Month: November 2011

Window Displays & Visual Merchandising

For one day each week for the past month and a half, I was a certified mall rat–but for good reason.  This was my first time being a judge at the Ayala Malls Visual Merchandising & Christmas Decor Awards and it entailed visiting all the Ayala malls to do some window shopping (real shopping was allowed too ;-)), a LOT of eating (for all that strolling around & lifting of shopping bags), a bit of discovering (for little-known stores), and a fair amount of getting to know some really wonderful people (fellow judges Anton, Paolo & Kitkat, and of course our very patient guide, Crispy…I mean, Crissy).  It was a tough job, but hey, someone had to do it. Between the scrumptious lunches, hilarious conversations, and sugar-high meriendas, we actually did serious work discussing the visual design merits of the stores we visited.  From a shop’s window display, to its layout, to its dressing rooms, to the way its merchandise is presented, and even the shopping bags & salespeople’s uniforms, everything was taken into consideration.  The stores we visited included those in Alabang Town Center, Glorietta, Greenbelt, Market! Market!, Serendra, Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, Marquee mall (in Pampanga), and culminated yesterday with our final visit to Ayala mall in Cebu. It was a pleasant surprise for most of us to discover the design-savvy & creativity that many of the...

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FDCP’s Manila Wear

Fashion, like language, needs to evolve in order to stay alive and relevant.  The Fashion & Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP) redesigned the Barong Tagalog & Baro’t Saya for use in more modern, contemporary times in the Manilawear segment of its recently concluded PFDC “Weaving The Future” social design competition.  Paired with BENCH jeans, the redesigned Barong/ Baro’t Saya made from local weaves stepped off its ‘costume’ pedestal and stepped into more current, everyday Manilawear fashion.  It also took a step towards bridging our past, and bringing it decidedly into our present. Barong Tagalog Jerome Ang Edwin Ao PJ Arañador Ivarluski Aseron Avel Bacudio Vittorio Barba JC Buendia Joel Escober Ramon Esteban Arcy Gayatin Oj Hoffer Gerry Katigbak Rajo Laurel Jojie Lloren Len Nepumoceno Anthony Nocom Tippi Ocampo Dong Omaga-Diaz Randy Ortiz Frederick Peralta Joey Samson Hindy Webber-Tantoco *Photos by Nelson Villarica 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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Fashionable and Sustainable

Last night’s “Weaving the Future” finals night was a culmination of months of planning and hard work, and the excitement could be felt even during rehearsals and as last-minute preparations were underway at the Pagcor Grand Theater.  FDCP’s vision for this competition is far-reaching, and as a social design competition its ripple effects are meant to be felt a long time after the excitement over the winners has died down. More than just discovering new talent, FDCP’s “Weaving The Future” aims to revitalize interest in our local fabrics, as well as weave together the innovative and exciting designs from eager young minds with the experience and skill of age-old craftsmanship.  The prestigious line-up of judges this year included Josie Natori, Cesar Gaupo, Bea Zobel de Ayala, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Marivic Pineda, Pepito Albert, Joey Yupangco, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Mark Nicdao, Wynn Wynn Ong and Thelma San Juan. Early preparations at the cavernous Pagcor grand theater where “Weaving The Future” was held Last minute fittings & rehearsals–there was so much room backstage! 🙂 Contestants hanging out before competition night Fitting Grace with the barong I designed for FDCP’s Manila Wear segment.  Jeans by Bench, shoes by Figlia Couture. Models backstage wearing modern, sustainable, eco-chic fashions for “Weaving the Future” Ivar, Joey and myself all dressed up and ready to welcome guests into the venue (thanks for the pic, sexy-tary Sandy B!) Good...

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The Beauty of Local Weaves

Weaving is an ancient form of fabric production that goes back centuries, and it is even more relevant today than it was in recent years.  With the rise in popularity worldwide of local, sustainable industries, weaving is being revived not just as a highly prized craft but also as an art form. In the Philippines, we have many local weaves produced from fibers as varied as bamboo, pineapple, abacca and banana.  Mixed with cotton or silk, these weaves are not only beautiful, but are comfortable to wear in our humid weather.  While pricier than most industrially manufactured synthetic fabrics, natural weaves are gaining a following in the fashion industry worldwide because of its unique textures and tactile qualities. Developing an appreciation for our local fibers and weaves is an important first step in creating fashion that is sustainable while at the same time global and fashion-forward. Raw abacca fibers Indigenous weaves produce beautiful textures Burberry coat made from a mix of abacca, silk and cotton Rodarte cocktail dress made from fibers of abacca, piña, silk and cotton Valentino’s spring/summer 2012 collection featured designs strikingly similar to the barong tagalog Local piña fabric with embroidery Bottega Veneta Nappa Aquatre bag uses nappa leather in a weave similar to our local buri banig Banig weave made of buri *FDCP’s Philippine Fashion Design Competition “Weaving The Future” is tonight at 6pm at...

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Inspirational Photo of the Day

Wow!!!  Talk about a shoe that absolutely made my heart palpitate!  While surfing online on Dezeen magazine, I came across this ahhh-mayyy-zinggg shoe design by award winning UK architect/shoe designer Julian Hakes.  Apparently this “Mojito” shoe was just a conceptual design, but since it appeared online and went viral, they decided it had to be commercially produced.  Ahhh, the advantages of on-line ‘peer’ pressure! I love the crazy, graphic quality of the shoe that still manages to look so sexy.  This is one beautiful, sensuous, lust-inspiring, breathtaking shoe….oooooohh!!! Check out a 360-degree view here http://www.hakes.co.uk 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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