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As one of them says: ?If you can?t afford it, make it!?
PATRIOTISM IS HUGE these days, so why not parade our Filipino pride in the fashion blogosphere as well? Why look elsewhere when there are style icons in our own online backyard?

Visit the blogs of these fellow Pinoy fashion bloggers who have made waves online.

Danielle Gonzalez, 25

Living on the beach seems like the perfect dream. For Trust Me It?s Paradise blogger Danielle ?Dane? Gonzalez, it?s her reality. Not only is she kite-boarding teacher, kite café owner, fire-dancer, freelance photographer and writer, Dane recently launched her own clothing label called RENEGADELOVERS. With her Alice Dellal-esque haircut, it?s obvious Dane isn?t afraid to try something new. This Boracay island girl brings together grunge and beach chic into a look she classifies as ?schizophrenic.?

Favorite Designers:

Ann Demeulemeester, Chloe and Chanel

Style Inspirations:

The people around me?favorite bloggers like Luxirare and KnightttCat

Style Icon:

My Nana. She always criticizes what I wear, she?s not a fan of my slashed denim and holes in my T-shirts, and she always asks me why I wear what looks like over-sized children?s clothing when I wear a babydoll dress. But I love to get her opinion. She has so much class and style, and I?ll be happy if one day I end up being even half as amazing as she is.

Favorite shopping finds:

A vintage floor-length African dashiki and a red romper I found in my local thrift store, all my vintage shoes from Baguio and a silver turquoise ring I bought on eBay for a dollar?best purchase ever.

Go-to outfit:

The more clothes I make, the more basic my day-to-day style becomes. My default outfit usually consists of a maxi skirt, a tank top, lots of jewelry, obnoxious sunglasses and some gladiator flats. On the beach, I?m barefoot.

What decade of fashion do you admire?

I wish I could have witnessed the ?60s, the mod haircuts and miniskirts in the early ?60s, the hippie lifestyle shortly after, velvet, lace, florals, all things draped and flowy?and I wouldn?t have missed Woodstock for the world.

Hanging in your dream closet:

A vintage Valentino gown, maxi dresses/kaftans/dashikis/skirts, Chanel purses, a Rick Owens leather jacket, vintage blazers in an array of colors, Kain pocket tanks and Monique Lhuillier party dresses

What?s your fashion motto?

?You cant buy style.?

Tin Iglesias, 19

With her mad fashion illustration skills and quirky sense of style, it?s no surprise that a UP Clothing Technology student like Tin Iglesias would have a blog. Also a contributor for Malaysia-based website Tongue in Chic, Tin often takes on styling challenges and personal style features. With her eclectic sense of style, love for mixing prints, textures, colors and eras, crafty DIYs and impressive sketches, her blog, Fashion Ate the World, makes for a pretty fun read.

Favorite designers:

I admire Christophe Decarnin for his sense of gusto and boldness, Alexander Wang for his ability to mix magnificence with edge, Jeremy Scott for his eclectic style, Vivienne Westwood for her imagination and novel pieces that never date, Marc Jacobs for his clever revamps of vintage styles, Martin Margiela for his expertise in deconstruction and reconstruction of garments, and the uniquely confident Karl Lagerfeld for his classic and amazing creations.

Style inspirations:

Bloggers, everyday people on the streets, and my friends. I like how their outfits are extraordinarily real!

Style icons:

Agyness Deyn, Lou Doillon, Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung, Kate Moss and the Olsen twins

Favorite shopping finds:

My red heart-shaped Topshop sling bag. It always adds just the right amount of color to an otherwise boring outfit.

Go-to outfit:

Blazer, sheer white tee, slim fit jeans, and a nice pair of shoes. Shoes definitely make the outfit!

What decade of fashion do you admire?

I love the ?80s for the paint splatter prints, stonewashed jeans, leather and denim jackets, colored hose with rips, slogan T-shirts and aggressive shoulder pads.

Hanging in your dream closet:

YSL tribute pumps, Acne Atacoma wedge, Alexander Wang studded leather bag, Diane Von Furstenberg leopard print leggings

What?s your fashion motto?

?The genuinely fashionable is outside the limits of fashion.?

Izzy Tuason, 23

You don?t come across a men?s fashion blog very often. But stop by Izzy Tuason?s The Dandy Project and you?ll surely be hooked. While he?s from Manila, he is currently taking up his Master in Advertising Management degree in Boston. Reading about his travels and fashion finds can become pretty addicting. He describes his style as British dandy with a hint of Tokyo crazy.

Favorite designers:

I?m currently harboring a liking for Lanvin and Dries Van Noten, for their ever-fresh takes on luxury and opulence, and Comme des Garcons because wearing it just makes me feel like a kid again. I buy a lot of pieces from cool, mid-range designers such as APC, The Kooples and Opening Ceremony that offer great design and quality without the ridiculous prices. I also admire Melissa Dizon (Eairth) for doing an awesome job being innovative and original on the local front.

Style inspirations: The runway, street style, films, magazines, my friends, even random thoughts inside my head. My style is never really my own, it?s my regurgitation of the world we live in.

Style icons:

There must be a new one for me every month. Right now, it?s Robbie Spencer of Dazed and Confused. It?s mostly stylish people I see on the street, especially when I travel. At the top of my list now are the Londoners and the Japanese. People-watching is one of my all-time hobbies.

Favorite shopping finds:

Bottega Veneta moccasins I got at Filene?s Basement for $99 and custom-made trousers by Mang Jun at Toppers Katipunan for P750.

Go-to outfit:

Printed shirt I designed (buttoned all the way up to the collar), tailor-made floor-length pants, Opening Ceremony shoes.

What decade of fashion do you admire?

The ?90s

Hanging in your dream closet:

Save for a few items I wish I had the money to spend on, I feel like I pretty much have my dream closet right now.

What?s your fashion motto?

?If you can?t afford it, make it!?

Noelle Chantal Roquero, 26

This Manila-Bulacan fashion blogger is known for her eclectic vintage looks, in which she pairs a lot of the old with the new. She believes this makes her outfits unique and with a lot of character. Go through her blog and you?ll agree she?s a thrift queen with her P5 finds.

Favorite designers:

I admire Patis Tesoro for her very creative ethnic wear and classic designs using native materials. Diane Von Furstenberg, for the timeless pieces that emphasize femininity and spirit with bright colored prints. And Chloé for her always beautiful luxury RTW collections with fine fabrics.

Style inspirations:

Fashion magazines, models and bloggers. Truly, they are all inspiring and influential to me. But I think I get more inspiration from the wonderful landscapes and places I see.

Style icons:

Kate Moss for being not only one of the most inspirational models in the fashion industry, but also one of the most influential women, even among many designers. I also consider my mom my style icon; I grew up seeing her style evolve, which I have now imbibed.

Favorite shopping finds:

My best finds includes a P5 Diane Freis silk top, a P10 Diane Von Furstenberg silk top, a P40 Versace silk top, a P50 Louis Feraud Paris jacket, a P130 Tsumori Chisato dress, an Italian faux fur coat and some other Japan labels for not more than P130.

Go-to outfit:

I am currently satisfied with my cut-off denim shorts and layers of intricate vintage fabrics, plus a great pair of shoes and mom?s accessories.

What decade of fashion do you admire?

I admire the ?60s decade. First the Rockers with leather jackets and motorbikes, then the ultra-chic Mods and finally the birth of hippie style. The look was long, flowing hair, flower power, bohemian vintage.

Hanging in your dream closet:

Earth colors?lots of white, beige, brown, black, blue, gray and green pieces. Layering textures and mixing wonderful prints are dreamy for me.

What?s your fashion motto:

Just like what Coco Chanel said: ?Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.?

Hanna Choa Yu, 22

Compulsively consistent is the term Hanna uses to illustrate her personal style. Clad mostly in black, this car boot sales addict obviously believes in the classics. Her wardrobe is full of gorgeous vintage finds. Read her wit and candid, classy takes on fashion.

Favorite designers:

Elbaz for his aesthetics, Chanel for the classics, and Galliano for whimsical theatrics

Style inspirations:

Eccentric aristocrats amuse and inspire me.

Style icons:

Too many to write. Contemporary icons like D. Guinness and A. Harlech, and also Millicent Rodgers.

Favorite shopping finds:

A brand new pair of Christian Louboutins I found at a car boot sale, complete with box and dustbag for 25 pounds (P2,000). I shed a tear when I found them.

Go-to outfit:

A black dress or a crisp white shirt with tons of jewels hanging on my back.

What decade of fashion do you admire?

The late ?40s and ?50s. I?m currently obsessed with the 16th century though. Starched lace with ruffles exploding from your neck on a daily basis is my idea of fashion fabulousness.

Hanging in your dream closet:

Racks of couture to be worn doing all sorts of tasks, from grocery shopping to attending evening galas.

What?s your fashion motto:

What Coco Chanel said: ?Fashion is not something that exists in dresses. Find a look and be loyal to it.?