Dear Santa (or insert name here)…
In the spirit of Christmas and the endless lists we make during this time, we temporarily shift our focus to all the things we covet and lust. From everyone’s favorite global designer labels to beloved local brands, we list down fashion and beauty wares—and all those in between—we wish were under our tree:
Bagasáo x Aly Kangleon
We don’t know about you but we’re seeing designer candles everywhere. Perfect for setting the mood and warming up your space, especially for the holidays, the Bagasáo x Aly Kangleon candles (starts at P3,245) are on our lust list. The candle itself is made of soy wax and eco cotton wick, and is housed in Aly Kangleon’s beautiful and earthy ceramics. It also comes in two scents that might stir up emotions; Highway 1, which features fresh notes of sage, cedar, bergamot, lemon, vetiver, amber, benzoin and patchouli. Meanwhile Bodega, which is muskier in scent, features sandalwood, oakmoss, ozone, amber and dark musk. So, which one’s your pick?
Get yours here.
LAIR by LORICO
Home is where the heart is
Looking for another candle option? Look no further than LAIR by LORICO (P1,200). Taking the saying, home is where the heart is quite literally, the label borrows inspiration from the night lights of Manila. It features a trilogy of scents—GHOST, PETRICHOR and 3:00AM—captured in human heart-shaped candles.
Take your senses on a trip down memory lane or make new memories with LAIR by LORICO.
Calvin Klein Underwear
Look good almost naked (and feel great with your clothes on?)
We’ve stayed at home and in our pajamas for too long we reckon it’s time for an upgrade in the under-things department (no, just us?). While we love ultra-comfy, lived-in underwear, we understand the need for great quality (read: looks great, feels great and supports what needs to be supported) undergarments, whether for lounging around or wearing under a power suit when needed.
All that considered, brands like Calvin Klein Underwear come to mind, and we have our eyes on the CK One Logo Bikini (?1,015) and their Lightly Lined Bralette (P1,715).
For the boys, this pack of trunks (?1,785) is a steal:
Sanda in Bruce Pique by Carl Jan Cruz
“Don’t care just wear”
Say yes to a versatile piece like the Sanda in Bruce Pique by Carl Jan Cruz (P2,890). It comes in a great evergreen color (pun intended) and in a style that hugs the upper body in all the right places. Wear it indoors or outdoors, alone or layered under your favorite outerwear, during quarantine and even after. But that’s not the best part. We love it because it’s reversible and can be worn multiple ways. Backwards kinda day? You can put on the Sanda backwards, too.
See it here.
Tan-Gan x Ha.Mu
The collab you didn’t know you needed
We love a good collab, one that combines the past and the present or contrasting elements, like classic and contemporary, maximalist and minimalist; you get where we’re going with this right? So when two forces in fashion a.k.a Tan-Gan and Ha.Mu joined their style DNAs together to make a collection that reimagines Filipino culture and makes it fresh as the holiday breeze, you know we’re here for it. Swipe to see pieces from their collection below:
Shop it at the 2020 Designers’ Holiday Bazaar, which runs until December 24 at the al fresco Fashion Walk of Greenbelt 5. The bazaar also spotlights other local designers and features unique finds, from apparel to handmade accessories, home decor and other local artisanal goods. Here you can also shop for a cause as 20% of DHB’s sales are donated to Steps Scholarship Foundation and Ayala Foundation for APEC Scholarships.
See the rest of the participating designers below:
AC+632, Alegre By Techie Hagedorn, Amarie, Bum Bums, Beavaldes, Chocoloco, Chrysara Nest, El Chupapi Rolled Munchies, Feanne, Gifts and Graces Fair Trade Foundation, Gustoko By Paula Figueras, Iraya Mangyan Art, J Makitalo, Jewelmer, Kanya, Kassa, Mabolo, Maison Lourdes, Majordomo Gourmet Food, Manggad, Matthew and Melka, Omo Furniture, Piopio, Riqueza Jewellery, Rurungan Collective, Soumak, T’nalak Home, Tan-Gan X Ha.Mu, Tanglaw Collection, The Bahay Kubo Workshop, What’s Up, Brew?, Yvette’s Collection, and One Of T.
NARCISO Eau de Parfum Ambrée
Take us back (to the beach)
Missing the beach and the warmth of sun-kissed skin? Us, too. But while we wait until we can travel safely again, we’ll settle for the bright and luminous scent of NARCISO Eau de Parfum Ambrée (P5,400 for a 50ML bottle). A cocktail of narciso rodriguez’s signature musc, exotic florals, like Madagascar, frangipani, and ylang-ylang, and cedarwood, the result is an intoxicating but light blend that will take you back to carefree and magical nights (or days) by the sea.
Spritz directly on skin, focusing on pulse points after a nice warm bath. Apply generously for an instant pick-me-up.
Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.
Pull up those socks
If we could ask someone to draw us in ~this~ and wearing only this, we mean this pair of Gucci socks (approx. P5,766.60). No? Anyway, socks make great gifts. They’re not only functional, they go with everything: boots, heels, sandals, sneakers—all kinds of shoes. And we think Gucci’s Alessandro Michele will agree. Socks, after all, play an important part in the brand’s design story.
Rouge Dior Couture Collection
Kiss the holidays hello (and 2020 goodbye)
Designer lipstick? Why not! The holidays are a great excuse to look good—even if no one else but the people at home or on that Zoom call can see you. There is, after all, nothing wrong with a little celebration, and wanting to look and feel extra.
Dior imbibes the same holiday energy with the Rouge Dior Couture Collection (P10,800), a lip makeup set to treat yourself or a loved one to. Featuring snowflake-engraved lipstick in six lovely shades of red, nude and rosewood, the set comes with five refills to match your mood. All that comes in a matte black coffret with gold decor and Dior’s logo emblazoned at the front.
Dior’s Holiday 2020 collection is available in the following boutiques:
Dior Boutique in SM Makati, 0906 288 8780
Dior Boutique in Podium, 0977 031 3357
Dior Boutique in Ayala Malls Manila Bay, 0966 206 8811
Dior in Rustan’s Shangri-La, 0927 329 0690
Dior in Rustan’s Cebu, 0995 916 0111
Dior SM Mall of Asia, 0916 655 8958
Dior SM Aura Premier, 0927 521 0888
Prada Nylon Bucket Hat
For the cool gals and guys
Rain or shine, sun up or sun down, the bucket hat is a stylish accessory that instantly adds cool to any look. And while many brands have interpreted fashion’s favorite topper in many different colorways, patterns and textures, nothing beats a classic, like Prada’s Nylon Bucket Hat (approx. P23,789.90). Wear it with a dainty sundress, denim overalls, a great white suit—wear it with anything! It might just be the style boost your fit needs.
Shop Prada at Greenbelt 4.
Nude, 1998 at The Fore
Life imitates art
The Fore has come a long way since its inception in 2018. Founded and creatively directed by Kim Jones, the fashion brand has evolved into a lifestyle brand. They now offer beautifully created and curated pieces for the home, from ceramics to art. Currently, we have our eyes on Nude, 1998 (P30,000), a masterpiece by the late Inday Cadapan, a Filipino contemporary artist.
Her works, which often depict life, landscapes and female figures, carry social commentaries relevant to present times.
Looking for other gift options? Check out The Fore’s Gift Guide here.
Burberry Mini Belt Bag
The only baggage we want to carry
Name a duo more iconic than 90s streetwear and Burberry’s nova check? Inspired by none other than this generation’s favorite decade, the Burberry mini belt bag, (P52,500) takes its signature check for a contemporary spin.
Functional and stylish, wear this hands-free bag around the waist, across the body or over the shoulder the next time you head out for errands.
Did we miss anything or is there something you want to add to this lust list? We’re here for you in the comments. If you’re feeling a little shy, you can also email us at [email protected].
Art Matthew Fetalver