J.W.Anderson x Uniqlo Look no. 4

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J.W.Anderson x Uniqlo Haul!!

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The long wait is finally over, oh my god!!! I’ve been looking forward to this collaboration ever since it was announced earlier this year and I’m so glad it’s finally dropped. Drop and cop as they say but I wasn’t able to cop all of the pieces like the tartan backpack and the rainbow-esque scarf as the key pieces I wanted to get and some other less major pieces that I didn’t get.

Woke up early this morning, or at least I think an early enough time to make it to the opening. I know not as many people would queue outside the stores as the people back in England or everywhere else do; hell, they even camp outside the night before the launch. And don’t deny it, Manila isn’t a fashion capital so you would assume that not many people know so much about what’s going in the industry.

So, I was confident that I’ll be getting the pieces that I wanted—lo and behold, I didn’t. I had to take the public transportation in here, and knowing that public transportation here in the Philippines is extremely medieval, I didn’t arrive on the dot. In fact, I was just 20 minutes late and the rails already looked like a typhoon lashed out on them. In the end, though, I got everything I wanted, more or less and shot those lewks on the same day (coming on my next blog posts!!!).

Oh, and the quality is very near to the real thing which the brand is also known for. I got a J.W.A. tunic (see one of my blog posts here) and you can feel the same “quality” with the clothes from this collaboration, of course, expect a little less coz this one’s not exactly exclusively and minimally produced like the namesake label. Can’t wait to wear them!!!

This year’s a good year for high street-designer collabs! One down, one more to go! Looking forward for the Erdem x H&M launch in November! Did you also buy anything from this collection? I wanna know about it!

Ciao for now! xx

Walking the Dog

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I’m a dog lover. Always have, always will. I also like anything chic and glamorous; this jumper has all of that elements. I think this is by far my least basic designer jumper and my first purchase (and mind you, my first Loewe item!) ever since I got back here in London.

The moment I saw this jumper while browsing through some potential purchases online, I thought I shouldn’t go back to the Philippines without getting this one – so I did. And hey, I thought of all the excuses à la Rebecca Bloomwood, “I don’t have an oversized jumper (let alone one with a dog wearing a beret), I have a torso, arms and hands, London is still slightly chilly in the summer.” et voila! I got my jumper which I like to define as a ‘dog style’ *wink*

Of course, I won’t be able to wear it in a hell of a hot and humid country such as the Philippines but surely I’ll be able to wear it when Lady Luck goes on my side and helps me find a job (or a husband!!!) somewhere in the west! Where else should one shoot their outfits but in their neighbourhood? It just so happened that my neighbourhood has brick-coloured houses which went well with my a little-above-basic lewk. It’s Loewe.

It’s a dog-eat-dog world after all.

Ciao for now! xx

Jumper by Loewe, jeans by J. Brand, loafers from Stubbs & Wootton

Buon compleanno, Miuccia Prada!!!

So happy to be finally back again! I’ve been busy traveling for almost the whole of April and barely stayed in Manila at all. I’m still busy sorting things out for the next couple of months and hoping it all goes well! I promise to put some more content and to make more time for it. Heck, I would even use my iPhone to post something here.

Anyway, it occurred to me that it was Miuccia Prada’s birthday yesterday. Obviously, I found out about it late, a day later only that is, but still, I thought I would still dedicate a blog post for one of my absolute favourite figures and (fashion) saints before it’s all too late! You all will never know when the apocalypse will begin so greet everyone around you before judgement day!!!

Never have I thought that I would be wearing Prada in my entire life! It just feels so good to see something that you’ve just seen on a fashion show and eventually be able to wear it when it hits the racks come the new season! I guess I can tell that it changed my life for the better and changed my bank account’s life for the worse LOL.

Here’s a little retrospect of all of my Prada outfits since my fashion awakening! Happy birthday again, St. Miuccia Prada!!!

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Here’s to more Prada outfits!!!

Missed you all. XX

P.S. Stay tuned for my upcoming blog posts on my recent trips to Guam and Japan!

PRIMA BALLERINA BY WAY OF VALENTINO

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My ballet career has finally taken off!! Lol, who am I kidding? The moment I saw the last runway collection of Valentino’s then-dynamic duo, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, made me realise that my dreams of becoming (or at least looking like one) a prima ballerina is within reach, or shall I say with just a swipe of my ‘magic card’? Cha-ching!

I’m gonna give myself half a credit for wearing head-to-toe runway looks: a quarter for losing the ‘sense of style’ as you wear them because of solely relying on the look itself and another quarter for being brave in wearing them. Do I look like someone who gives a fuck when I get stares because of what I’m wearing? No. People are gonna stare at you no matter what you’re wearing anyway so might as well just make it worth their damn time!! Lol! I like wearing runway looks on the streets (not hat I wear them all the time) whether it’s fashion week or not coz I dress the same anyway whether it’s fashion week or not.

I like the contrast between the combat boots, the tulle skirt and the cropped jumper. Each piece was quite unusual to wear altogether but still appeared chic overall. I told myself what any person who shops would tell themselves when I bought the cropped jumper: I don’t have a black cropped cashmere jumper and it’s cold. I’m sold! What I told myself when I bought the boots was simple: I have feet that fits in them…another reason for me to be sold! I’m easily convinced when shopping coz I tell myself the silliest, most obvious reasons for me to buy (or not to buy) a certain piece but I mostly end up buying!

Like every Valentino runway show I’ve watched (livestream-ed. But hopefully to get to watch it up close and personal in the future!!!), it always takes me a couple more replays to let the collection sink in to me. Then on one of the final replays I did, the monochromatic lewk from Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo’s last runway (AW2016), caught my attention coz of it’s gender blurring traits! I’m not one who believes that clothes shouldn’t be concealed in one gender category, I believe everyone should wear what they want whether it’s a guy who chooses to wear something eclectic from Miu Miu or some chick who decides to don a borrowed-from-the-boys look and as long as they’re comfortable in it! Think of Jayden Smith being in Louis Vuitton’s womenswear campaign! I actually got complemented by a posh, old but chic English woman at the bus stop telling me how she loved my outfit! Can. You. Imagine!!! Definitely was the highlight of my day before I fully turn into a real life version of Rebecca Bloomwood, lolz.

Ciao for now!

Everything by Valentino

Photos taken by Muffadal Abbas (@bymabbas)

Shot at Italian Gardens, Kensington Palace Gardens

NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR VALENTINO

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Consider this as a Valentino-appreciation post.

Ping-ponging between Valentino and Prada (fine, AND Gucci – I love Italian-made clothes) to wear for fashion weeks and simply for casual wear is probably one of the good ping-pongings I could and would ever want. If I have to choose between fashion brands on which ones to wear for the rest of my life, I would choose Valentino and Prada. Prada for daywear and Valentino for evening engagements.

But there’s just something about Valentino that makes me feel different than any high-end brand out there. Maybe the way their clothes and everything else look? I mean, c’mon, with something so expensive from Valentino, say a fully embroidered silk-shantung kimono coat with a delft motif, looking like someone oozing with glamour and looking like a million bucks should at least justify the amount you paid for (even if we all know that not everything expensive will look expensive on everyone, lol).

It could also be how it made me in some chapters of my life. For example, I wore Valentino for my graduation and it never felt so good; even better when I sashayed on the stage to get the piece of paper that I spent almost a quarter of my life for, but it was all worth it in the end. I kinda looked at that graduation as if I got married coz I haven’t worn that outfit again, it was just hanging in my closet collecting dust! I might wear them again soon, though. They’re too pretty to not be worn.

The creative direction of the then-duo of the brand, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, has changed the brand for the better while still keeping the brand’s opulence and elusiveness that Valentino Garavani himself established intact. Until last year, when the professional split of the two surprised (or not) the industry, making MGC the first female creative director for Dior and leaving PP behind, whom I still think is doing a marvellous job!

Let me tell you about the time I met Pierpaolo, I decided to walk down Oxford St. that day after a bad day in uni. It was also a week before I went on my solo-Scandinavian trip! Mind you, I don’t like walking in that tourist-infested area with a lot of them with a molasses-paced walk and a lot of them turning around making you walk into them. I don’t know what came into my mind and made me decide to walk down that place I dread; I’m now just thinking of it as a blessing in disguise. Anyway, so while walking down there, I saw this man whom I found familiar, making me take another look at him until it made me realise that it’s really him! He was taking photos of the street’s Christmas decorations when I asked him if is he who I think he was. I briefly chatted with him, telling him how much I liked his SS17 collection and how much I LOOOVE the Rockstud Spike bag which I wasn’t wearing that day. I was dressed really sluggish and wasn’t shaven too (mind you, I was still walking like the diva I am despite looking shabby and lackluster haha). He was genuinely humble and thankful for the praises I gave him and he even asked me name. I wish asked his profesh info so I can work with him one day when the right time comes!!!! Fingers, arms and legs crossed!!!!!

Did I mention the store experience? It’s the only store where I don’t feel watched and don’t see sharks lurking around who are ready to bite when they see a seal. This store leaves me by myself, letting me feel and enjoy the clothes. The visual merchandising is also immaculate!! The lighting and the way the colours register on your sight is (can’t think of any words to describe this but) delicious! D-lish!!!

Nothing but love for Valentino.

Ciao for now!

Valentino Spring-Summer 2017 and Rosso Valentino collection.

BURBERRY MAKERS HOUSE

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It’s a given that Burberry is one of the most anticipated (if not, the most) shows every season during London Fashion Week, making it a definite highlight of the trade event in the fashion capital.

Making its comeback for the second time, the Makers House practically serves as a ‘re-see’ of the AW2017 collection that was just shown for the public to have a closer look at the clothes. It also showcases the work of the iconic artist, Richard Moore, whose sculptures are placed around the venue and which reflects the structural pieces from the collection such as the knits and some pieces which have a slight abstract form that would make you take a second glance to understand what the look is about, say, the off-shoulder knits paired with crisp white shirts with longer-than-usual-but-still-stylish sleeves. I’ve also been in here last time when they first introduced this idea. Except last time, SS2017, was a different concept and inspiration which was Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando”. The pieces were more about silky and airy looks with vibrant prints and colours with similar silhouettes from this season while the dominant silhouettes this season are more structured and monolithic all throughout.

Burberry is one of the pioneers to follow the see-now-buy-now model. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer when it comes to discussing this hot topic happening in the fashion industry as it is debatable when you look at it from different perspectives. Looking from my point of view as a consumer, if I see something that I want – and I mean something that I badly want that I couldn’t live another day without having it, I would buy it then and there, no questions asked; and the money that I would use to buy that particular item I was eyeing on would mean a contribution to the return-on-investment for the business so it’s kinda like a win-win situation on both sides. But still, some individuals disagree with it because it ‘disrupts’ the flow of the fashion industry and is an unorthodox business model. It’s like being treated as a spoiled child; being given everything that you want in an instant and not ‘working hard’ instead to get it. I know right, whatever happened to the waiting for a couple more months to see the new season’s collections on racks and shelves?

But hey, at the end of the day, business is business and to make one stand out, one must always be different. That’s what I liked about Christopher Bailey’s business mindedness; the other day I was thinking, what if I had to choose a fashion husband…who would it be? Initially I was thinking of, Jonathan Anderson of J.W.Anderson and Loewe’s creative director because how much creative juice can you squeeze out of your brain for 2 established brands??? It requires a lot of inspiration but not to the point where you get inspiration from everything. That spells d-e-s-p-e-r-a-t-i-o-n. But then I thought of Christopher Bailey…as the CEO and chief creative director of an established heritage brand that many Brits are proud of, how can you juggle the creative and business ideas? Of course, organisation is a cliché thing given with that kind of responsibility. It reminded me of the days when I was studying game design wherein I have to think of maths, programming languages, numbers and the like, together with artistic concepts, user experiences, how it would appeal to a target audience, gameplay, etc. – it was so difficult!! I LOVE both JWA and Christopher Bailey but I’ll have to give it to the latter.

While going through the collection, I noticed not one but two familiar faces. Two of the people I see often when I watch fashion shows and reviews; then I figured out that it was THE Christopher Bailey being interviewed by Tim Blanks. I told myself I have to have a photo with people who I rarely see! *fingers crossed to hoping to see them more often one day when my dreams of becoming a FRow regular is fulfilled lol*

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The show was strong and striking with all of the looks that were presented; there was also a shoe that seemed like a straight homage to the collection’s inspiration due to the sculptural heel it has. Romantic silhouettes shown through laces and ruffles are a Burberry signature and it doesn’t lose the poetic feel of the whole collection with the whole Victorian vibes it exhumes. The finale was phenomenal, probably the best out of all the finales I’ve seen this season. Think of a typical Dolce & Gabbana finale with models sent out in uniform high octane sequinned pieces (though, Dolce’s is always expected), but grander, with capes as their uniforms, and definitely screams British. A battalion of caped crusaders unexpectedly were sent down to grace everyone with what was covering their initial looks they were wearing moments before. Each cape was just as breathtaking as the next, having a wide variation of silhouettes. I liked wearing capes when I first moved to London, at some point I stopped, but now that Burberry introduced it back, my capes and ponchos will be overjoyed for I will be wearing them on the last days of winter. I honestly cannot think of any more superlative word for how excellent this show was, I’m not even lying. The intricately crafted capes were made from different materials such as pearls, feathers, crystals and a lot more, which all had several things written all over them: opulence, regality, magnificence, luxury, royalty, Burberry.

Watch the Burberry February Autumn/Winter 2017 runway show below:

Photos taken at Burberry Makers House, 21 February 2017

Ciao for now!

TA-DA!!!

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