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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.
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 — 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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE ICONIC Italian brand Tod’s takes inspiration from its roots in Italy, particularly the rich Italian tradition of leathercraft.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
A KAFTAN to add color to your wardrobe; a copy of your best friend’s name written out in Arabic calligraphy; ingredients such as cinnamon powder, figs, and couscous for adventurous meal preparations; and a collection of multicolored plates for use as decorations for the living room wall — for an entire month, taking home or sharing a piece of the Kingdom of the West requires no air fare.
IT MIGHT be a new name in the brow business but Happy Brows is planning to grow to 100 branches by 2020, with the aggressive expansion attributed to the growing grooming market and the move of retail to digital rather than physical spaces.
When the lady sitting next to you has the exact same bag, the exact same shoe, can you call something truly your own?
AT SoFA Design Institute, madness breeds creativity — or is it the other way around? As a culminating activity for the school’s 24 fashion graduates this year, a public exhibition has been set up at Makati’s Power Plant Mall where original, eclectic, and whimsical clothes are on view.
BACK IN THE 1950s Ideal Optical started selling eyeglass frames and watches in Quiapo, Manila. And back in the day, getting a pair of glasses made was not as simple as it is today.
CELEBRATING Filipinos’ love and passion for collegiate sports, New Era Philippines and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) collaborated on a line of caps bearing the designs of UAAP member institutions in time for the start of Season 81 of the league in September.
AN IVATAN-made watch for dad, a stylish bayong (market bag woven from dried leaves) for mom, wooden carabao and jeepney models for the children, a scarf printed with local flowers for the winter, and Filipino snacks for unexpected cravings — shopping for notably Filipino items is now possible just before a flight abroad.
TINY SUNGLASSES that sit below the nose bridge and barely cover the eyes, according to fashion arbiters, are about to bid their farewell. Unsurprising: fads come and go. Choosing a classic style, after all, is still the best investment in fashion. But what if I tell you that an icon can still level up its A-game?