does anybody remember due? (italian for two and pronounced doo-weh.) it was a house brand of rustan's that used to be designed by rhett eala. but as is the policy in rustan's, rhett's name did not appear in the label, and it stayed that way for 10 years. but people, especially female fans of due, knew it was designed by rhett. back in the 90s there was some important international fashion player (who was it now? we can't remember... elsa klensch? suzy menkes? or maybe it was just some obscure fashion editor...) who made the rounds of the malls then, and it was due that impressed her. she said, and we paraphrase, "it seems like it's only due that knows what it's doing..." ay, taroosh! anyhoo, to make a long story short, rhett resigned from rustan's, put up his own made-to-order business, put up his own ready-to-wear boutique wink (partnered with cindy yang) in glorietta 3 and power plant mall, closed wink, continued with made-to-order, did well making clothes for a lot of artistas (sharon, kris, dawn, gretchen—no last names needed) and society swans and swannettes, did the occasional group fashion show—in other words, stayed above the radar. which was good because he was hired by knit label collezione (which has been around for 34 years!) to design a more fashion-forward collection called C2 ('di ba iced tea 'yon?). rhett had been working on this for like the last six months, and finally today they had a media launch at crowne plaza. we liked the styling, the striped pieces, the long black slinky dresses, the slim silhouette of the knee-length shorts for both men and women, and the stamped "logos" on the polo knit shirts (we spotted a skull, the map of the philippines, trompe l'oeil chain necklace, and of course, the collezione key). check 'em out!
collezione located at festival supermall, market! market!, robinsons galleria, ayala center cebu, select SM malls, and trinoma.