrics

SOME of the finest examples of Philippine-made textile products take center stage at this year’s HABI trade fair. The three-day trade event pays tribute to the country’s traditional weavers who hail from communities supported by HABI. Their unique skills were given tremendous exposure during the previous fairs and this expertise has since become a viable source of income for them. “Woven Voyages: 8th Likhang Habi Textile Fair 2018” will take place at the Activity Area of the Glorietta Mall in Ayala Center, Makati City on Oct. 12 to 14. It is open to the public.

A charity and a designer mark their milestones together

ON OCT. 27, the Grand Ballroom of the Marriot hotel will be the venue of a benefit fashion show featuring over a hundred designs with each model walking down the runway for two long minutes.

Shadow play

Photography by G-nie Arambulo of ADPHOTO, Inc. Styling by Nina Magdalen Diaz. Hair and Makeup by Genstein Yuzon-Griffin. Modeled by Anastasya Tanchuk of Women’s...

A runway show at LVMH’s Celine just shifted luxury’s landscape

PARIS — Star designer Hedi Slimane revealed his first collection for LVMH’s Celine brand in Paris Friday in the most anticipated runway show of September’s fashion weeks.

Playing with clothes

It’s always been the goal of people in the creative industries to push boundaries, when they can. But do limits exist? How can you push something to its limit, then take a look back, and still say it’s acceptable, even beautiful?

A traveler’s retreat

Travel is an activity which guests at Okada Manila have in common, thus the idea of naming its spa “Retreat” since traveling is a “time to escape” and having a retreat is having “time for yourself.”

What is it like?

The week before The Retreat Spa’s official launch, members of the media were intend to take a tour and try out the spa and its services.

Dubai jeweler puts diamond-studded $17-M shoes on sale

DUBAI — That’s one way to lose those walking blues: a pair of shoes encrusted with diamonds has gone on sale in Dubai with a price tag of $17 million.

SM celebrates Mickey Mouse at 90

As a child, one is introduced to the happy-looking character with huge round ears who wears white gloves, a pair of red shorts, and yellow shoes (that seemed too big for him) through television shows, toys we played with, or wearing shirts with a print of his face on them.

Tadashi Shoji: Making all women beautiful

I’D LIKE you to imagine what it’s like to be Octavia Spencer — or any other woman who has had to go against the flow, for that matter. Ms. Spencer was born in 1972, with the backdrop of the South’s racial attitudes. Her mother worked as a maid in the American South. Her father died when she was 13, and she graduated from university with a degree in English — despite being dyslexic. She would spend the next years of her life climbing her way up Hollywood’s ladder. And in 2012, when she swept the awards season of 2012 for her work in The Help, designers refused to dress her for her big nights. “I’m just a short, chubby girl,” she was quoted as saying in Elle magazine.

Top 10 takeaways from New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK — New York Fashion Week wrapped up with Rihanna’s outre Brooklyn party unveiling her new Savage X Fenty lingerie line, snatching an honor traditionally the preserve of creme-de-la-creme designer Marc Jacobs.

Bench and CCP join forces to create the terno for the...

IF THE spirit of the Filipina could be contained in one item, perhaps it’s in the terno. The popular adage goes that the Filipina spent 300 years in a convent, and 40 years in Hollywood, and it’s evident in the manner by which the terno falls on the body. The length and the sleeves suggest a certain demureness, but the flamboyant butterfly sleeves achieve a certain sense of pride and action, while the flattering, form-fitting cut and silhouette suggests a confident woman with an ability to stand tall.

London Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham, Burberry headline

LONDON — London Fashion Week kicked off Friday with all eyes on Victoria Beckham, who debuted at the event on the 10th anniversary of her label’s launch, and on Burberry’s new star designer Riccardo Tisci.

Red Cross gala focuses on Malabon’s dyeing art

THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and some of the country’s leading couturiers are coming together to mount a special fashion gala.