Albert Andrada Holiday 2012: studs at Asyanang prinsesa

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Mayo 25th, 2012

 

Noong nauso ulit ang paggamit ng studs sa bag, jacket, at sapatos dalawang taon (yata) na ang nakalipas, kahit ako naaliw sa gamit ng hardware. Pero nang gumaya ang lahat at nilagyan na ng stud ang lahat ng bagay, di nagtagal at nakakasawa na bigla ang paggamit.

 

 

Masasabi kong hindi ganun ang kaso sa Holiday 2012 show ni Albert Andrada, isang Pilipinong designer na naka-base sa Dubai, ngayong Philippine Fashion Week. Kakaiba ang paglalagay niya ng stud sa mga kuwelyo, sa manggas, sa sapatos, at sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bestida, jacket, at pantalon.

 

 

Hindi basta-basta ang kinalabasan ng mga disenyo.

 

 

Sa kalakhan, naging maganda ang paghahalo ng klase ng tela at stud.

 

 

Masasabing biglang naging sariwa ulit ang paggamit ng studs.

 

 

Kumbaga, nagkaroon ng kahulugan ang pagdagdag.

 

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 Sneak peek sa Fashion Week: Mike Lavarez Spring/Summer 2012

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Octubre 21st, 2011

 

Dalawang tulog na lang at Philippine Fashion Week na ulit! Kaya naman abalang-abala ang mga designer, photographer, model, stylist, at hair and make-up artist nitong mga huling buwan at linggo sa pagbuo ng mga lookbook, show invitation, at campaign photos para sa mga bagong Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Nakadalo ako sa shoot para sa mga damit ni Mike Lavarez nitong linggo lang. (Photographer: Charles Buenconsejo, videographer: Judd Figuerres, stylist: Mike Lavarez, hair: Mark Familara, make-up: Chiara Daez, accessories: Gold Dot and Bosquejo)

 

 

Hindi ko raw puwedeng ipakita kung sinong batikang aktres ang kanyang modelo para sa campaign, kaya pagtuunan na lang natin ng pansin ang kanyang mga damit. Puro neutrals ang collection ni Mike. Itong kulay abo na may puting batik-batik ay bahagi ng kanyang LVT diffusion line. Sumasalamin sa kanyang estetika ang malalambot na tela, ang disenyo ng puno, pati na rin ang tabas ng mga damit.

 

 

Magagaan at maluluwang ang kanyang mga kamiseta, blusa, at kapa. Pero napapansin ba ninyo ang dibuho sa leggings? Kung tingnan niyo nang malapit, parang may natutunaw na kandila, o kaya’y snowflake. Malapit sa estetika ng mga katutubo ng Pilipinas ang disenyo. Nasabi ng isang kaibigan na naaalala niya ang tela ng mga Mangyan, para sa isa naman ay galing sa Cordillera. Para sa aking, ang dibuho sa leggings (pati na rin sa ilan pang mga blusa) ay buhat sa iba’t ibang kultura, ang bawat isa malapit sa kalikasan.

 

 

Kaya ako sobrang na-eexcite para sa show ni Mike Lavarez ay dahil accessories ko (Bosquejo) ang napili niyang ibagay sa kanyang mga damit. Sana makadalo kayo sa kanyang show sa Function Room 4 ng SMX Convention Center sa ganap na 2:30 nang hapon sa ika-30 ng Oktubre, o sa susunod na Linggo.

Nahulaan niyo na ba ang pangalan ng artista?

 

El Bosquejo

 
 

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 Ziggy Savella: mula runway hanggang pagrampa

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Julio 14th, 2011

 

Sa wakas, matapos ang matagal-tagal ring paghihintay, nakuha ko na rin ang pinatahi kong sleeveless jacket kay Ziggy Savella. Panoorin itong video teaser para malaman ang nilalaman ng kanyang Holiday 2011 collection.

 

 

Noong una kong nakita ang mga bagong damit ni Ziggy sa huling Philippine Fashion Week nitong Mayo, nahirapan akong pumili alin sa kanila ang gusto kong ipagawa. Ang dami kasing maganda. Pinagpilian ko yung dilaw na parka, yung jacket na may slit sa braso, at yung sleeveless na blazer na may kasamang belt.

 

 

Dahil mainit sa Maynila, ito ang napili ko. Nagandahan din ako sa kulay niyang kalawang.

 

 

Eto ang sketch na pinadala sa akin ni Ziggy, kasama ng order form na nakapangalan sa akin. Sa gilid nito may listahan ng aking mga sukat.

 

 

Masasabi kong sulit ang paghihintay sa sleeveless jacket ni Ziggy. Masarap siyang suotin, maganda ang fit. Higit pa, maaari siyang ibagay sa maraming klase ng damit.

Kung ako sa inyo, umorder na kayo ng damit dahil malapit na ang susunod na collection: sa Oktubre na ang Summer 2012!

 

El Bosquejo

 

 
 

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 Ang huling palabas ni Louie Mamengo

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Junio 27th, 2011

 

Ang mga likha ni Louie Mamengo ang nagsara ng Philippine Fashion Week nitong Mayo ng taon. Pero di tulad ng ibang Holiday 2011collection, post-humous ang kanyang fashion show.

 

 

Sumakabilang-buhay si Mamengo, isa sa mga popular na Pinoy designer noong 1980s at unang bahagi ng 1990s, nitong taon lang, sa isang ospital sa California dahil sa sakit sa baga.

 

 

Iniwan niya ang kanyang mga design kay Joey Espino, ang executive producer ng Philippine Fashion Week. Binilin niya kay Joey na ang kanyang huling collection ang kanyang paraan para maisukli sa bansa ang kanyang pag-asenso bilang fashion designer.

 

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 Designer na damit

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Junio 15th, 2011

 

Nagkita kami ni Drei Soriano, isang Pinoy na designer, sa isang kapihan para ako masukatan. Liban sa mga kasal ng kamag-anak at para sa barong at amerikana, di pa ata ako nagpapasukat para magpagawa ng damit.

 

 

Dinala niya ang ilang mga damit galing sa kanyang Holiday 2011 show sa Philippine Fashion Week.

 

 

Ito ang itsura ng jacket sa lookbook ni Drei.

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 Intro sa Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Mayo 24th, 2011
Salvacion Lim Higgins

 

Kakatapos lang ng Philippine Fashion Week nung isang linggo. Sa SMX at main atrium ng MOA dinaos ang lampas 100 na palabas.

Klase-klaseng moda at estilo ang itinanghal ng mga designer para sa Holiday 2011. Kung merong nagpakitang-gilas sa pagbalik ng mga classic style ng nakaraang mga dekada, meron ding nangahas magpakita ng kanilang vision of the future.

 

M Barretto

 

Ang dami kong nakitang damit at sapatos mula sa menswear show na pinag-iisipan ko nang bilhin.

 

Homage by Randy Ortiz

 

Marami ring collaboration ang mga designer at retailer.

 

Bang Pineda

 

Dalawa ang “season” sa Philippine Fashion Week: Spring at Holiday. Dahil wala naman tayong Fall o Winter, Holiday ang tawag sa panahong di kasing init. Panahon na rin kung kailan ang daming kailangang puntahang handaan at party. Ito ang panahong hinihintay para makapag-layering.

 

Russell Villafuerte

 

May ilang mga palabas sa Fashion Week na kamangha-mangha: sa ganda ng styling, akala mo miyembro ang mga model ng tribo mula sa ibang daigdig.

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 When Art gets a Fashion translation

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Junio 20th, 2010

An unlikely pair indeed: punk-inspired fashion designer Tina Daniac and national artist Ben Cabrera, known simply as Bencab.

For the recently concluded Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010, Tina collaborated with the popular painter for the second half of her collection. She focused on Bencab’s most famous muse, “Sabel”, whom he has portrayed and reinterpreted in his works across the decades.

“Sabel” is a name the artist has a real-life scavenger he photographed and sketched way back in 1965. Her image has been a medium for the expression of various moods, always with the flow and volume of fabrics signaling different emotions.

So it may only seem natural that Tina Daniac picked Bencab for her latest artist collaboration. But this may be true for other designers, and not for Tina, whose edgy creations appear in sharp contrast to Bencab’s untamed representations. What she has done in adopting a different design language is pay homage to both the muse and the artist.

Whatever one may say of the effectivity or creativity of Tina’s translation, this collaboration appears as a welcome direction towards more partnerships between designers and artists.

Who knows what kind of clothes can be produced using the imagery of the works of fellow national artist Ang Kiukok?

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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 Style siblings

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Mayo 27th, 2010

The first time I attended Philippine Fashion Week a couple of years ago, I hadn’t started blogging yet, but I was already granted a front row seat since I was writing a review for a major daily broadsheet. Though not everybody was dressed up for the shows, it was a bit daunting to sit face-to-face with some cliques of the local fashion industry.

Early on in the week’s schedule, I noticed a distinct pair, always together, whose outfits always stood out from the crowd.

Eventually I got to know them as Daryl and Andre Chang, actual siblings! Daryl is now the Fashion Editor of Preview, a local magazine, and Andre is a designer for Folded & Hung, a local clothing label. It is not hard to surmise that they are often the source of each other’s inspiration.

I posted a photo of them in a previous post, Style in Manila. I find it amazing that they both manage to reinvent themselves each time I see them at the bi-annual event.

I come up to them and not only do they have different hairstyles, they also occupy a different decade, mixing in various influences in between.

I also admire how they adamantly support local talent, being stylists and designers themselves, but in a way that doesn’t compromise their own vision of the present moment: the place that each of them inhabits as individuals interpreting the zeitgeist.

El Bosquejo

 
 

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