Wednesday, December 29, 2010
As a Taurus, I love beautiful things. I believe in quality versus quantity. I just cannot wait to get my hands on Celine's leather tote bag and clutch for Spring. I love the color combination of camel and orange. It reminds me of the late sixties and the start of the 70s era. Phoebe Philo is doing a good job at Celine. Simplicity at its finest. I am drooling. My hands are shaking right now. I need to go back to New York.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I adore Natalie Portman's beauty. She may be petite, but she is oozing with charm and appeal. My favorite movie that she did was V for Vendetta. I believe she did an amazing performance. Vogue magazine is known for being the FIRST to feature actresses with upcoming movies. Anna Wintour is STILL in control and directing the magazine to a different level. Yes, we cannot please all the readers. They just cannot. You gotta have taste to appreciate the magazine.
For the 2011 January issue, Vogue looked back into the archives of their cover shoot with Natalie Portman. The shot by Peter Lindbergh was inspired from Natalie's May 2002 cover. There is nothing wrong when we look for inspiration. The most important thing is that the magazine strives to improve every month. I believe it is working.
I love the Prada dress from her 2002 cover, but the J.Mendel was the perfect choice for the January issue. Designers look for inspiration from the past and magazines can do the same thing as well. Anna and her team are doing a good job. In my opinion, Vogue is still VOGUE... no matter what. Get the picture.
PS: Congratulation to my dear friend Gilles of J.Mendel for making the cover.
JANUARY 2011 IN J.MENDEL
MAY 2002 IN PRADA
Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Yes, the title is right. It is the name of the restaurant in Manila, Philippines. Why? It is the exclusive place to dine on top of the building of Citibank. Last December 18, my youngest sister exchanged vows with her husband Fergus Lao. It was a very intimate wedding. My sister was telling me that it was so difficult for her to edit guests to 150. To my surprise, she and her husband did a phenomenal job. The wedding ceremony was held on the terraces of the restaurant. Nina wore a vintage inspired gown by Angel Sanchez. The veil added the whole glamour to the dress. To my excitement, it was a sit down dinner. Fergus and Nina served their guests with Foie Gras Salad, French Onion Soup, Sea Bass, Grilled Steak, and assortment of desserts. Champagne and wine were overflowing that evening. It is tradition that both the bride and the groom show their pictures in the form of a video to their guests. Laughter and tears filled the room. After the cinematic display, it was time for me to make a speech. The room was silent. I had to deliver a spontaneous speech to the couple. It was a success.
In the end, I was very proud for both of them. It was a memorable trip indeed.
Last Thursday night, I went to the new bar of the Manila Peninsula. I had a couple of drinks with my friends from New York. After a couple of cocktails, I developed a rash on my face. What a way to celebrate Christmas eve with red spots on my precious face? I was not in the mood to open any gifts. I guess this is an eye opener for me that I have to STOP drinking for a while. I am annoyed by it, but what can I do? Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Avoid the allergies. Well! I got the holiday rash. Hahaha!!!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
China is the strongest nation in the entire world. With more than a billion people, China's working soldiers are ready in full force. The fashion industry saw China's potential a couple of years ago. Now, it was time to make a visit to the land of the super powers. Anna Wintour and her team visited China for the first time. Next year, Miuccia will stage her Spring 2011 collection. It proves to show that no matter what they criticize about China, they know that the money starts from there. Every industry is paying homage to the GIANT himself. I love the city.