1. remember our report about woman a week ago? how the ground floor was was empty? and about the rumor that zara was to take over the space? this time, we saw the ground floor completely boarded up, and had a sign that said, "business as usual pls. proceed to 2nd floor."
upon closer inspection, however, we spotted a zara logo, almost like a little clue or a titillating teaser for those sharp enough to notice or for savvy shoppers who can smell new deliveries a mall away.
target opening date? our guess is, in time for the first shipment of the spring/summer 2006 collections.
2. a new bench publication is out. the magazine is called 87 (1987 is the year bench was established), and this particular issue celebrates bench's 18th anniversary. editor in chief is liza ilarde (former EIC of mega magazine) and creative director is marlon rivera (one of the genius makeup artists of propaganda, who also works at publicis advertising agency). the mag contains articles from established writers like butch dalisay and teddyboy locsin, and pop-culture pundits like celine lopez and gino de la paz; fashion editorials from photographers ronnie salvacion, raymund salvacion and steve tirona; and lists of 18 things from celebs like kris aquino, kc concepcion and jasmine trias. for every 1000-peso purchase, you get the book for free; for 500 bucks spent, you can can buy it for 50 pesos. get this limited edition now; it's available only till the end of the year!
3. we bought the latest issue of US vogue and we were so happy to see another writeup on bea valdes! she first appeared in the june 2005 issue (cover: salma hayek), announcing that her intricately beaded bags (pronounced "this year's must-have evening bag") were already available at kirna zabête and barneys new york (prices begin at a whopping US$1250!). now, in the december 2005 issue (cover: keira knightley), vogue's fashion newsflash announces that the bag designer has moved on to jewelry. but we kinda always knew that was in her blood, after all, the late jeweler fe s. panlilio was her grandmother. as fellow filipino fashionistas, we're so proud of you, bea, parang nasa vogue na rin kami!
4. constantine switched on the christmas tree lights in the greenbelt 3 lobby tonight! wow. (yes, constantine, that american idol