Saturday, 14 June 2008

the search for HA

It was a looooovely sunny day and we were looking for something different to do. With FFE B and N, I ran to catch the train to Hampton Court Palace. All with interest in Henry VII and his wives, it was bound to be a great day!

Mini model of Henry VIII's kitchen (the bakery and patisserie in particular)

In house actors playing the Boleyns
Super manicured gardens

Feeling like kids inside the maze

The suuuuper amazing scent coming from the rose garden

And of course..what we travelled for...what remains of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
The crests looked normal at first glance. We didn't make of anything when we saw them. However, we saw the crest below at the introductory exhibition. We went around the palace to find it!! It's at the entrance of Henry VIII's State Apartments. The passageway was aptly named after Anne Boleyn.

jewellery: black, white and etched

It's London Jewellery Week and I don't know how it almost slipped my radaaar!!!! I vow to be a bigger part of it next year.

Anyhoo, I was looking at Vogue UK's showcase of jewellery online and this set of Christopher Kane AW08 brooches reminded me of another collection I liked.

That collection would be Satellite Paris' SS08 Shantaram Gris range. I first saw the lot at Selfridges when I was on my way to the magazines section with fellow jewellery designer S. She bought a ring from the Shantaram Blanc collection. On the other hand, I was a good girl and didn't buy any of the following pieces I still covet!

They are not necessarily copies of each other but elements including colour, material, and detailed etching are same distinguishing characteristics.

I hope for a miracle in finding these pieces on sale in a couple of weeks!!!

thoughts on the terno

June 12 saw Philippine Independence Day posts for bloggers. My favourite one (although I dont think it was intended for the event) was by Manila Fashion Oberver. She was answering a question on what to wear on an International Day at a conference. Personally, I've always wanted to wear the terno; the national dress for Filipinas. If only it were easy to pack! I believe the last time I wore it was in 2006 at the Asia Pacific Exchange Leadership Development Seminar of AIESEC in Bohol.

Yup! That's me in butterfly sleeves! Of course no one else can carry the terno with such a regal air as Imelda Marcos. And mind you she's still at it...
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She wore it to all her state visits when she was First Lady. I believe after her, no one was able to pull it off. Once in the news, I saw her ternos being brought out and being transported to some warehouse as part of the sequestered Marcos lot. How sad! Imagine..those pieces were painstakingly made by Filipnas working for her favourite designers. And the details!!! Ornate embroidery, crystals, gold or silver thread...I hope one day they properly catalog them and put everything in a museum along with her shoes..
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Now, fast forward to globalisation era...has the terno died?? I don't think so! In fact, I believe with the recent Pinoy movements by my generation, the terno has become more accessible. With independent designers like Ilaya couture producing modern day terno tops, we are more encouraged to wear them. Below is a pic of mi amiga C in said modern version made more contemporary being paired with jeans. I want one for myself!

What Manila Fashion observer has pointed out is that Lesley Mobo of Jasmine de Milo has reinterpreted the terno in the label's AW08 collection. However, Jasmine Al Fayed in her interview with mentioned that her inspiration for the collection was Japanese anime! Hhhhhmmm...I don't really want to go into the debate of it all. Rather, I'd be happy if butterfly sleeves suddenly go into the fashion radar! By then, I'll be happy parading my local modern ternos around! And of course I'll wear proper ones to evening functions...

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This wanderer may have a fixation for living in foreign lands...but deep down inside I'm still absolutely Pinay!!

Monday, 9 June 2008

the top that guarantees mayhem

Changing from an awesome night out with my FFE, I stopped and looked back to where I've worn the top I just donned. And my oh my, what a revelation! This old top of mine guaranteed a blast with the girls; with excessive alcohol consumption being the distinguishing characteristic.

I remember seeing it at Topshop Robinson's Mall in Manila in 2003. I was on my routine trip to the Bureau of Immigration for our AIESEC trainees. A trip to this mall was my therapy from the tiring commute from university to business district to Old Manila. I didnt buy it when I first saw it. In fact, I was a very good girl that day and I totally forgot about it until I saw the top on sale. At PhP 500, I couldn't resist!

Here's the top-ography:

2003: In the Ghetto Party at Basement (Quezon City, Metro Manila)
With dynamic duo K, we committed number one drinking crime and drank the night away on empty stomachs! How the night panned out? A Jagermeister chugging contest and a trip to the hospital...

2005: Azzurri Night at Il Ponticello (Makati, Metro Manila)
I was with rumie L and yes, committed the same crime...We started off with a pitcher of wild Mango Mandarin in Greenbelt's Cena then proceeded to Azzurri pitchers at Ponti. I remember getting free pitchers thanks to Rene. This was the only night I was ever caught drunk on camera! Not the pic above of course...

2008: Mystic Disco Thursday at OnAnon (London)

Older and wiser...not to mention a stronger drinker. I didn't commit the usual crime but we did drink more...waaaaay more than the usual. Vodka, neat and mixed was the choice poison of the night. FFE P was the one hardest hit...her first drunken night with puking session to boot...welcome to the world dearest!

My white plunge neck top will definitely be kept forever in my closet...and kept handy when I'm on the hunt for adventure...or should I say misadventure? xx

on mens fashion

Last Monday brought the last of my must-go Colin Mc Dowell events for the schoolyear. This time around it was a conversation about mens fashion with Christopher Bailey, Creative Director of Burberry and Jeremy Langmead, Editor in Chief of UK Esquire Magazine. My fave insights:

from Christopher Bailey:
He designs more with an attitude and lifestyle in mind instead of age. When kids steal from parents' closets and parents dressing more like their children, he clearly is in the right direction. The term "age-ist" has been mentioned in the event referring to people discriminating against believed dressing outside your age group.

Ties are not a staple in Christopher Bailey's closet. Although his house churns them out each season, this creative director is one of those restricted by the tie's formality. I believe this reflects the degree to which dressing nowadays is becoming more and more democratically casual.

Quiet fashion is as impactful as up to the minute in season fashion. I cannot agree more on this. In an industry of planned obsolescence, there is brilliance in creating clothes that are current from season to season. A well cut well made ensemble beats an outfit fresh from the trend alert magazine page.

from Colin Mc Dowell:
He discussed The Great Masculine Renunciation. As we've studied it this term, it was just a recap for most of us. Nevertheless, it is a very relevant point of history that relates to why men are more somber in dressing. In the Indistrial Revolution, where capitalism ruled, men adopted the practical uniform of suits. Business men couldnt be seen spending their cash on pointless accroutements. Instead, they showed their status through their wives and her magnificent ball gowns and jewellery.

Colour in men's clothing was also discussed. Oftentimes, people associate the crayola dressing with gay men. All speakers begged to differ and pointed out the increasing affinity for colourful mens clothing. (Oh yes, real men wear pink;)) Colour for those faint of fashion heart, can be seen in those peeping red socks or outrageous tie.

If women's hidden pleasure is lingerie, what is it for men? I dont believe this question was answered...think about it one can see but you take pleasure it wearing it...

from Jeremy Langmead:

This guy is my quotable quotes guy of the night! First off.."Man feels moral when he is uncomfortable." That was in reference of men being less adventurous in dressing than women.

"Male is the sensible gender, you dont often hear of men and impulse buying." Do men really think more about the societal norms when they dress? On impulse buying...women may shop more but it is common knowledge that mens clothing are on a more expensive scale. We shop more but on a lower price range, you shop less but on a higher price range. Then again the impulse side of it can also mean we dont care if it's beyong budget if it makes our bodies look slimmer, legs leaner and butts smaller.

"For men, luxury is a private pleasure." Well, well, this might have answered Colin McDowell's hidden pleasure question indirectly. Then again you can still see a Patek watch. This gave rise to the concept of connoissuership being discussed. If you are indeed part of the sartorially exquisite, you should know the difference of your Armani suit from your Zegna one. We might not see it, but you better be exuding it.

Christopher Bailey, super slim in a super sleek suit was put on the spot in an anti-climactic moment when a fur protester started throwing loaded questions and allegations on Burberry's use of Scandinavian fur. It was totally out of context and thankfully Christopher and Colin tag teamed in talking the guy out of furthering his questioning. Post event, I eyed the PR woman taking care of the matter.

Starstruck! We were the only ones who were able to take a pic with Christopher Bailey as he was rushed to another engagement. Crossing Oxford Street, we saw his Mercedes driving away.

I truly admire him for transforming Burberry's aesthetic. Before him, Burberry was hard hit by the Chav sting. Now Burberry is back on the map with its tradition of impeccable tailoring and lavish luxe details. Sans the explicit showing of the infamous check, they have been known for a quieter yet more sophisticated style statement. Hiring him was really one of if not the best moves done by ex-chief Rose Marie Bravo.

Monday, 2 June 2008

rip ysl

Thanks to Bryanboy for the up to minute news:

From Associated Press:

Legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent dies at 71

PARIS (AP) — A longtime friend and associate of Yves Saint Laurent says the famed couturier has died at his Paris home at the age of 71.

Pierre Berge says that Saint Laurent died Sunday evening following a long illness. He did not give details.

The innovative designer was an institution for decades in the world of high fashion.

He was widely considered the last of a generation that included Christian Dior and Coco Chanel and made Paris the fashion capital of the world.


Adieu to the man who gave us le smoking and so much more. I wonder... how did Kaiser Karl take this? After all, they were good friends in their youth up until the industry pitted them against each other.