Saturday, December 31, 2011

top 10 trends of 2011

every december 31 since this blog started in 2005, i make a list of the past year's top 10 fashion trends (of manila, that is). and one constant since 2006 has been the platform shoe that it's no longer a trend—it's now a fashion mainstay. the only difference is that every year, the heels get higher and the designs get weirder! the highest i have seen is a whopping seven inches! and this isn't on lady gaga, mind you; this is just on regular gals who love to dress up and party. while i myself am surprised to actually own a five-inch (!) pair of platforms, i have yet to master the art of running in them—some women have! so i'm deleting platforms from the list for now. another trend that's become a commonplace accessory is hats or some sort of headgear. wearing fascinators reached fever pitch the weeks after the royal wedding, then it sort of fell flat. people still wear some variation of it, as well as hats. and what about nerdy eyeglasses, which seemed to be more popular on guys (straight and gay), than on girls. even i don't wear mine anymore (but that's because i sat on them and it broke, duh). and how about those denim cutoffs with the pockets peeking out or short short shorts that practically look like panties? ho-hum...

presenting my annual list of the past year's top fashion trends (in no particular order) (and because i failed to take any photos throughout the year like i usually do, i'm grabbing photos *again* from! thank you, stylebible! :-)

1. palazzo pants: these floor sweepers came in all kinds of materials, from jersey knits to full-on sequins, and could be dressed up or down with a simple change of top, shoes, and accessories. pic: divine at the jenni epperson book launch
2. nude platform pumps: a trend that crept up on us, especially after all those royal weddings, where most of the female guests wore easter-egg-colored suits and their proper nude pumps. pic: charmaine at the louis vuitton opening
3. neon lipstick: you could spot someone a mile away in a dark, smokey club, thanks to neon orange or fuchsia lips. matching the outfit optional. pic: bubbles at philippine fashion week

4. crayola-colored nail polish (and other weird shades): red? boring! black? so over! nails now come in crayola colors like yellow, blue, and green, or in strange shades like gray and phlegm green. pic: myrza matches her fingers and toes to her dress at the esquire magazine launch
5. brogues: since five-inch heels are no longer cutting edge, the only way to go is down. and with a menswear-inspired shoe. cute when worn with socks and shorts, fresh when worn with a skirt or dress, and very model-off-duty when worn with cuffed skinny jeans. pic: zoe at philippine fashion week
6. jersey dresses and gowns: who doesn't want to look like a grecian goddess? though we might suddenly experience a shortage in jersey material because it takes yards and yards of fabric to achieve those drapes. pic: ana at the esquire magazine launch
7. maxi skirts: another version of the floor sweeper. long skirts were just so damn comfortable—plus you didn't have to shave your legs! pic: anne at the shu uemura x wong kar wai launch
8. sheer skirt or palazzos with opaque mini or shorts underneath: this is the alanganin trend. not quite willing to go sheer all the way, see-through skirts or palazzos were kept modest with the addition of a mini or shorts, respectively, underneath. pic: jae at philippine fashion week
9. ultimate designer collaborations: this year, women all over the world went into a frenzy when these two collaborations were launched: missoni x target and versace x H&M. people from here traveled to hong kong or singapore for the versace collection. and if you were ordering missoni online, then you were one of the millions who caused the target website to crash. but wait till next year when H&M releases its marni collab! aaahhh!!! pic: target website's apology
10. style bloggers: these young, stylish women who post photos of themselves in cute outfits were suddenly everywhere! being flown to new york fashion week, winning international competitions, endorsing products, being fêted left and right, and demanding exorbitant fees for appearances! yoo-hoo, don't forget me, i'm here! pic: L-R tricia gosingtian (, laureen uy (, camille co (

runners-up: feather accessories, color blocking, oversize clutches, stacks of bangles, and those dang hand sanitzers hanging from bags

Friday, December 30, 2011

inquirer's best-dressed list

this morning, as i scrolled down my facebook home page, i came across a link to an inquirer article titled "our fearless list of best dressed women of 2011." i myself have come up with lists like this, so i was curious to see who was on it. and boy was i shocked to see my name on it!! (at nabuking pa ang age!! hahaha)
that's me on the bottom left with the crazy prints. the photo they used was grabbed from my facebook album titled "oct 2011," just my monthly visual diary of things i did, places i went to, and events i attended. this was shot at the fitflop boots launch in greenbelt 5. it's kind of ironic that they chose me now because this year i had been sooo lazy to get all dressed up for work or for events! i tended to stick to boring ol' jeans, comfy stretchy pieces, and black black black. you know how it is when you sit in front of a computer all day and you start feeling fat. so in the last few months, i decided to start wearing some of my old clothes again just to see if they still fit. some of them did. like this floral-print skirt by tracy reese, which i bought at mix a looong time ago. i wore it with a polo knit top to work and wanted something dressier for the events i had that night, so i popped into zara and bought a polka-dot blouse. as i've said on this blog many times, i love prints! the more, the merrier!

here's the link to the article.

and here's the whole article!

Our fearless list of Best Dressed Women of 2011
By: Cheche V. Moral, Stef Cabal
Philippine Daily Inquirer
2:44 am | Friday, December 30th, 2011

Tina Ocampo, accessories designer. Tina Ocampo is inarguably one of the chic-est women in Manila. She always looks polished and, yes, expensive—but quite tastefully so. A standout, she never dresses like anyone in the room. Case in point: the recent Philippine Tatler Ball where she arrived in a bare-back emerald-green Pepito Albert. Sexy, but age-appropriate.

Lucy Torres, politician. With her inherent beauty, Lucy could make a sack dress look like a million-bucks sack dress. But you would, however, not find her in anything outrageous: She sticks to what works best for her, and that’s feminine and well-tailored dresses by the likes of Randy Ortiz, Joey Samson or Noel Crisostomo. She always looks clean and fresh.

Pauline Juan, Preview magazine editor. Unlike most women who stick to one look, there’s no one single look (read: uniform) for Pauline so that it’s always gratifying to see what she wears at any given affair. She’s experimental and a true champion of up-and-coming designers: She gives them her stamp of approval not just by giving them editorial space in her magazine, but by wearing them as well.

Liza Ilarde, editor. The mixing of the boldest prints and colors seems instinctive to this woman. Even when she’s wearing a solid black dress, expect her to punctuate it with something bright or quirky in the form of a purse or some other accessory. Liza is one of those women over 40 who dress their age but are never dull or frumpy.

Nina Huang, housewife and socialite. She’s no social butterfly, but when she does grace a party, Nina never disappoints in the style department. She embodies chic and taste, always looking poised and graceful, whether her look is classic and tailored, or ultra-feminine.

Kaye Tinga, home-store owner. Kaye consistently lands the best-dressed lists, and with reason. This is a woman who clearly loves beautiful, well-made clothes. She looks effortlessly chic either in sleek-cut shifts, designer jeans or evening dress by her favored designers (Dennis Lustico, Pepito Albert).

Mandy de la Rama-Santos, children’s wear designer and entrepreneur. Apart from a cutting-edge style, she has a well-toned, athletic bod that makes her a dream to dress. She’s a muse of both Inno Sotto and Rajo Laurel, and a favorite in best-dressed lists.

Anne Curtis, actress. Her new grownup look is refreshing, especially in that black sheer Rajo Laurel dress for the first Philippine Fashion Ball. It’s a new look for her, since it’s far from the ultra-feminine style she used to go for before. She looked sexy but elegant.

Pauline Prieto, model. Her street-chic style looks effortless. She’s got the model-off-duty look down pat.

Iza Calzado, actress. Her style is more sophisticated than most contemporary young actresses, but still fashion-forward.

Bea Soriano, model. She has transformed into a refined woman with a classic style that’s highlighted by carefully chosen trends that enunciate her fun-loving spirit.

Amina Aranaz-Alunan, accessories designer, fashion-school directress and Inquirer Lifestyle columnist. She has the old-world glamour, but with a modern twist. She can easily balance family and work, in style. Whether for casual lunch or dressy evening affair, her dressing is effortless.

needless to say, i am extremely flattered to have been chosen, and honored to be in the company of these women, most of whom i myself have featured as some of the country's most stylish women! thank you to the editor ms. thelma san juan, and to the writers cheche v. moral and stef cabal :-)

style weekend - dec 30

pls buy manila bulletin today (dec 30) for your free copy of style weekend for men (every last friday of the month)! on the cover: the people and events that rocked our world! welcome to our year-end special.

also in this issue: last-minute suggestions on where to spend NYE, the fashion experts tell men what to add to their closets in 2012, fragrances and grooming stuff, profiles on john lloyd cruz and anthony morse, carla abellana centerfold, lust page turns into a list page, and more!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

best- and worst-selling covers of 2011

here's an interesting article that just appeared in women's wear daily about celebrity covers that sold and didn't in the US. most of them are very ho-hum-wala-na-bang-iba..? (sarah jessica parker) others are like seriously, still?? (jennifer aniston) and some of them you'd think would sell out on the stands but unfortunately fell flat (sorry, justins). food for thought for those in the publishing biz...

The Cover Story: The Best (and Worst) Sellers of 2011
FROM: WWD Issue 12/27/2011

No matter what crisis there is on the newsstand, there are a few people who sell no matter what.

Take Sarah Jessica Parker. She pops up on the cover of Elle back in January, Vogue in August and Marie Claire in September and delivers each monthly its second or third best seller of the year. Or, let’s consider Heidi Klum, who can help deliver Lucky its second best seller in March (175,000 sales in a year when they need it!) or bring the August Glamour its second best performer (510,000 sales, in a year when they really need it!). Or Jennifer Aniston, who was Marie Claire’s top seller of the year in that sleepy summer month of July, and, from all indications, delivered Elle one of its best performers of the year in November.

It’s that time of year, everyone. Time to look back and see who sold (and who didn’t) at the newsstand for monthly magazines in 2011. All data is taken is from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, much of it from the Rapid Report, which is subject to minor change since it has not been audited. The majority of publishers have filed results through October or November issues.

So, if SJP, Heidi and Jen are consistently sellers — and have been for some time — isn’t there a newcomer we can add to the list?

Mila Kunis was the new runaway success of 2011. Kunis’ August GQ cover delivered 205,000 sales, by far its biggest hit of the year, through November. She took to W in March and delivered sales 15 percent above average for the fashion monthly. She was the February cover star of Cosmopolitan and brought in 1.7 million sales, which is nearly 10 percent better than the monthly’s average for the first half. And then she graced the cover of Elle in August in a portrait with Justin Timberlake, which brought in 250,000 sales, fourth best of the year for Elle.

And, apparently, Timberlake needed the Kunis boost. Timberlake’s W cover with Amanda Seyfried, for instance, bombed, selling a mere 15,000 copies, the title’s second worst performer of the year. And then Timberlake’s solo cover for Esquire in October brought in a teeny 73,000 sales, its worst performer of the year.

But Timberlake should take comfort in the fact that he isn’t the only heartthrob who can’t sell: Justin Bieber bombed, too. Bieber took Vanity Fair’s cover in February and tanked — it sold 245,800 copies, the third worst seller since Graydon Carter took over the magazine in 1992. Bieber then appeared on the cover of a Rolling Stone issue in March, and sold 5 percent worse than average for the biweekly. But we’ve known this for some time. He appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue and sat down with People last year and sold 10 percent and 25 percent worse, respectively, than average for both titles.

Other bad years: Mrs. Andy Roddick, Brooklyn Decker, posted 81,000 sales for Esquire in February, its second worst performance of the year. Apparently she doesn’t work for women’s books either, as she brought in a mere 182,000 sales for Self, which is 25 percent below the monthly’s average in the first half. Moral of this story, Brooklyn: Stick with Sports Illustrated.

Fergie struggled at the newsstand as well, with the worst seller of the year for Allure in July and the fourth worst cover for Lucky in June. Also, Michelle Williams sold poorly at Marie Claire (third worst performer with 202,000 sales) and for Vogue (second worst performer with 296,000 sales). Likewise, Reese Witherspoon struck out with Vogue (303,000 sales), Marie Claire (242,000 sales) and Glamour (440,000 sales), which represented a below-average performance for each of the monthlies.

It’s impossible to talk newsstand in 2011 without mentioning the person who landed on more covers than anyone: Kim Kardashian. She was Glamour’s bestseller of the year with her February cover and Cosmopolitans’s bestseller as well, when she helped bring in 1.8 million sales in August. But her results elsewhere were mixed. Her Harper’s Bazaar cover in March, her April Self cover and her November Lucky cover were all mild hits — they sold a few percentage points above average. Her December Marie Claire cover isn’t expected to be a barn burner, and a source said that her January 2012 Glamour cover with sisters Khloé and Kourtney is on track to fall below 400,000 sales — a really poor performance. Perhaps the Kardashian Krash is beginning?

In the battle of New York athletes: Mark Sanchez’s September GQ brought in 175,000 sales over Derek Jeter’s April issue, which had 142,000 (J-E-T-S! Jets Jets Jets!).

And then there were the performers who had an up-and-down year: Gwyneth Paltrow was Elle’s best and Self’s second best, but her Bon Appétit cover in June and her January InStyle cover both sold below average for the monthlies. Emma Stone’s July Elle cover was the monthly’s worst performer and her Vanity Fair cover was its third worst, but she scored with Teen Vogue (second best), Glamour and W. Olivia Wilde scored big with Women’s Health (its best), Allure (its second best) and Cosmo (third best), but not Marie Claire (below average) and Glamour (its third worst).

And finally: What about Lady Gaga? Last year, Gaga was the absolute star of the newsstand. This year? She finally showed some chink in her armor. And why? She wasn’t in costume. Her October Harper’s Bazaar, which featured a Gaga close-up without any makeup, sold only 119,000 copies, its third worst seller of the year. Last year, Jessica Simpson went without makeup for Marie Claire and it was one of its biggest bombs of the year. But when Gaga got all dolled up, she worked: Her March Vogue cover was its second best seller of the year and her May Harper’s Bazaar cover did far better than its autumn counterpart: It sold 159,000 copies, its third best of the year.

So, Graydon, take comfort in your January 2012 cover with Gaga. She’s dressed up just fine.