Met Gala 2018

And the Superbowl of fashion has happened! It’s been over a day since this year’s MET Gala and I’m still not over from the outfits I saw that made me say “yay” and “nay”. The theme was “Heavenly Bodies and the Catholic Imagination”. This year’s by far my favourite one as I got watch it live and enjoy the opulence I’ve seen in celebs’s looks. The past MET galas have been “meh” for me. It lacked glamour and luxury, two things I’m in desperate need of in my life right now!

It’s a Versace kind of night – everyone seems to be wearing Versace. It’s a Ver-sayce. No, it’s Versace. But before I start roasting my saints and sinners aka my best dressed list who went with the theme and my worst dressed, let me just say that even if I’m a Catholic, I’d still say that the world is so much better without religion. And as once a church-goer myself, I’d say that the worst and most terrible people can be found at the church. Am I right or amarayt? Also, I thought that only a few stood out to send a message about the issues that the Church is in quarrel with like oppression on women, the LGBTQ+, anti-abortion campaigns and divorce, child abuse and a lot more; rather than just blatantly showing the “Catholic is cool” message.

Enough with the political side of things, let’s get going with the glamour! I am someone that in loves with glamour and luxury and is not one bit afraid of it.

SAINTS

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Janelle Monáe in Marc Jacobs – I always love myself a black and white lewk with a literal hint of sparkle on it! Bonus points for dressing like you’re going to a mass at St. Paul’s!

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Ariana Grande in Vera Wang – despite fashion being considered as a form of art, it takes dressing on another level when you literally wear an art.. by Michelangelo no less. Not bad for her first Met Gala!

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Anne Hathaway in Valentino Haute Couture – Anne Hathaway. Valentino. Red. All of my favourite things in one. An instant spot in my best-dressed list!!!

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Bee Shaffer in Valentino – honestly does she ever dress badly? I never would have thought that she’d dress very well despite saying that she’s not interested in fashion on ‘The September Issue’. I haveer seen her in a tragic lewk in her red carpets. Brava!

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Zendaya in Versace – This is what Joan of Arc would look like if she was invited to the Met Gala. Except she’d be more butch! Zendaya is just divine.

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Rihanna in Margiela – what’s the Met Gala without her? I mean!!! This Pope outfit is just jaw dropping. Living for this lewk!

SINNERS

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I don’t know who she is and whoever she’s wearing. The cut-outs aren’t just working for me. I’m rather getting space vibes. Meh.

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Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton – I dunno about you but I think this would work better on a theme that shows the Navies of the world with. Not going with the theme at all.

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Kris Jenner – I don’t know who she’s wearing. While I love myself a momager who’d tell me that I’m doing amazing while shooting for a sexy magazine, this just made her gain an extra 50 lbs. I wonder how many muppets died for the skirt part though.

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Emilia Clarke in (what I believe is Dolce Alta Moda) – one word. Basic. Next!!

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Shailene Woodley in Ralph Lauren – ever bought something online that’s actually a totally different shit when it arrives? This is that. Imagine buying Zendaya’s outfit and it arrives like this. The horror! Cute ruffles though, darling.

Special Mentions

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I don’t know who she is and what she does but props for wearing this LGBTQ+ outfit as a “fuck you!” to the very religious bigots who think what they’re doing is an act of kindness!!!

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen – my fashion icons! In theme or not, they’d always be in my best-dressed list. They can wear whatever they want because they’re richer than you!!

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Alexander Skarsgård – my Swedish husband can even wear clothes made of potato sack and I’d still sit on his face and ride him til sunrise! Sex on a stick, I tell ya!

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SJP in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda – I couldn’t help but wonder why there’s an actual altar on her head. I love SJP (but not D&G)!

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Anna Wintour in Chanel Haute Couture – how can I forget about the high priestess of fashion?!

There you have it! Ciao kids xx

All photos from Vogue.com

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Top 10 looks for Autumn/Winter 2018

Another fashion month has gone. A week ago to be exact, and we all have been given now been given a headstart to list all the things we want that will burn our rent checks come July. The fashion world has become topsy-turvy with the many designers doing their fashion version of a merry-go-round; with Christopher Bailey leaving Burberry after a very long time who will be replaced by Ricardo Tisci, Phoebe Philo (my queen) leaving Céline, Carolina Herrera leaving her namesake brand.. which is quite sad. Though I gotta give it to her by throwing shade by saying she’s tired of people who like ugly fashion. I agree with her, I mean, where’s the glamour and real fashion all these years?

Now, y’all know that I love glamour and am not afraid of it. I don’t shy away from it and loves the attention I get from everyone who would look at me as if I’m a preening peacock at Kyoto Gardens. I’m kinda like a basic bitch at heart too, well, basic luxe bitch that is. I like the idea of investing in timeless clothing—nevermind the price, an expensive one comes a long way for sure. I’d rather buy something expensive that has a great quality than buy something cheap that you can dispose of the next day!

The looks I have picked are from the shows I’ve loved this season, beginning with NYFW and ending with PFW, here it goes:

New York Fashion Week:

1. Carolina Herrera

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What other look to pick from her last show in her own brand but her signature white shirt paired with a voluminous floor-length skirt? I’ve always looked at this combo as a very sophisticated and timeless one with coz of the easy elegance it brings. Not to mention that teal belt that reminded me of that scene in The Devil Wears Prada. “They’re so different.”

2. Jason Wu

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I just like this look, it kinda gives me the impression that it’s something that a chic woman who’s not afraid to wear colour would wear. Plus, one could always use some colour on a grey, damp, cold season.

3. The Row

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This is what I’m trying to aim for! A basic luxe bitch who doesn’t care about the bling blings and ostentatious situations on others’ outfits. It may be so simple to the naked eye but the longer you look at it, the cosier it gets.

London Fashion Week

1. J.W.Anderson

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Another stylish number that I think imbues the London attitude. The dress works with the rest, but I must say it alone could go a looong way. JWA’s shows are always astounding! Love his work.

2. Erdem

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Erdem is always successful in delivering romatic looks every season. There’s something fairytale-like with the stories that his muse for each season as told by the clothes. It’s something that I always think that’s visually pleasing, too.

Milan Fashion Week

1. No. 21

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“Milan, darling, Milan.”  As Edna Mode would say it. Milan, for me, is where the hot and sexy attitude-looking clothes and over the top eclecticism can be found. They always mix and match fabric and prints together but it always works! Alessandro del’ Acqua’s No.21 is a show that I always anticipate during MFW because of the unexpected combination of fabrics and prints. Like this tweed lewk with leopard-print shoulder pads.

2. Gucci

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Talk about clashing lewks together and still make it werk. Alessandro Michele is doing a fantastic job, no doubt. Gucci is just as rich as Italian art where he mostly gets his inspiration from. Also, this look can be used for this year’s Met Gala, I mean just look at that papal sash. Need I say more?

Paris Fashion Week

1. Sacai

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Chitose Abe is one of those designers who would design clothes that have refreshing energy to it. There seems to be a lot of things going on in this look like that military-bomber hybrid coat which just works well for me. I’ve been to their flagship store in Tokyo and it was just heaven.

2. Valentino

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I really love how Valentino is evolving under Pierpaolo. He is doing a great job without Maria Grazia, no offense. This all Valentino red situation with some scallop edges is what I always think of everytime I hear Valentino. Polished with a bit of nonchalance.

3. Loewe

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This for me was the most luxurious show of the season! Everything was just so good! Jonathan Anderson clearly knows what luxury is. You all know that I’m a winter person, I love the cold and I like the idea of pores being tight and closed during the cold. Plus I love a fuck-you coat for me to be wearing all day while staying warm, fluffy, and cosy in the cold.

What are your favourite looks/shows this season? I wanna know!

ciao darlings xx

Selfish

One important thing I’ve learned is selfishness. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve been selfless all this time by giving everything I can to those in need and to those ones that I wanna give to, that I forget to look after myself — and I think it’s just fair if I keep some things for myself and put myself first every once in a while. Ask my closest friends, I’m always there whenever they need someone to tell their problems to and I sometimes lend them a hand to help them solve it and go to the extent.

I’ve also learned not share everything with anyone i.e. venting to someone that turns out to be a snake, sharing knowledge to them that they can be held against you, and a lot more. It’s a tough world we live in, sadly. But I think when it comes to those ones whom we care and love for, being selfless is a given.

In other aspects though, it’s fair enough if you don’t “share” what’s rightfully yours with anyone. And with that being said, I can say that I don’t like sharing.

Tunic and bag by J.W.Anderson
Shorts by Uniqlo
Shoes by Chanel

A Céline Tribute

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So sad to be hearing the news of Phoebe Philo’s exit from Céline! I owe some to her. Her designs and aesthetics were my inspiration when I dress up or when I dream about my future home (after going into her store at Mount St. in London).

I had that phase where I had to go to the high street—coz I couldn’t afford it (and still can’t lol) and combine simple yet sharp pieces that would reflect the “Philophile” inside moi. Then I went to the more-is-more phase again, going for loud prints and colours, then fell back to the clean, nonchalant elegance that a Céline inspired lewk evokes. I got my first ever pair of Stan Smiths after seeing Mother Philo sporting one in one of her finale bows. My first ever luxury bag was a Céline Phantom Luggage Mock Croc in Navy Blue, and it’s the only one I have so far. Then followed the shoes. Then my very trusty pair of sunglasses that I think suits me perfectly. And don’t get me started on the knot bracelet!

I gotta say that my fave Céline show, the one that got me drawn into Phoebe’s world was her AW2013 show. I was just amazed by each look more and more starting from those light, powdery colours transitioning into dark but still just as elusive colours towards the end. The laundry bag-printed reversible coats, the very chic silhouettes and layering that had just made me in awe after watching the whole show via livestream. I had the plaid, interwoven Berlingot clutch which I regrettably sold. I am still not over it, even more so now since I’m telling you all about it!!

Phoebe Philo and Céline will always be one for me. Say if she launches her own brand, I would surely go for it! Here are some of my favourite Céline looks and campaigns throughout Phoebe’s reign. Click click click!

Now, get your hands on everything Céline under Phoebe before a new designer enters! Ready, set, go!!!!

P.S. you gotta read this article about her!

Erdem x H&M

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First was Balmain, then Kenzo, and the most recent one, Erdem. I have been attending the launch parties for 3 consecutive collaborations already and it’s always a privilege to go to these exclusive VIP parties and to get to shop before everyone else. Mind you, people who go to the VIP night don’t act much of a VIP once they get to the space where the merchandises are. As the fake Tiffany Wilson said “V.I.P., learn your acronyms.” Act accordingly! Lol!

Erdem, by far, is one of the best designer collaborations that H&M had in my opinion. It shows that refined romanticism aesthetic that the brand is known for. Not only that is seen in the collection but this collab is also a first for Erdem’s take in menswear! The menswear isn’t too bad at all. In fact, like the most used phrase that every shopper says once they see a lewk, “It’s so very me!”. Hope Erdem launches it’s menswear line after this! It’s not too far off since Stella McCartney launched hers just recently.

I rarely bought anything from the past collaboration launch parties I’ve been to. I just don’t know why, maybe it’s because I know it’s still H&M no matter how topsy-turvy the world can get. I loved the setting though, it’s a garden on steroids and it’s like being in that short film that Baz Luhrmann made for the collab. It’s utterly an old romantic English countryside vibe on it. Everyone who knows me well know that I love flowers and I’m a sucker for them.

Being at the party and seeing those “fashyown people” clad in nice outfits act like savages or as if they’re in a new season of Hunger Games is good enough to watch lol. Not having to bump onto them just to get something that embodies the term “fast-fashion” and beats the concept of “luxury”, per say, is worth it. Although I managed to get the black Erdem logo hoodie. As to how I decided to get it, my inner Rebecca Bloomwood influenced me. After all, it’s on my list and I have a torso, two arms and I don’t own a hoodie until this. Et voila!

Which piece/s are you eyeing on? I wanna know!

Shop the #ERDEMxHM collection tomorrow, Nov. 2 worldwide!!! (at H&M SM Makati in the Philippines)

Ciao for now!
xx

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