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The Modern Human loves getting that bang for their buck—whether it’s finally affording that much-needed investment or taking advantage of generous, generous discounts. After all, we’re starting to get nifty with our spending choices to stay afloat while enjoying the best that fashion has to offer. So while Ghost Month advises us to be careful and hold off on doing a couple of things, the latest news and retail releases might make you feel braver this August. From the major deals from Love, Bonito to the newest brand ambassador of Tessera Jewelry to finding a dual-style investment in Gucci, here are the headlines that landed on Wonder Wardrobe:
Introducing, Dona Lim’s Unpaused: Dopamine Effect
Dona Lim has been a champion of sustainability since the inception of her eponymous label. Trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Central Saint Martins in London, Lim actively promotes slow fashion, educating her consumers not just to buy less, but to buy better.
With a new collection titled Unpaused: Dopamine Effect, the designer highlights the importance of overcoming obstacles with grace through laid-back yet elegant pieces made with natural, earth-friendly materials. “This collection celebrates resilience and grit through trying times,” shared Lim.
Unpaused: Dopamine Effect was officially launched last August 3, 2022 and is available for viewing and shopping this month of August at Comme Çi in Powerplant Mall.
Love, Bonito invites us to come into our own on its 12th anniversary
The womenswear brand hits refresh globally to empower and inspire women further with their mission
The Southeast Asian womenswear brand celebrates its 12th anniversary by hitting refresh and introducing its new tagline, “Come Into Your Own.” Love, Bonito hopes to inspire women to find strength in struggle and to reach their fullest potential. The brand highlights five flowers representing the inspiring lives of five women from Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and the United States.
But wait, there’s more! The month-long celebration includes the drop of the brand’s first-ever merchandise collection, giveaways worldwide and exclusive perks for the LBCommunity+, starting with the 72-hour LBCommunity+ sale. Meanwhile, Love, Bonito’s exclusive collection featuring the “Come Into Your Own” tagline in limited edition tees, baseball caps and pullovers drops on August 24.
For more information on Love, Bonito’s 12th anniversary campaign, head to the official website.
Sarah Lahbati is named the new face of Tessera Jewelry
The Filipino jewelry brand has decided to tap one of its long-time clients as its first ambassador
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Here’s a luxury trend that brands have noticed even amid turbulent times: more and more women are buying their own diamonds. According to local jewelry boutique Tessera, the diamond market is seeing a shift away from the tradition wherein men gift their partners with diamonds. Women today are buying these investment pieces for themselves. This was the case for celebrity Sarah Lahbati, a long-time Tessera woman whom the brand named its first-ever ambassador in early August 2022.
After having been gifted diamonds, Lahbati wanted to invest in diamond jewelry on her own, too. This is how she found Tessera, one of the country’s most extensive collections of conflict-free, naturally mined diamonds. “Unlike expensive shoes, bags and dresses that go out of style, diamonds will never go out of style,” shares Lahbati. “It’s something you can wear with anything every day or at special events. I think it’s such a smart investment for women and men to make nowadays.”
The announcement of Lahbati as Tessera’s first ambassador coincided with the brand’s celebration of its 10 years in the business: a celebration, too, of the new, very personal way women perceive the investment in diamonds.
Tessera is located at 38 Rockwell in Makati City and The Arton Strip in Quezon City.
Gucci introduces their versatile new handbag: The Attache
Hook, adjust and wear it however you like—the newest piece is a dual-use essential
Gucci brings a new piece into their handbag lineup: the Gucci Attache. Classic sensibilities get transported and transformed for modern needs, specifically for versatile uses the Attache provides. Much like the French word for “hook,” the handbag comes with a metal G that doubles as a hook, allowing the wearer to close the bag from a half-moon shape to a circular silhouette, depending on the style they hope to have that day. The pouch also offers interchangeable straps that can convert it into a shoulder bag, cross-body bag or a handbag, perfect for those looking for a statement piece that’s both stylish and versatile.
Mark your calendars, the new UNIQLO x Hana Tajima dress collection drops this September
For Fall/Winter 2022, the Japanese designer and LifeWear brand highlights grace and individuality
New York-based designer and long-time UNIQLO collaborator Hana Tajima will launch her newest dress collection with the brand this coming September 2. The LifeWear collection combines Hana Tajima’s knack for elegant silhouettes and sophisticated looks with UNIQLO’s everyday fashion and functionality principle. Five dresses, all with different but equally refined designs, will bring out the individuality of each wearer. Style and comfort also remain at the forefront, as they’re made of three fabrics: smooth satin, warm flannel and flowy rayon.
Get your hands on the UNIQLO x Hana Tajima Fall/Winter 2022 Dress Collection starting September 2 at select UNIQLO branches and online through https://www.uniqlo.com/hanatajima.
Dress effortlessly chic with UNIQLO and INES DE LA FRESSANGE
In this upcoming collection, the French designer creates uniforms made for your unique style
For her newest Fall/Winter collection for UNIQLO, Ines de la Fressange returns to the uniform's structure or the guiding fashion standard. Instead, the designer takes cues from men’s fashion and work details while transforming them for softer materials to create a collection that combines comfort, style and individuality. Of course, this also means dressing for lower temperatures. The collection includes padded shirt jackets, pea coats, chino pants, cardigans and sweaters made with 3D knits. All these come in a rich selection of neutral and vivid colors, creating a varied collection fit for all.
Ines de la Fressange’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection hits the UNIQLO Manila Global Flagship Store in Glorietta 5 and online through the official website on September 9.
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