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Old Navy opens–only its 3rd outside the US–with near-incredible price points

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AT THE BGC opening: SSI’s Anton and Nina Huang and kids Nikki and Isabelle; Bienvenido Tantoco Sr.; US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, andOld Navy’s Robert Frank and Blair Dunn

The Filipino habit of doing everything in the mall as a family—shop, eat, watch movies, even hear Mass—has drawn the quintessential American casual wear brand Old Navy to the Philippines.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Old Navy next week, H&M in August–battle of brands accelerates even more in 2014

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SM’S flagship fashion retail hub, Mega Fashion Hall in Megamall, will house many new brands, including H&M’s first Philippine store. ALANAH TORRALBA

The battle of the brands and local retailers goes full speed in 2014 with new labels, stores and malls being unveiled within weeks of each other, in a scale that this town hasn’t seen in years.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

Mix-and-match style of young moms leads to retail success

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A HANDWOVEN, hand-dyed rug is used in lieu of a Christmas tree skirt. The yellow pillows on the day bed and the orange fabric of the coffee table echo the shades of the partially hidden HROcampo painting.

It’s been a hectic year for sisters-in-law Charlene Carlos and Leona Panutat, owners of the popular L’Indochine at SM Aura. Aside from tending to the store that carries a selection of homeware and ladies’ apparel from around the region, they also set forth on two-week-long buying trips practically every month.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Largest shoe selection in the country now at SM Makati

HUSH Puppies ensures that comfort can be paired with style.

With over 5,500 square meters, 300 brands and 25,000 pairs at any given time, the newly launched Shoe Department on the fourth level of SM Store Makati may be said to have the largest shoe selection in Metro Manila.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Cinderella reborn

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CINDERELLA’S new direction can be seen in its nearly all white and streamlined Alabang Town Center branch.

After years of complacency, and just when the local market is getting more crowded with the entry of some of the biggest global players, Cinderella has embarked on a major makeover beginning with its Alabang Town Center (ATC) branch.

Posted: October 11th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

On-trend at SM Fashion Forum

DONNA Morgan paisley-print trapeze dress

Prints were big in this season’s Fashion Week. The good news is that Manila’s stylish set can have these vibrant and colorful clothes on-trend and right now at the SM Store’s Fashion Forum.

Posted: October 4th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Ice skater, cheerleader, psychology student in the style league

ACADEMIC achiever and model Luigi Bonoan

American retail giant Aéropostale has opened its Philippine flagship store at the New Glorietta. It has also launched Aéro Style League, consisting of stylish young women and men.

Posted: September 27th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Confessions of–and tips from–a ‘saleaholic’

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THE MONTH-LONG “Red Hot Sale” is the final midyear sale for Robinsons Malls and its tenants, as they clear merchandise to make way for the holiday collections. All 32 Robinsons malls nationwide are participating.

Each time I see the word “SALE” screaming in bold red in my face—in front of me, from behind, on my left and right—it makes me miss my 20something-old self.

Posted: August 16th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Global watch brand Charriol to open in Mindanao

CHARRIOL Gran Celtica

At the annual gathering of the world’s eminent watch and jewelry brands in Basel, Switzerland, in April, Geneva-based luxury house Charriol unveiled several limited-edition watches, along with its 2013 range, to mark its 30th anniversary.

Posted: August 16th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Big sizes now available at Edgar Allan Boutique

Now that well-known designer Edgar Allan has launched his “big sizes” in his new shop at the Glorietta I, there is hope for big women who have always wanted to wear his designs, but couldn’t because the designer always stuck to slim and slinky dresses.

Posted: May 17th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Uniqlo opens first branch for 2013

UNIQLO’S Spring/Summer 2013 collection offers a variety of colors and print designs with high-quality fabrics of Japanese standard. This year, Uniqlo presents the key product categories, which include color and prints; functional wear such as Airism; and the UT collections with new graphics and designs.

Uniqlo its first store in the Philippines this year today at SM Aura Premier in Taguig City, with three more openings scheduled until June.

Posted: May 17th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

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