K&Company Holiday 2018

 

 

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The K&Company Holiday 2018 Collection is another beautiful set. I saw the pieces trickle in gradually in the Powerplant Mall, Shangrila Plaza, and Rustan’s shops, and each time left me breathless. I have been wearing K&Company since the first year they opened in Rockwell. It is a sense of joy and pride for me, to have a very long and continuing relationship with a homegrown brand I love. (And on a personal note, being their muse for almost 18 years forces me to maintain my weight and shape so I can keep wearing all my K&Company dresses.)

This season expect an even more elevated use of lace in their otherwise classic shapes and cuts. Kathering Cheng, the woman behind K&Company, pushed lace to take on a deeper dimension with laser-cut silk appliqués. New silhouettes include the emphasised butterfly sleeves in diaphanous materials seen in long and cocktail dresses. Colours range from classic fiery red to a delicate dove grey.

The 2018 Holiday collection was launched in the newly renovated shop in Rockwell designed by Ivy Almario. True to the brand’s identity, the new interiors are elegant and understated. The new K&Company shops have sleek brass fixtures and delicate materials such as padded walls in pale blush, a luxurious velvet couch in sage green. The curved counter is made of Volakas marble and is framed by a wall of brass cutouts lit in soft LED lights.

The evening was catered by BIZU with pretty hors d’oeuvres such as beef tenderloin, wagyu, salmon canapés topped with flower petals. To complement the beautiful and luxurious atmosphere, cocktail drinks and tea were infused with flowers as as well.

It was a beautiful evening attended by K&Company’s longtime, loyal friends and family. Congratulations K&Company!

All photos by Medal Elepano.

 

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Gingersnaps Holiday 2018

 

 

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I was so happy to have hosted the Gingersnaps 2018 Holiday Preview. It’s becoming a wonderful tradition – to ring in the holiday season at Gingersnaps. I love planning my daughters’ outfits for Christmas dinner and for the various parties we have lined up. The clothes are always so pretty. And this season is no different. Lot’s of east-meets-west inspired outfits for boys and girls.

The preview event allowed the guests to shop for the holiday collection in advance. By now the items are starting to trickle in to the stores. So you may find these pieces at your favourite Gingersnaps branch.

It was also a good time to meet the winners of the Gingersnaps Model Search. Five thousand kids joined. 50 made it to casting call. 10 were chosen as winners. To us, all the kids are winners. All the kids are adorable.

Check out some of the pieces from the Gingersnaps 2018 Holiday Collection…

 

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Lace, tulle, embroidery.

 

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Blue and white ruffles and separates.

 

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The cutest fashion accessories at really affordable prices.

 

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Ruffled top and skirt in tulle. And that sweet cupcake bag.

 

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Headbands and jelly wallets.

 

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Trinkets like pens that light up.

 

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We will always see red in holiday collections, but Gingersnaps does it with a twist. Loving the patches and pins.

 

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This is the sweetest blue cardigan. Definitely getting this for Stella.

 

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I’m sorry I am obviously biased when I post too much about girls’ clothes. But Gingersnaps boys’ fashion is really on point too. Loving that preppy little man outfit, complete with a tennis cardigan.

 

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Separates for boys

 

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The lovely invitation

 

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So honoured to have been asked to host the Gingersnaps Holiday Collection.

 

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Gingersnaps’ Sabrina Uy at the lovely “enchanted garden” setting.

 

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The Gingersnaps casting call.

 

 

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Uniqlo comfort beauty

 

 

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A couple of months ago, I stocked up on some new dresses and separates from our sponsor, Uniqlo. I have been editing down my closet because what I needed 10 years ago isn’t what I need now. I pretty much live in basic clothes every day except if I have a function to attend. I was pleased to find some finer fabrics for work clothes this season.

In addition to the new wardrobe, I stocked up on some new inner wear. Uniqlo’s Comfort Beauty line has become a staple in my closet. The bras are so well-made and comfortable. Big plus that they are wireless, yet they offer good support. And I especially appreciate the skin-tone because it gives a good foundation to whatever clothing you put on.

It took a while for me to put this blog post up because I didn’t do a conceptualized photoshoot. Instead I documented my everyday life wearing some of the Uniqlo pieces that I got. Needless to say, in all of them, I am wearing Uniqlo’s Comfort Beauty undergarments.

 

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One of their best dresses this season (01). It comes with a separate camisole. Made of light rayon, it is so comfortable for our climate. This was taken at the lobby of the Raffles Makati.

 

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It’s that same black dress (01) that I love so much, I’ve been wearing it often. This was at the reception area of Flame in Discovery Primea.

 

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Daily life – messy hair, no make up, a loose dress (11) and Birkenstocks. This dress is so flexible you can wear it dressy or like me, for every day errands.

 

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At a Happy Skin event, wearing that black shift dress (04).

 

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These are Comfort Beauty bras that form the foundation of a good wardrobe.

 

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I also love this blush pink pleated dress (06). It’s similar to the long sleeve black dress. I wore this at a Lego event that UNICEF supported.

 

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Wore this (06) quite often. Here with best-selling author Anna Todd (who has over 1 billion reads in Wattpad) at the National Book Store writer’s fair.

 

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And in a corner of my home, wearing a comfy dress with built in bra pads (05).

 

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My favourite uniform – the white shirt (10). This was the day I got my hair cut by Alex Carbonell in Studio Fix Greenbelt 5.

 

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With my friend, Divine Gil-Reyes, who just wrote an entertaining and attractive history book, A Lolong Time Ago. My blue shirt (13) is from Uniqlo.

 

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This white eyelet dress is so comfy. It comes with a detachable camisole. Im thinking of getting it in black too. This was at Rockwell cinema.

 

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This photo was sent to me by reader, Jill Ramirez. I was running an errand and she introduced herself. Lovely to meet you, Jill. So about my blush cotton top (09), it’s so comfy and chic I can live in it daily.

 

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This is the reason Comfort Beauty bras are so, well…. comfy.

 

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And this is how Uniqlo works with built-in bras in their tops and dresses.

 

 

Melissa x Jeremy Scott

 

 

Brazilian plastic footwear brand, Melissa, launched its newest collaboration with visionary designer Jeremy Scott.

Together with Melissa, Scott has created two signature styles: an ankle boot and a mule. “I’m so excited to have the chance to collaborate with Melissa! I’m a fan of the fun that they put into footwear and I’m honored to be included in the long line of great fashion designers that they have collaborated with over the past 44 years,” said Scott. “It’s been a joy to watch my ideas become translated by their expert team and to be able to bring to life designs that are not only high fashion, but affordable, too.”

 

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The mule and ankle boot feature a wide spectrum of colors. “Being my first foray into plastic footwear, I wanted to play with the concept of inflatable pool toys,” continued Scott. In addition to the two original designs, the collaboration also includes two pairs of flats, a sandal, and a rain boot for kids. All the styles will have a mock air nozzle to hint at the inflatable pool toy inspiration.

 

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Scott, creative director of Italian brand Moschino and of his eponymous brand, has been known for his fun, cheeky, and colorful take on fashion. His admiration for pop culture and humor has consistently reflected in his designs, including his collaboration with Melissa. Full of bright colors and pool inspiration, this designer collection offers shoes perfectly apt for the sunny summer season.

Last May 31 at SM Aura Premier, Melissa collaborated with Preview magazine on the launch of the Jeremy Scott collection with Preview Shops Here: Melissa x Jeremy Scott.

 

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Find your favorite Melissa shoes at TriNoma, Glorietta 3, Greenbelt 5, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Aura, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, UP Town Center, Shangri-la Plaza East, Marquee Mall, Centrio Mall, SM Seaside and Ayala Cebu.

For online orders, log on to www.melissaphilippines.com.

 

 

Uniqlo and Lemaire

 

 

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Last February in Bhutan, I finally got to wear this Uniqlo and Lemaire wool coat that I bought from the Fall Winter 2015 collection. I didn’t need another coat but I couldn’t resist. It was made of wool but it was unlined. It draped very well, and weighed lightly. As it turns out, it is the same coat that New Yorkers went nuts over when the collection came out. Lucky me. I got it marked-down at the end of the season.

 

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Wool coat by Uniqlo and Lemaire FW2015.

 

When I got back from Bhutan, I received an email from the representatives of Uniqlo Philippines asking me if I’d be open to reviewing the Uniqlo and Lemaire Spring Summer 2016 collection. I jumped! I disclosed that I had been a fan of former Hermès creative director Christophe Lemaire. His clothes were like objects that were timeless but not simply “classic”. They allowed the wearer to interpret the pieces their own personal way. I checked out the items in store. Before Uniqlo could even send me some pieces to try, I already bought my faves.

This season, Uniqlo and Lemaire has belted dresses, knitted polos, sweaters, tent tops, ponchos, wide-legged pants and culottes, all in Lemaire’s minimalist aesthetic. The colour palette includes cream, slate blue and grey, a muted mustard, blue green and bright red. Lemaire and partner Sarah-Linh Tran were inspired by French holidays of the ’60s, hence breezy tent tops and tie-waist dresses. According to Vogue, thin-ribbed knits will appeal to customers looking to channel their inner Jane Birkin lounging on the sands of Cap d’Antibes.

 

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One of my favourite pieces is this white shirt in heavy cotton. It has scalloped hems and patches on the sleeves.

 

I got my fix of Uniqlo and Lemaire SS 2016. The white cotton seer-sucker tent top is perfect for this summer. I have already worn it three times. The single-pleat  wide-leg pant comes in blue, off white, black, and mustard. I had to have the A-Line coat which mimics a classic trench minus the hardware. The mustard v-neck sweater has a deep cut. For the photos below, which my daughter Sophia took, I’m wearing it carefully without inner wear. In reality you would need a tank top or something to go under as the neck line is cut really low.

 

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Here are some of the best pieces in the collection that came out on March 4th.

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A belted striped long sleeve dress. And a deep v-neck dress made with textured seersucker fabric.

 

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Flared skirt in cotton seersucker that comes in red, blue and black. Not just another blue blazer. This one is in light cotton fabric, is cut long, and with buttons towards the left.

 

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High-waisted seersucker crinkled pants, cotton mesh crew neck sweater, seer sucker trapeze dress.

 

For more info, www.uniqlo.com