Mahal kita, Manang!

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Agosto 26th, 2011

 

Sa wakas, natunghayan na rin natin ang maluwalhating kuwento ng pag-ibig ni Manang. Kagabi lamang idinaos ang exhibit, isang collaboration ng OS accessories, nina Enzo Mondejar at Eric Poliquit, at ng mga designer ng Fashion Designers Alliance Manila (FaDAL).

 

 

Muli na naman akong nabighani sa galing ng tambalang Poliquit at Mondejar.

 

 

At syempre ng mga designer ng FaDAL.

 

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 Sari-saring scarf

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Agosto 25th, 2011

 

Ang scarf ang isa sa pinaka matalik kong kaibigan sa aking aparador. Bakit? Dahil sa scarf, di ko lang mas natitiis ang pambihirang lamig sa opisina, nakakadagdag pa siya sa anumang simpleng porma.

 

 

Maganda pa sa scarf, puwede siya kahit mainit, basta’t manipis at magaan ang tela, at di gaanong kalapad.

 

 

Kapag makulay o maganda ang pattern ng iyong scarf, siya na ang magiging focus ng iyong outfit.

 

 

Syempre, mahalaga rin ang scarf kapag malamig. Kailangang knit.

 

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 Ang sining ni Rxandy Capinpin

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Agosto 24th, 2011

 

Masuwerte ako at nakatrabaho ko na si Rxandy Capinpin, isa sa mga pinaka talentado (hehe) sa bagong henerasyon ng photographer sa Maynila.

 

 

Maganda para sa akin ang kanyang paghahalo ng “concept” at “commercial” sa kanyang mga shoot. Kaya naman, siya ang nagiging takbuhan ng mga designer na gustong di lang maganda ang lalabas sa kanilang lookbook, kung hinde sellable rin.

 

 

Pakinggan natin ang tinig ni Rxandy dito sa maikling panayam (na hindi ko na kinailangang isalin dahil siya na mismo ang sumagot sa Filipino).

 

 

Una sa lahat, paano ba talaga binibigkas ang “Rxandy”? Saan nanggaling ang X at may espesyal ba ito na kahulugan para sa iyo?

Hindi binibigkas ang X sa aking pangalan. Ika nga ng iba, “artist’s right” kung ano ang puwede mong gawin sa iyong pangalan. Naandyan si Zxander Tan, si Rcxy Bautista, si Xander Angeles, at iba pa.

 

 

Anong oras ka gumigising? Gaano katagal karaniwan ang iyong mga shoot (per story)?

Pag may klase ako sa FIP, gumigising ako ng alas otso nang umaga, para sa aking alas diyes na klase. Pero kapag may trabaho dito sa aking studio, nagsisimula kami ng ala una nang hapon, kaya nagigising ako ng tanghali. Karaniwa’y umaabot ako ng isa hanggang dalawang oras sa pag-shushoot.

 

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 Bala at rosas

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Agosto 19th, 2011

 

Na-blog ko na rito dati ang tungkol sa pista ng Itim na Nazareno ng Quiapo. Napag-usapan ko na rin ang mga panindang gulay at isda sa mga kalye ng Quiapo. Ang di ko pa nasasabi, marami ka ring mabibiling rosaryo, medalyon, at iba pang reigious articles sa paligid ng simbahan, sadyang banal man o may halong pagano.

 

 

Ang suot-suot ko rito ay kuwintas na mula sa Sacre collection ng Bosquejo. Galing ang lahat ng mga medalyon, abaloryo (beads), at pati lumang bala sa Quiapo. Noong una ko itong ginawa, sinabihan ako kagad ng nanay ko na baka magalit ang lola ko pag nakita niyang pinaglalaruan ko ang mga santo. (Mahilig siya sa pilgrimage at sa kanya galing ang mga rosaryo namin noong bata kami na may agua bendita galing pa sa Lourdes.)

 

 

Sa akin naman, depende na lang iyon sa tumitingin. Halimbawa na ang kuwintas na ito, na ang pangalan ay “Bullets and Roses”, kung saan umaanino lamang ang mga bala sa sinag ng araw sa heylo ni Marya. Baka kasi isumpa pa ako ng mga di nakauunawa ng makasining na paglalahad, tulad ng nangyari sa likha ni Mideo Cruz sa Cultural Center of the Philippines.

 

Sana lang, makita ng mga tao na iba-iba tayo kaya bukas dapat ang sining sa iba’t ibang interpretasyon: rosas man o bala ang tumama sa kanila.

 

El Bosquejo

 
 

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 Michael Cinco Phantasmagoria

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Junio 12th, 2010

Philippine Fashion Week just concluded with its more than 100 shows. As with the last season, the Holiday 2010 collections saved Michael Cinco’s visual extravaganza for last.

Drawing inspiration from Japanese cherry blossoms, the flowers in Van Gogh’s paintings, origami, opera, and cinema, Cinco weaves dreams into dresses with intricate crystal embroidery and iridescent fabrics.

The collection’s theme is hooked on the story of Madame Butterfly, of metamorphosis in full opulent regalia.

The dresses are for princesses, women warriors, nymphs: for women that move like snowflakes and rain.

There are indeed no words for the collection. Some of the designers and editors seated beside me said they haven’t seen anything as beautiful.

I hope the images that I have taken from the front row speak for themselves.

El Bosquejo, Manila

 
 

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 Philippine Fashion Week

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Junio 5th, 2010

Philippine Fashion Week today opened for the Holiday 2010 collections. It’s called Holiday since we don’t have the four seasons. Either it rains or it is warm and humid, and since these are always unpredictably present anyway, the cooler “holiday” months from September to December are used as a reason to dress differently.
One of my early favorites for the “season” is the show by Don Protasio, a Filipino designer based in Cambodia. All in blazing red, his collection is comprised of light cotton and jersey separates that can be easily layered and unlayered, mixed and matched. Turning up the heat without the sweat! I appreciate this feature of versatile layering with thin, loose, and flowing pieces – a good way to surviving a day that can go from heat stroke-inducing or pleasantly breezy to a little chilly, with the occasional flash floods.

As a result of their tailoring and the deconstruction of menswear details, the items are also very androgynous. I can imagine the bolero-cut jackets, the loosely knitted shirts, and the vests worn by both men and women. What is not form-fitting can easily be made so by trench coat belts that can also be found worn across the legs.

Light and loungy, the pieces are excellent for the urban nomads of a warm and dusty city. I almost didn’t get a chance to see and touch the clothes myself, but Don was gracious enough to open his luggage after he packed them up from the backstage. He even let me do some crazy styling. He tells me he does his weaving and sewing in Cambodia, and points out that – in line with the color theme – some of his knitted pieces were made by a woman who was HIV-positive. Maybe this fact had something to do with the name he gave his collection: “Insistent”.

El Bosquejo

 
 

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 One-on-One with the Winners

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Abril 19th, 2010

El Bosquejo meets the winnersMore than 24 hours have passed since I left New York, and the three days that I was there still seem a furious blur of colors, people, and places.

Sorting them out, one of the things I most remember are the short but intimate conversations with the winners. I was able to snatch a few quiet moments with some of them between their media interviews and photoshoots.


Lorenzo, aka “Plastic is Fantastic”, who hails from Turin and now lives in Rome, was one of my early favorites. Meeting him personally did nothing to disappoint my perception of him. Of course, my first question was why the name? He said he wanted to be as flexible as the material, to become whatever he wanted to be – or all of them at the same time – in all the colors, forms, and shapes that he deems suitable for the moment.


After Lorenzo I chatted with Abdou, a fellow Italian who has heritage from Senegal. A little more serious than Lorenzo, he said he wants to save his earnings from fashion and advertising so he could study law and come back to Senegal to help his country. Though he was not as fluent in English as Lorenzo, I saw in his eyes how passionate he was about his endeavors.



Another duo I was able to interview were Tereza aka Prage Girl and Natalchou, both living in the Czech Republic. (People often mistook Tereza for Patricia, especially since the two were always together – and were in fact friends already before the end of the competition.) Carefree and charming, Prague Girl does illustration, with works as kooky as her own personality. Natalchou, who was originally from Kazakhstan, also loves art, in the form of painting. She said her friends call her Natalchou to make her original name sound more Czech. She is a surprising mix of things: half-Ukrainian and half-Russian, from Kazakhstan, living in the Czech Republic, and now wanting to learn German (her boyfriend is German) and Italian, and maybe even live in another country!

A native of the US, Janelle is as volatile and unpredictable as mercury – gangster, street, preppy: you name it. Suits her well, as she is a true lover of fashion, with its fast pace and ever-changing trends. Like Abdou, she is also in the industry, but in merchandising, and dreams of being a buyer for one of the big boutiques. She is definitely one to watch. Who knows in what form we’ll encounter her next?


Elizabeth, who lives in Hong Kong but spent much time in Bangkok, told me that all this came as a wonderful surprise, and now she looks forward to the things that she would be enabled to do because of the opportunity Benetton gave her.


The same goes for Kiko, a fellow Filipino, who told me that it was only after years of soul searching that he found who he was, and it was this realization that enabled him to join the Survivor reality contest and Benetton’s IT’S MY TIME casting campaign. Can you imagine him in preppy threads and working in a corporation? He told me that’s what he was doing before he had dreads.

I was also lucky to have met the highly spirited and multifaceted Melanie, who at first sight – just by the way she moved and carried herself – confirmed my suspicion that dancing was a major part of her life. She told me that she not only performs various dance genres, she also teaches her moves to amateurs. Lucky for those who can feel the warmth of her beauty and personality like the rays from the sun.

Soraya is another multitalented winner, who like Melanie (whose dad is African-American and mom is Swiss) benefits from a rich mix of influences. She herself says she has a strong passion for fashion. But as she dreams to become as big as Tyra Banks, she is already doing her own unique bit. She told me that every time she comes back from Ghana (she is half-Ghanaian and half-Jamaican) to London, she takes with her indigenous African fabrics that she then gets tailored into contemporary pieces. And she does this over and above her studies in accounting! Wicked indeed, and not so much a balancing act, but getting the best of many worlds.

Quiet and composed Magali was another surprise. Her dad is a Frenchman born in Morocco and her mom is Vietnamese, but Magali was born in Canada and now lives in Paris. Seems complicated, but I found that it was that rich mix of cultures that influenced her sensibilities. Under her subtle beauty, I found an artistic soul passionate about things – about the colors and textures that go into her textile designs and the soft and restrained music by her favorite pianists. She has a strong French aesthetic made even more subtle by the spirituality of her Asian roots.

El Bosquejo

 
 

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 Brothers and Sisters

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Abril 16th, 2010

El Bosquejo, from New YorkAs the winners of Benetton’s IT’S:MY:TIME global casting campaign meet for the first time in New York – people from different countries, backgrounds, and cultures – they begin to share their experiences and learn not just about their differences but also realize how similar they are with each other.

Sharing of stories may start with the most trivial of things, such as hair, accessories, and eyeglasses before talk arrives at studies, job experiences, and of course, ideals.


Amidst all the photographs, interviews, cocktails, and tours, strong bonds are formed.

Writing now from the actual shoot, I can say that the winners – and even the bloggers – share the experience as kindred spirits: as brothers and sisters that will have more experiences ahead of them.

Mai, Susanna and Montaigne Street: It’s My Time bloggers

El Bosquejo

 
 

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 Style in Manila

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Marzo 19th, 2010

At first I thought it was impossible to even think about it. A streetstyle blog that documents style in Manila. My apprehensions included my perception that there just weren’t enough stylish people, that it’s impossible to dress up well in a tropical country since we couldn’t use many layers, and that, well, the Philippines is a third-world country and one needs money to dress well.

Guess what? I was proven wrong time and again.

The pictures I have taken for my other blog, La Folie Douce, show that people with different personalities have their own way of showing them through their clothing, which even in a single layer are more than enough. I have found stylish people not just in fashion shows and amongst the fashion crowd; I have also spotted them in the numerous malls scattered across Manila, bumping into them while walking in the business district or finding my way in the dirty, littered streets of the old capital. Of course, not all of them were wearing designer clothing. I have found that the more creative and sophisticated are the most well-versed in flea-market bargaining.

Indeed, style is everywhere. One need only to pay attention and look close enough.

Someone asked me what I looked for when I took pictures. I said that no matter what they were wearing, every piece should be them, a part of their identity, like an unmistakable badge. I know it’s very abstract, but you’ll know it when you see it.

I find that such stylish people find it easier to smile and laugh at themselves while staying confident. This I’m sure is true not just for Manila, much less, just for the ‘third-world’.

El Bosquejo

 
 

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 Monochrome Song

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Febrero 15th, 2010


Monochrome doesn’t have to be boring.

In fact, for men, it is one the most difficult sartorial challenges.

When men want to blend in, but at the same time achieve some flair, they usually resort to unnecessary flourishes like fluorescent-colored ties, thick or blingy jewelry, or attention-grabbing footwear.

While these are all welcome, the way to appear more suave and refined is to simply stick to one color – of course in different shades, textures, and fabrics.

This applies to shirt-and-tie, shirt-jacket-tie, and even entire suit combinations.

As simple as it may sound, getting rid of the almost infinite choices for color brings more attention to subtler, and I feel, more important things – like fit, cut, and movement.

Of course, everything changes when we go over to casual wear, where things should be less stuffy. But still, just imagine what you can do with all of the black, gray, and khaki pieces in your wardrobe. Put them together of course!

El Bosquejo

 
 

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