Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Windbreaker-in-a-bag

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I must have told you about this editorial a million times already — since it is, after all, the only one I have ever styled.

From 'Dandy does it', written and styled by Miguel Paolo Celestial, published in The Philippine Star, 5 September 2008


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This is the same Eddie Bauer windbreaker, but all stuffed into a bag. Hence: Sac Jac!


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The zipper is hidden at the opposite side of the flap at the back.


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I wasn't supposed to use it for the editorial. Was planning to pull out a red Harrington from Ben Sherman, but didn't reach the mall in time.


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I've had it since I was in high school. I still maintain that the windbreaker can also be used in calmer weather.


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Thrifted Clark's brogues I've rarely worn, so I brought them out too.


Outfit details: shirt, cK Calvin Klein; trousers from People Are People; belt, Brave Beltworks; pullover, French Connection; tie, thrifted

Outfit photos by Patricia Suzara



Editorial shot: black and white plaid pants, Diesel; white short-sleeved shirt, cK Calvin Klein; plaid bow tie, Polo Ralph Lauren; Mariche cap, from Anthology; brown leather belt with gold buckle, Brave Beltworks, and black patent leather shoes, Swear, both from Theodore’s; khaki suspenders, Marlboro Classics; red windbreaker and gold vintage watch, stylist’s own. Shot at The Grand Thrift House

Photos by Darrel Pobre for Design Arts Media Network (DAMN)
Hair and makeup by Benjie Angeles for Shu Uemura and Kiehls
Modeled by Carlo Adorador of Raven Models
All shot at Cubao Expo

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Three silver rings from Maison Martin Margiela

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I know I've ranted before how things have deteriorated ever since Martin Margiela, designer and founder, left Maison Martin Margiela, the fashion house. But that doesn't mean that the very capable design team cannot produce top-of-the-line items, like these impeccable silver rings.

This first one is an aged silver signet that has an intentionally imperfect surface, as if it has been bumped and bruised by harder objects.


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The slightly distended shape of the signet appeals to me since my fingers are narrow and my joints protrude in the same way.


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It peaks out from its box like a pearl. In my opinion, it's not any less precious.


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This second ring, chunky and with a smooth rectangular surface, comes in the conventional signet shape, makes the appeal of the set evident. I love the absence of stones or any decoration.


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I imagine anyone wearing the rings to literally wield a potent flash of silver.


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Without any light shining on it, I imagine this ring to be unnoticeable with a gray outfit. But once the wearer moves, the flat surface would flicker like a cat's eye.


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This third ring, a darker version of the one above, reminds me of black mirrors.


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A mystery, a secret band of membership.


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One would imagine a secret button inside the ring that would slowly and effectively activate something dark and sinister.

Smoke, lights, and mirrors

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I wonder, how sincere you think bloggers are. I know I may be shooting myself in the foot with this question, but it's been occupying my mind lately. Blogs were originally meant as journals for whomever had internet access and wanted to share their thoughts or sources of inspiration with the world: a democratic way to publish material without going through editors, and a very fast method to reach audiences.


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But after the hundreds, and then the thousands, reach a webpage, PR people are quick to follow. The personal space has become a marketing platform. Even if all you see from afar is sparkle, at close range you can see the bulbs and the wires. Money joins the pulse of electricity.


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Though of course privacy is another thing. Anyone, with or without an online diary, keeps certain things out of conversations. What remains part them are driven by other persuasions.


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There are some people who prefer to remain opaque.


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Some bloggers appear/sound more approachable than others.


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Aren't Makati's Christmas lights beautiful? Not at all flashy, even if a little cold.


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Which is what I sometimes feel when wind blows through the low collar of my kurta-inspired shirt, first worn last July. I think this cotton jacket matches it better than the previous nylon piece.


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So what does this all mean? Look at the orange-colored gas inside the bulbs, which indicate the ebb and flow of energy: that is how my days have gone. I love the season because things appear in higher contrast; I hate it because it is harder to disappear from things.


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Many times I wonder why I became a blogger at all. Sometimes I just want to show you some stuff that make me (even momentarily) happy, like this rose-patterened pair of slippers made out of hairy bristles.


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Most of the time I prefer merely to be a conduit.


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Shirt, Zara; jeans, Bench; belt, Brave Beltoworks; jacket, Muji; slippers, thrifted

Outfit photos, Annalyn Piamonte


More pictures on my visual diary: Draft of Shadows

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today

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In order of appearance:

Daren Kagasoff as shot by
Hedi Slimane

Exclusive preview od Made in Brazil Magazine 2 on Models.com

Shannon Sinclair shoots Lars Andersson's Spring 2011 collection, exclusively for The Fashionisto

'Walk the walk, talk the talk' editorial on Blend Magazine #51

Editorial from Fashion156's Grandeur issue

Lookbook for Braille's Spring 2011 collection

Portrait of Nic La France by Shirley Yu