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Ayala Style Origin: Mensweek @ Trinoma

In its first year, and the second Men’s Fashion Week in Asia after Singapore, Ayala Style Origin 2012 presents Mensweek to showcase our very own local menswear designers such as M Barretto and Norman Noriega.

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I love the boots with man-platforms!

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This jacket… I COVET!

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There is a certain eerie and spectacle, all at the same time, at the sight of M Barretto’s controlled and clean designs. At one look, it may seem a tad classic, what with polos, vests and coats; but the cuts that capitalize in silhouette and body frame seems to give it more character. Add to that the boots with platforms (I’m guessing by Bang Pineda) not just gives height but gives the whole look a glorifying finishing touch.

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M Barretto

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Do you notice the shredded part at the chest? It’s such a subtle and witty addition to the whole ensemble.

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If structure is M’s strength, then Norman’s on the lighter side. As some would say, it’s primeval and organic, I’d say it’s all about being free. Yes, the OS accessories have given it a yaba-daba-doo feel, but what I still see are cuts banking on silhouette – either strict to follow the body or loose, boxy and drapey to alter it. Whether it’s bedrock-ancient or 2020 couture, what we can sum up from all this is function without appearing lousy. Can you imagine wearing Norman’s comfy clothes and still manage to look edgy?

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Norman Noriega

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This Philippine Fashion Week, I am so glad that we have not just one show, but a whole week to celebrate menswear! If there’s one thing we could take pride is that Filipino designers are world-class.

Kudos to all the talented and promising designers in the Philippines!

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Enchong Dee

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Joseph Marco

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Ayala Style Origin: High Street Men’s Fashion @ Trinoma

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We now continue this Style Origin coverage with the Men’s High Street brands —

van heusen
Van Heusen. Corporate, sleek and clean.

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Swatch

izod
Izod. Nautical and cuffed. Perfect look for that weekend escape in some obscure island.

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Debenhams

Sperry
Sperry. I was over with the topsider fever, but you have to admit, it suits anything.

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Merrel

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Topman. Stand out in the crowd with prints, bold and subtle.

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Mundo (The Ramp). I am thrilled with the minimalist touch of monochrome in Mundo’s pieces.

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Maldita Man. Basics in excellent cut and muted tones.

celio + pedro
Celio + Pedro. When it calls for preppy, you know where to get ’em.

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Sassa Jimenez. Summer = floral. And I like how it played with other colors.

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Joey Samson. Floral prints seems to be the theme in unique cuts

jerome lorico
Jerome Lorico. This isn’t your normal Summer collection, but I love the inspiration got from several indigenous tribes in the South and the use of knit in this collection (which is indigenously sourced also.) What sets it apart from other designs though is the drape styling and ornamental touches such as metallics and aztec patterns.

I really regret not going to the first one, but was really lucky to catch even just a glimpse of Jerome Lorico’s collection.

COMING UP NEXT: M Barretto and Norman Noriega shows their menswear collection at Style Origin 2012 at Trinoma!

Ayala Style Origin: High Street Fashion @ Trinoma

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Hi there y’all! That was a whirlwind half month that passed and that has left me with overwhelming backlogs. Anyway, I am back, and it’s fashion week already! What more exciting to start with but the Style Origin High Street fashion show by Ayala at Trinoma!

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The show was opened by composer-singer-rockstar Bamboo Manalac and he sang most of his all-time hits all throughout the show. I think it’s refreshing that rock music is being used in the runway HERE in the Philippines, ’cause surprisingly it works! Bamboo wooed the ladies like how Adam Levine did in the Victoria’s Secret show last year! The lady models must’ve missed a beat or two trying to concentrate between walking and looking at Bamboo :P

1The very summery pantone of the year is ever present

2Prints is still in vogue

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4Pair your favorite summer pieces (i.e., florals, pastels, nautical) with neutrals for cleaner look 

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6Achieve that summer tan and flaunt it over some of these pieces. And don’t forget that hat!

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10It’s very difficult to layer in this time of the year so look for outfits that can probably stand for itself or will do with accessories

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13Let sheer help your skin to breathe

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18Dress a la Summer in the Hamptons

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It was a fresh show of Summer-Spring collection of different high street brands, both local and abroad. There were about 20+ brands who participated in the High Street Fashion Show which are the following:

Human
Call It Spring
Kashieca
Charles & Keith
Bauhaus
Dorothy Perkins
Mango
Topshop
7 for All Mankind
Michael Antonio
Accessorize
Naturalizer
Details
Esprit
Maldita
Missy
Inches
XOXO
Promod
Chocolate
R.A.F.
Swatch
Geleia
Gap
Springfield
Zara

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DSC_0128I am loving Bamboo’s outfit palette!

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DSC_0161I can’t emphasize MORE how Bamboo was a big PLUS to this show! Kudos!

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Thank you to Cariza who invited me over to Style Origin and to Jonard for coming with us! I really had a good time (and possibly a hard time computing how much more broke I will become after the smorgasbord of shopping possibilities! Haha!) UP NEXT: Men’s High Street and Menswear by M Barretto and Norman Noriega!

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Oxygen long drapey top and denim jeans, Memo belt, Thrifted military boots

ALSO, I got featured here!! Thanks to Style Origin and looking forward to the other shows, schedule below:

See you when I see you!

It’s not the camera

You know the saying that no matter what camera a true photographer wields, it will always deliver a message. No grain, no blur, no flare  can stop a photographer from expressing through an image.

And if photographers can wield cameras as light as this one from IKEA, oh trust me, they’ll be so glad!

Not to mention, this camera is design at its finest! I love how IKEA puts so much thought into aesthetic and functionality in everything!

Pixel Perfect

Young Star 16 x 16 Exhibit

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Raymond Ang

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The Queen of Tea, Thysz Estrada!

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Went to Young Star’s 16 x 16 exhibit at the Archaeology Wing of Powerplant Mall at Rockwell. The exhibit by 16 of the country’s budding artists (two collaborated for each piece) namely, BJ Pascual and Valerie Chua, Your Evil Twin and Paulina Ortega, Cholo Dela Vega and Kristine Caguiat, Tricia Gosingtian and Christian San Jose, Carina Santos and Hannah Reyes, Luis Santos and Joseph Pascual, and Gabby Cantero and Cj de Silva was to commemorate Young Star’s 16th anniversary.

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I had, yet again, a mini-project running through my mind. I thought of getting everybody’s solo headshot. I used to do this in events, but you know how you get tired when something becomes a routine. So I kinda missed it and took everybody’s headshot…

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Patty Mendoza

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Edrick Bruel

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Gerick Ortiz

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Rutherford Perez

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Justine Aure

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Judd Figuerres

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Karla Ynzon

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Bruce Venida

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Eunice Acosta

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BJ Pascual

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Joseph Pascual

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Regina Belmonte

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Nissy San Jose

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Xtina

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God-help-me-I-forgot-his-name :(

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Gabby Cantero

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Nante Santamaria

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Viva Gonzalez

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Thysz Estrada

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En Estrada, 1/2 of Your Evil Twin

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Oh forgive the failed jump shots! I finally got it though. Thank you, Judd and Karla for my shots :)

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FMCC tee, Paradigm Shift harem shorts, Reebok high cut dunks, Manobo bead bracelet

Anyway, I think I’ll need to title this post as my Postura Day 1, but I know I can’t keep up to do this. Haha! Anyway, I just know we’ll keep on, and never tire supporting these Filipino brands, just as we are showing support for all these up and coming artists!

Have a Moonleaf Summer everyone!

As promised here are the other official photos for My Summer Staycation: Moonleaf Summer 2012!

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Once again, a roll call of the most amazing team I have the honor to have worked with:

Photography | Joseph Pascual
Videography | Judd Figuerres
Make up & Grooming | Kim Alcoreza
Production Design | Jan Pineda and Dreps Tatad
Models | Rutherford Perez, Bruce Venida, Sasha Palomares, Justine Aure, and Gela Abores

This has been My Summer Staycation: The Moonleaf Summer 2012 Campaign! Happy Moonleaf-ing everyone!

Moonleaf: My Summer Staycation BTS

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DSC_0781Sasha, Justine, Rutherford, Gela, and Bruce

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These are just some of the behind-the-scenes of our shoot for The Moonleaf Summer 2012 Campaign shot by Joseph Pascual and filmed by Judd Figuerres. The locations were Maginhawa street and the vast grassy area that is the University of the Philippines – Diliman. I had the honor to tag along and experience working with these amazing people… oh just look how much fun we are having.

DSC_0803Do you agree with me that it looks like  sundae cone?

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Just as we were setting up for the second location at UP, we found ourselves playing around and had a shoot within a shoot. It was fun! With the beautiful sun and all. AND. THAT. DOLL. LOLz!

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Make up and grooming c/o Ms. Kim Alcoreza

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DSC_0840Jan – 1/2 of the Production and Set Design team

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DSC_0845Dreps – Jan’s other half… of the Production and Set Design Team haha

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DSC_0852Karla and Eunice joined us in our UP leg of the shoot. Karla brought Kuchay, yay!

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Punchdrunk Panda x Analog Soul gulaman shirt, Oxygen reversible jeans, Reebok high cut dunks, Fedora hat

BTS video by Judd Figuerres

Watch out for our Summer Xie Xie Day!!! It’s a summer party you’ll never forget, so stay tuned at @moonleafteashop!

Moonleaf: My Summer Staycation 2012

Come to think of it, staycation isn’t a bad idea at all. Though I’d really love to be in the islands by now because of this heat staring down at us, the city isn’t that unbearable with my favorite milk tea in hand.

See you all at Moonleaf!

THE MOONLEAF 2012 SUMMER CAMPAIGN

Photography by Joseph Pascual
Videography by Judd Figuerres

With Sasha Palomares, Justine Aure, Rutherford Perez, Gela Abores and Bruce Venida

Make up & grooming by Kim Alcoreza
Production & Set Design by Dreps Tatad and Jan Pineda

I’ll post the whole campaign and BTS by moi soon! 

Of milk tea and deal breakers

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If life has been any simpler than a twisted game of Monopoly Deal, I probably would have won with a deal breaker and a sly deal in hand. But it ain’t a friggin’ game, and I may need my daily does of milk tea to calm my all too frantic self.

Hello Tuesday!