Monday, March 17, 2014
When I was a teenager, my mother didn’t know what to do with me. Since I am the only boy in the family, she gave me everything I wanted. I admit that I was a spoiled brat growing up. People do change for the better. I am glad that I am not that boy anymore. During the late 80s and early 90s, I was obsessed with Gianni Versace. I was collecting all his pieces: Gianni Versace, Versus, Istante, Versace Jeans Couture, Versace Collection, and Versace Jeans Couture. Hong Kong was the nearest place to shop. I spent all my money buying Versace.
For Spring 2014, my obsession with Versace came back. I was impressed with the collection that Donatella designed for menswear. The use of athletic tapes in neon colors gave the Versace man the cool factor. Since the clothes are very expensive, let’s focus on the bags. The nylon totes were just amazing. The details include the athletic tapes forming the V with the Medusa on the tip of the letter. It came in different colors: black, burgundy, and brown.
Right now, I have the bag in black. I can’t wait to get my hands on the burgundy. I guess I am still a spoiled brat at heart. The verdict, I want them all.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Only a handful of designers managed to transform and make fur fun and interesting. Marc Jacobs, Brandon Sun, Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, J. Mendel, Dennis Basso, and Carolina Herrera took fur to the next level. Amongst all of these designers, Joseph Altuzarra’s design caught my attention. I love all the vibrant colors he used for Fall/Winter. The strips of minks in vibrant colors remind me of an uneven windowpane pattern. If I was a woman and I had the money to purchase this coat, I will be the first one to buy it. On the other hand, Marc Jacobs silver fox bomber jacket depicts the different colors of the clouds when the sun is about to set. I love how he dyed the fur. These designers know how to make fur fresh and new every season.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
As soon as Leonardo Di Carpio opened the envelope to announce the best actress in a motion picture, I closed my eye hoping it would be Cate Blanchett. When he read her name, I jumped off my couch. Like Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett is one of the best actresses of all times. I have seen most of her films and she portrays any role thrown at her. From my previous post, I’ve seen the movie “Blue Jasmine” 6 times. When she came up the stage, she exuded class. She knows how to command presence and make the audience listen to her. On top of that, her stylist did an amazing job by letting her wear Armani Prive. She made Armani look fashion forward. She accessorized her black lace dress with diamond earrings, rings, and bracelet. When she turned around, you can see her sexy back. I believe she will be nominated for an Oscar and take home the trophy. I am glad she won.
The men’s show in Milan just started. I have been looking at the collections and I haven’t seen anything I like. To my surprise, I came across Ferragamo’s collection. My peers know that I love bold stripes and color blocking. Shades of rust, blue, saffron, brown, and pale blue were among the colors used for next season. Amongst all the coats, I love the rust and blue combination. I believe these coats are great investment pieces for Fall 2014. I can’t wait to get my hands on them. It is time to save up and put them on my back. What am I talking? Winter is not over and I am looking forward for the cold weather again.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
The first time I saw the movie “Blue Jasmine” was with my friend Helio Campos. It was cold in New York and I was so excited to see this film of Woody Allen starring the great Cate Blanchett. The addiction to this movie didn’t stop. I convinced my aunt, Paola Isabella Rocha Tornito, to watch this film with me again. For the 3rd time, I saw this film with Tina Ocampo, her daughter Juliana, and Raia Gomez. On a rainy day, I asked my assistant Jake Laurino to come see it with me again. I couldn’t stop laughing because the film was great. On my way back to Manila, I saw this movie twice in the plane. My friends know that I have the habit of watching movies over and over again. This coming Sunday, Cate Blanchett (Jasmine) and her co-star Sarah Hawkins (Ginger) are nominated for their roles at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles. I am keeping my fingers crossed that these two actresses win the trophy. They both deserve it. I highly recommend this film.