there are so many talented and creative people in this country! and many of them are so underrated and so under-the-radar! take, for example, jun jun ablaza. i first met him in the early noughties when i had a shoot at his parents' lavishly decorated home—all courtesy of jun jun, of course. he's a designer of everything—interiors, events, jewelry, accessories. he showed his fabulous, over-the-top accessories at philippine fashion week last may. and this month, he had his own artwear exhibit called "ablaza ablaze" at the national museum's ablaza hall (i wonder if they're related?). when i got there, i didn't know where to look first! the room was filled with fabulosity! the furs, the feathers, the horns, the skins, the beads, the textures, the materials—wow!! minimalists need not apply!
below, some close-ups of the "artwear" (which were all for sale, by the way. but i didn't get to ask how much. iris apfel would buy the whole collection!). love the statement (as in STATEMENT) neckpieces!!
oops! here's a photo of jun jun grabbed from his facebook album:
unfortunately, the exhibit was up for only three days. if you are interested in any of the pieces, you may contact jun jun ablaza at (+63917) 270-5516