Sunday, December 30, 2007
Cecile Zamora van Straten. Ah, the wittiest/funniest/most stylish fashion renegade/retailer/journalist/mother/wife/blogger etc. The possibilities are endless. I'm a fan, what can I say.
Ann Demeulemeester s/s 07
Balenciaga f/w 07
Jil Sander s/s 07
Ann Demeulemeester. After all this years, it takes balls to stick to your guns and own up to your inner voice.
Dior Homme shirt because it was simply cool buying it.
Dover Street Market. Ecclectic and directional in anything.
Savory Ice Cream. Wasabe, peppercorn, cinnamon with specules, thyme, etc. It's the surprise in your tongue that makes it so exciting!
las tres estrellas
moody's gorgeous life
Santa Claus...er, David
Andrea and moi
smoked salmon with cream cheese & greens
I forgot what they call this sausages but it's like 'skitted pigs' or sumthing
The delicious cheese plate
Seafood fare for moi
Friday, December 28, 2007
We ordered several tapas, a fish dish with mushroom and asparagus
moi. I was so tired from the trip from Siem Reap going to Phnom Penh that I had to take a nap before dinner. My eyes are still sleepy.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Dries Van Noten net top
The obsession came when my friend Jaki tipped me about this new ukay store inside an old mall where she said they hanger their clothes in racks and the store is airconditioned. I was skeptical at first and thought it was just a glamorized version of the ukay. But I eventually decided to go when my other friend Sol got some cool polyeamide Vivienne Tam top for his wife. Wow, I thought, because the top looked brand new and I know that a Vivienne Tam top is expensivo!
Comme des Garçons top
Of course I have to check the place now. When I got there I hurriedly sifted through the racks. The first piece I found that literally made me go “Whoa!” was this Comme des Garçons top by Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo. My blood quickened. I never imagined myself finding a Comme in an ukay. It’s like really weird. Then I found a Jil Sander shirt and a Martin Margiela navy jacket. Whoa! At P100 each it was a real bargain. That really started my whole obsession with this ukay thing.
Yohji Yamamoto one buttoned shirt
I really can’t describe the feeling of getting something so beautiful and well designed from the ukay. I remember dreaming of this Martin Margiela AIDS-tee with the white on white print. It was from their 10th year anniversary where the label didn’t make any new design but just remade some pieces from each year of their history. The twist there is everything in white. I scoured eBay to no avail and asked a few friends who are also ukay hunters about it but like me they have seen it only in pictures. My world literally stopped when I found the Margiela anniversary tee in the ukay. It just means so much to me like a relic or a piece of fashion history. Hay, I know it’s crazy and kinda weird but then again it’s just me. And it's what I keep going back for in the ukay. That 'Voila' moment when something that I find literally makes me stop and makes me wanna jump for joy. lol!
Martin Margiela ligne 6 with gold print dog
Ukay affords me to have the designer stuff I want at rock bottom prices. I know I can’t have all the new season stuff (which I can’t definitely afford) but then I also think of it as a way to curb the materialism in me. It’s a compromise. It also helps the environment because we seriously need to re-think all the brand new junk we incorporate in our lives. In ukay, something that is worthless becomes loved again. I especially think of my ukay pieces as part of this large designer archive I collect. So, cheers for ukay and all the ukay hunters out there!
Moi in Missoni shirt and a black cotton jacket from this Italian designer I can't remember now.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
"Don strikes us with his deconstructed aesthetics and with his fidelity to couture principles. Now based in Cambodia, we will surely miss this ingénue's bold interpretation of forward yet ultra-functional fashion.
What was your inspiration and how did you choose to interpret it such that readers are able to respond and relate to your vision?
The inspiration was the people of the Andes region and the Incas. I interpreted the knits and fabric of their garbs by enlarging the thread that I used. It was just a simple knitted top paired with a slim cut pants. It's modern but slightly ethnic flavored at the same time.
How did you fuse the inspiration assigned and your personal design sensibilities in this outfit?
I'm a ready-to-wear designer. I like the versatility of clothes that can be incorporated into one's existing wardrobe. I think I design pieces rather than singular outfits.
What look or attribute best describes your designs?
They are quirky.
What is a non-negotiable in design?
Quality should not be compromised.
Who is your ideal client?
Everyone who wants to consider my vision and proposition when it comes to dressing.
How is this particular editorial an ideal platform for you to showcase your abilities as a designer?
This editorial allowed me to show that I can do wearable clothes inspired by powerful concepts.
Mega December/January 2007-2008 issue
Photographed by Marc Nicdao of Wildbunch
Styled by Patrick Ty, Assisted by Camille Sison
Hair by Nante Alingasa for Kiehl's
Make up by Barbie Chan for Maybelline, Bobby Carlos for Make Up Forever
MEGA Magazine December 2007-January 2008 Issue
(thanks to martin bautista for the scans)