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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
It’s true what they say about traveling being more about the journey than the destination. This never seemed truer than when I took an unexpected detour from the straight and narrow road that I had earlier mapped out for myself. In life, as in travels, it’s the hidden streets, unpaved pathways and unmarked doors that open up and lead us to discovering wonders both big and small, in and outside ourselves, lengthening our lives in ways that stretching the years never would. After all, if the quickest way from point A to point B is a straight line, then doesn’t it...Read More
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