Author: Tippi

Smart is the New Sexy

                    When it comes to interpreting what’s sexy, we’re finally wisening up. Sex.  It’s the supercharged word that’s all around us, confronting us at every turn from our advertisements, to our fashion, to our music, to our movies. As the oft-repeated phrase goes “Sex sells”.  But what is sexy, really?  Is it skin-baring ensembles that leave little to the imagination?  Is it surgically enhanced bodies sculpted to perfection?  Is it putting on killer heels and a dominatrix sneer? Sexy is more than all of that, I think.  I find that the sexiest people combine an awareness of how they look with an awareness of how they think and feel.  Their self-assurance and sex appeal are born of knowingness beyond what looks good on them.  In other words, truly sexy people don’t just dress smart—they ARE smart. Sharpen Up ‘Porn-chic’, ‘Ghetto’, ‘Glamazon’…been there, done that.  Now is the time to stand tall and look pulled-together again.  Elegant dresses, smart suits and prim (but not necessarily always proper) little ensembles are the perfect way to look sexy but polished.  To keep things fresh, I like updating tailored pieces with unexpected patterns or tempting hints of color. Intelligent Design Design, whether in fashion or other fields, is more than just a superficial add-on.  Good design brings together functionality with desirability, like the sensuous...

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All That Glitters

It’s the season for the shimmer of gold, the shine of silver, and the twinkle of fairy lights.  (published in Metro magazine) Fashion may have its regular seasons, but there is probably no glitzier or more glamorous season worldwide than Christmas. In Manila, where our Christmas season runs for a quarter of the year, we don’t have autumn/winter collections, we celebrate our good tidings (and sunny Christmases) with ‘Holiday collections’.  It doesn’t matter what your religious affiliation may be, Christmas has established itself (for better or for worse) as an extravaganza unlike any other. After all, it’s the time...

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Street Smart

Take your high fashion inspiration from the beat on the streets  (published in Metro magazine) There are the catwalks…and then there are the sidewalks. Style-savvy people have always sought inspiration in unusual places and a city’s avenues and side streets are some of the best places to source for innovative fashion ideas.  From The Material Girl to The Sartorialist, the streets have always provided people with some of the most fashion forward takes on style.  So whether it’s people watching in another country, or scouring the sidewalk bazaars that have sprouted all over Manila, taking your fashion cues from...

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For the Love of Vintage

Bucking the trend of a disposable society (published in Metro magazine) Fashion has always been a force that pushes forward, seeking out the next big thing, looking for the next hot trend.  But at a time when consumerism has seemingly spiraled out of control, and when high fashion and ‘luxury’ brands are churning out goods at mass-produced rates, the things that inspire me the most are those that are likely to have been around for some time, and will continue to be stylish for years to come. Sense of History It’s not that I only like old things, because...

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Coming Up Roses

Mixing and matching different ideas and design inspirations with a healthy dose of femininity (published in Metro magazine) I’ve recently found myself fascinated with the concept of femininity and how it translates to design in modern times. So much of everything we see around us now is an amalgamation of different ideas and aspects of what’s feminine, from our beauty ideals to our fashion trends. This season a woman’s strength comes from showing her softer side, and as I love mixing design inspirations, I noticed that it’s the contrast of feminine and masculine elements together that I personally like...

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