Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lace dress for Halloween


It's amazing how things come full circle. I remember wearing this thrifted lace dress as a scarf for a goth Halloween ball last year, and a picture of that outfit, which was primarily composed of thrifted items, was part of my very first cameo post on this blog.

Now I am wearing the skirt on top of a shirt and have instead worn a cardigan as my scarf.


I like the way the lace is only obvious at the sleeves and over my bum, and the way it is cut — which makes me think more of pirates than drag queens.


I suppose this is the casual variation of my goth outfit, even if I am actually wearing the lace dress.

See, it can't be that hard.

Tee, cK by Calvin Klein; jeans, Two Percent; sheer double-breasted cardigan worn as a scarf, Zara; filigree belt, Brave Beltworks; agnès b riding boots and lace dress: both thrifted; necklace, Qeelin

Friday, October 30, 2009

Jerome Lorico's easy complementary pieces

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I have just been going through the official PR photos from last week's Manila fashion shows. Although they are keen to show the public exactly what the clothes look like, somehow the romance and feel of the pieces don't show. So for this season, I am glad to say that I am fairly satisfied with how my own photos from the front row turned out.

I feel that among the shows, Jerome Lorico's was the most cohesive — in the way that he presented an idea and brought it to its completion. Of course you can say that the simpler the idea is, the easier it is to execute. But as it happens, simplicity is not as simple to achieve.

Needless to say, Jerome's entire collection is in varying shades of blue and beige, but it is the treatment of the fabric and the details that raise the twin monochromatic theme.

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Notice that the shorts-on-pants idea has been modified into a semi-jumper/apron-on-pants concept. The jackets are slim fitted, with a slight shoulder pagoda (Or is this just the result of big arms?).

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Rivets are used all around — from collars and hems to sleeves and pocket details.

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I like the styling.

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I like the linens.

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The braided belt is a nice touch.

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Though the fit and cut may not survive closer inspection.

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The use of the conch shell as accent is good, as it informs the audience of the range of settings the outfits can be worn in.

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They move well.

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The shoes and sandals are remarkable — designed by Bang Pineda for local shoe label Cardams.

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They embody youth and summer, and offer a flexible array.

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The idea of shifting configurations of wooden chairs also aids the show well — they suggest not just the classroom, but also outdoor locations. The arrangement shifts as one imagines different places.

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I honestly think I have a better vantage point than the photographers in front of the runway, who cannot see this.

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It is also interesting to document the reaction of the audience.

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What do you think of the midriff vest? Isn't it a good half-sporty/half-casual alternative? I also like the two-tone, sleeveless shirt — no matter how the pair resembles the sleevless outfits in the latest Prada offering.

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The striped soles of the sandals make them suitable not just for the beach, but also for drawstring pants weekends.

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The bunching up of shirts is apparently everybody's problem.

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The blue linen shirt is dyed to resemble denim. Isn't that wonderful?

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Though I can't say the same for the tan version. But nevermind, the shawl collared jacket more than makes up for it.

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The cut of this vest makes me look at it twice, but it seems as if there's something wrong with this outfit's proportions.

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The exact hue of blue is riveting.

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Again, the proportions — the hem of the long vest is too near to the hem of the shorts. Though I appreciate the partnering of yellow and blue.

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No shorts this time. Time for lunch!

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Lorico is better with menswear, but his "denim" pieces for women are not at all bad.

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The shoulders have it.

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Dyeing that simulates powder.

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The class is now ended. Please stand up,students.

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Take off your shades, young boy. Let me tell you that at least for this ensemble, the lengths of the vest and pants are perfectly coordinated. Nice sandals too.

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Of course, the designer gets to wear the best shirt in his collection, though the leftmost guy doth protest.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blue, yellow, and a dash of bravery


I've never tried the color combination before, but I was feeling cheerful and positive this morning, and open to some experimentation.

The anchor of this outfit is a dark navy belt with gold sequins — bought at the women's section of Mexx, but what the heck.


Here is the tie up close, with black, gray, and blue stripes. It's a little wide, but I think it works.

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Here are the tie and the belt coiled and ready to strike.


And here is my entire outfit, with my lovely espadrilles, of which rubber soles are fast weathering.

My friends said that my torso was top heavy and that my shirt had to be of a lighter fabric so it won't bunch under my sheer cardigan. What do you think? Also, should the belt show or be hidden?


Suddenly I am thinking of just showing the belt at the back and not the front. All in all, I think today's little experiment wasn't a total loss. Today is one of the few days I have worn my espadrilles without rain making them squishy.

Shirt, Paul Smith; sheer Zara cardigan and Di Bazzato tie: both thrifted; skinny jeans, Two Percent; belt, Mexx; espadrilles from Davao

Outfit photos by Patricia Suzara

Front row simplicity: Yellow and fatigues


The cuffed hem and loafers top it off nicely.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The colorful Hamish Bowles

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The delightful editor-at-large of Vogue US appears in the tenth issue of Fantastic Man.

Ms. ANNA WINTOUR, BOWLES's current boss, first spotted him around that time, during London Fashion Week. BOWLES was working for HARPERS & QUEEN, twirling about in a "CHANEL-esque cardigan jacket and skirt-like trousers" by JASPER CONRAN, accessorised with a 1955 CHANEL bag and an HERMÈS scarf knotted with piratical flourish at the side of the head. "She called me in for an interview, but clearly thought the better of it," BOWLES says. He did, however, eventually land a job at VOGUE and moved to New York, wardrobe in tow.

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Mr. HAMISH BOWLES, the English-born, New York-based European Editor of American VOGUE, has a crystal-clear recollection of his earliest fashion moment: a tantrum, mercilessly delivered at age five. His mother had taken him and his sister to a store called JOHN BARNES to buy a couple of hooded velour jackets with marsupial-like front pouches. His was navy blue with a white stripe, his sister's pink with a white stripe. "I lay down on the store floor, letting out a primal scream, thumping fists and feet until I got the pink one," BOWLES says.

Photography by Juergen Teller, Text excerpts by Armand Limnander

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It seems Mr. Bowles belongs to a lost world, but it is evident that his sartorial choices are informed by a very modern take on color, patterns, and combinations.

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He is a Sartorialist superstar on Scott Schuman's blog — what with the way he combines old and new, and always with a personal flair and flourish that are uniquely his. You cannot even begin to dissect his outfits into separate pieces. It is the man that binds them.

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And I should also say his relatively new movie star moustache.

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I leave it to you to learn from the master.

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If it seems that his ensembles are boring and not at all engaging, look twice and even thrice.

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A cuff link may surprise you.

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A camouflaged tie.

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Or even something as unobtrusive as tortoise shell glasses.

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Watch out for the patterns. And I don't mean on notebooks.

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Images from Fantastic Man, The Sartorialist, Monochrome Magazine, and a whole lot of other sites that I will certainly credit as soon as I remember, or as soon as someone informs me — whichever comes earlier