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A vested interest


A common viewer’s eyes will be all on the perfectly taut Victoria’s Secret angels, with silent, painful thoughts of “I shouldn’t have finished that truffle pasta at lunch.” But initiated fashion lookouts will have noticed that one of the country’s most renowned luxury accessories designers, Bea Valdes, shone brightly on the catwalk at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Valdes created an exquisite crystal vest for Swarovski, with long, golden tassels that swayed while Devon Windsor strutted down the runway. The vest had handcrafted appliqués with an indigenous feel, in earthy colors and elements reminiscent of indigenous components, yet remaining absolutely extravagant—in true Bea Valdes style.

Posted: December 5th, 2014 in Columns,Fashion and Beauty | Read More »

He cooked, cleared tables, washed dishes–‘lead by example,’ says Archie Rodriguez


Some of Archie Rodriguez’s biggest critics every time he brings in a US-based restaurant chain to the Philippines are his close friends and family, including his stylish designer-wife Bea Valdes and their three kids.

Posted: February 21st, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »