Fashion and Beauty

Muted colors, sleek looks at Victoria Beckham show

NEW YORK — There were lots of stripes, muted colors and sleek looks as Victoria Beckham presented her spring/summer collection, which she says is a redefinition of her line. Beckham had her show in a cathedral-like hall off of Wall Street – an apropos setting for her clothes, which looked like they were designed for …

Shoppers’ love affair with yoga pants trumps jeans

NEW YORK—Americans’ obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin. Jeans long have been a go-to staple in closets across the country. After all, not many pieces of clothing are so comfortable they can be worn daily, yet versatile enough to be dressed up or down. But sales of the iconic blues fell 6 per …

Hablon: Jaki’s Textile of Choice

She made it her calling to breathe new life into Iloilo’s ancient past as textile capital of the Philippines. As prime mover of the Iloilo Designer’s Guild (DGI), Jaki Peñalosa, is scaling new heights, using hablon, piña and abaca—fabrics indigenous to the province of Iloilo—in her diversifying designs. Hablon is her principal textile of choice …

Oliver Tolentino dresses up an Emmy nominee

MANILA — Once again, Oliver Tolentino dressed up a Hollywood actress in time for the Emmy awards. Mayim Bialik wore a creation by Tolentino when she graced the Emmys in which she competed for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for The Big Bang Theory. Tolentino designed a stunning royal blue embroidered ball gown featuring …

Fast culture changes men’s idea of beauty, vanity, says actor Edu Manzano

In this digital age, men are more conscious about their hair, grooming, facial whiteness and cleanliness, wardrobe, exercise, money, car, shoes and many other aspects of life that seem to belong to women’s domain. As one fashion designer said, the prospect of seeing a sea of androgynous lifestyle has begun in the late 1980s, but …

SONA Style 2014

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) is highly anticipated for two main reasons: To give ear, critical or otherwise, to the President’s speech (more often than not, met with the cacophony of militant placard-bearing protestors outside the hallowed halls of the Batasan Pambansa ); and to keep an eye out, critical or otherwise, for …

Hermes picks a behind the scenes name for new womenswear designer

PARIS—French luxury powerhouse Hermes has named Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski as their new womenswear designer. The low-profile, 36-year-old French designer will replace Christophe Lemaire, whose departure was announced earlier this week and who will take his final bow in October. Though Vanhee-Cybulski is not a big name, she was previously women’s design director at Ashley Olsen and …

Not easy to find models with disabilities unless you look in the Nordstrom catalogue

NEW YORK—It’s not easy to find models with disabilities in ads for the fashion and beauty industry—unless you look in the Nordstrom catalogue. The company has been using models with disabilities since 1997 and continues the tradition in its annual July catalogue, which kicks off the upscale retailer’s largest event of the year with preview …

Burberry shareholders revolt over pay package for luxury house’s new CEO Christopher Bailey

LONDON—Shareholders of luxury British fashion house Burberry have voted to reject a multimillion-pound pay package for the brand’s new chief. Results of voting at Burberry’s annual general meeting Friday showed that 52.7 per cent of shareholders protested the earnings Christopher Bailey is expected to receive. Bailey was appointed chief executive in May on top of …

Canada Philippine Fashion Week Year 2: Another week of Filipino style, culture, and philanthropy

TORONTO – From June 9 to 14, Toronto again welcomed renowned Philippine fashion icons, visionaries, and rising stars for the return of Canada Philippine Fashion Week (CPFW).  CPFW’s 2nd year was indeed bigger, filled with spectacular showcase of Filipino talent and culture, all for a good cause. CPFW Executive Director and Founder Jeff Rustia said …

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