Author: Tippi

Bloom Chair by Kenneth Cobonpue

http://www.kennethcobonpue.com I am so, so, so in love with this Bloom Chair by world-renowned Filipino furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue!  It is just too gorgeous for words–it has just the right amount of prettiness, comfort and wit thrown in the mix.  Ito and I have been fixing up our home lately, so we’ve been dreaming up some renovations and browsing around for furniture.  I can imagine feeling like a shrunken Alice (in Wonderland) while sitting on this chair. Handmade of microfiber and with a steel base, its price tag of US$2,465 is beyond my furniture budget for a single chair, but the price for visualizing is absolutely free (along with posting an image on my vision board)!  I do hope I get the chance to visit his showroom/factory the next time I’m in Cebu though–his design vision is just so incredibly inspiring. Over the years, flowers and vegetables have been a favorite source of inspiration for me like the ‘cabbage’ dress and  ‘gumamela’ gown below, so this chair just really took my breath away 🙂     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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That 70’s Show

In recent months fashion has been doing it’s regular pilgrimage and revisiting the wild-child, disco era seventies.  From lounge-y jumpsuits to sparkly mini dresses, wildly printed maxi dresses to big hair & floppy hats, we’ve all succumbed to disco fever.  With its penchant for flamboyant (& flammable) fabrics, the seventies were a glamorous, indulgent, decadent era–or so I wildly imagine, since it was the year I was born.  Pre-clubbing days, parties & discos used to be where everything happened and where everyone was at.  The Factory, Studio 54, and locally, Cocobanana had everyone boogieing and shimmying the night away in fashions that rivaled the all-out glitter of a disco ball.  Fabulous, crazy, exuberant, sexy–who wouldn’t want to revisit the seventies again & again? From the watering-hole of 70’s party animals, Studio 54… …to this year’s Cocobanana-themed Preview Best Dressed Ball… …to our crazy group of friends’ Saturday Night Fever-themed dinner… …the sensational 70’s never seems to go away! And just for fun, click here for Abba’s Dancing Queen 🙂 Happy long weekend! *Studio 54 & Saturday Night Live photos from Google Images/ Photos by 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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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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