Monday, December 31, 2007

top 10 fashion trends of 2007

every december 31, it's been the fash pack's tradition to come up with its annual list of top 10 fashion trends of the past year. but the truth is we haven't really been paying much attention to fashion lately. sad. we haven't been taking pictures of stylish women at parties and events. we haven't posted any fash cam moments for a very long time. don't get us wrong, though. we love fashion. we love reading fashion magazines. we keep abreast of the international collections. we watch local fashion shows. we shop (or at least window shop) whenever we can. but fashion is supposed to be fun. and we don't want it to be such a JOB. unless we get paid for it, that is, hehe... so when some people complain that our blog is boring, or that we don't post regularly, or compare it to other blogs, jeez! a blog is a blog is a blog, it's NOT A JOB. it's not OUR job anyway. so unless we start getting paid for our fashion insight (ngek), boring it shall stay. so there. so anyway, 2007 was the year of the dress. as you can see...

1. chibelle in a PRINTED DRESS
2. apples in a SHAPELESS DRESS (a.k.a. trapeze or A-line or tent or empire-cut)
3. mel in a dress with a BUBBLE HEM
4. lucy in a blouse with a POUFY SLEEVE
5. joy in a LOOSE PRINTED BLOUSE
6. liza in PLATFORMS
7. helena in SHORTS (three years in a row! and they keep getting shorter!)
8. vicky in BLACK OPAQUE TIGHTS (walang kamatayang black tights, although sometimes we would see them in color...)
9. gretchen's yaya carrying her DESIGNER HANDBAG (super-expensive designer handbag, that is. as in, no-less-than-a-thousand-US-dollars expensive)
10. daphne with SHORTER HAIR (not necessarily short, just short-er. not long, va-va-voom hair)
did we miss anything? loved 'em or hated 'em, tell us what you thought were the top fashion trends of 2007!

Friday, December 28, 2007

things to do before the year ends

every day for the past three days, we've been starting a new post, stopping half way, then never going back to it. and each time, we lose the momentum, so we choose not to continue. 2007 is rounding up in a couple of days, and we're not sure we're prepared for it to end and for 2008 to begin! so many loose ends to tie up! so instead of coming up with a new year's resolution list, we've decided to come up with a year-end resolutions list.

1. find a date book for the office. for work, we like the weekly format that's spread out to two pages. we want to be able to see the week's activities at a glance, with the important or urgent stuff highlighted or circled in red (mostly holidays and long weekends, haha!). and, as much as possible, we want it in spiral form so that we can fold it in half and leave it on our desk piled high with stacks of all sorts of papers (newspapers, magazines, press releases, invitations, "scratch" paper and envelopes for recycling, etc). someone must have given us one of those corporate agendas for christmas, pwede na 'yon...

2. find a journal for personal use. for that, we like blank, unlined pages (in white or a neutral shade). we don't want to be bound by boxes and lines and months and numbers and dates and days and times. we want to do as we please: make lists, draw, make collages, glue pictures, staple receipts, and all sorts of stuff like that. that's why the starbucks planner didn't really work for us. all of a sudden we were pressured to fill in every box. and ended up not. that's why we've only completed half of our sticker card (the "required" drinks suck!). but if someone wants to give us one, pwede na rin...

3. find a fresh new notebook for work. this is separate from the date book. this one we take everywhere with us. it has everything to do with work. whenever we misplace this notebook, we suddenly can't function like the working stiff that we are. we suddenly shut down. we suddenly don't know what to do. because our life is in that notebook! we already have this notebook. all we have to do is to pick and choose from the tons of blank books given away as swag in a million and one events.

4. wrap up our finances. i.e., pay all our bills (monthly and those dang credit cards), liquidate expenses for work, renew subscriptions, set aside funds for the car (that wasn't free, you know), plan a personal holiday with significant other!

5. send out thank you notes. uso pa ba 'yon? ok, ok, send out thank you texts and e-mails. save paper.

6. find a desk calendar for the office. spiral, tent-card-style, with big numbers, must include a miniature calendar of the previous month and the next month. and not too big because there's no space on our desk.

7. find a calendar for our desk at home. same style as the office desk calendar, but we want it to be grid style, with little boxes for each date. that's where we write down what bill is due for that day and circle the number with a highlighter (in neon hot pink). it's so monica of us, but we hate to be charged for late payments, so we always pay on time!

(photo credit: katespade.com)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

let's eat: aubergine restaurant patisserie

'tis the season! to avoid the crazy crowds in maddening malls! and if you wanna eat what you gonna do? well, hello, there are lots of places to eat in outside of greenbelt and glorietta, 'no? and one new place we've been waiting to open is called aubergine. now why would anyone name their place aubergine? first of all, what the hell is an aubergine? and how do you pronounce it? and no, they don't serve exclusively aubergine dishes, the way guava serves guava-infused dishes. the resto is located on the second floor of a building in fort bonifacio, away from the crowded serendra and the fort areas. and it occupies practically the entire second floor—it's huge! inside it's bright and clean and the interiors kind of remind us of a hotel coffee shop, and we don't mean that in a bad way. and instead of a buffet table spread in the center of the room (hehe), the main attraction is a glass-encased wine cellar. it's so big, you can actually set up a romantic table for two in there. but we opted for a regular table for two. (we have to comment on the rest room, though: for a restaurant that big, they only have one toilet stall in the ladies' room. or did we miss another one on the other end?) we went straight to main course and ordered french duck confit with creamed brussels sprouts and parsley marble potatoes (P740). the duck leg was cooked to perfection with just the right amount of crunchiness, but we gotta ask, who the hell likes brussels sprouts? sure, they look cute on a plate, but they taste just as bitter as ampalaya. we also ordered roasted pineapple glazed australian rack of lamb served with tamarind jus, ratatouille, goat cheese tart, and pumpkin gnocchi (P1,180). when asked how we like it done, we said whatever the chef recommends. well, this looks too pink, don't you think? a little longer on the grill might have been better. our fault! and all those little side dishes with different flavors (sweet, sour, salty) somehow did not complement each other and left us with confused taste buds. all washed down with a côtes du rhône syrah (P1,950). all that plus an asparagus soup (P220) plus 12% VAT (it was not included in the menu price, so prices are always deceiving that way) plus 10% service charge, added up to a grand total of P4,455.20. typical for a fine-dining restaurant. we'd come back (although not too soon—there's still christmas shopping to spend our hard-earned money on!), if only to try the other dishes, or share a bottle of wine with friends during happy hour with friends at the bar, or have merienda of coffee and cake with your mom.

aubergine restaurant patiserrie, 32nd and 5th building, 5th ave. corner 32nd st., fort bonifacio global city, taguig city, tel (2) 856-9888.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

we're dreaming of a green christmas

with all the craziness and excitement everyone is experiencing this holiday season, at some point we must all stop and think about its impact on the environment. the fash pack has always been quite greenish (not full-fledged green but trying) before being green was the in thing to be. well, this is one trend we hope will never die (or else everything around us will. oops, get off the soap box...). here are some things we as individuals have been doing through the years during christmas time, little things which may seem like nothing, but if everyone did them may save us some trees and lessen garbage disposal all around. as al gore said, we must unite to save the environment. yes, do try these at home!

1. when we were little kids, we used to make fun of our lola because after we tore through our presents, she would go around collecting the "good" wrapping paper, iron them, and save them for the next christmas. ang cute niya, 'di ba? years later, we found ourselves doing the same! gifts that come in big boxes are the easiest to save: just be careful removing the tape and you've got yourself practically brand new wrapping paper.

2. same goes for ribbon. even tissue paper!

3. make your own christmas gift cards. throughout the year, we receive tons of press kits, which go into the "circular file" after they've been used. tsk tsk tsk. we like to keep the nice folders they come in and cut those up to make little gift cards. to make them christmas-y, we take old red nail polish, paint on several swirls, and voila! you've got artsy christmas balls!

4. speaking of artsy, that was how we described our wrapping paper one christmas. during a trip to hong kong, we collected newspapers with chinese characters (they're free at the hotel!) and used that as wrapping paper. tied with a red ribbon, your gift will look so minimalist chic-a. another time, we took home some arabic newspapers from a trip to egypt.

5. another thing you can use to make christmas gift cards is shopping bags. they're not that thick that they can easily be cut up with scissors or an x-acto knife, but they're stiff enough to be used as cards. our favorites are paul smith's shopping bags—love those stripes! after you cut and fold them, keep them under a stack of books for a few hours to flatten them.

6. and speaking of shopping bags, we don't need to remind you to take your eco bag with you when you go shopping! we call this the divisoria-style of shopping, wherein it was always safer (and more practical) to keep all your purchases in one big tote bag, which you make baon. do the same in the mall! we used to be one of those people who liked to feel rich by carrying around lots of shopping bags with labels like prada, gucci, louis vuitton, et al ('yun pala, pang pullout lang, hahahahaha!).

7. we'd love to hear YOUR green suggestions! share!

(photo credit: istockphoto.com)

Monday, December 17, 2007

meanwhile in the other side of the world...

this article came out in nytimes.com last sunday:


Never Mind What’s in Them, Bags Are the Fashion

By MICHAEL BARBARO
Published: December 16, 2007

A team of designers at Saks Fifth Avenue envisioned “a piece of modern art” and hired a renowned graphic artist to create it. Their counterparts at Lord & Taylor demanded five prototypes, even traveling to a Korean factory to oversee manufacturing.

The focus of all this scurrying was not this fall’s couture line or next spring’s resort collection.

It was shopping bags.

Once a flimsy afterthought in American retailing — used to lug a purchase home from the store, then tossed into the trash — the lowly, free store bag is undergoing a luxurious makeover.

From upscale emporiums to midprice chains, retailers are engaged in a heated competition to make the most durable, fashionable shopping bags. They are investing millions of dollars in new flourishes like plastic-coated paper (Macy’s and Juicy Couture) and heavy fabric cord handles (Abercrombie & Fitch and Scoop).

Behind the battle of the bags is a significant shift in behavior that has turned consumers into walking billboards for stores. In cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, customers have begun treating shopping bags as disposable purses that can be reused for weeks, if not months, to carry laundry to the cleaners, books to the beach or lunch to the office.

But only the best bags make the cut. So stores, sensing a marketing opportunity, are racing to transform bare-bones bags into lavish, thick ones that will become free advertising.

“It’s an unspoken goal,” said Terron E. Schaefer, senior vice president for marketing at Saks, which just redesigned its bags to be sleeker and heftier. “We want people to keep the bag.”

Increasingly, they do. After making a purchase at Lord & Taylor a few weeks ago, Allana Cummings, 19, of Irvington, N.J., said, she quickly adopted the chain’s newly redesigned bag, with its eye-catching white color and seemingly indestructible paper, as “my second purse.”

“I can put everything I need for the day in here and it will never break,” she said, opening the bag to reveal several wrapped gifts, a short stack of books, an umbrella and her real purse, an expensive leather handbag.

At first blush, the trend of reusable shopping bags would seem at odds with the explosive growth of high-end handbags. But it turns out that some consumers are eager to walk around with a $1,000 Coach purse on one arm and the Coach shopping bag it came in on the other.

“I often prefer this to my leather handbag,” said Kay Scouller, 34, standing on a Manhattan subway platform with a used Coach shopping bag in hand, filled with a tube of moisturizer, a pair of sunglasses and a bottle of water.

For decades, American retailers regarded shopping bags as little more than a utilitarian necessity — and the bags looked the part, constructed from cheap, unembellished paper or plastic. But by the late 1970s, the sturdy bags used by small European luxury brands like Cartier, the jewelry maker, began to appear in the United States.

A handful of big American companies, like Avon, the cosmetics company, experimented with paper bags reinforced with a thin layer of plastic in the 1980s, a radical departure. But it was not until the last several years that luxury bags began to trickle down to the average consumer, as chains like Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic and Swatch tried to ape their fast-growing luxury rivals.

“The new part of this equation is that mass-market brands that are not necessarily luxury are using these types of bags,” said Claude Roessiger, chief executive of Pak 2000, which designs and manufactures shopping bags for brands like Cartier, Bulgari and Ralph Lauren.

Many grocery chains now sell extra-thick versions of their regular bags and encourage their reuse to cut down on waste, but what stands out about the newest crop of retail bags is that, despite their heft, they remain free.

For consumers, the sudden emphasis on “reusability,” as retail executives call it, is creating a surprising new hierarchy. Interviews across New York City suggest, for example, that shoppers covet the heavy-duty plastic bags from Lululemon Athletica, the seller of yoga clothing, above the thin paper version provided by the luxury department store Bloomingdale’s.

Chains are scrambling to move up the bag hierarchy. A year ago, employees at Lord & Taylor decided that their bags had become a liability. “It was the thinnest, most inexpensively constructed bag you could offer — a true throwaway bag,” said the chief executive, Jane Elfers.

So the retailer asked David Lipman, a marketing executive, to help design a new bag. Over six months, Mr. Lipman and his staff spared no expense. They eventually settled on a rich, white canvaslike paper — Mr. Lipman would disclose no further details — and thick, synthetic handles.

Designers obsessed over every detail. The white exterior extends into the bag’s orange interior one-sixteenth of an inch, no more, no less, and the words Lord & Taylor are embossed, rather than printed, a less expensive technique.

As a result, each large Lord & Taylor bag costs roughly 80 cents, more than twice the industry average. But that investment has paid off, turning the bag into one of the most popular.

“It’s a gorgeous bag,” said Mozel Browne, 75, who said she started saving Lord & Taylor’s shopping bags since the redesign this fall. “I could honestly give it away as a gift.”

Lord & Taylor’s bags threaten to upstage those of its glossier rivals, like the ultrachic Bergdorf Goodman, whose traditional lavender bags, emblazoned with the image of well-dressed Park Avenue ladies, are thin and frail by comparison. Its handles, for example, are taped on, rather than threaded through the bag and tied into a knot, as they are at Lord & Taylor.

Not to be outdone, Bergdorf has spent nearly a year secretly redesigning its bags, which will be introduced to consumers in fall 2008. Its goal? “Something with greater longevity than the existing bag — a keep-me quality that does not feel disposable,” said Aidan Kemp, vice president for advertising at Bergdorf.

To ensure that the bags are fashionable, Bergdorf employees surreptitiously photographed one another across Manhattan, holding prototypes “to see what they look like on the street,” Mr. Kemp said. The bag’s new look is under wraps, but Mr. Kemp acknowledged that the famous Park Avenue ladies may disappear.

Bloomingdale’s also appears to be under pressure to upgrade its bags, whose design dates to the 1970s. The chain says it is developing a thicker reusable bag to join its lineup of thin paper ones, which bear phrases like “Medium Brown Bag.”

For Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf, the redesigns may be costly, but missing out on free advertising from beefed-up bags could prove even costlier. Jenny Fenig, a 30-year-old event producer in Manhattan, has reused the same Lululemon shopping bag to shuttle gym clothes around the city for three months.

“I love this bag,” she said. “It’s become an extension of my purse.”

Sunday, December 16, 2007

R.I.P. ernest santiago

we just got a text from rajo laurel that ernest santiago was found dead in his home in pagsanjan. we don't have the complete story yet, but apparently he was murdered. his home was robbed and the thieves took his car and stabbed ernest to death [UPDATE: he was not stabbed; he was clubbed in the head several times]. please let us pray for the eternal repose of this most creative man, a tragic loss to the fashion industry and to his family and friends. because the biggest tragedy here is that the murderers may never be found...

UPDATE: a tribute piece by ricky toledo and chito vijandre to appear in the philippine star on dec 17, monday:

Ernest Santiago: A life of giving
By Ricky Toledo And Chito Vijandre
Monday, December 17, 2007

Taray was probably the most popular and evocative word in Manila’s fashion world in the 1970s. Denoting arrogance, defiance and chutzpah, it was a favored adjective to describe anything that had fierce, cutting-edge style.

It reflected the zeitgeist of that era, a Renaissance of the arts when bold experimentation and innovation was the norm.

Not surprisingly, Taray was also the term of endearment for Ernest Santiago, an icon in the fashion and lifestyle universe. It was he who put Manila and the Philippines in the world map, after all, with his disco, Coco Banana in Malate.

Reinventing Philippine tropical hacienda interiors with an edge, he created an entertainment playground for the rich, the beautiful and the chic.

Playing the latest music that you would hear at Studio 54 in New York or Club Sept in Paris, the guest list would normally include royalty, fashion luminaries and other jet-setting bon vivants from the major capitals of the world.

But it would also include young, budding Filipino fashion designers and struggling artists whom he would take under his wing, encourage and nurture.

Larry Leviste, fashion designer and writer recalls fondly, “Ernest was my gay mom. The private ‘Tarurit’ was unselfish, caring and tender. Ramon San Agustin (now manager of Gucci at Greenbelt 4), Henri Calayag (of H Salon and Myth) and I were his ‘daughters’ who would help him out in styling his fashion pictorials and in producing the shows of the Cocoquettes at Coco. Once, he surprised me by saying, ‘Larry, you look tired – you should go to Hongkong and rest,’ then he handed me an envelope with a ticket and shopping money.”

Aside from bringing Manila’s entertainment scene to international standards, he also revolutionized Philippine fashion by modernizing the Maria Clara and terno, exaggerating the proportions to make them contemporary and edgy.

Imee Marcos wore them to the Manila International Film Festival, catching the attention of Hollywood film stars and directors. Manila’s top tier stylish set led by Chito Madrigal also donned Ernest’s Filipiniana, making it chic and covetable.

With this resurgence of Filipiniana fashion, dormant industries like piña and banana fiber weaving and embroidery had a new lease on life, providing employment to many and preserving our heritage crafts in the process.

At its zenith, Ernest’s shop was proudly called “Santiago de Manila” on Remedios Circle, just a stone’s throw away from Coco Banana.

Aside from his own creations, he would encourage young designers to design their own lines for the shop.

Fashion designer Lulu Tan-Gan credits Ernest as one of her inspirations as a young designer in the 1970s all the way to this day when she just opened a Filipino concept store, “L Manila” at GB5.

“Ernest is a true icon who created the most famous address in Manila. He would remind me that passion is his major ingredient for creating,” she said.

Aside from the disco and his shop, Ernest also opened ZeeZee Bar on the circle, completing his lifestyle empire.

This was way before lounges became fashionable, proof that Ernest was always ahead of everyone else. ZeeZee was the place to meet Manila’s best and brightest, as well as the most controversial, providing the frisson that made Manila a top destination in Asia at that time.

As the disco era started to wane in the 80s, Ernest was not one to slow down and retire. He chanelled his energies to interior and furniture design and landscaping. He always had a talent for putting antiques and architectural fragments from old houses together in his characteristic flamboyant style, but always with comfort in mind as he loved entertaining friends and guests.

Film director Don Escudero recalls, “One stormy night in Coco, Ernest insisted I come home with him because my place was flooded. We went to what I always thought was the loveliest of his many houses, now demolished because of EDSA. He had the knack to finding the most unusual and unlikely houses and stamping them with his singular style.”

Aside from designing resorts in Boracay and Cebu, he also designed the houses of A-listers and was always tapped to do events like the ASEAN opening.

In the 1990s, Ernest moved to Pagsanjan where he renovated a 1960s house into yet another amazing space which showcased his sculptural furniture.

He also opened a restaurant in the front part of the house called Gallery 83, serving good old Filipino comfort food like his sinigang sa kamatis, a favorite which he would make, lovingly mashing tomatoes with the beef to tenderness in a rich, sour broth as only he could make it.

He also had a fabulous pako (fern) salad with singkamas which is so refreshing on a hot summer’s day. Unknown to many is that Ernest’s first job at 12 years old was a cook and mayordomo to a family with a brood of growing kids who just adored his cooking.

After that, he worked at the Clover Theatre as assistant to the vaudeville star, Katy dela Cruz. It was there where he got training in the theatre arts which provided a lifelong penchant for the theatrical and the dramatic.

His entry into fashion was also largely self-taught, without studying in a fashion school as other designers do. But when he did get into something, he always did it in his characteristic “taray” way, defying conventions and surprising everyone in the process. True enough, he got the prestigious Ramon Valera award for one of his gowns.

Just when we thought Ernest had done it all, he called us last week for what turned out to be the crowning jewel in his lifestyle empire: The Kilib Food Sanctuary resort in Quezon.

It was a soft opening for close friends which included Irene Marcos-Araneta, Bernice Romualdez-Ocampo, Kuh Ledesma and daughter Isabel, fashion designers like Cesar Gaupo and Tonichi Nocum, and of course his “daughters” Larry Leviste, Ramon San Agustin and Henri Calayag.

Fusing Asian and Filipino design elements, Ernest built pavilions in a tropical garden setting which we were so sad to leave after a relaxing day partaking of Ernest’s sumptuous cuisine and unparalleled hospitality.

Alas, this was to be our last party with Ernest. We got a text Sunday morning from Anjo, his assistant, that Ernest had been murdered in his sleep.

A friend, Gigi De Jonghe called and said she was distraught. She remembered Ernest telling her that a fortune teller warned him about not buying property as this would be the cause of his death.

It turned out this was the reason Ernest would never stay put in one house and always rented. The prophecy always haunted him, it seems. But then why did he buy the Kilib property? Did Ernest feel that in his old age the prophecy would no longer hold true? Whatever it was, Kilib was just something he had to do as a final act of creation to share with his friends.

Gigi recounted that Ernest even called her after the party and in his motherly way, asked if Louis, her Belgian husband, liked the food, and if they enjoyed their stay in the resort. Larry, on the other hand, was so touched by Ernest’s concern for his health since he just underwent surgery. Leaving Kilib, he also asked us what we thought, and if we really enjoyed ourselves.

These were final acts of caring from a dear friend who gave us many years of wonderful parties at beautiful houses, restaurants, bars and discos. And what a gift he gave us: a beautiful resort showcasing Filipino design, culinary arts and hospitality as only Ernest knows how. Taray indeed, till the end!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

shop! shop! shop!

at the fash shop! avoid traffic, stay away from the malls, escape the crowds, don't queue for hours, shop online, and buy one-of-a-kind christmas gifts for all your gal pals and fashionista friends! just some of the unique things you'll find at the fash shop:

shoe bags made from vintage fabrics! only P175 per pair!



authentic vintage earrings from the 80s! only P200 per pair!



and more more more! visit now! only 10 days left! just click here! happy shopping!

Friday, December 14, 2007

quentin tarantino wears his barong tagalog to the golden globe nominations

a few minutes ago, we were watching the delayed telecast of the today show on 2nd avenue when they showed the "live" announcement of the golden globe nominees. and there was quentin tarantino, mukhang bagong gising, in the podium announcing the nominees for best drama. when we realized, hey, he's wearing a barong tagalog! that must be the barong tagalog he wore to his visit to malacañang when he got caught in a flash flood that caused a monster traffic jam so he had to wade through waters to take a pedicab and ended up wetting his trousers so he had to change into someone's jogging pants last august. of course he looked a bit disheveled and unkempt and kooky. that's probably what prompted defamer to express shock at his "less-than-tidy appearance," showing up with a "distressing combination of uncombed hair and decidedly casual, girth-obscuring shirt." granted, the shirt was not ironed and he was not wearing it properly, but hoy! educate yourselves! in the philippines, the barong tagalog is considered FORMAL WEAR. this is the problem with some of these bloggers: they're just too lazy to do their fact-checking and research. or they're just smart asses.

(photos courtesy of yahoo news)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

new fashion haunt: theodore's

seems like you're gonna get a lot of posts with that title, but take note, not all new fashion haunts are located in greenbelt 5. pero take note, on ayala property pa rin. if you're familiar with bonifacio high street, you'll notice that every corner of each block is a building. one is owned by fully booked, another by ben chan's group, another by SSI, another by the spa, the mo group, and so on. on the far end is that still-to-open club ascend and within that corner facing the street is a HUGE new store called theodore's. we never met theodore (if he even exists), but we did meet pam gonzales, a face you might recognize if you used to shop in zara in the early days. pam used to work for SSI, first for the spanish brand, then later for gucci. (oops, sorry, we failed to get a shot of her. she was busy opening night entertaining the full house—it was packed with guests-slash-shoppers!) the multi-brand store is full of cult labels from new york and europe. it's got two jeans barns (not bars) with labels like cheap monday (priced at a little over P5,000), evisu, 575, iron army, bread, and all these other brands we've never even heard of... you'll find the streetwear stuff in the back of the store, which actually looks like another store. you'll find brands like miss sixty, de puta madre 69, energie, desigual, kid robot...


men who are so inclined will find lots of accessories—shoes, belts, jewelry—to funk up a boring jeans-and-T-shirt combo... and for those with more, shall we say, conservative taste might like the delman shoes and botkier bags...

caveat emptor: the merch doesn't come cheap, so bring a working charge card, lots of cash, or a, er, "sponsor."

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

new fashion haunt: L manila

another new shop opens in greenbelt 5! this time it's L manila and the L stands for lulu tan gan, the "queen of knits." lulu is one of the more successful ready-to-wear designers in the philippines, which is the land of made-to-order. nothing wrong with that, in fact, a lot of our foreign friends are impressed that we can just visit our friendly neighborhood designer and have him/her whip something up for next week's big society bash, know what we mean? even better, some of us can purchase things right off the catwalk—that is, for the lucky ones who are model size (not us, boo-hoo). but with lulu's stuff, one shouldn't worry about that because they're all made with stretchy knits. perfect for travel as you can just roll it into a ball and toss it into your suitcase. not to mention, they're quite versatile. especially when in neutral colors. L manila also sells collections by other designers like tippi ocampo, arcy gayatin, puey quiñones, and more. check out the lovely fitting rooms... here's lulu (right) with a guest. doesn't lulu look great!? the woman is ageless and is an endless bundle of energy PLUS she's got great legs—wish she wore her signature hotpants!

L manila is located at 2/f greenbelt 5

Monday, December 10, 2007

new fashion haunt: myth

sa wakas, nagbukas na ang myth! remember last april 2007 when the fash pack reported on the teaser exhibit of myth at the greenbelt 3 lobby? it seems like it was such a long time ago! and after seeing the shop and its merchandise at the formal opening last friday, we'd like to give the people behind it a big CONGRATULATIONS! congrats to partners jayjay and ruby... and the artists who sell their creations in the shop: (below, L-R) doltz pilar, jing monis, henri calayag, joey samson, ivarluski aseron, dennis lustico, jesus lloren, and randy ortiz... each designer has a tight, well-edited collection that's very current and very wearable and, best of all, very affordable (cocktail dresses for less than P5,000)! and in limited quantities, so you're not getting a one-in-a-million item. more like one-in-10. or less.
joey samson
ivarluski aseron
dennis lustico
jesus lloren
randy ortiz
plus:
makeup by henri calayag
hair products by jing monis

myth is located at 2/f greenbelt 5.