Tuesday, May 29, 2012

PhFW: bench x rajo laurel

it's been 48 hours since the bench x rajo laurel show and A LOT has happened! #corona #CJontrial #guilty!

now back to regular programming! back to my PhFW report! last sunday night, after the quiet, ethereal fantasy show of michael cinco, we moved to the next room for rajo laurel's loud, high-energy variety show! umpisa pa lang, may drama na! woo-hoo!

this post is going to have a lot of exclamation points! because the whole show was like a lot of exclamation points! non-stop! woo-hoo! there's enchong! there's marco! there's joey!

looky! people being thrown into the air! woo-hoo!

then finally rajo comes out with a group of guys in white jeans (and no shirts!) and invites everyone to get up from their chair and join the rajo revolution! woo-hoo!

aaaand the show turned into a birthday party for rajo, who just celebrated his XXth birthday two weeks ago! there's rajo doing the rajo dance! fun fun fun!

lest we forget, rajo launched his first collaboration with bench: a new jeans line. o bili na!

he also has not one but two fragrances called uno and dos—of course!

now available at your neighborhood bench store!

Monday, May 28, 2012

PhFW: bench x michael cinco

i'm 24 hours late in reporting about the two-part bench show last night, the last night of philippine fashion week! first up was the launch of michael cinco's first fragrance for bench called impalpable, with america's next top model all-stars finalist allison harvard as his muse. show opened with children in white strolling through an eerily-lit park.

then jasmine maierhofer walks out in the first michael cinco confection:

his gowns look good coming and going! check out that back detail:

then dominique reighard—also an america's next top model all-stars finalist—comes out in a slinky gown. ang daming nag-tweet na ang ganda daw ni divine lee! hahaha...

finally, allison! she looks like an angel! an old-hollywood movie star! an anime character! an alien! you decide!

and no michael cinco show is complete without a few buff boys—in bench briefs, of course wheee...

congratulations, michael! (ang bango ng fragrance, pramis!)

sleepy time! tomorrow, bench x rajo laurel!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

hot off the presses!

(well, yesterday it was. @styleweekend tweeted this piece of news yesterday afternoon at around 3:30pm as soon as it popped up on wwd.com)

May 25, 2012
Bryanboy to Join 'America's Next Top Model'
By Patty Huntington

NEW GIG: WWD has learned Bryan Grey Yambao — aka Bryanboy — will join the cast of the CBS reality television show “America’s Next Top Model” for the 19th season, which is about to commence filming in Los Angeles. Following weeks of speculation that the Filipino blogging star may be a replacement for one of host Tyra Banks’ three recently dumped longtime co-stars J. Alexander, Jay Manuel and Nigel Barker, sources close to Grey Yambao confirmed he has signed a contract and at press time was en route to L.A. with a one-way air ticket. Grey Yambao will join new cast members model Rob Evans and celebrity stylist Johnny Wujek, who have already been announced as permanent third judge and creative consultant, respectively, and publicist Kelly Cutrone, who is rejoining the show as a judge for a second season. Although neither CBS nor Grey Yambao are yet to confirm his involvement, Grey Yambao has been Tweeting mini updates on the progress of his mystery plans to decamp to L.A., including a photograph published on Thursday of his new apartment. 

(photo from bryanboy.com)

Friday, May 25, 2012

style weekend - may 25

pls buy manila bulletin today (may 25) for your free copy of style weekend for men (out every last friday of the month)! presenting our music issue! on the cover: dress like a rock star in freego's breathable jeans.

also in this issue: exclusive Q&A with rock of ages star mig ayesa, DJ neil armstrong, manila music festival, driving the subaru XV through the sierra madre mountains, cam norte's water activities, hot girl bb. pilipinas world 2008, and more!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

american idol season 11: my two cents

i have been a regular american idol viewer since star world started showing it, which was the year carrie underwood won. ever since, i would watch every season and root for my "manoks." this season is one of the most exciting finales. i haven't anticipated a finale this much since the two davids—and i was so happy my david won: cookie! it's how funny how we filipinos find such a kinship in foreigners who do well who have even just a trace of filipino blood. jessica sanchez looks very filipino, but happens to be half-mexican (on her dad's side). but the fact is, jessica is an american.

i'm looking forward to today's finale because i am a fan of the top 2 performers. i liked both of them from the very start. they are both deserving of the title of american idol. so whoever wins, i'm happy. but of course i can't help it—i'm rooting for jessica! why? because i'm a filipino!

however, i found last night's finale performance a bit... lackluster. maybe it has to do with the fact that jessica and phillip don't have larger-than-life personalities. while performing, they command that stage, they both have such presence, and they certainly give it their all. but once the music stops, i find them both to be quite reserved. jessica is polite and smiley, while phillip is an aww-shucks kinda guy.

maybe it was also the performances. with the only two left, with three songs to sing, and having just come from a hectic hometown visit, i thought neither was at the top of their game. jessica's voice was straining, especially when it came to the belt-out portions. i've heard her sing "the prayer" so much better before. and the first time she sang whitney, wow!! i got the goosies!! but not last night. and that song composed for her—ugh!! very commercial, very shallow, very baduy, written with top 10 in mind, maybe patterned after miley or taylor, and made to appeal to that market. so disappointing. and i think jessica should enunciate better—when we hear the words for the first time, we had better understand them.

as for phillip phillips, i think he gave up a long time ago. although he's got a unique voice and a great style of singing, he always seems to be coasting, making no effort to impress anyone, or to even change his clothes, forchrissake! but ok maybe that's the appeal. but his first two performances last night were... meh. i thought it was forced, the way he changed them up. what saved him was the song written for him—so much better than jessica's! it was a perfect fit for him, great arrangement, it had a simon & garfunkel vibe, which was just so appealing.

so who will win tonight? er, this morning because it should be starting right about now! good luck, jessica and phillip! jessica FTW!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

PhFW: the ramp

philippine fashion week opened last night with the ramp, a section of crossings department store that features different brands of trendy women's wear. one of those brands is their own house brand, which is the ramp—which is what they showed, i presume. this week's collections are all supposed to be for holiday 2012, but knowing this market—filipina fashionistas—we can't wait till october to wear the clothes! some of the pieces shown last night are actually in stores now, with more being delivered in the coming weeks. some trends spotted on the runway (and no need to put on your glasses, the photos are really malabo!!):

a lot of metallics:

peplum for day, peplum for night:

peplum top + metallic shorts + sheer black maxi skirt = eveningwear - sheer skirt = late night!

big girl and little girl matching paisley ensembles—cute!

let's get animal! zebra prints and feathers galore:

there were men too—but i want his trous!

finally, the finale: graphic black-and-white dresses with metal toe-cap heels:

Monday, May 21, 2012

RIP: robin gibb

Robin Gibb, member of the Bee Gees, dies after battle with cancer

By the CNN Wire Staff May 21, 2012 -- Updated 0222 GMT (1022 HKT)

 -- Robin Gibb, one of three brothers who made up the disco group the Bee Gees behind "Saturday Night Fever" and other now-iconic sounds from the 1970s, died on Sunday, according to a statement on his website.

He was 62.

Gibb "passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," said the statement, which was attributed to his family. He died in England at 10:47 a.m. (5:47 a.m. ET), according to a post on his official Twitter feed.

News of his death set off a torrent of reaction in social media. Musician Bryan Adams, for instance, lamented "another great singer dying too young" on Twitter, while fellow British band Duran Duran and current pop sensation Bruno Mars were among many who posted their condolences.

"The Bee Gees were/are the gold standard when it comes to pop/r&b melody, harmony and vocal arrangement. Massive loss," wrote prolific pop songwriter Claude Kelly on his Twitter feed. 

Diagnosed with colon and liver cancer, Gibb had been in a coma as he battled pneumonia earlier this spring, representative Doug Wright said.

Doctors believe that Gibb had a secondary tumor, Wright said April 14, confirming a news account in the UK newspaper The Sun. Gibb had emergency surgery in 2010 for a blocked bowel and then had more surgery for a twisted bowel, Wright confirmed.

The only surviving member of the three Bee Gees is brother Barry, 65.

Robin's twin brother, Maurice, died in 2003 from a twisted bowel. And younger brother Andy Gibb -- who was not part of the group -- died at 30 from a heart infection.

Robin Gibb's death followed by just three days the loss of another major star of the 1970s disco era -- Donna Summer, who died Thursday of lung cancer at age 63.

"First Donna Summer passes and now another 70s icon, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees passes," actress Marlee Matlin tweeted Sunday.

Robin Gibb was born in 1949 on Isle of Man off the British coast, and the Gibb boys grew up in Manchester. The family later moved to Redcliffe, Australia, where their group performed on television as the B.G.'s -- a moniker they later altered to the Bee Gees. Their father, Hughie, was a drummer and big-band leader.

The family returned to England in the 1960s, and they began to emerge on an international scale. Through the end of that decade and into the next, they crafted melodies that utilized their unique voices to gain acclaim thanks to songs such as "I Started a Joke," "To Love Somebody" and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart."

By the mid-1970s, they transitioned to develop more dance-oriented hits such as "Jive Talkin' " and "Nights on Broadway."

Yet for all these earlier successes, the Bee Gees skyrocketed to new heights with the 1977 release of "Saturday Night Fever," a movie starring John Travolta that was built around the group's falsetto voices and disco-friendly songs.

In the latter part of the 1970s, the Bee Gees "dominated dance floors and airwaves. With their matching white suits, soaring high harmonies and polished, radio-friendly records, they remain one of the essential touchstones to that ultra-commercial era," the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says on its website.

"Saturday Night Fever" and the group's 1979 album "Spirits Having Flown" yielded six No. 1 hits, "making the Bee Gees the only group in pop history to write, produce and record that many consecutive chart-topping singles," according to the Hall of Fame.

While often more in the background, Robin Gibb was the lead singer on several of the Bee Gees' top tunes including "I Started a Joke" and "I've Gotta Get a Message to You." He also recorded several solo albums during his career.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the Bee Gees sold more than 200 million albums, and their soundtrack album to "Saturday Night Fever" was the top-selling album until Michael Jackson's "Thriller" claimed that distinction in the 1980s.

In a 2008 interview with Music Week, Robin Gibb shared one of his all-important rules for songwriting: "always keep a tape running," in order to capture a moment of brilliance and inspiration.

"You never know in a three-hour writing session when you are going to come up with something and then if you'll remember it completely," he said. "All the ideas, everything, will be on tape and then you can always refer back at any time.

"Melodies will be born for the first time during writing and unless you have it on tape you haven't got any way of remembering them. That is a cardinal rule."

He also spoke of how he found it "good to have deadlines and pressure."

"We certainly had a deadline with 'Fever' to write all those songs. I think, in one week, we wrote 'How Deep Is Your Love,' 'Night Fever,' 'Stayin' Alive,' 'If I Can't Have You' and the rest. Having a deadline sharpens you up, it gets you out of bed and it stops you going to bed, too," Gibb said.

Gibb is survived by his wife, Dwina; his daughter, Melissa, and sons Spencer and Robin-John. 

(from cnn.com)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

now open: promod, BHS central

this past week has been a smorgasbord of events! i actually missed several—dapat lang noh, baka ma-overexpose ako bwahahaha! just the other night, i had invitations to five events! and i actually attended three! thank god, they were all in the same area—bonifacio global city. that was thursday, event organizers' favorite day. that night, i went to the opening of promod in bonifacio high street central, cosmopolitan philippines' 15th anniversary at NBC tent, and metro magazine's 23rd anniversary at privĂ©. 

let's start with promod, a french ready-to-wear brand. i didn't realize this was their 10th branch in the philippines. i only know of the one in greenbelt 5. and the one in paris, naks. 

they had a mini fashion show inside the store to give the guests some idea of how to style the pieces in the current collection. let's break it down! 

pretty dresses: 

colored pants: 

shorty shorts: 

shining shimmering: 

maxi dresses:

long skirts:

and since i had two more events to attend afterwards, i shopped for something to change into! got a gold tank top from promod. to go with that, i just hopped across to ever new (both stores are owned by the same local distributor) and picked up a leopard-print strapless dress with handkerchief hem that i pulled down into a skirt—two for the price of one!