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Swan Style: Cinco designs for Ballet Philippines gala

FASHION and dance both serve the same purpose: to glorify the human body and display it at its zenith. Keeping in mind this goal, Ballet Philippines, for its 50th anniversary gala on Sept. 29, will feature a 50-piece couture collection in a fashion show from renowned Filipino designer Michael Cinco alongside a new dance by Alden Lugnasin, inspired by the Swan Lake ballet. The show will be held at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom.

Being chic isn’t enough; today’s ‘It’ handbags must solve problems, too

HANDBAGS with organizational compartments aren’t known for being chic. They’re more the realm of busy soccer moms than fashion influencers. But with the ongoing popularity of athleisure and new social-media savvy lines such as Dagne Dover and Caraa, convenience and functionality are a bigger part of the pitch to professional women on the go.

Roberto Coin’s pretty and ethical jewelry

THE PIECES by renowned jewelry designer Roberto Coin -- who went into design after a successful stint as an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry -- are undoubtedly pretty, but are they smart, and as a bonus, even kind? That could be argued; and you’re welcome to ask some of his clients, a very long list that includes Oprah, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama.

Zara’s hot polka dot dress beats big data

A $69.90 POLKA dot dress from Zara has become the fashion hit of the summer. Despite little e-mail or social media promotion from the chain, the flowy, universally flattering mid-length frock has become so ubiquitous that someone has created an Instagram account to collect sightings of it out in the fashion wilds -- including several that appear to show multiple women wearing it to the same event.

Kimonos and colossal bows at Valentino’s catwalk

PARIS -- Italian designer Pierpaolo Piccioli went for an explosion of bold colors at Valentino’s Haute Couture collection late Wednesday, switching from mustard yellow to fuchsia to azure with supermodel Gigi Hadid walking in purple.

Garbo: Sustainable and stylish clothing for an older clientele

AIMING to address ageism, two young fashion students sought to highlight the beauty and power of women who age gracefully through a collection of locally produced stylish and sustainable wardrobe staples.

Healthy make-up: gluten, paraben, phthalate-free

IF IT’S true that good deeds make you glow, then it’s probably a good idea to stock up on things that help the planet.

adidas releases Spider-Man and NBA star-inspired D.O.N. Issue #1

ADD National Basketball Association star Donovan Mitchell to the list of league players who have a line of shoes now that adidas, in collaboration with Marvel, released recently the first signature basketball kicks of the “Spida” -- the D.O.N. Issue #1.

Spring flowers inspire LV menswear collection

PARIS -- Louis Vuitton unveiled its latest menswear collection on Thursday, using a picture-postcard scene of Paris as the backdrop for models parading in pastel colors and flowery statement pieces that evoked the joys of spring.

Keeping the bloom of youth

OUR FACES show the passage of time, in the same way sweeping hands on a clock’s face do. A frequent criticism of the youth is their lack of experience, and this may be because the world has hardly marked their pure, unmarked faces.

Chanel, Fendi host tribute to couturier Karl Lagerfeld

PARIS -- Amid colossal portraits and clean lines of black, white and red, Chanel, Fendi and a gaggle of stars paid homage to the fashion titan and Kaiser of mode Karl Lagerfeld on Thursday.

Kim Jones takes Dior to dreamy wasteland where past, future coexist

PARIS -- Kim Jones played with time on Friday in his simultaneously classic and dystopian collaboration with Daniel Arsham, filling Christian Dior’s latest menswear collection with tonal, feminine-inspired pieces with a modern edge.

‘Poor Little Rich Girl,’ fashion icon, heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, 95

IS IT possible for anyone to truly have it all? Gloria Laura Vanderbilt; socialite, artist, writer, and designer, died in her Manhattan home in June 17, 2019 aged 95. The life she led sought to answer the question.

TW Steel releases a special watch marking 10 years in PHL

WHEN you have a child, 10 years sounds like a milestone, but then there’s a lot more to cover. Ten years isn’t quite 13, when they traditionally enter puberty. Ten years isn’t 18, when they reach legal age. In the watch industry where hundred-year-old giants continue to rule the game, what does 10 years mean?

Sarah G is the latest celeb with her own makeup line

CELEBRITIES like Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, Katheryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre, and Kris Bernal all have their own make-up lines and now pop singer Sarah Geronimo joins the bandwagon with her make-up line called Pop Studio.

Tips when wearing Pop Studio

RELEASING a makeup line or collaborating with cosmetic brands seems to be the trend among celebrities these days and pop singer Sarah Geronimo is the latest to join the roster.

Commonwealth, Vans Vault give new twist to classic silhouettes

COMMONWEALTH PH and Vans Vault recently collaborated on limited-edition shoe releases of the Era and Slip-on silhouettes.

adidas celebrates Pride Month

ADIDAS JOINS the celebration of Pride Month with the newest iteration of the Love Unites campaign, debuting the first week of June. The campaign marks a global call for people to come together in recognition of the movement’s advances since the NYC Stonewall Riots, and its mission towards growth and equality.

Sassa’s whimsy

THE MID-2000s were a great time to be a certain kind of designer. The full effects of the looming financial crunch that would define the latter part of the 2000s would not be felt yet, and it was okay to be rich. The shock and vulgarity of the early 2000s, playing with reality TV and the early days of mainstream internet have slightly worn off. Styles in this present decade have sobered up, but the years before it showed a special kind of wealthy wearer: she wasn’t the teen in metallics and glitter of the early 2000s, best exemplified by Paris Hilton. This was a buttoned-up rich girl with a sense of fun, say like the present Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

TW Steel, Simeon Panda collaborate on The Crunch Time Collection

INSPIRED BY the philosophy of “Seizing the moment,” Dutch watch maker TW Steel and influential British fitness instructor Simeon Panda teamed up for the limited-edition The Crunch Time Collection.

Rihanna’s fashion label for LVMH opens for business in Paris

RIHANNA revealed her first Fenty collection in Paris on Wednesday evening. She arrived wearing a blazer as a dress -- the white canvas number had exaggerated shoulders and was cinched in at the middle with a built-in corset -- paired with strappy going-out heels in gold leather, all from her new label.

Why Nike picked this tiny atelier to make its denim shoe

IN THE back corner of a clothing boutique in downtown Manhattan, past the bolts of denim hanging from the wall, eight tailors and one cutter are at work sewing custom jeans. Each will make just two or three pairs in a day.

Weaving new life into Iloilo’s hablon

ILOILO CITY -- Connie M. Atijon, a master weaver of Iloilo’s hablon cloth, believes that the younger generation can be enticed to appreciate and keep alive the fading tradition.

The 10 Best Swim Trunks

SWIMSUITS are the workhorses of summer, pulling extra shifts as underwear, sportswear, shorts, and balmy evening attire. Trunks must be stylish, well-constructed, and, above all, flattering -- may we remind you, the less you wear the more impact it has. There are general guidelines on inseam and style to find the right fit for your body type, but beyond that it’s a category of clothing most men don’t want to think much about.

Victoria’s Secret is giving its fashion show a ‘rethink’

VICTORIA’S SECRET, desperate to update its image, is pulling its star-studded fashion show from the airwaves this year.

Fashion and sustainability from the grassroots to the world

DAVAO CITY -- Global Shapers Community-Davao Hub, a network of young leaders which was started by the World Economic Forum, has taken a global campaign to link fashion and sustainability to Mindanao through “Unstitch: A Fashion and Sustainability Fair.” Jesse B. Madriaga of Global Shapers Davao said the definition of fashion has been changing, with more and more conversations revolving around clothing and accessories that “value people, planet, creativity, and profit in equal measures.”

From Uniqlo to Isaia, cotton chinos stay strong in the workplace

WHEN IT comes to below-the-waist options for men, chinos are the perfect pant for our times. Straddling the divide between the casual cool of jeans and the formality of suit trousers, they serve a workaday function that can be flattering if done right. But like so many menswear mainstays, not all chinos are created equal. There’s a wide variety of cuts, shades, and prices on the market, to the point of overload. And that’s why we’re here. We called on some of our most stylish friends to weigh in on their favorite pairs, and why, exactly, they stand out from the crowd. Here’s what we found.

Manila Hotel holds Flores de Mayo procession

FORTY YEARS after The Manila Hotel celebrated the traditional Filipino festival Flores de Mayo for the first time by combining fashion, artistry and culture, the hotel is reviving this tradition by partnering with the Designers Circle Philippines and the Office of the Mayor of Manila. Called Pagsulyap sa mga Reyna: Flores de Mayo at The Manila Hotel, it will be held in the Maynila Ballroom on May 1, 4 p.m.

Fitbit expands product range with affordable wearables

LEADING global wearables brand Fitbit further expanded its range of products available in the country with the launch of new and affordable devices.

Who’s a Man Now?

THERE ARE many answers to the question of what makes a man. As times change, so do those answers, and a culture of diversity, plurality, and the age of postmodernism has ushered in a new man. Three scorchingly attractive male celebrities -- namely: Enchong Dee, Tanner Mata, and Daniel Matsunaga -- fill in the blanks of what it takes to be a man for Avon’s new campaign, called “Gentleman Up,” calling for men to embrace different definitions of manhood.

Happy Skin goes active with new collaboration

LOCAL beauty brand Happy Skin now offers “an active line” of makeup in collaboration with actress Kathryn Bernardo that is made for people who want their makeup to last the entire day even through the sweatiest conditions.

Marvel and adidas collaborate on heroic footwear

IN TIME for the cinema release this week of the much-awaited movie Avengers: End Game, adidas Basketball and Marvel announced a collaboration for a new footwear collection.

Stylish looks with unusual materials, indigenous fabrics

FOR ITS third year, Sinulid, the annual culminating show of the graduating students from the Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) program of the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) is focusing on three things: inclusion, diversity, and sustainability to be tackled in a three-part event spaced throughout the year.

Business casual for millennials

BRYAN MCCLELLAND, founder of Bambike, takes a 20-minute ride on a bamboo bike daily from his house in Makati to his office in Intramuros; frequently, young businessman Brian Poe Llamanzares begins his day with meetings at the office, then braves the rush hour to get to the airport to catch a flight for a business trip; hours before an event, stylist Rainier Dagala runs to three fashion houses to pick up clothes in time for his scheduled events. At the end of a busy day, they all get the job done, not in suits, but in khaki pants.

Game of Thrones sneakers are coming (but are not for sale)

GAME OF THRONES fans who happen to be sneakerheads may want to schedule a quick trip to Singapore to see the four limited edition, custom-designed Game of Thrones x SBTG sneakers which will be on display from April 17 to 30 at the Limited Edt Chamber store in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

Tahum Pop Up Festival: Things and stories of beauty

ILOILO CITY -- Creators of some of the best Philippine products -- local crafts, home and lifestyle items, food, jewelry and fashion products -- converged in Iloilo City late February for the first Tahum Pop Up Festival.

LV pulls Jackson-themed items from collection

PARIS — French fashion house Louis Vuitton (LV) has pulled Michael Jackson-themed items from its 2019 summer menswear collection following a documentary about alleged child abuse by the late pop star.

Power dressing

THE EPISTOLARY novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, published in the 18th century, bore this warning from one of its main characters, the Marquise de Merteuil: “Older ladies must never be crossed: in their hands lie the reputations of the young ones.” In context, the Marquise was in the middle of plotting the downfall of a younger, naive rival.

Suits and ties now optional, Goldman Sachs hedges dress code

NEW YORK -- Goldman Sachs Group, Inc said last week that it is relaxing the dress code for all its employees, a move once considered unimaginable for the Wall Street firm’s leagues of monk-shoed partners and bankers in bespoke suits.

Skechers’ ‘pam-porma’ sneakers

THE NEW Skechers Sport Gym to Street line isn’t really focused on one’s workout needs.

Spring/Summer style

THE high-powered activities of spring and summer, signaling delight and freedom, are highlighted in the 2019 Spring/Summer collection of Japanese brand Uniqlo.

It took a former Tesla executive to blow up luxury fashion

IT’S 9 p.m. on a Thursday, and the night shift just started working at a studio space in lower Manhattan. Fashion photographers scurry about, shooting looks that just days earlier were draped over top models strutting the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

Chanel to lean on brand vets following Karl Lagerfeld’s death

CHANEL confirmed last week that two longtime associates of Karl Lagerfeld -- studio chief Virginie Viard and image director Eric Pfrunder -- would remain at the helm of the luxury label following the iconic designer’s death.

If it’s too in, it might soon be out

WHILE New York showed a goody two-shoes attitude, Milan Fashion Week, which concludes on Feb. 25, showed excess and a fighter attitude that only the Italians could pull off.

adidas now has boots for every football player

WITH FOOTBALL a key part of its business, adidas makes sure that it caters to every player of the sport, addressing their needs and likes.