Recapping February through fashion
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, February breezed by a lot faster than January. Instead of snail-paced days, we were greeted by the hustle and bustle that melted weeks together. Before we knew it, March had officially started. But we won’t let another day pass to remember the month that sped by. Instead, we’re looking back at the iconic fashion headlines and fresh drops that made love month ten times better than it already was, featuring news from Converse, Givenchy and Gucci.
Celebrate sisterhood with Love, Bonito
Why not indulge in a little retail therapy with those who constantly inspire and empower us
Galentine’s might be over, but women celebrating other women should be celebrated all year round! Love, Bonito is turning the spotlight to our work wives, sisters, and besties—the ones who constantly inspire and empower us. To celebrate this, why not indulge in a little retail therapy with the gals? You and your style-savvy friends can expect to see pieces featuring romantic silhouettes in unexpected neutrals and tonal textures.
For fans of LB’s bestselling Staples collection, these key essentials were just restocked. Modern classics more your vibe? Transition seamlessly from all-day meetings to cozy hours-long catch ups with the versatile Janine Wide Leg Culottes in white. Feeling bold? The Leanne Padded Linen Plunge Top has a daring V-neckline and sleeveless style that says, “comfortable in my own skin.”
Just in case you’re up for a girls’ trip, LB has something for you, too. Peep the matching Negene Tweed Tailored Collared Outer and Negene Tweed A-line Mini Skirt set. It’s crafted in soft, durable tweed that can be paired with the Jaelia Crop Camisole for that much needed stylish getaway with the gals.
See what you like? Shop it here.
UNIQLO introduces its UT Skater lineup
Featuring fresh prints and oversized fits
In a collaboration with Los Angeles-born creator Alex Olson, and filmmaker and professional rider Shinpei Ueno, UNIQLO introduced its hot-new UT Skater collection. The lineup features images of skateboards that represent street culture and is available in newly developed oversized fits and long sleeve t-shirt styles.
Hosted by Bea Benedicto together with fashion designer, stylist, and skater Renee de Guzman, the collection was launched in a skate event that presented the UT Skater pieces through a skating exhibition from Sandy Paredes, CL Paje, Johnny Boy Tagay and Jenny Buluhan.
Pro Skater Nice Quilantang was also present as a guest judge for the UNIQLO Mini Skate Competition, in which the winners were Egie Chavez, Demi Berones and Gempesaw Sinag.
Dolly D and Jude Macasinag do the damn thing
Dolly De Leon wins, wins, wins
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It’s no secret that Dolly De Leon always eats and leaves no crumbs whenever she steps on the red carpet. But award win or no win, she still knows how to show up as she continues to represent the country—the BAFTAs included. So, while the award show gained more attention thanks to Ariana DeBose’s polarizing performance, we still want to highlight Dolly De Leon’s afterparty look. Here, two unique Filipino talents come together on the international stage.
The actress, styled by LJ Perez, repped Filipino designer Jude Macasinag with the made-to-measure ensemble with the highlight piece called the “Artist’s kumot (blanket).” “The kumot-coat is an abstraction drawn from the iconic Sparrow blanket,” writes Macasinag on Instagram. “A nod to our shared Filipino heritage.”
The coat also has “Para kay Dolly (for Dolly)” and the artist’s signature stitched in the inner lining, making it another landmark and heart-warming moment in Philippine fashion.
Revisit Gucci’s 102-Year-Old Legacy With Gucci Cosmos
Voyage through the archives and decades of the iconic fashion house
Indulge your senses and take a trip through Gucci’s expansive past with Gucci Cosmos. The major exhibition consists of eight “worlds,” all designed by British artist Es Devlin to create a cutting-edge experience for all the senses. Meanwhile, Italian fashion theorist and critic Maria Luisa Frisa joins the project in curating the era-defining pieces from Gucci’s Archive in Florence, Italy. Watch the house grow from the humble beginnings headed by Guccio Gucci all the way to succeeding Creative Directors Tom Ford, Frida Giannini and Alessandro Michele.
“Gucci Cosmos” will start at West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, from April 28 to June 25, 2023, before it tours around the world.
Al James and Kiana V partner up with Converse for “Tunog Pinoy”
The new track will be featured on the Converse All-Star Anthem
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Converse Philippines recruits heavyweight rapper Al James and songstress Kiana V to introduce Filipino street culture and music to the world through Tunog Pinoy. The track underlines Kiana’s and Al’s voices with the sounds of our busy streets, such as iconic jeepney horns and the takatak, to create a unique new beat anyone from around the world can enjoy. Converse launched the track last February 17 during the Converse CreateNext Pop-Up at Nokal, Makati.
Tunog Pinoy will appear on Converse All Star Anthem this coming March, a collection of original creations by Converse All Stars and collaborators around the world. Expect cultural beats, diverse talent and broad musical inspirations to come together in one track produced by Brazilian rapper Marcelo D2.
Givenchy Introduces the Voyou Bag
Add this Spring-Summer 2023 essential to your wishlist
Named after the Parisian slang term for “bad boy,” Givenchy’s newest Voyou bag mixes the language of a lady’s handbag with an easygoing, biker attitude. A perfect balance between ladylike and casual, slouchy and sophisticated, the Voyou highlights the convenience of a hobo bag with luxurious materials and finishes. The bag comes with adjustable straps that go long, short, hand-carry or cross-body with edgy hardware and embellishments, such as an etched buckle, sliders and a slightly beveled iteration of Givenchy’s d-ring.
The Voyou comes in three sizes: mini, medium and large. Meanwhile, colorways include classic and seasonal offerings, such as timeless black or eye-catching gunmetal-laminated textured leather.
Check out Givenchy’s Voyou bag when you drop by the boutiques at Shangri-La Plaza Mall East Wing, Greenbelt 4 and Solaire Resort & Casino. For more information, follow SSI Life on Instagram or visit the official website.
The Editor’s Market Pod makes its way to The Podium
Ortigas regulars can now shop timeless pieces from the Singaporean-grown brand
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It’s been a while since homegrown Singaporean brand The Editor’s Market finally landed in the Philippines. The brand officially closed its first pop-up store in SM Mall of Asia last February, further expanding to another location at Glorietta 3, Makati. Luckily for Ortigas regulars, they also opened The Editor’s Market Pod at The Podium’s ground floor. New collections drop every Friday, so it’s always a treat whenever you drop by as new arrivals await.
Stay tuned for more surprises from The Editor’s Market in the coming months.
H&M Presents Studio S/S23 With Grammy award-winning songstress, Kali Uchis
Elevated essentials and glamorous eveningwear meet in this collection
Kali Uchis for H&M Studio S/S23 lensed and directed by Charlotte Wales
H&M takes cues from Hollywood’s Golden Age starlets and this era’s megastars for this latest collection. The philosophy of “go big or go home” dressing guides this campaign as they combine wearability and glamour. Off-duty loungewear and extrovert-after-dark statement pieces keep all eyes on the wearer. An epitome of extravagance, sultry sweetness and mystery, Kali Uchi fronts the campaign. She’s always proven herself as a the superstar who can seamlessly switch between attitudinal off-duty outfits and red-carpet-ready looks.
The collection drops on March 2 via the official H&M website and app.
Jimmy Choo celebrates 30 years of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon with a collection
This marks another rare collection between the titular manga and luxury brand
Left: Luna Loafer 120 and Pearl Luna Minaudiere Clutch, Middle: Sailor Mercury Boot and Right: Sailor Mars Patent Pump
For the 30th anniversary of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Jimmy Choo’s creative director Sandra Choi teamed up with the manga to deliver a capsule collection. The phrase “healing your inner child” has never been so valid until now. Cop shoes and bags in each of the Sailor’s identifiable colors, along with their mentor cat, Luna. This drop comes in great timing as we roll into Women’s Month, with the collection standing as a product by two exceptional women creatives. Femininity and female power stand at the center of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, with its energy and movement immortalized in Jimmy Choo's pieces.
“This collaboration underscores our shared values not just of female empowerment but for fashion’s ability to inspire inclusivity and individuality through personality and self-belief,” shares Sandra Choi in a press release. “The notion of transformation via fashion is central to Naoko Takeuchi, and clothes play a vital role in the identity of her superheroines, especially their shoes, the most powerful transformer you can step into.” After all, the ladies of Sailor Moon have always had amazing outfits often recreated, and the transformation into their superpowered counterparts always remains part of the heroic process.
Author Naoko Takeuchi also echoes this sentiment: “What has always been truly important to me is the youthful, pure imagination and power of the young girls. I believe that the Jimmy Choo brand also has these qualities.”
The Jimmy Choo x Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon collection will be released globally with exclusive partners. For eager ones who want to get their hands on these pieces, the nearest drop is at the Harbour City Flagship store in Hong Kong.
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Images Givenchy via SSI Life, H&M
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver