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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.

Discovering the treasures of Morocco

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.

Brow grooming expert’s expansion driven by demand for services, available mall...

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.

Behind the scenes

High Life August-September 2018 fashion editorial

Local alternatives to instantly recognizable logomania

When the lady sitting next to you has the exact same bag, the exact same shoe, can you call something truly your own?

Making a living from love

Talking with fashion designer Rosa Clara, the “Vera Wang of Spain.”

Favorite Things | For flag and country

Francis Libiran on the one accessory he always wears.

Fashion forward

The Queen of Knits on staying relevant in the fashion industry.

Jewelry for millennials

IN THE hands of Manila’s mahjongeras lies the past and present of the jewelry trade. Huge stones and statement pieces sit on the hands and necks of maturing women, leaving a huge gap on the fingers of minimalist millenials.

Designing clothes with a story

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.

Ideal Vision Center marks its 32nd year with a sale

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.

New Era and UAAP tap school spirit with themed caps

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.

Morocco comes to Rustan’s

THIS AUGUST, Rustan’s brings the heart of Morocco to the Philippines at the 5th Level of Rustan’s Makati.

The best of Philippine style

BE SURE to scrap any other plans you have made from Aug. 10 to 12 because that’s when the Maarte Fair rolls in to The Peninsula Manila.

No more man in a barrel

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.

Tweaking the classics

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?