Thursday, September 29, 2011

Belle du Jour

My Fashion Watch Spring-Summer Collection 2012 was inspired by First Ladies, Carla Bruni Sarkozy and Jackie Kennedy in particular. I've been watching The Kennedys on History Channel and so I travelled back to the early 60s for inspiration.

I used cotton and linen, pique, broderie anglais and silk abaca from Catanduanes. I experimented with bias insertions and peek-a-boos. Having used mostly black and white in my previous collections, I opted for color this time. I mixed beige and periwinkle blue and added a third color, Kelly green.

For the fashion show, I chose my own music for the first time. I got some tracks from Breakfast At Tiffany's but I refrained from using Moonriver. I wanted to complete the feel of the pre-Mod years, when families went to picnics, when ladies dressed up for lunch and shopping.

Many thanks to Eulalio Eguia for the photographs.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Happy Commune

Gawad Kalinga's Enchanted Farm reminded me that life can be simple and uncomplicated. I want to go back again.

Herbs and wildflowers grow along the pathways.

Flowers of my childhood, Cosmos.

Organic Pigs

Yellow instead of red, Salted Golden Eggs

Eggplant Salad and Golden Eggs

Tinolang 'organic' Manok

With Randy Ortiz, Tony Meloto, the man behind GK and Memey Mendoza

A garden in honor of President Cory.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fashion Watch Spring Summer 2012

Show Schedules

08 September 2011                                             Jun Escario and James Reyes
15 September 2011                                             Joel Escober and Jojie Lloren
22 September 2011                                             JC Buendia and Patrice Diaz
29 September 2011                                             Francis Libiran and Dennis Lustico
06 October 2011                                                 Oj Hofer and Jerome Lorico
13 October 2011                                                 Joey Samson and Len Nepumoceno
20 October 2011                                                 Ferdi Abuel and Norman Noriega
24 October 2011                                                 Lulu Tan-Gan and Ito Curata
27 October 2011                                                 Ivar Aseron and Philip Rodriguez

For reservations, call the Lobby Lounge of Makati ShangriLa, Manila (63 2) 8400884

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Diet Break

The past two months of dress up events has forced me to go dieting. Last night, I went on a break and feasted on an eight-course dinner hosted by a friend who requests for anonymity. No people photos here.

Yellowtail Sashimi, Ginger Garlic Soy

Salmon Carpaccio, Truffle Ponzu, Arugula

Toro Tartare, Oscetra Caviar, Ponzu

Lobster and Scallops, Uni-butter Sauce

Braised Wagyu Short Ribs, Foie Gras

Roast Duck Breast, Snow Peas, Pommery Mustard

Mixed Nigiri and Sashimi

Chilled Chawan Mushi

An extra treat, Nathaniel's Buko Pandan Salad!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Little Mrs. Sunshine

Tessa Valdes once again brought sunshine back to Manila with her yellow themed birthday lunch at the spiffy new Midas Hotel. She introduced us to Fr. Gerard who celebrated a healing Mass. Feeling healed, I headed for the crispy roast pork and spicy 'laing'.
There were parlor games and lots of yummy treats - bonbons, cookies, cupcakes and male models!

Tessa chocolate bars

The Midas Hotel Cafe

Fashion designers Michelle Sison and Patrice Diaz
Susan Joven, Millet Mananquil, Tessa, Fr. Gerard and Joanne Ramirez
The Underwear Fashion Show

Clockwise from top, Ben Chan, Miguel Pastor, Millet Mananquil and Keren Pascual

Our little Mrs. Sunshine, Tessa