Monday, July 31, 2006

kate for kamiseta

for the entire month of june, each time we drove down edsa, we were intrigued by this billboard: now what was sante d'orazio doing in a kamiseta billboard? italian-american sante d'orazio happens to be one of the most in-demand photographers in the international-fashion and hollywood-celebrity world. back in the 90s, his by-line would be on every glossy fashion magazine—vogue, bazaar, elle, mirabella, marie claire, allure, you name it! it still is, though not as often, and now mostly in european glossies, but back then he was the hot photog du jour (and by hot, we mean he was hot and he looked hot!), and a notorious modelizer. his most high-profile relationship was with 90s supermodel elsa benitez, who was originally from mexico and, in the looks department, is a cross between penelope cruz and phoemela baranda. we don't know what elsa's up to these days, but we miss her. she's gorgeous. maybe she can make a comeback like linda evangelista, the best supermodel of all time, in our opinion. although her US vogue cover (august 2006) is kinda boring...

the editorial inside is classic linda E!

above, the boring cover + that hair! those eyes! nose! lips! teeth! cheekbones! and those leeeeegs!! we've met linda before and got a good look at her up close when she came to manila years and years ago, and although her hair was not in the best shape (no thanks to all her crazy hair-color changes, for which she was famous), but the thing that struck us about her was the size of her head—it sure was small! it's weird to see in person, but in pictures, it works out because it makes her look so tall. so anyway! we digress. getting back to that billboard, before kamiseta unveiled the mystery of sante d'orazio, we got word from an LA connection that sante actually photographed kate hudson for the new kamiseta campaign. kate hudson? oscar nominee? for "almost famous," one of our desert-island favorites?? daughter of goldie hawn? (and bill hudson, but nobody remembers this member of the flash-in-the-pan pop band from the 70s called the hudson brothers, and they were actually kinda cute, especially brett ;-) yes, THAT kate hudson! looky! (ok, no complaints about the framing of this shot, it was taken while speeding down edsa!) the new billboard was finally unveiled a couple of weeks ago. the fash pack would like to congratulate kamiseta for snagging kate hudson because if we're not mistaken, this is her first endorsement ever! (but we wouldn't be surprised if she's already done something in japan. we think her blonde, fun-loving, sunshiney good looks appeal to the japanese...)

Friday, July 28, 2006

isla bonita

the fash pack would like to congratulate designer rajo laurel and model/actress teresa herrera for the launch of their first collaboration called isla. it's a capsule collection of resort wear "for the fashionably discerning traveler," says teresa. "each piece is versatile and can be worn at least three different ways. you can take each piece from the beach all the way to dinner." teresa and rajo go way back, when they first met at teresa's first fashion show, which was for louie mamengo. man, that must have been back in the early 90s when rajo was an apprentice for louie! (was that the all-black collection held at studebaker in glorietta 3, the space now occupied by gold's gym??) louie mamengo was one of manila's more established designers back then. he has since moved his business to los angeles; although at this point we have no idea how he's doing. rajo and teresa are currently marketing the seven-piece collection in the US—los angeles, new york, miami—and have recently picked up distribution in hong kong, china and thailand. fantastic! will it be available in the philippines? "hopefully soon..." here's a sneak peek into isla's boracay collection (modeled by the gorgeous teresa herself), which teresa says was "inspired the most beautiful beach in the world!"
UPDATE: photo credits: photographed by mark nicdao, hair and makeup by gela laurel, styling and art direction by teresa hererra

Thursday, July 27, 2006

korean invasion

if there's the body shop from the UK, then there's the face shop from korea. last week, the face shop opened at the former greyhound location in glorietta 3. (greyhound doesn't appear to know where to go now. from greenbelt to glorietta to ... ?) the face shop has got pretty much the same beauty products the body shop has, only in a more sterile locale, i.e, bright lights, white walls, and reliable made-in-japan products. you can get the fruity line on the cheap: body lotion for P445, cologne for P445, and shower gel for P355. they also have a complete cosmetics collection: lipstick, lipgloss and blush for P355 each, eyeshadow for P265, and nail polish for P95! super affordable! and best of all, they were made for asian skin—like ours.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

is this better?

the other day, somebody made a comment that, and we quote, “this blog takes the crappiest pictures.” while we never claimed to be the best photographer, we’ve never received any complaints about our pictures (well, maybe a couple), and in fact you, dear reader, have quite enjoyed them. so that comment made us wonder: would you rather the fash pack were a blog with lots of crappy pictures, or a blog with no pictures at all? let’s give the latter a try, shall we?

last week, HSBC hosted a little luncheon at M café to promote their new campaign for their women’s red mastercard in partnership with janilyn shoes. you may have seen the ads in the newspapers, with those tutued ballet dancers wearing stiletto pumps. anyway, here’s how it works: if you already have an HSBC card, get a non-cardholder to sign up, and once your friend’s card is approved, you both get shoes from janilyn—free! now who doesn’t love shoes?? free at that! and janilyn has a pretty updated collection. as an extra treat during the lunch, HSBC and janilyn put up a mini show: seven women known for their style were asked to pick a pair of shoes from janilyn and customize them, and that afternoon, they each modeled their one-of-a-kind shoes. allow us to describe their unique creations: astrud crisologo, who designs bags and accessories and owns the funky casa amarilla, took a pair of brown suede crushable boots and handstitched colorful felt flowers on them. she styled them with culottes and a crochet cardi—super cute! everyone’s fave party gal xeng zulueta got a pair of strappy heels with a big pink satin bow, and adorned the ankle straps with adorable little yellow and fuchsia balls, and dangling lavender fringe. and she wore them with a vintage floral mini dress—she looked hot! the photographer-who-should-be-in-front-of-the-camera sara black chose high-heeled black suede boots (which made her over six feet tall!) and twirled all sorts of wire and strips of cloth on top. they gave her tailored walking shorts some edge. accessories designer happy david also chose the same black boots and she really went to town customizing those babies! she twirled strips of snakeskin, leather, crystals, chains and studs all over—any rocker would love 'em! shu uemura’s tessa dragon took classic gold pumps and enhanced their chinois feel with red frog closures and red brocade fabric shaped into flowers. MTV’s anne matoto added big vintage ceramic buttons with painted-on flowers as an accent for her brown suede peep-toe pumps. they set off her tan—and white feminine frock—quite nicely. alessandra panicucci used the same shoe, albeit in black leather, and added striking turquoise beads and pailettes—a nice way to add some color to her all-black outfit. there was also an exhibit of each girl’s favorite shoes—predictably, there were boots, stilettos and havaianas!

now tell us, anonymous, is this better?

Friday, July 21, 2006

more on the fab 5

Fab 5- The Cast of the Emmy Award Winning Show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: Carson Kressley- fashion stylist, actor and best-selling author; Kyan Douglas- beauty and health expert and global L’Oreal Spokesperson; Jai Rodriguez- culture expert and celebrated actor Ted Allen - food and wine specialist and author of the new cookbook “The Food You want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes” and Thom Filicia- interior designer and one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 American Designers and House and Garden’s “Taste Maker” of 2006

Fab 5 at Fab Ayala Malls

This July, Ayala Malls in partnership with Bench, is once again treating their beloved mall goers to a fabulous surprise as they bring the complete cast of America’s hit and hip reality TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

Ayala Malls Vice President and Deputy Group Head Rowena Tomeldan shares, “The Fab 5 will be sharing the latest trends in grooming, fashion, culture, food and home. This is part of our commitment to have only the best and the latest for our shoppers. Our shoppers deserve only the best!”

The Fab Five has been responsible for turning one style-deficient straight guy after another into a charming, better-dressed, nicely groomed lad. That’s their job description, and soon, Carson Kressley, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Jai Rodriguez and Ted Allen, through the Ayala Malls, will once again work their magic wands when they come to the Philippines for a three-day visit. A year ago, Kyan, the Grooming Guru, and Thom, the Design Doctor, were in Manila to share their grooming and interior design solutions, this time the three other fabulous co-stars of the hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy are coming to check out the Pinoy men and give them whatever necessary style first-aids.

After close to five years of reinventing drab men to fab men in their reality show, the five had become stars in their own right---and have accumulated thousands of fans. Carson, perhaps the most extroverted of the group, the blond fashionista who coined the word tsuzh (to refer to the way a shirt’s cuff, a pant’s hem, or a waistband is uniquely folded), is also easily the most famous. Carson has also authored two books: a children’s tome called “You’re Different and That’s Super” and the style guide “Off the Cuff: The Essential Guide for Men and Women Who Love Them" where Kressley gives guys a step-by-step guide to knowing what to wear and when to use them, what to toss and how to shop, dispenses his wardrobe wisdom on such things as when to wear cashmere (always) and pleated khakis (never) and whether to follow trends (you don't want to look like everyone else, do you?). He often appears on the red carpet in the most important fashion events. He also made a movie cameo in the Hilary Duff-Heather Locklear starrer “The Perfect Man.”

Kyan Douglas, for his part, has become a major crush of girls and gays alike the world over. He’s good-looking, his hair is always in place, he’s sexy and funny, too. Kyan is a specialist in men’s skin care and has had extensive training and professional experience in the hair, spa and retail industries. He has worked as a colorist for television and magazine projects including TLC’s “What Not To Wear,” “While You Were Out,” and Child Magazine.

Jai Rodriguez, The Culture Vulture, appeared in last year’s production of The Producers and has even essayed the role of the transvestite Angel in Rent. But he is, of course, more popularly known as the guy who dishes out advice on etiquette and the charming gestures a man could use to get a girl on “Queer Eye.” Jai's television and film success inspired him to create his own cabaret at the XL Lounge in New York City titled, “Monday Night Twisted Cabaret.” One night, producers from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy caught the show found a perfect fit for their new project. As the “Culture Vulture” on Bravo's hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Jai uses his skills and social charisma to coach men on everything from working the room in a social setting to feeling comfortable on the dance floor.

One of House Beautiful's Top 100 American Designers, Thom Filicia has emerged as a different kind of designer: one that blends the worlds of mass media and interior design to create an overwhelmingly indelible impression. On TV, Thom is the interior design specialist and he was even honored with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program. Prior to his acclaim on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Thom garnered recognition as a major presence in the design industry. In 1999, Thom established his own interior design company in New York City, Thom Filicia, Inc. (TFI). TFI specializes in both residential and commercial products, with a range of high-profile clients in the fashion, entertainment, media, real estate, and finance industries. Most recently, Thom Filicia and TFI designed the United States pavilion for the 2005 World's Fair in Aichi, Japan.

Finally, there’s Ted Allen. Before Ted became Queer Eye host, who teaches guys on how to negotiate the complications of the kitchen and the dinner table, he has been a contributing editor to Esquire magazine since 1997, where he is co-author of the “Things a Man Should Know” column—an irreverent guide for men on such items as fashion, sex, business etiquette, and cocktails. He co-authored four books that grew out of that series. Ted was finalist for a 2001 National Magazine Award for his June 2000 feature story on male breast cancer, and again in 2003 for his part of an Esquire food-and-travel package. Before joining Esquire, Ted was a senior editor and restaurant critic with Chicago magazine where he has interviewed such food luminaries as Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, Paul Bocuse, Trotter, Rick Tramonto, Gale Gand, and Rick Bayless. He also has written a column on wine and spirits called "In the Spirit: The Intelligent Barfly" for the website

These five eminently stylish and hilariously witty men—authoritative experts in food and wine, grooming, decorating, fashion, and culture—invade Ayala Malls from July 20 to 22 at the Glorietta, Greenbelt and Alabang Town Center to meet their Filipino fans. They’re expected to—apart from signing books, delivering helpful talks and doing photo ops—assess your strengths and weaknesses, make you better dressed, better groomed, better mannered, and a better cook, living in a better home.

The Meet-and-Greet with Fab 5 are scheduled in Greenbelt on July 20 from 7 to 8pm, Glorietta on July 21 at 4 to 5:30pm and Alabang Town Center on July 22 at 10 to 11:30 am. You can also catch “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” exclusively on ETC, every Mondays at 9:00pm. The “Ayala’s Fab Malls Welcome the Fab 5!” is also sponsored by Nescafe, Ford, Makati Shangri-La Manila and Powerbooks.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

fab 5!!!

oh. my. god. we saw them. we met them. we shot them. we touched them. we beso-besoed them. aaaaahhhhh!!! there is no other way to express how we felt upon encountering the fab 555555555555!!!! that's fab 5, the queer eyes for the straight guy. all five of them—jai, thom, kyan, ted, carson— they were all so cute and all so nice and all so funny and witty! they arrived in manila today at 4am (!) and jet lag or no, there they were at the rizal ballroom of the makati shangri-la for the lunchtime press conference so perky! it was obvious that they felt hot judging from the sweat stains on their armpits. but whatevah! then tonight after their stint at greenbelt there was a cocktail party held in their honor at greenbelt 2 alfresco area. as predicted there were screams as they walked by and non-stop cam-whoring and hey count us in! they were super accommodating and didn't hesitate to pose for pix and chat with the fans (more like fanatics). and yes we admit we were among the throngs of fans who posed for pix with their fave fab (only our fave was all five, haha!). and we weren't the only ones who fawned. check out the beautiful people who came and partied with the fab 5...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

busy bees

haaaay, hello, the fash pack readers, we know it's been a while since you last saw us. it's just that we've been busy bees running around like headless chickens always dog tired. tonight we were again social butterflies and attended two events (there was a third but we weren't invited to that ;-). first was the launch of singapore airline's new service to barcelona held at the hotel inter-continental. we've never been to barcelona and it's been our dream to see the awesome (read: wacky) architecture of gaudi, so when the receptionist asked us to drop off our calling card in the fishbowl for the raffle, we were praying we would win a first-class ticket for two to barça. shucks, no such luck, the raffle was for a princess cruise. that would've worked too... as expected, the food was paella and tapas, the drinks were torres wines and cava, and the entertainment was flamenco dancers. inter-con was also launching its spanish food festival, which will be on till next month. inter-con has to generate a little interest in their hotel since it has to suffer a bit while it undergoes a major "facelift." for example, half its rooms are closed due to renovation, and don't even think about going to prince albert. here's a close-up of that sign: but everything will be ready by around september/october. after this event, it was a hop, skip and a jump to citrus over at glorietta 2 where lancôme was launching "color fever," a new lipstick line. the attire required was "dance fever fashion! red hot glam, glittering gold chic or sexy hot pink." we were in hot pink, we don't know about the sexy... the lipstick was presented by four types of dancers:
flamenco (again!)
belly dancer
charleston (this girl was cute, she made the straight guys in the audience suddenly pay attention)
then this hot pink lady pops out of the giant lipstick and passes out lipsticks, not to us, but to the dancers. so we didn't get to see the lipstick up close or even get to try it. all we got was this picture: at least it's a nice picture...

Friday, July 14, 2006

quickie couture report

the fall 2006 couture shows ended a week ago but we have neglected them till now. here's what we observed...

colored hose with cocktail dresses...

L-R: christian lacroix, christian lacroix, valentino

it was only a matter of time: the marriage of skinny jeans with thigh-high boots...

L-R: chanel

leggings still!

L-R: christian dior

puffy puffy puffy...

L-R: christian lacroix, chanel, valentino

taking the fur trend a liiiitle too far...
front view
partial back view
jean paul gaultier

la mariée

L-R: chanel, christian lacroix

L-R: elie saab, jean paul gaultier

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