Thursday, February 28, 2008

FWQ: gian romano

gian romano has always been known as an avant-garde designer, so we were quite surprised to see his name in the lineup for fashion watch quartet. but the thing about gian is that his designs have always been WEARABLE avant-garde. and his pieces are not crazy, wacky, over-the-top, shock-for-the-sake-of-shock showpieces, but there is a thought process and actual design and construction behind them. you can buy an outfit straight off the model's back and wear it out of the venue without the designer having to tone it down or edit it. the winner of mega's young designers competition in 2004 can now be removed from the "young" category and be moved into "estalished." (sorry, we forgot our camera at home and had to rely on the pix taken by the official photog from last tuesday's show. so there are some pieces we wanted to show but don't have.)

short dresses with panels cut and sewn in twisty ways to skim the body:
slim-cut trousers with tops and jackets that will add character to any outfit:
and actual gowns! deceptively simple but a closer look reveals nips and tucks in the right places that they fall in such a way that flatter the body:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

the oscars red carpet 2008 report

• how not to stand out on the red carpet: wear red! (because you'll blend with the background and because everyone else is in red, you can't tell who's who!)

katherine heigl in escada
heidi klum in john galliano
miley cyrus in valentino
ruby dee in kevan hall
anne hathaway in marchesa
helen mirren in george chakra
• how to stand out on the red carpet: show up with george clooney!

some chick with george clooney
• how to dress on the red carpet if you're pregnant...

nicole kidman (with hubby keith urban) in balenciaga
jessica alba in marchesa
cate blanchett in dries van noten
• black, strapless, kinda goth...

jennifer garner in oscar de la renta
penelope cruz in chanel
• we are so over you...

jennifer hudson in roberto cavalli (girlfriend, the only reason you're here is because you won last year. and where HAVE you been the last year?)

cameron diaz in christian dior (sis, kumita na yang buhok mo! time to look like the 15-million-dollar movie star that you are!)
• how to dress like a loser...

julie christie, looking like she's in the wrong party
amy ryan in calvin klein, looking like her character in "gone baby gone" got cleaned up and put on a gown
amy adams in proenza schouler, looking pale in a plain strapless dark green gown (where's the bling, princess?)
• how to dress like a best-actress winner: wow!

marion cotillard in jean paul gaultier
hilary swank in versace
renée zellweger in carolina herrera

Friday, February 22, 2008

FWQ: patrice ramos-diaz

it was explained to us that rhett's show last week did not start late and was in fact on time (no marc jacobs dramas here!). 4pm is when tea is served at makati shangri-la's lobby lounge, so an hour is set aside for the ladies (and the gents) to leisurely arrive, get seated, table-hop, beso-beso, and have tea time and chikatime (oops, careful). and at 5pm en punto, the fashion show begins. producer inno sotto is very strict about this, we were told. so far, so good. yesterday, we rushed from the formal opening of the new the body shop in glorietta 3. its former location in glorietta 2 was one of the casualties of the "bombing" last october; its new location is where sari-sari store used to be. now the biggest branch in the philippines, the body shop has an excellent, street-side location facing the landmark. anyhoo, as we entered makati shang's side entrance, we spotted a group of tall women with high hair and high heels and the most gorgeous gowns and robby carmona yelling, "let's go, girls!" let's go, girl, and grab a seat!

patrice opened the show with short cocktail dresses and already the ladies in the audience were bristling with excitement. the frocks were pretty without being precious, and exhibited a restraint in embellishment and volume that spoke of a seasoned designer. she used a lovely piña-type fabric in muted colors and with a subtle sheen. then came the jersey pieces, which we would love to wear, but yes only in our fantasies, where we have perfect bodies, like these gals (not a "bill blass" in sight, haha!)... then came the showstoppers. these are grand-entrance gowns, but not in a hey-look-at-me-i've-arrived-take-my-picture kind of way, but more of a wow-who-is-that-i-want-to-get-a-closer-look kind of way, know what we mean? maybe it had to do with the palette (cream, taupe, black) that toned down the pieces, the choice of fabric (rough, textured, subtle sheen), and no bling-bling (save for flower groupings). the woman wearing the gown stands out and that's hard to pull off in such dramatic pieces. all we can say is iba talaga pag babae ang nag-design. congrats, patrice! and more congrats will be in order next month when she opens her first retail shop in greenbelt 5 called paradi.

Friday, February 15, 2008

another famous kate

no, this post is not about kate moss, kate winslet, kate hudson, kate holmes, kate beckinsale, kate bosworth, kate spade, not even kate from "lost" (did we miss any kates?). this is about our very own famous kate: kate torralba. we don't remember the first time we met this tiny girl with the big talent (aside from designing, the girl can write, sing, and play musical instruments). she made her name designing colorful tops with matching bags. they were an instant hit. she still makes them today but now she has an actual store in which to sell them! last feb 12 was the fun formal opening of her first retail outlet in greenbelt 5 attended by her loyal clients, fashion press, and KT fans—young and old, tall and short, full-figured and model-sexy.

kate sang for the audience... put on a show of her latest collection... oh, and of course welcomed guests into her shop designed by the almario sisters.