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When ’70s fashion extravaganza was synonymous with one name: Bobby Caballero

Santiago and Bobby Caballero, now
together in the afterlife

It was 1972 when I first met Bobby Caballero. Martial law was only a few months old, and I was barely 15, on a Christmas school break from La Salle Green Hills. Auggie Cordero took me to Nayong Pilipino that cool December night to assist him for a dress rehearsal for “Bagong Anyo,” Imelda Marcos’ fashion show meant to end all fashion shows.

Posted: September 7th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Nora Aunor’s designer seeks to make ‘hablon’ a global superstar


To promote the native weave hablon and make it a fashion staple, the local government of Miag-ao in Iloilo province will hold a hablon festival, Sept. 15 to 17. It is the first in a series of festivals that Miag-ao hopes to organize annually, said designer Nono Palmos, a native of the town known for its magnificent baroque church which has been included on the Unesco World Heritage list.

Posted: September 5th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Fashion and Beauty,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Cruise-Resort collection is for everyone


First, a bit of Fashion History 101. What is a Cruise-Resort collection? By choice and by design, the fashion industry tended to be impatient and anxious for two seasonal changes or shopping fixes (“retail therapy”).

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Dior, Chanel show why and how haute couture survives


Raf Simons and Karl Lagerfeld, design directors at Dior and Chanel, respectively, showed how haute couture would figure in the new century. Pure and simply ravishing, their collections during the recent Paris Couture Week were forever young and modern in cut, shape and color.

Posted: August 8th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Charles James, fashion’s forgotten genius

SWAN DRESS The length of this James signature creation was shortened to
show its versatility–it’s a cocktail dress/ball gown.

The 78 magnificent ball gowns and dresses by designer Charles James, fashion’s forgotten genius, are spotlighted in an exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” runs until Aug. 8.

Posted: May 30th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »