There’s no two ways about it– I love fashion shows. If I could attend fashion shows everyday for the rest of my life, believe me I would. But since the world is not an ideal place, and I can’t spend my every waking moment gawking at gorgeous runway designs, I’ll just have to make the most out of every chance I get to do just that.
This season, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Bench Fashion Week Holiday 2019. Eclectic, diverse, and original– the 3-day event was every style enthusiast’s dream come true with no two collections exhibiting the same kind of narrative. Every designer brought in their own stories to tell, and whether it was the anecdotes about your everyday Parisian woman (as seen in Lucy Torres Gomez x Kashieka) or a statement on the paradox of gendered-genderless clothing (as seen in Bench Design Award winner Han Sen Studios’ PAGKAHARI), there was always a conversation waiting to be shared after every segment.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a sit-down launch talk with Mari Jasmine and Tim Yap for Ayala Mall’s Stylist Closet. It was the exclusive media event to prep the runway show, so I wanted to bring my outfit A-game!
Since Mari was going to be discussing her personal style philosophy, I was sure to embody my own with this all black ensemble.
When I first started my blogging journey, I found that the hardest challenge I had to overcome before identifying as a full-fledged fashion writer was understanding what style personally meant to me. Back then, I thought it was bursts of color and patterns that made your jaw drop. I thought that if an outfit best fit the eccentric streets of Harajuku, it was the pinnacle of fashion. But as I rearranged the influences around me, I found my interests realigning too.
This year’s Met Gala theme embraced all things kitsch and campy, so it comes as no surprise that the rest of the modern fashion world went and followed suit.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I would marry Bella Hadid’s off-the-runway stylist if it meant knowing where she got all her clothes. A few months ago, I was doing my daily rounds around Pinterest, when I stumbled upon probably one of my favorite celebrity streetstyle outfits of all time: Bella Hadid in a white cropped backless button down.
In the world of fashion, a designer’s ability to shock their audience to the point of guilty interest turned widespread bandwagon is a mark of just how far you can push the envelope before people eventually claim the mail and celebrate all its contents.
Last month, I had the amazing opportunity to spend 4 weeks in America with the ladies of my family, as we visited my Tita Ana and Tito Jim’s family who hosted us in their beautiful home in Katy. Through this experience, we were able to embark on a cross-country road trip around the USA that gave us a great taste of what their states had to offer.
For this post, I want to share with you all the wonderful
things I discovered in our first stop—Texas. We spent our first few days and
our last week here, so we got a pretty comprehensive tour of some of the area’s
best landmarks and hidden secrets.
Want a locals-approved guide of the countryside? Read on ahead.
It goes without saying that for an avid fashion enthusiast like myself, the best part about traveling is definitely the shopping. The way I see it, shopping in itself is a whole other cultural experience. A brand’s collections and styles vary per country in order to cater to the interests of the locals, so it’s always amazing getting to see what each area offers.
I can’t lie: I’ve been obsessing over mesh fabrics lately. Before my Instagram was disabled (read all about the experience here), I had filled up my entire Saved section with posts from different high fashion accounts and local labels showcasing their best sheer fits. I knew that I wanted something dramatic yet classy for my first look in New York, and there was no better option in my heart than an all-black ensemble with a fancy mesh centerpiece!
Anyone who’s ever had trouble with their Instagram account has undoubtedly attempted to get in touch with their customer support team and, much to their dismay, discovered that for an app that values interpersonal relationships, there is ironically no human-to-human customer service line.