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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?
ON THE terrace of Philipp Plein’s marble-clad aerie overlooking Cannes, a line of women snakes past the swimming pool showing off the German designer’s 2019 cruise collection of crystal-studded bikinis, thigh-high stilettos and leopard-print ballgowns. Next comes a parade of men in dollar-bill-printed button-ups and blue python jackets winding around a fountain filled with bottles of Plein-logo Champagne and a fire-engine-red statue of a gorilla. Mirrored lettering on the wall welcomes visitors to “the Jungle of the King.”
POPE Gregory XIII’s calendar managed to not only approximate both the tropical year and sidereal year — the 365 days-plus-change that it takes the sun to return to the same position (after the seasons have passed) as seen from Earth, or for the Earth to complete a rotation around the sun, respectively — but also threw watchmakers a challenge, particularly those which intended to incorporate a calendar complication in their timepieces.
MILAN — Carlo Benetton, the youngest of the siblings behind the famed United Colors of Benetton brand, died aged 74, the company said last week.
PEOPLE who consider the comfort of their feet important may want to check out the products and services offered by Aetrex.
PARIS — With sultry tuxedos and a gown that appeared to waft down the catwalk like cigarette smoke, French designer Jean Paul Gaultier celebrated smoking in all its forms on Wednesday in a fashion show filled with tongue-in-cheek digs at overly rigid attitudes.
JAPAN’S largest e-commerce company is betting that it has found the key to selling clothes online: a size-measuring bodysuit and its own line of clothing.
BANGKOK-BASED sleep essentials brand, Mr. Big, known for “physical therapist-designed pillows” for “ergonomic comfort” has arrived in the Philippines hoping to improve Filipino’s sleep quality.