Do you remember the time when you discovered and fell in love with the culture of streetwear? I’m a bit vague with mine. Maybe it was ’05, or ’06 or ’07. The details escape me. But I remember the feeling was real. It could have been that slow type of love. The type that seeps into your being as you watch it grow and evolve over time.
A few weeks ago, I found this book, Streetwear by Steven Vogel, in Amanda and Messie’s house, and it brought back an incredible feeling of nostalgia. I mean, remember those brands with all those different personalities? It was such a time when strong individual identities were coming out through clothing.
Hello self-promotion! I normally feel shy and self-conscious when I talk about my work, but this time I don’t really feel that awkward. Maybe because this shoot isn’t about “me!” but more about my relationship with my older sister Teresa.
Manila-based beauty website Calyxta recently featured me and Teresa as their June cover girls. (Thanks Guys!) I don’t always get to shoot with Ter, especially now that we live in different cities. We are also on different paths, with me on my own solo journey, and Teresa, on becoming a mom.
What I loved about this shoot was that it explored our relationship as sisters in the industry, and revealed new layers about how it was for us growing up.
For some people, women who hold down a multitude of jobs at the same time (while killing it) is such a crazy concept. Gee, thanks. But from what I’ve seen the past couple of years, the limited perspectives of what one “can do” are currently being shattered. There is a surge of creative energy, and amazing next-gen tools, within the new generation that enables them to pursue whatever their hearts desire.
Sofia Cope is one of these women. The way she creates multiple platforms for her many voices renders me speechless. While I have never met her personally, we have so many mutual friends back home that it feels like she’s just that one girlfriend I’ve known forever but we never get to hang. I remember stumbling upon her Instagram feed and saying, “Damn she’s dope. I wanna work with her.” A few months later, I ended up doing a short Q&A on Sofia, and have decided to re-post it on my blog-with a few more Qs that never made it to the final cut.
I spotted The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg it in the airport bookstore as I was about to board my flight back to Manila. I was always of fan of Diane and her work, more so, her messages about being independent.
I was so curious to learn more about her life and career that I felt like this was a great introduction for anyone who wants to learn more about the character of this highly-praised designer.
These bags, made in the Philippines, are sold internationally in stores like J. Crew, Nordstrom, and Anthropologie, as well as featured in magazines like Lucky and Vogue. But apart from the international fame, it’s real success was it’s ability to provide livelihood for over 400 local women artisans and their families within the local community.
However, after last year’s Typhoon Haiyan affected the Banago business both in their facilities, natural resources, and tragically many artisans lost their homes and members of their family. It’s been a long road to recovery since the typhoon hit, and supporting this Banago Kickstarter campaign is one step that you can do to help.
I decided to do a little throwback post to my trip to New York last September 2012. Today I was looking through these photos while I was cleaning out my laptop and I remembered how fun the whole week was. I was sent there by Runway TV Asia to do cover the shows at NY Fashion Week. It was a whole week of non-stop interviews and filming, and the experience was so amazing 🙂
Here are some of the photos I took around the city as well as back-stage/during work…