Author: Tippi

Not By the Book: “Trapo” Gown

A look at the journey from inspiration to fashion runway… All things ‘collage-d’ & crafty are finding their way down this season’s fashion runways.  This “trapo” gown was inspired by the rags found in markets that were pieced & sewn together from scraps of various fabrics. From inspiration sketch…   …to exhibit piece…   …to the fashion runway! (lower part of gown is removable to turn it into a dress)   “Not by the Book” is currently available in all Powerbooks outlets, select National Bookstores branches & all Best Sellers bookstores. It is now also available in Fully-Booked Bonifacio High Street, Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La Edsa, Greenhills, Eastwood, Trinoma & MOA. You may also order the book on-line.  For orders please email order@notbythebook.net (free delivery via 2GO within the Philippines). Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this...

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Resort 2012 Inspiration

Nature has always been a great source of inspiration and I was feeling exhilarated by the great outdoors while thinking up a collection for Resort 2012… …when I came upon this store selling Philippine pearls, shells & natural stones in Market! Market! and saw these beautiful strands.  I’m usually extra conscious about purchasing coral or shell strands because I love the ocean & wouldn’t want a coral reef getting depleted in exchange for accessorizing a few dresses.  The shop owner who was from Mindanao, however, assured me that only her South Sea pearls were new, and that these shell strands, in fact, have been with her for over 10 years! I immediately fell in love with this strange strand of shells that look like vertebrae… …and I absolutely adore the color & pattern of turquoise stones! Still playing around with these at the moment & am excited to see what design direction the collection will take 🙂 *(Photos by John Lacson & Ito Ocampo) Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this...

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Return of the Rice Goddess

For years I had wanted to create a design from a rice sack, partly because the phrase “it’s like wearing a sack” was derogatory & meant you looked anything but glamorous, and partly because rice–and rice sacks–are such an intrinsic, ubiquitous part of everyday life in the Philippines.  So, a few months back, when Candy Dizon called to invite me to participate in a “Green Couture” show to raise awareness for the environment & the green movement (& raise funds for the benefit of the Waldorf school) I was thrilled.  I finally had a reason & purpose for creating...

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About the Exhibition | Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The romantics (Lacroix) and dark romantics (McQueen, Theyskens, Galliano) were always my favorite designers and Alexander McQueen was one of those who inspired me the most.  His vision transcended the everyday business of fashion and embraced both the light & dark sides of the human soul while championing the power of  imagination.  His designs were often other-worldly & were not always wearable, but they always transported one to a a different time and place.  His exhibit at the Met is one exhibit I truly wish I could have seen in its full, multi-sensory glory! Click on the link for an on-line peek at the exhibit… About the Exhibition | Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this...

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Personal Style vs. Cookie-Cutter Style

I’ve always been more fascinated with personal style than with what’s considered “stylish”.  Even as a teenager, I was well aware that there were people who were considered fashionable and stylish, those who wore the hippest brands and who knew the latest styles…and then there were those memorable individuals who just exuded personal style, who broke the mold and made any look all their own. These people weren’t necessarily outlandish dressers, some of them wore clothes that were downright basic.  It’s just that they seemed to have a clear idea of themselves and it showed in the way they carried their clothes, nothing seemed too contrived or tried too hard. The first time I went to Europe on my 12th birthday, I was blown away–everyone on the street had style and no one wore their clothes the same way. Unlike in Manila (back then) where everyone wore the same pastel preppy polo shirts with the ‘long-back’ and fitted jeans with their espadrilles, Topsiders or Bass loafers, in Europe, even jeans and a t-shirt were given an individual stamp. Some wore their jeans loose, cinched tightly at the waist like a paperbag with a tight, long-sleeved, scoop-necked  tee and hoop earrings.  Others wore their jeans capri-style, with ballet flats, a cashmere t-shirt, and pearls.  Some girls wore their hair cropped really short, wore suspenders with their cuffed jeans and fitted...

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