Once again, the biggest fashion event in the country is here. The Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011 will be showcasing its collection from May 9-15, 2011. The biggest names from renowned designers, gigantic retail brands and top models are once again uniting for this epic event.
Because everyone seems to be doing this, I am joining the bandwagon. Though, I follow a lot of awesome people so this list may not be complete yet.
And the list is also in alphabetical order because I am OC like that. I was even thinking of dividing the list into different categories but that would be OC-ness x 10 and I’m too lazy to do that. So sorry.
Anyway. follow these amazing people and their equally amazing tumblr pages. I swear, you wouldn’t regret hitting the follow button.
I don’t know how or why but Lookbook posted my outfit here on Tumblr. It’s not supposed to be posted until tonight… so, yeah.
Anyway, for those who asked where did I get my tights, here’s my write-up. :)
I got the patterned tights from Romwe, an online shop that is based from China. They offer a wide range of clothes, accessories and many more that are definitely Lookbook-worthy. In fact, a lot of Lookbook users have tried and tested Romwe's products. :)
You might find their items expensive but don’t worry because if you like them on Facebook, you’ll be updated with really cool offers. :) For example, $0.99 on selected tights and so much more! :)
Thank you to Ms. April for sending these adorable tights. <3
Yesterday, I attended the Ayala Museum’s Design Talk: Everywhere We Shoot with my little sister. The talk cost PHP 150.00 that comes with a complimentary tour of the museum. I’m glad I brought my little sister along because J wasn’t available and because I don’t want to go in Gold of Ancestors alone.
The talk of the incredible duo behind Everywhere We Shoot, Ryan Vergara and Garovs Garrovillo, was downright funny. There were no dull moments listening to them as their share their humble beginnings, as well as the things they do in a shoot and how they’ve accomplished it.
Ryan also shares that it was Garov’s green hair that has caught his attention which blossomed into something beautiful. ;)
This was their photo back back in 2004:
They also shared to us who their inspirations are, such as Terry Richardson and Andy Warhol, and the magazines they like to collect and browse:
Last Friday, Manila Street Style sent me to Greenbelt 3 to cover Hedgren’s Fashion Show. Hedgren is a brand from Belgium providing the highest quality of bags that meets your everyday needs without cramping your style.
Hedgren was created in 1993 by Xavier Kegels, the renowned designer who is also known as the creator of the Kipling and Laurent David brand.
Xavier combined his pioneering spirit, his Swedish-Belgian roots and a passion for Japan into the creation of the Hedgren brand. The name Hedgren was taken from Xavier Kegels’ beloved grandmother, Elisabeth Hedgren. Her spirit of adventure, passion and perfectionism, pased on via his DNA, make Hedgren the brand it is today.
Hedgren started as an outdoor brand back in the early 90s with the Great American collection, which is still one of the brand’s best-selling collections. Since then, the Hedgren brand has evolved around three separate ranges: Smart, On the Go, and Business.
Ms. Angel Jacob was the host of the event.
There were different categories a Hedgren bag can fall on:
Pockets is perfect for your keys mobile phones, and everything else that is within your reach. Prints are utilitarian bags with fun designs. Texture is for the urban sophisticated. Classic is for the discerning few and an office must-have. Function is for convenient and for the busy person that you are. Last but not the least, there is the Quality that was created with high excellence and perfect for active users who are also on the go.
Right after the main show, they gave away really awesome prizes. One winner gets to take home fifteen thousand pesos (15K) worth of prizes (Hello Swarovski!). They also featured selected staff members to strut their way on the ramp. :)
With special participation of Ms. Pia Guanio.
Hopefully, the rest of the photos I took for this event will be published on the Manila Street Style. Please watch out for it! :) Thank you!
Photography by yours truly and were taken during the Coachella Bazaar at Rockwell.
I’m personally not happy with these shots but I think being a contributor to Manila Street Style is good practice to the skills I lack as a photographer. :) This includes my bashfulness when approaching strangers (to ask if I could take a photograph of their outfit).
Remember this entry? I gave you an idea what a Project 365 is and did mention that for some, they use themselves as their subject throughout the year (aka creative portraits). This time, it’s different. :)
During my search for inspiration, I found two artists who took the Project 365 challenge but instead of shooting the usual subject, they thought of using something else as their subject matter.
One of them is Arielle, an 18-year old photographer whose name is pronounced like the letters R-E-L. Her Project 365 is about Danbo, a cardboard robot from the manga “Yotsuba&!” by Kiyohiko Azuma.
Ten Random Facts About Arielle
I love everything Disney
I love creating countdowns
My collection of Danbos is currently 6.
I’m excited for summer vacation
I’m obsessed with listening to Disney music.
I cannot wait to graduate high school
I love taking Danbo pictures in the rain!
Someday I wish to go to Tokyo
I am a Lady Gaga fan
Eight is my lucky number
Describe Your Daily Routine Wake up, brush my teeth, wash my face, go to school, sit in front of the computer for an hour, homework, eat, and sleep.
When did you become interested in art? I have been interested in art since I was little. I started drawing and grew out of that during my freshman year of high school. During my freshman year I fell in love with photography.
What is your style and how would you define it? I enjoy shooting ‘still life’. I want my viewer to know what is going on in the photo and possibly add their own story to it.
Are there any artists that have influenced you and why? I’m influenced by many photographers who post Disney park pictures on Flickr.
What’s your dream project? My dream project is to create a character of my own and do an entire series on it.
Who would you want to collaborate with in the future? I would want to collaborate with Cory Disbrow. His work inspires me to go to the Disney parks.
If you were to change anything about yourself, what would it be? I would like to be more social. Sometimes I hate being shy.
Do you have any last words of advice for beginner artists? Be confident and learn to take charge. When you’re behind the camera, your subjects want you to give orders because they want YOU to lead them as much as they want to obey your directions to please you, the photographer. Get that and you earn respect.
SoFA Fashion Capsule: Celebrity Styling with Alyanna Martinez
One of the things I’ve learned when it comes to photography, specifically fashion photography, is that you need to have an idea of everything — from the make-up, to the hair, to the clothes — to pull off a perfect photograph. So, even if I’m not planning to become a stylist, I’ve decided to take up SoFa’s Fashion Capsule: Celebrity Styling with Alyanna Martinez.
For someone who is surrounded by celebrities all her life, Alyanna is really quirky, down-to-earth and inspiring. We often had this impression that if you’re a daughter/son of a celebrity, you get easy access to everything. Alyanna, on the other hand, proves to us that if you want to get something, you need to work hard and have determination. In fact, she almost “died” in every job offer she took.
She shared to us her humble beginnings and her experiences as an editorial assistant from Preview Magazine until becoming a stylist for TV productions and of famous local celebrities. Glamorous as it seems, being a stylist is one tough job. Alyanna claims that it’s a 24/7 job. She also adds that, “as long you have a signal [on your mobile phone], you have work.”
She covered many things, from what exactly styling and a role of a stylist until the tools a stylist needs. It was truly a workshop worth attending.
Here are shoes from Renegade Folk that Alyanna presented in the workshop. She gave us tips on how to take care the of shoes from sponsors and pull-outs. Not to mention, how to protect garments from models, including their underarms (in case their shoot is outdoor and it’s hot).
She also shared to us her accessories, organized in a certain way to meet specific needs. The accessories in the green suitcase is probably only one-fourth of her whole collection.
Here’s the full collection of her accessories:
As a stylist, Alyanna thinks that these accessories are her investments because it’s useful for her own personal use and for her job. :) Aside from these accessories, she also has her own clothes rack, her own DIY dressing room, steam iron and styling tool box (as in literally placed in a tool box). You could consider Alyanna an honorary member of Fashion Girl Scout or something. :)
I would also like to thank the following sponsors who made our workshop really worthwhile and fun: Cosmopolitan Philippines, SM Girls’ Teens’ Wear (GTW), Hair Pieces, Vita Fede, Carmex and Renegade Folk.
For those who missed the workshop, don’t fret because SoFa recently announced that they’ll have another batch of Celebrity Styling on May. That batch is even luckier because they’ll have more sponsors, meaning more freebies and more fun! I’m so jealous, haha. SoFA is also offering summer workshops, such as Fashion Immersion for Teens and Basic Sewing and Patternmaking.
For inquiries, please call 8928807 or e-mail them at email@example.com.
The Living Room is where photography hobbyists—moms, students, office people—can take up studio photography! You can also rent their cozy, pretty studio!
I like the fact that it’s a one-on-one workshop because you control your learning phase and you can freely ask questions that you’re too embarrassed to ask in front of other photographers. Mylene Cheung is the one who will be teaching you the basic. She’s really nice and really accommodating; she was even nice enough to lend me her camera because I forgot my camera’s battery (seriously, of all the days!).
My workshop was divided into two days, both scheduled by appointment. On the first day, Mye introduced to me the different kinds of lighting used in a studio; their purpose and how to use these lights to achieve a certain effect. It was only a two-hour class but I’ve definitely learned a lot because everything was hands-on.
As for the second day, I’ll be blogging about that really soon. ;)
The workshop cost around PHP 4,500.00 which includes a lighting guide, an honorary certificate and a 10% rental discount card (which I forgot to claim, silly me!).
The Living Room Photography Unit 2 Lumier Realty Building 285 P. Guevarra St. San Juan City
I was in a pickle last Sunday because I had three events to go, all happening at the same time. There’s a 1) Exclusive blogger event, 2) Candy Fashion Show and 3) a family gathering. Of course, I chose the former because family comes first but the gathering was cancelled to the last minute.
As much as I wanted to go to the exclusive blogger event, I don’t know how to get there. I’m pretty good when it comes to directions but whenever the event is located at Quezon City, I prefer someone to take me there.
Obviously, I only had one choice… The Candy Fashion Show!
I arrived to the event center at around 4PM and missed a lot of action, including the opportunity to capture SomedayDream while performing their hit single, “Hey Daydreamer”, or while Chesca Sumilang takes over the stage with her bubbly personality.
But… I was fortunate enough to see Manila’s famous fashion bloggers ramp the stage, such as Lissa Kahayon and Rosanna Aranaz.
And of course, here’s a snap of Tricia Gosingtian. :)
I’ve also met Miss Beatrix during the show. We were both awkward fan girls, lol. She, along with her friends, came all the way from Cavite just to watch these beautiful people strut their way on the catwalk with pretty clothes and accessories.
Thank you to Ms. Camille Co for sending me an invite to this awesome event. <3
I find it hard to believe whenever people say that the movie sucks because it was confusing. I think the reason why it’s confusing because it requires a little more effort for the viewer to appreciate the concept of the movie. It’s not a simple movie wherein you sit in for two hours and just absorb whatever you see on the screen. This kind of concept is similar to Inception, where a lot of people find it confusing the first time they’ve seen the film.
Date a girl who takes photographs. Date a girl whose favorite sound is the click-click of the shutter as it closes and opens to capture a memory. Date a girl who sees the wonder in the simplest things. Date a girl who looks at the world and wonders how to put a little of herself in it.
You might find her in the park, lost behind her lens, the world a blur around her as she tries to capture a single moment in time. You might find her in an exhibit, a look of concentration on her face as she contemplates a photograph that called out to her as she was passing by. Or maybe you will find her in a bookstore, a book in her lap as she pores over photographs of weddings all the while wondering what hers would look like.
Take her out to photo walks and laugh as she tries to take a picture of you. When she gets tired of walking, buy her cupcakes but wait until she has taken pictures of them before proceeding to eat them. Listen as she tells you her ideas for a photo shoot on the ride home.
Take her to a restaurant and wait patiently as she surveys the menu carefully, appreciating the food photography. And again, wait until she has taken a photo of your food before digging in. Allow her introduce you to Ansel Adams while you both eat your lunch. Introduce her to your favorite musician as you wait for the bill to arrive. When you get home, change your Facebook profile picture into a photograph she took of you. She silently hoped for it.
Take stolen shots of her. Compile it and give it to her on her birthday. Tell her you love her over and over until your voice replaces the click of the shutter as her favorite sound. Kiss her after she lifts her head up from the camera. Give her camera-shaped necklaces. Go places with her.
You will never be bored again.
Date a girl who takes photographs. She will never whine about a little dirt on her favorite pair of jeans as she kneels down to get a better angle of her subject. She will never be afraid to take adventures with you. She will take photographs of you not just with her camera but with her mind as well and keep it to herself to admire at night. But above all, she will teach you how to look at the world with a brand new perspective and she will do that unknowingly.
Marry a girl who takes photographs. Ditch those wedding photography books and give her the most beautiful wedding you could. She will teach your kids to find the beauty in everything just as she had taught you. Every day will be an adventure as she tries to create memories photograph-worthy with you. She may wake you up in the middle of the night because she is buzzing with ideas but she will make it up in the morning with a stack of hot pancakes beside a steaming cup of your favorite coffee blend.
Grow old with a girl who takes photographs. Sit with her on the front porch as you both pore over the bits and pieces of the moments you’ve had together. Stroke her hair as you both relive the photo walks that you took and the places you have been when you were both young. Smile as you both reenact your clever wedding vows.
Date a girl who takes photographs because she will always see that “something” in the most “nothing” of things. She will never let anyone take you away from her like she never lets anyone steal her photos and that is just one of the evidences that she loves you.
Last year, there were nights that I would browse through WeHeartIt.com and post the link on Twitter. That’s when I’ve stumbled upon Kitty Gallannaugh's lovely face and her amazing Flickr photo stream.
From then on, I just knew that I’m going to be a big fan of hers.
Based on London, Kitty Gallannaugh is a 20-year-old kid with long, wild hair and an obsession for chocolate. She describes herself as a photographer who breathes in photo-taking and a dreamer.
When did you become interested in art? Art has always been a big part of my life. I was always drawing, painting and creating as a kid. I would always want to choose being creative over wanting to watch TV which my friends always found strange. I really started experimenting properly with photography when I was 13, I become obsessed with trying to capture new angles and learning how to edit them with colours, contrast and saturation. From there it just grew and grew as I wanted to try new things and continually grow.
What is your style and how would you define it? I suppose I like to see my style as free and romantic. I like soft light and trying to capture a nostalgic and candid photograph with a touch of whimsy colouring. I try to keep an invisibility shield around me as I photograph and keep things natural, even if the model is staring directly into the lens I want it to look relaxed and never too posed and uncomfortable.
Are there any artists that have influenced you and why? I think I’m influenced by every artist I see. I try to keep a very open mind which makes being inspired a very easy task. But then you also do have to put up a barrier to stop yourself from being too influenced and letting your style become someone else’s. I have always loved Tim Walker’s photographs and remember looking at them when I first started to photograph people, so I can definitely say he has been a main influence. I have also been a firm follower of Annie Leibovitz and Gemma Booth - they are very influential and incredibly, incredibly talented.
Do you have any last words of advice for beginner artists? Believe in your dreams. Photography will embrace you if you trust and love in it. Don’t let criticism get you down (even from yourself) and just let yourself spread your wings and grow every day. Make your own opportunities for yourself.