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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.

Tom Ford kicks off festivities amid heat

NEW YORK Fashion Week opened with a bang with a master class from Tom Ford, A-list models oozing subdued sophistication in neutral palettes with Tom Hanks and breakout rom-com star Henry Golding front row.

Longchamp makes New York debut to celebrate 70 years

LONGCHAMP DECAMPED across the Atlantic on Saturday to make its New York Fashion Week debut and celebrate its 70th anniversary by looking to the future, fronted by new brand ambassador Kendall Jenner.

Protect your bags, with style

AUSTRALIAN ROB SCHLIPPER, who’s a frequent traveler, spent an uncomfortable night in a train running through Morocco, with him trying to sleep on top of his bag in order to protect it from thieves.

Kate Spade honors late founder

KATE SPADE put the sparkle into New York Fashion Week on Friday, paying tribute in a riot of color to the handbag brand’s founder, three months after her tragic death.

Uniqlo Manila shines light on local heroes

THE PHILIPPINES’ first Uniqlo global flagship store is set to open in Manila on Oct. 5. As part of its communication campaign called “Our Future Is Here,” the Japanese clothing retailer introduced its Future Heroes—10 local game-changers who were nominated via social media from June to July.

Happy Andrada launches bridal collection

Happy Andrada’s new bridal collection is about elegance, romance, sophistication and timeless chic. The 45-piece collection is made with fabrics such as French lace, organza, satin, charmeuse silk, silk chiffon, and tulle; and is topped off with delicately handcrafted details.

Getting things clean

IT’S NEVER easy to clean up a mess. It gets harder when you have to clean up a mess that happened to an extension of yourself: your own clothes.

Caring for clothes according to Rajo Laurel

DESIGNER and Electrolux UltimateCare Ambassador Rajo Laurel gave tips to BusinessWorld last week on how to care for your clothes. With the thousands of garments that have passed through his hands, he knows what he is talking about.

Urban chic

MICHAEL KORS’ latest line of bags shows three sides of the modern man: urbane sophisticate, casual cool guy, and a straight-up street-smart slicker.

Yes, bolo ties are actually a thing now

Bolos, the official neckwear of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas and the ne plus ultra for the Western cowboy for over 60 years, are having a moment on fashionable young necks. In Paris, Balmain featured $550 gold-toned bolo ties in their spring 2018 menswear show — and promptly sold out. On Instagram, the #BoloTie hashtag has 50,446 posts and counting from both guys and gals being equally ironic and serious (or, seriously ironic) in their style choice. On the internet, searches for “bolo tie amazon” have increased 120% over the past 12 months, according to Google Trends.

Orly launches nail care innovations

Keeping one’s nails always manicured usually comes with the worry that the nails will get brittle and yellow — and growing out one’s nails to correct these problems would usually take a few months. But developments in nail care technology now address these concerns.

Product review: Orly Breathable Treatment + Color

As a nail polish formulated as a one-step system, Orly Breathable Treatment + Color saves one the hassle of having to apply several coats of different polishes as it can be used as both base and top coat.

Travelon opens its first stand-alone store in the world in the...

HAVING SEEN how its range of products fit Filipinos, innovative specialty travel products and accessories brand Travelon has decided to open its first stand-alone store in the world here in Manila.

Prada’s made to measure service coming to PHL

FILIPINOS who are interested in having a Prada suit made especially for them can visit the Prada Manila store from Sept. 28 to 30 when the Prada “Made to Measure” service will be available in the Philippines.

Davao designer collaborates with Mindanao’s artisans

DAVAO CITY-based designer first worked with indigenous crafts in 2016, when won the first Stellar Young Designers Competition in 2016, organized by the Davao fashion Design Council (DFDC) and Abreeza Ayala Mall, for gender-bending pieces which featured the embroidery of the T’boli indigenous group.

Fashion fit for fluff fuel

STRUGGLING to close an undergarment drawer stuffed full of old bras is part of the daily dress-up routine of many woman — because, really, what does one do with old bras? Now there is an answer.

NBA Store Philippines’ run comes to an end

THE RUN of the standalone NBA stores in the country will cease at the end of August, the National Basketball Association office in the Philippines announced last week.

Why Prada can charge $1,700 for bananas on your shirt

PRADA’S BOWLING shirt is so ugly the New Yorker called wearing it an act of “performance art.” The Frankenstein-style mash-up of garish prints, with a flame motif creeping up the bottom, costs $1,200 and happens to be the shirt of the summer, sported by actor Jeff Goldblum, rapper Pusha T, and street-style bloggers at fashion weeks around the world.

Empowering the women of an ancient kingdom

THE ANCIENT culture of Morocco has flourished for centuries. With this huge cultural weight, tradition is expected to be upheld, despite the pressures of a postmodern world. A designer from Morocco showed her collection in Rustan’s Manila last week, reconciling Old World tradition with modern fashion flair, and a nod towards the concept of social entrepreneurship.

Tod’s fall-winter collection is inspired by its roots

THE ICONIC Italian brand Tod’s takes inspiration from its roots in Italy, particularly the rich Italian tradition of leathercraft.

UNIQLO releases new blouse and bra collections

JAPANESE global apparel retailer, UNIQLO, has introduced this season’s women’s blouses and wireless bra collections featuring versatile pieces to fit the lifestyles of Filipinas.

Trade in an old watch (plus a bit of cash) for...

TECHNOMARINE is running the “No Time To Wait Tour” that will let customers trade in a pre-owned wrist watch — of any brand so long as they are in working condition — for a TechnoMarine watch at a 40% discount in participating branches.

Criselda Lontok: Style never dies

PARDON US as we make this observation — hair, jewels, waistlines, and net worths get bigger as the number of one’s age increases if one is to judge from Criselda Lontok’s fashion show for her 35th anniversary, held on Aug. 2 at The Peninsula Manila. We’re not trying to be impertinent; we’re trying to be reverent.

ArteFino focuses on the artisanal

YOU CAN slap the “artisanal” label on anything these days, from bread to soap, no matter how it was made — but what does it really mean? Arte-Fino, a fine crafts fair to be held at Makati’s 8 Rockwell’s penthouse from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, seeks to explore what it really means for something to be “artisanal.”

Don’t forget it’s the MaArte Fair this weekend

FOR ITS 10th year, the MaArte Fair turns its eyes on the men, this year offering the Pinoy ManCave category alongside its special products for the home and for ladies. The Pinoy ManCave exhibitors include Randy Ortiz, Siklo Pilipinas (upcycled rubber tires), Cosimo Leathersmiths, and Rameilius Trading Inc.