Uniqlo and Ines de la Fressange

 

 

RELAXED ELEGANCE

 

When Ines de la Fressange came out with her first collection for Uniqlo in the spring of 2014, I went nuts. It was my first time to really love a designer collaboration. While most people lined up for high street collabs with couture and luxury brands, I raved about the basics that IDLFxUniqlo came out with. It was all about easy-to-wear basics with that Parisian je ne sais quoi that Ines embodies. Lots of boyish shirts, shrunken blazers, slim trousers, longer shirt dresses with a 1940’s silhouette (lawn dresses). I was able to throw the pieces together without giving it much thought. It was very Parisian Chic, her guidebook to French effortless style.

Every season since then, Ines came out with  Uniqlo pieces and I continued to shop. Admittedly I preferred the spring-summer items over the fall-winter lines, simply because of the fabric used and the fact that I live in the tropics. I’m all about cotton and linen, and Uniqlo uses both fabrics so well.

This season Ines’ latest collaboration with Uniqlo does not disappoint. It showed three themes — voyage, uniform, and sport.

 

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My favourite of the three themes is Voyage. I’ve been doing a lot of travelling the past couple of years. IDLFxUniqlo has been part of my staple wardrobe. This season, they use a lot of “French Linen,” which is a premium type of linen made from natural and high quality linens produced in northwestern France and Belgium. The fabric is extremely breathable, has outstanding water-absorbing properties. The fabric does not stick to your skin and is nice and dry to the touch.

My 13-year-old daughter, Sophia, took the next two photos of me in our garage. I’m wearing my favourite pieces from the Voyage theme — the heavy linen jacket and the linen relaxed trousers — which were sent to me by Uniqlo. I’m wearing them with Robert Clergerie loafers. The jacket has this crisp, refreshing feel of linen material. The large flap pockets and safari-style design complement the natural texture of linen. This jacket is heavier than the other linen jackets and tops. It would be perfect for spring days in Toronto or Hong Kong. But it’s too hot to wear in the Philippines, unless you’re guaranteed to stay inside an air-conditioned room all day. I got it anyway because it is one of those timeless pieces that I know I will wear for many years. The pants, as the name suggests, is very relaxed. It features an elastic waist with a drawstring cut loose in the hips and narrow towards the cuffs. I have these pants from an earlier season, and they were my travel uniform!

 

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Wearing Ines de la Fressange by Uniqlo heavy linen jacket and the linen relaxed trousers. Photo by Sophia Paez.

 

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My favourite pieces from the current collection — and I only have one out of the three. Very sad. I have the 3/4 sleeve striped dress. It runs a bit short, so I wear them with shorts underneath. The slub long sleeve dress is the perfect anything dress with lots of pocket. I wish I had bought this. My biggest regret, not buying this wool blend navy blazer. It is structured and perfect for more serious occasions but also good for layering while traveling. It’s so elegant. Sadly, it’s sold out in the Philippines.

 

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I also stocked up on these. A cotton ribbed blouson jacket, perfect light jacket for spring. Or all year round if you’re in Manila. And this shirt is pure love. The ruffled neck and cuffs – such a great detail in what otherwise would look like a very masculine basic shirt. And look how it flares out in the bottom.

 

I’ve been really pleased with all my IDLF pieces. This was her fifth collection. I hope it never ends. Though Uniqlo seems to be churning out more interesting collaborations. I’m just glad I got some very good pieces that will stay in my closet for a long time. Here are moments in the past when I wore IDLFxUniqlo pieces…

 

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A throwback to IDLFxUniqlo’s first collaboration from March 2014. This lawn dress is still with me. I love the vintage silhouette. And I’m a fan of shirt dresses. I’m not a fan of wearing prints though, but this one has a graphic quality despite all the flowers. This makes the cut for me.

 

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Also from the 2014 spring-summer line, this casual cotton “suit”. I dressed it up a bit with my Jewelmer strand when I wore it back when I hosted the Salon Talks during Cebu Design Week in 2014. This is still the suit that I bring when I am traveling in case I need a serious outfit. It is light weight and unlined. I also love wearing these separately.

 

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From the 2015 spring-summer collection, another shirt dress cut loose in French linen. This is me in the fall of 2015 in the French countryside, when I chaperoned my daughter at camp in Gerardmer. This dress never makes it to the back of my closet. I always wear this when I need to rush out of the house, like say to pick up my kids at school or run to the grocery. In this photo I’m wearing the dress with staple, the Birkenstock Gizeh in black patent leather.

 

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This dress was from the 2014 collection, but the photo was taken in June of 2015. Again… linen, relaxed, Birkenstocks. And yup I’m inside a bathroom (of Casa Loma in Toronto).

 

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And here’s something crazy real. My sister and I at the Port Credit playground in Toronto last 2015 summer. Those pants are also IDLFxUniqlo. It’s in cotton-linen with a thin pinstripe. I can wear these with clogs and wedges, but I also love wearing them with slip ons. The socks bit isn’t too chic, but with five small kids around us, my sister and I didn’t really care. This was taken one morning before I even took a shower. Haha. Note that most, if not all, IDLFxUniqlo trousers are cut low on the hip. It’s not a problem for me, but may be an issue for taller people. Best to try them on.

 

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From the fall-winter 2014 line, cotton twill chinos from IDLFxUniqlo. I use them as my “roughing it” pants. This was our trek up to Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan in February 2015.

 

 

Melissa will take you to paradise

 

 

Remember our staycation last weekend at Discovery Primea? You, too, can get a chance to win a staycation at Discovery Primea or Club Paradise courtesy of this promotion from my sponsor, Melissa.

 

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Melissa recently launched a collection called Take Me To Rio for spring summer 2015. It features both pastel and eye-catching colors in avant-garde styles – from sexy and comfortable heels to fabulous flats – perfect for the upcoming summer season. I wore my Melissa shoes during our staycation.

 

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My poolside essentials include the Melissa Bronzer.

 

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When I arrived at our hotel room in Discovery Primea, I was surprised to find these in the closet.

 

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My girls and I all wear the same types of Melissa shoes now. From left to right: Sophia’s, Lily’s, Stella’s, and mine.

 

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Soph got the Melissa Flox III from the Take Me to Rio line, upper left. Stella’s is a black Mini Flox (I’m so happy they have sizes for tweens now.) Lily’s is the classic Zigzag by the Campana Brothers. And mine is the Aranha 1979.

 

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I really love the Aranha 1979. This is the first style of Melissa “jelly shoes” from 35 years ago. Melissa has been releasing versions of the Aranha. But this season they came out with the exact same replica, using newer technology and material. This pair is bringing back so many great memories of my teen life in Canada. I am contemplating on getting another colour.

 

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Step into summer with Melissa.

 

For summer 2016, Melissa Philippines wants every beach babe and chic gal to have the chance to win the best summer trip yet with Take Me To Paradise raffle promo. For every P2,000 purchase of Melissa shoes from February 15 to March 31, 2016, a customer is entitled to get one (1) raffle coupon. Loyalty cardholders are also entitled to get one (1) raffle coupon for every P2,000 purchase (net of the loyalty card discount).

There shall be a total of six winners consisting of: three (3) winners of P8,000 worth of Melissa Gift Certificates, two (2) winners of an Overnight Staycation for Two at Discovery Primea with P4,000 worth of Melissa Gift Certificates, and for the grand prize, one (1) winner of a 3 days/2 nights trip for two at Club Paradise Palawan with P5,000 pocket money.

Deadline for dropping of entries is on March 31, 2016 8:30pm. Raffle draw is on April 15, 2016 4:30pm at Melissa Shangri-la, Level 4, Shangri-la Plaza Mall East Wing, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. This promo is valid in Melissa stores in TriNoma, SM Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, SM Megamall, Shangri-la Plaza, SM Aura, Greenbelt 5, Glorietta 3, UP Town Center, Marquee Mall, Centrio Mall.

For more information about Take Me To Paradise raffle promo, visit www.melissaphilippines.com/Take-Me-to-Paradise.html

 

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K&Company Holiday 2015

 

 

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I have been wearing K&Company for the longest time. Every season, they never fail to come out with a fresh take on the classics. Take the example of lace. Lace is beyond a trend in K&Company and more like a staple in every collection. Yet K&Company always manages to come out with a new way of presenting lace.

This season, K&Company releases its Holiday 2015 collection with a mix of classic dresses and separates using textured and layered fabrics like lace, jacquard, tulle, satin and cotton. Some of the pieces are now in stores. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect from K&Company.

 

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Photos by Medal Elepano
Makeup by Gela Laurel
Shot on location in a private home.

 

Follow K&Company in Instagram and Facebook. Or shop the latest collection at K&Company online. You may find K&Company in Powerplant Mall, Glorietta 4, Shangri-la Plaza, and Alabang Town Centre.

 

 

Fashion Can Serve

 

 

I Can Serve 2015

 

Every year, for as long as I can remember, I have participated and supported breast cancer awareness campaigns. Recently it has taken on a different meaning with me. This year, I lost seven friends to cancer. Four of them had battled breast cancer. The other three had other types of cancers.

The Philippines has the highest rate of breast cancer in the region. Highest. This means one in 9 Filipino women will get breast cancer. It is mind-boggling and very scary. But what I have learned from my friends at I Can Serve Foundation, is that not all breast cancers are deadly. If detected early, breast cancer is curable by surgery, radiation, and/or chemo.

The message is simple. Please be aware of your bodies. Do a monthly breast self-exam. And if you are over 40 years old, have a mammogram once a year. Monitor your own body. Be proactive. See a specialist, if you feel you are at risk.

For more information on early detection and risk factors for breast cancer, go to www.icanservefoundation.org

 

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At I Can Serve Foundations first fashion fundraiser event, Fashion Can Serve, at the Raffles Hotel. My friend, Katherine Cheng of K & Company, accompanied me. I wore K & Company’s new collection – wide leg pants with a lace tunic top. Katherine is also wearing her dress from the new collection.

 

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With the founder of I Can Serve Foundation, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala. Like the other women at I Can Serve, Kara is a living testament that there is life after cancer — a beautiful and meaningful life. I am so blessed to have her as a friend.

 

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With Dr Eileen Cuajunco, Girlie Rodis, Kara and Katherine.

 

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Seated across from me – Larry Leviste, Philippine Daily Inquirer’s editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez Magsanoc, Girlie Rodis, and fashion designer Ito Curata.

 

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Auction host Tessa Valdes

 

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Lulu Tan Gan with muses including breast cancer survivor Patty Betita.

 

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I Can Serve ambassadors Agot Isidro and Rissa Mananquil Trillo, with breast cancer survivor Toni Abad

 

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Fashion designer Maureen Disini with survivors Leah Caringal and Maritoni Fernandez

 

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Rhett Eala with I Can Serve supporters Tweetie de Leon Gonzales and Dawn Zulueta and breast cancer survivor Alya Honasan.

 

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Fashion designer Kristel Yulo with breast cancer survivor Michelle Dayrit-Soliven and I Can Serve supporter Amina Aranaz.

 

For more information on www.ICanServeFoundation.org

 

 

Gingersnaps Pluggies

 

 

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I was going through some of the Gingersnaps photos I had in my library and found old ones from when Sophia was still a toddler. We have been wearing Gingersnaps so long, that walking into their stores feels like an extension of our home. The girls love their clothes up to now. Sophia is actually in the demographics of Just G already, but she still fits into the biggest size of Gingersnaps. Good thing she has no issues wearing the dresses. They are all so beautiful.

 

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When Lily was a few months old and Soph was around 3.

 

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The same red door, with Stella this time. That dress was from December 2014.

 

We love it every time Gingersnaps introduces a new product – the Mary Jane shoes, the strappy sandals, the handmade fashion accessories. This summer, we are crazy about Gingersnaps Pluggies. They are these different coloured rubber rubber bands that can be personalized by attaching the letter buttons on the perforated straps. There are different collections and themes such as Tropical Punch, Jewel, Sugar and Spice. My girls have been making their own statement bracelets – names, moods, wishes.

 

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Sophia’s Gingersnaps Pluggies.

 

For the month of May, Gingersnaps is having a little Instagram contest. So if you’re up to it, you and/or your kids may have find this real fun! Simply snap a picture of your Gingersnaps Pluggies and post it on your Instagram, tag @GingersnapsPH and use #Gingersnapslovespluggies. The best five photos will win P1,000 gift certificate.

 

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Terms & Conditions:

01  The Gingersnaps Pluggies Contest is open to all our instagram @gingersnapsph followers and residents of the Philippines only.
02  Each participant is allowed to submit one (1) entry.
03  Contest Period: May 1-31, 2015.
04  Five (5) winners will be selected by Gingersnaps Philippines management.
05  The winners will be announced on June 10, 2015.
06  Prizes are final and not convertible to cash.
07  Employees, officers, affiliates, member of the immediate families (up to third degree of consanguinity) of Il Coniglio Bianco Corp. and its group of companies are NOT eligible to join this contest.
08  This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.

 

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Gingersnaps Pluggies Bands are P99.75 per piece. The Plug-ins are P129.75 per pack.

 

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Lily’s Pluggies says “Lily is awesome.” That’s been her mantra all summer long. Go Lily!

 

See you in Instagram!