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October 29th, 2014

Our Great African Adventure!

My friends and I have been planning our African adventure for quite a long time.  Ten years ago we all went on one of the most amazing trips ever.  We all went on a Safari to Botswana and visited South Africa.  We wanted to this all over again but this time in another part of Africa.

So after a full year of planning the day arrived for all of us to go and I am over the moon with excitement.  We flew Qatar airlines which now flies out of Clark and I have to say that this was so much easier than flying out of NAIA which to be honest can be such a nightmare nowadays.  I knew that this trip was going to be amazing as we were all upgraded to first class!  I mean can you imagine?  The flight was really fantastic and before we knew it we landed in DOHA.  The DOHA airport just opened and it was really fabulous.  I particularly loved the business class lounge which was so beautifully designed with the most incredible interior furnishing and design.  After a bit of rest and a lovely meal our flight to Nairobi was up.  The flight to Nairobi from Doha took around 5 hours and I must admit the entire trip was quite exhausting, as from door to door the whole journey took around 24 hours!

We arrived in Nairobi at 1:30am  and proceeded to our residence which is called the Waine House.  The entire staff was up and warmly welcomed us to Africa with cocktails in tow.  We were all so happy and ready to face brand new adventures!  This was going to be a trip of a lifetime.

Champagne to start the trip!
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September 26th, 2014

The Cosmo bash 2014

I felt that Christmas came a couple months early because of the annual Cosmo Bachelor Bash 2014!   It’s one of the shows that I never miss as I only leave completely inspired!  LOL!  This year’s beef fest was in a corporate mood. Saga events headed by Robby Carmona and Elmer Lapena left no single fantasy untouched, uncovered and unexplored.

Every single “Office” fantasy was checked out of the bucket list leaving everyone a bit hoarse from all the screaming and completely exhausted from all the heart stopping moments from the models.  What I love about the Cosmo Bachelor bash is the level of intimacy that the show provides.  You really get to feel the energy and the excitement from all the testosterone that occurs onstage.  I had the privilege of getting a back stage peek before seeing the show and was really quite impressed with this year’s line up.  Had to say hello first to a couple of friends and then I happily found my seat and really just took everything in.

I must congratulate Myrza Sison for a JOB WELL DONE!  I mean each year it gets hotter and hotter!  A huge congratulation has to go to SAGA events for another show stopping extravaganza!  No wonder you are on top of the game!  Enough talk and enjoy the photos my friends!

Happy to see my friend Ivan all ripped and ready! He is also preparing for an IRON man this weekend! Good luck my friend.

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September 25th, 2014

Loup Noir pop up store at K I S H

From the entrepreneurial spirit of Janina Dizon comes Loup Noir!  This cool leather line that would certainly make Manila denies quiver with excitement!  Leave it to Janina to find the energy and the time to share her fashion find to everyone here at home!  I think this is really worth a gander and taking your credit card is indeed a must.

I for one have my eye of the lovely zippered clutch.  LOL!  I suggest you head on over KISH this Saturday and come early as the pieces are very limited!

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September 17th, 2014

BTS Holiday 2014 De Chine – Look book shoot

With each collection we do comes a very special photo shoot.  This is where the vision becomes more tangible and where all the ideas comes into fruition.  The saying that it takes a village to create fashion is so true with this part of the fashion process.  There are so many hands involved all going toward to the same direction that often it becomes extremely exhausting.  However with the fatigue is overcome with each beautiful image we have achieved.  The final images will all be posted on my website at www.rajolaurel.com  However I would like to share with all of you some of the “Behind The Scene” photos from the shoot.

I have to say that after so many years in the industry I still get very nervous & anxious with each step.  Although I have complete faith in my team there is still the feeling of having butterflies in my stomach. LOL!  Do take a peek into what happens behind the glossy images of our “De Chine” look book shoot.

A huge heap of thanks to Arnel Papa for lending me his amazing pieces! You are truly an artist!

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September 9th, 2014

My 8th Star Magic Ball- experience

I have had the pleasure of dressing up some of the biggest names in the Philippine entertainment industry via the Star Magic Ball!  The brain child of one of my dearest friends Keren Pascual.  From day one I was fortunate enough to have been able to dress the most beautiful women in our land.

This year was very special as I was tasked to dress up some of my very personal favourites in the industry.  First was my dear cousin Denise Laurel who I am extremely proud of.  I wanted to do something sleek, simple and severe. We opted to create a gown in a platinum almost gun metal grey stretch Charmeause which we cut into a deep plunging neckline.  I then added a crystal suspension chord which echoed the detail action on the back.  I love how the dress turned out because it was simple but interesting at the same time.  The line of the dress also made Denise look taller and accented her killer curves.

The second dress was for Julia Barretto.  I have been a huge admirer of this young lady’s beauty for quite some time now and when Liz asked me to dress her up, I jumped at the opportunity!  Again I wanted something very simple.  I have always believed that the dress should be worn by the woman and not the other way around.

I wanted to use this Dove grey  bonded foam material which made the dress move and look extremely modern.  Liz told me that Julia wanted to shine. So, I thought what better way to do shine than in Swarovski crystals.  These crystals really capture the light.  I was so thrilled beyond belief that Julia ended up winning the best dressed award that night.  A testament to my team’s talent and skill.  I am so proud of my team as we all work so hard to make all these beautiful creations and the recognition that evening was something I will share with everyone in my staff.

Finally I got another chance to dress up Mrs. Tootsy Angara who is one of my favourite clients.  I love her innate style and kindness. It is always such a joy to work with her because she embodies this energy of modernity yet she is very modest and practical at the same time.

I loved what we came up with which was a not to the mid-century vibe but still looked very modern and timeless at the same time.  I just wanted to share with you some images from our process and what the final results look like.  To everyone in my team BRAVO!!!!!  You all deserve the credit without you my dreams and visions would only remain as such.  It is by working together that we make all this a reality.

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September 2nd, 2014

A peek into BENCH’s “The Naked Truth “

In less than 17 days one of the most anticipated fashion events in the land will occur.  This is Bench’s bi-annual denim and underwear show that literally shocks Manila to the core.  I was privileged enough to have been invited to a sneak peek at what Bench will be doing.  The show’s title is called “The Naked Truth” and there was a lot of real honesty in the air.

The little show introduced everyone the new Bench endorsers to everyone.  I really loved the show and I cannot wait to see what will be happening on Sept 19!  A little bird told me that they will be flying in a slew of Amazing male supermodels from all over the world.  This one is going to be the show that no one should miss.  In the mean time let me share with you some of the photos that I was able to take from the sneak peek.  ENJOY!

Happy to see my friend Anton in the preview. He has been my friend for more than 30 years!

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August 27th, 2014

The EMMYS 2014 Red Carpet Review #2

I normally don’t like patterns on the red carpet but this Peter Som gown on Julie Bowen really works.

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August 27th, 2014

The EMMYS 2014 Red Carpet Review #1

At the recent EMMYS 2014 red carpet there was a clear trend of REDS & WHITE dresses!  It’s really interesting when everyone thinks alike and come up with practically the same looks.  As a fashion lover the red carpet’s always a great indication of what the market will want and positively respond to.  It’s also a way to see dresses outside the runway.  Either way it’s good watching and will be giving my colour/peanut gallery comments in this entry.  Enjoy the images!

OMG! I remember Anna Chlumsky as a very young actress now look at her all grown up in Zac Posen. I love the clean and classic lines.

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August 22nd, 2014

Holiday collection 2014 Moodboard – “De Chine”

I am so excited and thrilled to share with all of you our mood board for our Holiday collection 2014.  The collection is entitled “De Chine” if you translate this in English it would mean in my mind “Of China”.   We have been preparing for this collection for almost six months now and in a few weeks we will be ready to unveil the entire collection.

In the meantime I would like to show you where this all started and what our design journey is all about.  I have been sourcing in China for several years now and each time I go I get to see a facet of China that is always intriguing.  I wanted to delve into my interpretation of China and what this means to me.  China is such a powerful country now and their presence is so over powering and I wanted to harness this into a fashion collection.

I wanted to find a way to interpret this into my design vocabulary and see where this would take me.  I first started our getting a story together in my head and I wanted to explore the 1940′s attitude to the collection but from a very Chinese mentality.

In was very interesting to see where it lead to as from the start it was quite literal but then as we were developing the patterns and samples the collection went to a brand new direction that reminded me of Ungaro and YSL in the 80′s.  Me and my team were laughing that this collection is so the ante thesis of the “NORMCORE” trend that is happening at the moment!  I guess because it’s the holiday season and it’s the time to party and celebrate and the collection that we have prepared aims to cater to our clients for this.

Do take a look at our mood board and perhaps you too will get inspired with what’s to come for the HOUSE OF LAUREL!

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August 12th, 2014

PLANT Magazine!

I am so thrilled and excited to share with you the images of PLANT magazine where I am on the cover of their fashion issue.  It’s a double issue featuring an insiders featuring the hottest in Fashion and Dining in the Rockwell mall.    The magazine is really quite excellent with super cool tips and a wealth of information.

The best thing about this is that the magazine is FREE!!!!!  I just wanted to share with you the fantastic photos of Joseph Pascual as he really made look pretty decent.  I also loved the words of Jed Gregorio as he really got into my psyche and my world.  I would also like to thank Raymond Ang for putting this all together.  I really appreciate it all.

I suggest you all head over to The Power Plant mall in Rockwell and get your free PLANT magazine!  Some of the best things in this life are indeed FREE!  LOL!

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