Friday, August 27, 2010

Rachel Zoe for Harper's Bazaar

And there she goes... Rachel Zoe is featured in a Harper's Bazaar editorial. She probably styled herself here and it is to die for, literally. She dies for fashion in these photos featuring what seems to be her favorite fashion designers.

with Francisco Costa, Calvin Klein's creative director

With a smizing Vera Wang, a New York based fashion designer known for her wedding gowns

With Brian Atwood, a notable shoe designer
note: he is a former model
American Fashion Designer Michael Kors and Rachel Zoe in a heap of MK Bags
MK is Michael Kors, not to be confused with one half of the Olsen twins

an electrified Rachel Zoe with American Designer Marc Jacobs,
head designer of Marc Jacobs and his diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs and is also the creative director of Louis Vuitton. whew!

See yah later!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fashion Videos for August

This is the reason why the web exists, it is because of fashion videos. These work of arts are compiled by the folks at

Let's start with Gareth Pugh's Joie de Vivre, which is french for the Joy of Living. Featuring Raquel Zimmerman in Pugh's Autumn/Winter 2010 collection. 

Next on queue is the very beautiful and almost controversial Crystal Renn for The Block magazine. Although she has campaigns for brands like Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier, she is untiring and fierce.

Crystal Renn from Dossier on Vimeo.

Now for Alexander Wang's Fall 2010 RTW Collection, we get Abbey Lee. Directed by Craig McDean, she is seen in Mr. Wang's finest pieces for Fall

There are a couple more in the link I gave above, so check it!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Get Him to the Glee Part 2

I just can't wait for season two of the world's greatest show (for me), GLEE! And what do you know, they had released a behind the scenes video of the photoshoot for season 2!

Love that they are all complete and still cute as ever. Lea Michele is looking hotter with her bangs, as some gay guy would say/sing, "She Bangs!"...


Ooops! Video on previous post...

BTW, found some twipiced photos from Britney Spears. She will guest star on season two's episode two!

She will be playing a receptionist at a dentist's office. The Dentist, btw will be played by John Stamos.

With Heather Morris who plays Brittany. The songs will be sung in a dream during the visit to the dentist.

 Season Two will air on September 22 here in Manila...

Get Him to the Glee

Check this out!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Swim in the Rain

Have you tried it? Swimming in the rain? Well, I did, a couple of weeks ago,I went to a swim trip with my college friends to a resort in Bulacan called Amana Waterpark. And of course, during the afternoon, it rained really bad but we still went on swimming... How much wet can anyone get in the rain when you're wet to begin with. Ha?

Anyway, here are the photos.

Here is Amana Waterpark's facade... 

Here's what I wore. A basic white tee, overly bleached shorts and some plastic accessories.

 With my friends Anne and Nica, we went with our former college teacher which incidentally had a car!

Amana Waterpark has a lot of life-size cartoon figures within the resort that we couldn't stop taking photos of ourselves with them!

With Shrek, his family. Puss in Boots and Donkey

Posing with Puss in Boots

Jar Jar Binks and a hip hop looking kid (wink!)

me and what seems to be a chubby Frodo, I thought they would be smaller, they're hobbits right?!?

Marilyn Monroe and me, God bless her family and her granny panties

Help! This 25-foot tall King Kong has stair access in the back, in case you were wondering how in world did I managed to get to this position.

I miss my friends already! See you soon!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Blessing of Prosperity

"May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness - an abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and may those who bless you be blessed."
-Genesis 27:28 - 29 (NIV)

Photo credit:
Myself! ehem!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pop Art: On Lollipops and the Arts

I enjoy sweets every now and then. My favorites are cotton candies, cupcakes and lollipops. Mix the last one with art, you'll get Pop Art.
But before I write about Pop Art here in Manila. A little lesson on lollipop's history (Sorry to bore you guys, but I really enjoy reading or writing about history). The idea of an edible candy on a stick is very simple, and it is probable that the lollipop has been invented and reinvented numerous times. The word "lolly pop" dates to 1784, but initially referred to soft, rather than hard candy. The term may have derived from the term "lolly" (tongue) and "pop" (slap). The first references to the lollipop in its modern context date to the 1920s. Alternatively it may be a word of Romany origin being related to the Roma tradition of selling toffee apples sold on a stick. Red apple in the Romany language is loli phaba.

The first confectioneries that closely resemble what we call lollipops date to the Middle Ages, when the nobility would often eat boiled sugar with the aid of sticks or handles. The invention of the modern lollipop is still something of a mystery but a number of American companies in the early 20th century have laid claim to it. According to the book "Food For Thought (Extraordinary Little Chronicles of the World)" they were invented by George Smith of Connecticut, who started making large boiled sweets mounted on sticks in 1908. He named them after a racehorse of the time, Lolly Pop.

And now, let's enjoy this video which shows an art installation featured on Manila Design Week.
Loved it? Comments are welcome below...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

O M Glee!

I was supposed to write about lollipops and the arts but I found this video and this is definitely better. It's a glee-wind of season one's relationships.. From Finnchel (Finn and Rachel) & Wemma (Will and Emma) everything in between. Enough talking...or in my case typing... So, here is the video, enjoy!

BTW, they will be back for season two on September 21.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Burberry Acoustic

What will you get when you put music and fashion together? Burberry Acoustic... which, as you would guess, comes from british fashion house Burberry.  This endeavor is a collaboration between the designer label and British artists who have been selected by Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey.

You can see the videos in its entirety on Burberry's Youtube channel. Below are some of my favorites plus an introduction by Christopher Bailey.

From a band called Acoma based in London.

Sunshine Underground originates from English, Leeds based indie rock band. They play a variety of music, from punk, funk to indie. 

General Fiasco is an indie rock group from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland.

A five-piece band, Dog is Dead from Nottingham who have variously described their music as “Louis Armstrong lost in a disco”, “an original blend of harmonious, indie-pop in the disco, with a cheeky jazz hint” and “uplifting pop for jazz junkies and choir folk”.

Life in Film, the lustrous recession musicians taking British pop away from disco tunes and towards dusty barroom dancefloors, circa Tamla Motown.

Discover more here.


Friday, August 13, 2010

My Pinay Obsession

I am definitely Pinoy! Born and raised in the Philippines and blessed with wonderful Filipino parents. Although globalism and the internet may have given me a different perspective than most Filipinos, I still am a Filipino and I am proud to be one. Where did this go from here? I am gonna share an article of what I believe is an example of the perfect Filipina. Georgina Wilson, the name may not sound Pinoy but she is a Filipino. And she is my celebrity/model Pinay crush. The article came from here.


Opposites Attract.

Last week, during Singapore’s Sing-Fest music festival, headliner Kanye West couldn’t help but become smitten with the lovely VJ interviewing him. Supermodel and magazine fixture Georgina Wilson has a certain magnetism and charisma so that, even after a full set under the humid air, Kanye still managed to ask for her e-mail address — a moment that Georgina and her friends can have a good laugh about.

Attention, however, is not a new concept for this stunner. Gracing almost every important cover, and taking charge of ads and billboards for several years now, she was able to transcend her name to mass media appeal, with fans tracing her every move.

As you may know, models aren’t usually hired for their intelligence but that’s exactly what separates her from the typical. Much has been written about her love affair with numbers and her self-professed geeky side, but its her candor and wit that got the attention of international producers of music channel, Channel [V]. Aside from doing the chart shows locally, she’s slowly garnering attention internationally, with hosting stints in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Korea (where she landed a cameo for K-Pop group, 2PM’s new music video).

Lately though, it’s not all these accolades that have got people’s tongues wagging, but her constant red carpet date and their status as a duo. Read up as Georgina finally reveals the state of her heart and opens up about her plans for the future.

To that, all I have to say is… sorry, Kanye.

THE DIALOGUE: You’ve been spotted in several events with Borgy Manotoc by your side, is it time we labeled you BorGina?
GEORGINA WILSON: I don’t think that name sounds too good (Laughs). But yes, I think I’m ready to say that we are dating.

I can already feel the envy from guys all over, what is it about Borgy you like?
He reaches me on every level — when I’m weird, he can be weirder; when I feel like being intellectual, he teaches me new things. But the most important thing is we can spend the whole day just laughing. And he’s one of the people that can make me laugh the hardest. His laughter is contagious.

Borgy seems to move within the indie scene, while everyone knows you live it up in style. Do opposites really attract?
I think everyone has a preconceived image of what I am or what the media perceives me to be. I can hang out anywhere, and both of us know how to make any situation fun for ourselves no matter where we are.

What is a normal day like for a high-profile pair like you?
We work out together, we like doing groceries and cooking. Checking out exhibits and exploring new places together is really fun, too.

You graduated in Sydney with a bachelor’s degree in commerce with a double major in accounting and finance. Why move back to Manila?
I guess there’s something that pulls you back when it’s a place that you feel is home. I never intended to stay in Sydney and when I went back last Christmas I just wanted give myself the chance to live in Manila again. It just felt right being here.

You had a job with a firm waiting in London; do you have any regrets about staying in Asia?
I really worked hard to get that job, but once I got it I realized I didn’t have it in me to work in London at that time. I just wanted to be in Asia and I know the next wave of growth, in terms of finance, fashion, arts, and possibilities is here. Even in the Philippines you see new pockets of creativity and there’s all these hubs of new talent. I’ve always been intrigued with this side of the world so I don’t regret it. And the job is still waiting for me if in the future I’d like to go back.

How do you deal with all the showbiz offers?
I take each offer in isolation and see if I’m capable of doing it. I also check what image they want to portray of me. But I think it all boils down to my capabilities, if I can do the job well, and so far I haven’t found it. Maybe in the future I can find something I’m comfortable with.

You’re the face of Channel [V], how did that come about?
Being a VJ was something I’d always wanted to be. Growing up it always amazed me to see those girls interview all types of artists and I really love music. Channel [V] was the natural thing for me to do next and it’s a stepping stone for me to be comfortable in front of the camera. It was hard at first but I’m getting the hang of it — although I still don’t want to see my tapes from January. (Laughs)

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Honestly I hope to be settled down. I want to be able to look back and be happy with the career I’ve chosen. I want to be able to combine the two industries that I love — fashion and finance. Hopefully in 10 years I’ll be able to look at myself and say I’ve made the most of my skills.

With your giant billboards for Bench Body and a commercial for a beer brand, was there a plan to shift your image into a more mature one?
Nothing was definitely planned and I think the advertisers and magazines wanted to portray me in a different light. I’ve done everything in terms of my adolescent image. When I came back after graduating, I had a different sense of maturity and I was willing to take on these offers.

Which fictional character do you most identify with?
Monica from Friends. I’m obsessively-compulsively clean; it drives me nuts. And I was a fat kid that’s still teased up to now.

Who do you follow on Twitter?
I follow author Paolo Coelho but I’m thinking of unfollowing because @annecurtissmith re-tweets everything he says anyway. (Laughs)

What’s one skill that people might be surprised you can do?
I can cook a five-course meal and speak Tagalog fluently.

Who has the sexiest brain for you?
Any author in The Economist. It’s my favorite magazine and the only one I read religiously.

What’s your current obsession?
Listening to the Glitch Mob and The XX. As for my constant obsession, it has to be Trollie Gummies, I can eat bags and bags of those but I just stop myself.

Who’s the most overrated person for you?
Justin Bieber. I feel like the hype should be about the great musicians out there. When Michael Jackson had that hype before, it was so warranted. When I watch Bieber perform, I have a puzzled expression on my face — or maybe I’m just too old to understand.

Many look up to you as a fashion darling, when did you realize your fashion identity?
I don’t think it’s a finished process. Every time I live in a new country or visit a new place, or hang out with a new group of people, I get inspired to dress in a way influenced by my surroundings. Style shouldn’t be boxed up.

What should men never do?
Talk extensively about ex-girlfriends.

What should women never do?
Women should never over-share their relationship problems, because only the two people involved will really understand.

MAKEUP BY Junie Senia of Jing Monis Salon
HAIR BY Raymond Santiago
Props from Skitzo, The Collective

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What's My Line

Found this little gem on Youtube featuring my favorite designer, not to mention favorite person, Yves Saint Laurent. This is for a show called "What's my Line?". It is a weekly panel game show from CBS which ran from 1950 to 1967. The original program was telecast only in the United States. The game tasked celebrity panelists with questioning contestants in order to determine their occupation. From what I know, it is the longest-running game show in the history of prime time television. Hosted by John Charles Daly and with panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf. In 1968 it returned in syndication as a daily production which ran until 1975. There have been several international versions, radio versions, and a live stage version.

There are also other videos featuring Salavador Dali, Raquel Welch, Hugh Hefner among others.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Acqua e Olio

We are just on August's second week but international magazines had revealed their September Covers (see evidence here). But I'm not gonna talk about that, August in itself has a lot to offer when it comes to editorials. Just like what Vogue Italia had come up for their Cover Story and Editorial titled Water and Oil ("Survivor"). Featuring legendary supermodel Kristen McMenamy in what seems to be Steven Meisel's interpretation of injured, oiled birds or animals from the oil spill at the Gulf of Mexico.Some say that the photos tried very hard to glamorize such disaster but I disagree. These photos are not only beautiful but is also a challenge for everyone to help in the disaster that the oil spill had become.

Here are the photos and a backstage video.

For more details: see here and here.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gaga for the Lady

She needs no further introduction because she is Lady Gaga. Her style is avant garde, weird, eccentric, crazy... in a word "Gaga".

Vanity Fair has put her on the cover of their September issue which is usually the thickest most fashion-filled issue ever. Below are some photos and a BTS (Behind-The-Scene) video from showstudio.


Here she is on the cover looking slightly ethereal

in Alexander McQueen

Another shot of the Alexander McQueen dress
in Fred Leighton Jewelry


She looks a bit...funny? kooky? She looks Gaga!
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