the fash pack's worst fear is walking into a party and bumping into another guest wearing the exact same paisley-print boho-style dress purchased at last month's mango sale at 50% off. no, strike that, what's worse is if she looks better in it than us! so we're always on the lookout for quaint little shops that don't produce a million pieces per design, and yey, two just opened this week! last wednesday was the launch of Fibre, which carries the ready-to-wear lines of the YDG (young designers guild). it's owned by margie duavit who got the idea of putting the designers' RTW collections together, instead of shlepping around town, visiting several ateliers, from QC to malate, looking for outfits. designers include ivarluski aseron, louie claparols, reian mata, lz punzalan, mitzi quilendrino, james reyes, joey samson, mel vergel de dios and yvonne quisumbing, plus accessories by ciara marasigan (who we think is one of the better wire artists). fibre is located at the nullah building (which has lots of other cute shops!) on jupiter street, makati city.
crossings department store has become the anchor in shangri-la plaza that shoppers forgot, but they brought the life back into their fashion department with yesterday's launch of a new section called The Ramp. this shop-in-shop carries capsule collections from young designers like trisha ding (dressing room), richie ortega (united pop), the gozum sisters (wild flower), and puey quiñones (vado, opening next month), plus cute shoes by hot wind and quirky accessories by modi. so in the end, it's ok that they gave up their third floor (to british high-street brand debenham's, which opens next month). oh, there's so much shopping to do! (don't forget, zara opens tonight, plus there's that adidas warehouse sale that starts today!)