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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.

Fashion’s ‘creative genius’ Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

PARIS — Haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the fashion industry with his extravagant outfits and striking catwalks, has died aged 85.

Lagerfeld’s passing hands Chanel biggest test since Coco

THE PASSING of Karl Lagerfeld presents Chanel with its biggest creative challenge since the death of its iconic founder almost half a century ago.

Fashion marketplace Zilingo raises $226-M in Series D funding

Zilingo explains plans to expand into the Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia.

Belts! Animal prints! Metallics!

THE TRENDS seen at New York Fashion Week last week (do what BusinessWorld did and get on a livestream, stat) reflect a goody two-shoes attitude for Fall 2019, as well as an agreement with the Paris shows earlier this year.

Love (local) in the time of K-pop

FILIPINO fashion brand, Bench, has mastered the art of fostering nationalism while keeping up with the trends. Its mantra, “Love Local,” has a unique twist in that while Bench is a homegrown line, it has partnered with Asian superstars to beef up marketing. The formula has worked -- and continues to work -- making Bench the brand of choice in its target segments.

Style icon Lee Radziwill, 85

WHAT A life it must have been, to be as fabulous as the world can allow, and still become just a footnote in somebody else’s story. Caroline Lee Radziwill, style icon, and one of the characters of the great Kennedy panoply, died in her New York home on Feb. 15, aged 85. Yet for everything she had been (socialite, writer, interior designer, PR executive, actress; princess, even), it is both a blessing and a curse that she will enter history known primarily as being the younger sister of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

Prada mounts diversity council as brands face blackface backlash

PRADA is mounting an advisory group on diversity as more European fashion brands come under fire from consumers for products and marketing seen as racially insensitive.

A $2.5-billion blue jeans fortune emerges with Levi’s IPO plan

LEVI’S are proving an enduring wardrobe investment for the descendants of the inventor of blue jeans.

Oops! Gucci pulls sweater slammed for resembling blackface imagery

KERING SA’S Gucci withdrew a sweater resembling blackface images like those currently roiling US politics, becoming the latest fashion brand to get embroiled in a controversy over perceptions of racism.

Modernizing a ’70s aesthetic

CLASSIC designs start off as the trends in their time. When revived, these may elegantly evolve and be adapted to the present aesthetic.

Fashion conscious

FASHION shows our desires and our means to achieve them through carefully selected items. In turn it also begins to see our values and how we seek to live them. In an exhibit called Fashion Revolution at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, we are given alternatives on how to live more sustainably through the clothes that we interact in and interact with.

The 29-year-old who rocked Facebook has big data plans for H&M

FASHION retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB wants to get a better sense of what makes its customers tick. To help it, the Swedish company just hired a man best known for revealing a data privacy scandal that rocked Facebook Inc. and raised serious questions around how some corners of technology are shaping human existence.

Longchamp goes tough

FOR ITS Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Longchamp goes on a gender-bender and takes its womenswear collection’s cues from, well, men.

When is a shoe like a building?

QUICK, what does a building have in common with a shoe?

Haute Couture Fashion Week:Gaultier goes to Japan; Lagerfeld a no show

PARIS -- French designer Jean Paul Gaultier evoked a sea journey to Japan at his latest Haute Couture fashion show last Wednesday, in a riot of colors and pleats that drew celebrities including actress Catherine Deneuve and model Irina Shayk to the front now.

Store warns shoppers of edited images touting beauty products

NEW YORK -- CVS Pharmacy unveiled an initiative in US stores on Thursday, labeling photos of models in its beauty aisles to make it clear whether the images had been digitally altered.

Deneuve gets $1M in YSL gown auction

PARIS -- A beaded dress worn by Catherine Deneuve when she first met Alfred Hitchcock in 1969 were among dozens of her glamorous gowns sold at an auction in Paris on Thursday.

The past revisited

EMBEDDED into every garment that has touched skin is a memory. In Glorious Dias, a vintage shop in Poblacion, racks and racks of clothing hold memories: of people, and of a world that has passed, and with every ticking moment, continues to do so.

Of PG’s signature line and power lacing

IT IS going to be a busy stretch of releases for Nike in the Philippine market as it is set to unveil a couple of shoes later this month and in February.

Fashion designer Cesar Gaupo, 72

FASHION designer Cesar Gaupo died on Saturday, Jan. 19, having just celebrated his birthday. He had just turned 72 on Jan. 6.

Pink is king at Berluti menswear show in Paris

PARIS -- Hot pink suits and leather galore marked Kris Van Assche’s debut as Berluti’s designer at Paris men’s fashion week on Friday, as the brand known for its luxurious shoes paraded models through the glitzy corridors of the Opera Garnier.

Vuitton stages NY thriller for Jacko-inspired clothes

PARIS -- Louis Vuitton recreated a nocturnal New York cityscape to present designer Virgil Abloh’s latest Michael Jackson-inspired collection in Paris on Thursday.

Luxury leader LVMH is planning a fashion brand with Rihanna —...

PARIS -- Louis Vuitton parent owner LVMH is developing a luxury brand with singer Rihanna, in a rare move by the acquisitive group towards building a new fashion label from scratch, industry news site WWD reported last Wednesday.

Actress Catherine Deneuve to part with her Yves Saint Laurent gowns...

PARIS -- A beaded dress worn by Catherine Deneuve when she first met Alfred Hitchcock in 1969 are among dozens of glamorous gowns up for auction next week in Paris, where the French actress is due to part with her Yves Saint Laurent collection.

Want to look like Federer?

LOCAL tennis fans and practitioners in search of quality replica game wear items may want to check out the latest items at UNIQLO as it launches the Roger Federer Game Wear collection.

Dior switches Paris catwalk date to avoid ‘yellow vest’ protests

PARIS -- Christian Dior is bringing forward its men’s fashion show in Paris to avoid “yellow vest” protesters who have fought police, torched cars and smashed up shops over recent weekends, a source familiar with the decision said.

The Ruined Table

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVBS0Vfcpe8   “The Ruined Table” is a phrase borrowed from the late essayist Christopher Hitchens. The phrase refers to the hours spent lingering over the remnants...

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.