Author: Tippi

Not By the Book: “Gate” dress

A look at the journey from inspiration to fashion runway… This “gate” cocktail dress with keyhole detail was inspired by the architectural details found in Philippine colonial ancestral homes…From inspiration (photo from http://potterartmetal.com)…   …to exhibit piece…   …to the fashion runway!   “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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The Girl on a Comma

It’s a lazy Sunday on this rainy, long weekend and I’ve been stuck at home because of the downpour.  Sometimes when I’m stuck designing, I write. And when I’m stuck writing, I design. I read this in my first (and only!) participation in a poetry-reading session, organized by my friend Jules many, many, many moons ago. I haven’t really had time to write poetry recently, but I thought I’d share this poem since it still seems relevant now when so many changes are happening around us and we feel uncertain as to how to move forward… ——— The Girl On a Comma She sat on a comma She sat in a pause She sat in that space Between an effect and its cause She sat there hanging Like an unfinished thought No verbs to move her Towards what she sought She sat and she waited For words to spell out Her yesterday, her tomorrow What she was about She watched and she waited As characters came Into her life Where they would lay claim She shifted and backspaced For other’s pleasure Even shrinking in size To fit her imagined measure She never considered To shape her own text Creating and molding What she wanted to come next She sat and did nothing To capitalize herself Never being bold enough to write her life Down from the shelf -Tippi Ocampo...

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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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