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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July 28th, 2014

SONA 2014!

The SONA or the State of the Nation Address means so much to many people.  In my world it simply means that we get to work. I am deeply grateful for this as it really ensures that my team has work!  I was had a TV interview about my work for the SONA and they asked if there is any “political” messages in the dresses that I make?

That the colours have meanings and messages?  To be honest that did not even cross my mind.  I am here to make my clients beautiful.  The designs that we make for them are all very personal and special.  The SONA for me is important because it gives us designers the opportunity to celebrate our heritage and our culture. It is very rare nowadays when we get to wear our Filipino attire.  Ask yourself?  When was the last time that we wore something FILIPINIANA?

Because of this I choose to concentrate on celebrating our artisans and craftsmen like our bearers, embroiderers, cutters, sewers, ironers and many more. Every person that has touched these garments are all Filipino.  It is a celebration of who we are as a people and this is what I was concentrating on when I made my SONA gowns.

I am sharing with you some of the gowns that I did because I am extremely grateful and proud of my team for being able to make these ideas and dreams come true.  I am also deeply thankful for the ladies who have trusted me in making these dresses for them.  On that note enjoy the red carpet and see how amazingly creative we Filipinos are.  Because we’re really good!

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July 25th, 2014

Ariel Aid Couture!

I was recently invited to a really cool project called “ARIEL AID COUTURE”  It’s one of those projects that just has a “win-win” situation.  All you have to do is to show up on August 2 & 3 at  Glorietta Activity centre and shop from a really cool selection of pre loved clothing.  Now I was invited to  ”style” some of the pieces that they had and I have to say the selection is pretty cool!  The whole process brought me back to my design school days were I would “repurpose” vintage clothing and try to make something cool about it.

I just want to encourage all of you to come and help out.  Remember that it is always in fashion to help!  See you there.

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June 26th, 2014

The Game of Thrones wedding!

One of my most closest friends recently celebrated their 20 years of marriage. Dennis and Tessa Valdes celebrated this milestone like only they can.  When Tessa told me that she was using the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones” as a theme I knew that this was going to be something for the books!

When Dennis or more appropriately Tessa thinks of a project she goes full on and takes the idea into the next level. Their wedding anniversary was really memorable as 90% of the guests really came in full costume and enjoyed the festivities.  Dennis and Tesssa prepared a full on extravaganza that started  out in a solemn but spectacularly decorated church complete with wolves and horses.

Right after their renewal of vows we all moved to the Manila Polo Club where there practically a village waiting to entertain the guests that comprised of Giants, midgets, fire breathing acrobats that climaxed to a fantastic firework show.

We were then ushered into the dining hall which was absolutely amazing as it really felt like we were in the set of The Games of Thrones.  The dinner banquet was laid out exactly as if it was in the medieval times however this time we had white rice!  LOL!  During the beautiful banquet Dennis and Tessa prepared a show that began with aerial dancers and Opera singers.  The highlight for me was being part of the flash mob dance where 50 of Tessa’s closest friends danced with the couple which actually took several practices and rehearsals to perfect.

What I really love about weddings like these are the speeches that everyone shares, Their eldest son  Brian gave one of the most heart tugging speeches I have ever experienced.  The truth is beneath all the splendour and pageantry of the celebration.  This is really all about family and the liberty to live each day  with absolute love.

I just want to thank Dennis & Tessa for their friendship as I have been blessed immensely because of this.  Looking forward to more adventures with you guys!

Tessa’s incredible bridal shoes!

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June 9th, 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier- LONDON

In my formative years as a designer, Jean Paul Gaultier would be one of those names that would have influenced my  journey.  His work would have a such a significant force all over the world.  I saw his exhibition in San Francisco a few years ago but I could not pass up the opportunity to see the show once more at the Barbican in London  https://www.barbican.org.uk.

I had to experience Jean Paul Gaultiers amazing work all over again.  This was an incredible show as it displayed his body of work in a country where he loved very much.  It was such a treat to be able to be so close to amazing samples of craft and technique.  This show really shows you why fashion is indeed art.

The show was curated by way of themes and how Jean Paul Gaultier would use these themes throughout his collections and career.  The best thing about this whole experience is actually seeing and hearing Jean Paul Gaultier as he was  giving a talk that same evening interviewed by the legendary Fashion journalist Suzy Menkes.  I was so engaged and enthralled as Jean Paul Gaultier is such a personality, deeply giving and very funny.

My personal highlight was actually meeting Suzy Menkes and having a photograph taken with her.  She was signing her book at the end of the talk and I was so happy to have met her.  To be able to meet, see and experience once idols is indeed a blessing.  I am so fortunate to have been able to see this and I would like to share the images with all of you.  It will really blow your mind.

In front of the denim collection of Jean Paul Gaultier.

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June 7th, 2014

A fine day for the TATE Modern

London in late spring early summer is really all about glorious weather!  Often too beautiful to actually stay indoors and enjoy the sun and the lush greens.  Decided to enjoy as much as the sun but I really wanted to go see the Matisse exhibition at the Tate Modern and have our friends meet us there to enjoy the museum and the exhibition.

The Tate is my favourite museum in the world!  I love the scale, the magnitude, and the amazing art.  I love coming to this Museum and I really don’t get tired of it.  Each time I come to London I must visit the Tate Modern.  It’s a place where I always get inspired and this trip was so significant as what I saw ignited a new collection that got me all excited.

I am so thankful that I am able to savour the opportunity to visit this museum and to have my friends around is even more amazing.  Enjoy the photos!

Spring ready! CJ & Nix.

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June 6th, 2014

Borgy and Georgina in London!

While in London I met up with my friends Borgy and Georgina.  Nix and I love George and Borgy and we have traveled several times together before and to meet up with them is always a joy.  We decided to meet up after lunch and check out the  cool hotel that they were staying at called www.no11cadogangardens.com It was a really cool hotel that had this old world vibe almost Haunted house level but i thought it was very interesting and inspiring.

It was great to just hang out and not be in the thick of what we normally do in Manila. We ended up in this really cool neighbourhood pubs that served some amazing food.  Just wanted to share with you some good times with good friends.

I love this shot of Nix and I! Wishing more adventures in the years to come.

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