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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June 5th, 2014


Ever since I went to PERU  I fell head over heels with their culture and cuisine.  One of the biggest food influences all over the wold now is Peruvian cuisine so when my friend David suggested that we try COYA I encouraged my friends to come and try it.  COYA is one of those restaurants that you immediately feel very hip and chic in.  I fell in love with the dark interiors with metallic walls and modern Peruvian art punctuating the entire ambience.  http://www.coyarestaurant.com 

The food was absolutely stunning!  We started our meal with some gorgeous Pisco sours followed by the most delicious bites, I particularly loved the fish ceviche which was so delicious we had to have two orders.  It was a real treat indeed.  I strongly suggest you all visit COYA when in London as it will definitely be a highlight.

Here is COYA!

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June 4th, 2014

The CFDA 2014 Red Carpet!

The annual CFDA awards is always exciting as it’s a time where the most important and influential players in the world of American Fashion unite and get together for a full on show of love and solidarity.  It’s also a chance for designers and their “girls” to show off their new thoughts and ideas on the red carpet.  I for one always take a look at what the designers are wearing as well as the muses as it’s strong indication as the direction they are at or where they are going.  So here is my little peanut gallery of thoughts and commentary.  Let me know what you think?  After all fashion is all about perspective.

Blake Lively looking very MOD and Michael Kors looking very men in black.

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May 22nd, 2014

The Forbidden Concert.

To have been part of one’s dreams is very special, to be able to do it more than once is magical blessing.  This experience happened to me and my team recently when we we were asked to do a very special costume for Anne Curtis’s recent The Forbidden concert.

This was the first fitting that we did for Anne.

The costume would prove to be one of the most memorable if not challenging dresses I have ever done and if you know anything about me, I will never back out of a challenge.  The dress which was conceptualised together with Anne’s stylist Pam Quinones was more of a “mechanised” dress that would be used for Anne’s “Letting go” song from Frozen.  Each stanza of the song one part of the dress would light up emitting refracting laser lights and emitting LED lights.

Really happy that the effect of the lights were quite stunning.

Since this song is quite popular we had to do an amazing dress.  I have only done something similar to this once but it was definitely simpler.  This dress would require around 3000 LED lights and a wiring mechanism that is actually quite fragile we had to be extremely careful in putting this together.  What we go through to get to that specific effect is literally a labor of love.


I loved this illustration. Soleil Ignacio is quite the talent.


I just want to share with you some images of the process and to thank Anne for the faith and trust  in me and my team.  I also want to congratulate Pam and her entire team for a job well done!  Let me tell you know that entire concert  was no walk in the park.  Anne did the most terrifying stunts which proved to be a major success.    Congratulations to everyone in the team!  BRAVO!!!!!!!!

I wanted the piece to look like a crystal piece.



Checking the lights.
Dress rehearsal time.
MInutes before the show you can see a virtual army assisting Anne. See how focused she was?
Let it go indeed!
Pam assembled a shoe collection for the show that left me breathless!
Lets do this! Anne with her style team!
The opening number had Anne doing some death defying acts.
This was a personal highlight for me. Seeing Anne with Asia’s song bird. Both of whom are my dear friends.
I loved this portion of the show.
The process in photos.
The final effect! LET IT GO!!!!




May 9th, 2014

Met Gala Red Carpet Review #3!

 That white detail on the gown of Zoey Deschanel  wearing Tommy Hilfiger is distracting.

May 8th, 2014

Met Gala Red Carpet Review #2!

Gisele Bundchen in Balenciaga always looks like she is having fun! The dress is a classic but the details are gorgeous!

Greta Gerwig!


This is another one of my favourite dresses during the MET GALA. Hailee Steinfeld looks amazing in Prabal Gurung!


I love this gown on Hayden Panatierre- I think the colour is so fresh and the shape is perfect for her.


Bridal gown much? Idina Menzel in Donna Karan Atelier.



I am not sure if this is the best colour for Ivanka Trump. She also looks quite thick.


Now this is big risk that paid off well! BRAVO!!!! Janelle Monae


How cool do Jay-Z and Beyonce look in Givenchy- The Queen B does sheer very very well!


Jessica Alba is it me or does her dress looks loose?


The beautfiul Jessica Lange weraing Marc Jacobs, I like the mirror details. Marc Jacobs looks very safe in Saint Laurent. I was hoping for something crazier from him.


How fun does Jessica Pare in Michael Kors looks, I like the dress and I think it’s very appropriate.


Joan Smalls is smoking hot! With Vera Wang in classic black and white, notice how the colour blocking lengthens Ms. Wang.


ADORING!!!! Karen Elson in Zac Posen


Karlie Kloss is a dream!


Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa representing CHARLES JAMES realness….I love the skirt but I would re think the top as there are already too many points in the gown.


LOVING!!!!!!!! Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney


An up do would make Kate Mara taller- The dress is beautiful but it overwhelms her petite frame.


Please tell Kate Upton to remove the head piece! She is ruining her Dolce & Gabbana ensemble.


OK! I think this dress Katie Holmes in Marchesa is going to make me ill!


WOW! How come I did not see this in the TOPSHOP store? Kendall Jenner wears topshop and she looks delicious!


Both Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wear Lanvin. Kanye looks amazing but I think that the fabric of Kim could have been softer as this dress made her appear bigger and that is a definite NO NO!


Star WARS triumphs! Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte


What a difference 8 inches would make> Kristen Stewart in Chanel


So moderrn! Kristen Wiig with Alexander Wang


What is that on the waist of Lea Michele? Why would anyone want to make their waist look that thick? I like the colour and the material but I would literally take a pair of scissors and cut that think on her waist OUT!


Leighton Meester looks a bit tired in this dress.


I love Lena Dunham here she is wearing Giambattista Valli- I think she is having fun but I would take down the cut on the empire by 3 inches to lengthen her torso.


Lily Aldridge in liquid platinum looks absolutely breathtaking!


This looks very cute as I love the pink and grey. Lily Allen in Chanel, I would re think her hair style though.


This is a clear study in wrong proportions and age inappropriateness. Stephanie Seymour who has an amazing body just looks like a bad prom attendee in the 80′s. HOW SAD!


THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!! I love the dress and the entire look Liu Wen wearing Zac Posen


You know I love Lupita Nyong’O but this Prada thing is just UGLY! She looks like a mudfish caught in a swamp net complete with swamp weed! This was one big disappointment!


That sheer blouse with the bra and the straps worn by Margot Robbie in Prada is just wrong! I think it looks nasty. How difficult would it be to line that top or to just find a nude strapless bustier?


A very big trend is this cut out fabric worn y Marion Cotillard in Dior. I also love the navy blue colour.


Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton- I am not sure if that horizontal strip under her bust is doing her any favour, the look is cute but is it appropriate for the ball.


Chanelling the 70′s is the Nubian goddess that is Naomi Campbell


I am a bit tired of the sheer long skirt that Naomi Watts in Givenchy Couture is wearing, The gown looks lovely though and I love the degrade.



May 7th, 2014

Met Gala Red Carpet Review #1!

The biggest fashion event of the year has got to be the MET GALA!  This year is quite exciting as they are inaugurating  a special fashion section in the Metropolitan Museum and the subject of this years GALA is one of the most important fashion visionaries of the 21st century.  His name is Charles James.  I will discuss Charles James in another entry but for now lets concentrate of what was happening on the red carpet.

Aerin Lauder should have edited the side peplums these did not do her any favours.

I love the MET GALA as it’s a time when the entire fashion industry unites and everyone literally has a ball!  Enough talk and lets take a look at what’s everyone is wearing!

Cute color and great texture on Alexa Chung wearing Nina Ricci


Alison Williams carries CORRAL very well! Oscar dela Renta


I find this cool and I adore Amber Valleta but I am so not loving it for the BALL!


Andy Cohen dapper!


Anna Kendrick is looking awesome in J. Mendel Great save from her OSCARS fiasco.


Hail QUEEN Anna Wintour in Chanel!


Anne Hathaway dress is nice but I would have just kept it as a gown rather than a peek a book cut away thing a ma jig! Her dress is by Calvin Klein Collection.


Arizona Muse was one of my best dressed that night! She was wearing Zac Posen


I LOVE Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen!!!!


Baz Luhrmann & Catherine Martin looking so cute!


Ms Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen- Ice blue confection.


Benedict Cumberbatch is so cute!


Blake Lively in Gucci with the gorgeous Ryan Reynolds! Now this is what I call the look.


Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford looks a bit unkempt. Wish he cleaned up.


What is with all these pants! Brie Larson in Prada….Charles James must be turning in his grave!


I feel so disappointed with what Cara Delevigne wearing Stella McCartney wore! I mean it’s chic and all that but so terribly inappropriate.


Chanel Iman looks amazing in Topshop her date that night wasA$AP Rocky also wearing Topman.


One of the best dress for me at the MET GALA has gotta be Charlize Theron with her date Sean Penn.


What is that Chloe Grace Moretz ? She looks like one of those scary Victorian dolls in scary movies.


OMG! Chloe Sevigny in Kenzo is so underwhelming! What happened to you? Did you lose your wit, charisma and style?


Claire Danes SAFE is the enemy of fabulousness!


Dakota Johnson looks very modern in her Jason Wu! Navy for me is truly the new black.


Forever IT couple David and Victoria Beckham- I love how dashingly matching they are. LOL! Cheesy……


Diane Kruger dress is boring! I usually love her choices but this one is a sleeper.


I LOVEDita Von Teese! Heres she is with her date Zac Posen, who I though really made the most beautiful dresses at this years MET GALA!


The Donatella Versace stirkes a pose! She kills me each time.


Dree Hemingway in Proenza Schouler very 40′s but not so very MET GALA?


Eddie Redmayne looking so very appropriate. Wish his date had more exciting dress.


Eddie Redmayne looking so very appropriate. Wish his date had more exciting dress.


I love how fresh Emmy Rossum wearing Carolina Herrera! LIke a Spring garden.


Emma Stone wearing Thakoon with Andrew Garfield in Band of Outsiders looking every inch like the new America’s sweethearts.


Erykah Baduh wearing Givenchy and looking pretty odd in it! The proportions are quite questionable?


Florence Welch looking very “auntie in Valentino


Frank Ocean dapper in Givenchy