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IT WAS a fab night at the Opus Restaurant and Lounge of Resorts World Manila when Chocolate Clothing was relaunched, natch!

Fashion model Sarah Meier-Albano hosted the event and introduced the brands that the revamped Chocolate Clothing now carries, palanggas; Aztec Rose, hip resort wear; Grab, the best-fitting bottoms; Fate evening outfits; Lolitta, European-flavored fashion; Sass, day-to-night pieces; and the in-house label, Chocolate, naturellement.

A video showed Chocolate Clothing icons?ladies, handpicked ?for their extraordinary beauty and impeccable sense of personal style,? said the brand?s officials. Like a box of multi-flavored chocolate treats, the chosen ones were, diverse and pleasantly surprising:

Amanda Griffin-Jacob, Andrea Martel, Anna Cu-Unjieng, Cristalle Belo-Henares, Halley Chiapazzi, Jill Kierulf, Nina Estacio, Olivia Francisco, Ornusa Cadness, Reshma Chulani, Sophie Bischoff, Stephanie Kienle, Tina Pamintuan and Tatler?s Vicki de Leon.

A digital exhibit was shot by fashion photographer Miguel Miranda and styled by celebrity stylist Kat Cruz. It showed the icons in cutting-edge visuals.

Finina Tugade, Chocolate Clothing president, capped off the night with a toast to the icons. She thanked the partners for the event, such as Perry?s Group of Companies, L?Oreal Philippines, Kiehl?s and the Rockwell Grove.

Then the resident DJ entertained the crowd with one hit track after another, serving as the cherry on top of a decadently delicious affair.

Chocolate Clothing boutiques are at TriNoma, Galleria, Rustan?s Glorietta, Rustan?s Alabang Town Center, Rustan?s Tower Shangri-La Plaza, Rustan?s Ermita, Robinsons Runway Ermita and Ayala Center Cebu.

Top interior-design school

The Philippine School of Interior Design had its first alumni homecoming since it was established in 1967. Theme of the homecoming was ?Home after 44.? The affair also formally inaugurated the school?s new house at the Asian Institute of Art and Design Building on Bayani Road, The Fort, Taguig.

Highlight was the awarding of the ?10 Iconoclasts.?

?With these talented and artistic 10 alumni, PSID honors and celebrates their accomplishments in their respective fields and the school is more than proud to call them our products,? said Charo C. Yujuico, PSID president.

You name the achievers and they were there, dahlings: Edith Oliveros, Ramon Orlina, Miguel Belmonte, Carmi Martin, Trina Kalaw, Frank and Tess Alba, Bettina Lopez Osmeña and Mato Cruz.

During the reunion, PSID had a gallery of the works designed by alumni. Decor on exhibit were courtesy of Blims Fine Furniture.

Ambassador Lhuillier honored

Popular society couple Jun and Nene Leonor honored Ambassador Philippe Lhuillier and Edna Diago Lhuillier at the Manila Polo Club.

Philippe was our envoy to Italy for 14 years. The Lhuillier couple had just returned from a trip abroad when they were feted by the Leonors. They left again last week to attend the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Rome.

Trés visable were Justa Tantoco, Louie and Bunny Campos, Baby Cruz, Thelma Gana and Nena Casimiro.

Hostess Nene Leonor busied herself with arranging for the lunch menu, consisting of a Japanese buffet at the Turf Room of the club: Miso Tofu Soup, followed by Mixed Salad Greens, assorted maki, sushi, sashimi, Pork Tonkatsu, Beef Teriyaki and Chicken Yakitori, Mixed Tempura of shrimp, fish and vegetables, Yakisoba and steamed rice, Fruits and Tofu Peach Custard, all drowned with red and chilled white wine, palanggas.

Ambassador Lhuillier thanked her hosts for the homecoming lunch. ?After all these years abroad,? he said, ?it?s a welcome relief to be home again.?

New Japanese body care product

Watsons recently launched its Watsons SakuraBella, a line of body care products enriched with Japanese Sakura extracts to check aging and dry skin and treat dull complexion.

The late-afternoon happening at the beauty section of SM Department Store in Makati celebrated the proven anti-aging properties of Japan?s very own Sakura flower and cherry blossom tree,? both of which were replicated for this happening, dahlings.

High-profile fashion and beauty personalities dressed up in their favorite Japanese-inspired outfits and were treated to four activity stations that showcased aspects of Japanese culture.

Viki Encarnacion, marketing director of Watsons Personal Care Stores, said: ?SakuraBella is part of Watsons? successful and still ongoing Live Beautifully campaign. The secret to youthful beauty is this product will inspire the Filipina to achieve one of her greatest desires, to have smooth and glowing youthful skin.?

May Abarquez, Watsons merchandising controller for Beauty, agreed. ?If there?s one thing we can admit that most of us secretly envy about the Japanese women, it is their porcelain-like skin,? she said. ?For centuries, these women actually use Sakura extracts moisturizing their face and body. Modern science confirmed that the Sakura is found to have natural antioxidants called phenoli, which maintained skin?s youthful glow.?

SakuraBella includes a 340-ml hand and body lotion; 500-ml shower gel; and 200-ml body scrub, all super affordable. The formulation is also rich in glycerin and finely ground walnut shell particles.

Watsons SakuraBella is available at all Watsons Personal Care Stores and in the beauty section of SM Department Stores.

More info? Call Toni Abad or Bing Ramillano at 0920-9244734 or 3466025.