Heima presents Soleil Ignacio and Tokwa Penaflorida

Last April 14, 2012, Heima home store presented a two-man show featuring the paintings of Soleil Ignacio and Tokwa Penaflorida at Cubao X.

HelloSailor Poster

Meet the artists: Soleil (L) and Tokwa, in front of their collaborative piece


Their watercolor paintings depict mermaids and water nymphs characterized by flowing locks, lithe bodies and innocent gazes.


Born and raised in an artistic environment, creating art comes out naturally to Tokwa Penaflorida.
Inspired by art nouveau and fashion illustrations, his works depict feelings of longing, lust, and sensuality.
At the age of 23, this graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts has already published two childrenʼs books. You can view more of his work at http://tokwap.tumblr.com/.


Soleil’s fondness for drawing portraits of girls with innocent gazes and fabulous, flowy hair comes from her childhood fascination with mermaids.
She holds a Bachelorʼs Degree in Visual Communication from the College of Fine Arts in UP Diliman, where she focused on graphic design. Before venturing out on her own as a freelance illustrator, she worked as an art director for local magazines, refining her skills in graphic design and typography.
Having been featured in numerous local and international magazines and websites, Soleil continues to strive and explore the realm of fashion illustration and hopes to work and collaborate with fashion brands in the industry.
Get to know the artist through http://blog.choleil.com/.


To inquire about the artworks, contact Heima store at
Cubao: +632 377-4527
Makati: +632 798-0027
SMS: +63 917 810-4346
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Heima Summer 2012 Collection Online Catalog48

Rajo celebrates small

I think it’s lovely that I can be friends with someone on an opposite pole. Rajo Laurel, for instance, usually celebrates his birthday with a big party with tons of celebs dressed in pink, while I like to keep it quiet and simple.
This year, Rajo decided not to have a big party, and instead celebrate with BENCH and Michael Cinco in a fashion show on Sunday, May 27th at SMX.

On his actual birthday, May 19th, Rajo said he actually missed having a party, so Ginggay organized a really small dinner at Masseto with just five people: Rajo and his partner of 8 years Nix Alañon, Penny, Ginggay, and I.
Masseto is really hard to find as it is hidden in Valero Street, with no visible signs, except for this Victor & Rolf-like marker on the wall.


I found the gang having drinks next door to the newly opened Bar M, which is small and chic and nobody knows about. Be prepared to wear fall fashion as the aircon is ridiculously cold. Lovett! Rajo was looking good after having lost some weight and some help from Spanx :)


Spotted: talented Chef Tippi Tambunting, who’s always friendly


and the charming Shauna Jay Popple of Tatler magazine.


What I love about Bar M is how pretty the lavatory looks.


I have great respect for restaurant owners who care about how their loo looks. Sorry, I had to take a picture.


We moved over to Masseto for dinner and started with the delicate chorizo appetizer in thin pasty shell


I had the scallop in garlic butter


This lovely sorbet


Two slices of bread + butter. And I was full!
Here’s my vintage transparent Kelly from Japan.


My fashion icon, Penny


and the gang


Happy birthday Rajo! Next dinner is on the house—mine!


To know more about Masseto, click HERE.

Josie Natori at Rustan’s

I like to think of Josie Natori as the Filipino Eleanor Waldorf—a successful New York designer—minus the Blair.
I’ve been aware of Natori since the early ’90s, as a student at Parsons School of Design.
My Korean classmate Julia was obsessed with Natori, who was known for her elegant lingerie. I remember Julia being horrified when she spotted my underwear while I was squatting to pick up some pins, and Julia shrieking, “You wear Hanes???”
Yes, I wore Hanes as a college student because I needed 30 pieces of underwear to get by with a month of not doing laundry.

Just the other day I was walking through the newly renovated Rustan’s department store at Shangri-La Plaza, which I have yet to explore thoroughly.
I quickly passed through the new Josie Natorie boutique and saw her pieces through different eyes—I am no longer a college student in Anna Sui baby tees, but a 40-something mother of three. (I no longer wear Hanes :)
I can now appreciate her pieces designed for comfort as it understands the needs and concerns of the mother, the career girl, or mature woman.

Natori at Rustan's
Natori at Rustan's

Josie Natori was recently in town to launch her ready-to-wear Spring/Summer collection, which looks back to the French colonial past of Indochine and captures the energy of busy Vietnam streets. Her signature prints, rich colors and Eastern details are versatile, timeless, unexpected and always feminine.

Natori at Rustan's
Josie Natori with husband, Ken Natori

Natori at Rustan's
Natori at Rustan's
Natori at Rustan's
Natori at Rustan's
Natori at Rustan's

The new Josie Natori RTW boutique is located on the 2nd floor, Ladies Section at Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Mall. For more information, call Rustan’s Makati at 813-3739 or Shangri-La at 633-4636 to 50.

Forever 21 opens at The Block

Forever 21 recently opened its fourth store in the Philippines—a 2,300 square-meter space at the 2nd level of The Block Atrium, SM City North EDSA.


Gracing the event were (L-R) SM Senior Vice-President for Controllership Ricky A. Lim, SM President Tessie Sy-Coson, Forever 21 Executive Vice-President Larry Meyer, and Forever 21 Business Unit Head Dixie Li.


Spotted: Wendy Tabusalla

Wendy Tabusalla

Janeena Chan


Callum David

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Ruth Diaz


“At Forever 21, we take a new direction every week. It’s our job to know what’s happening, what’s new and bring that to our customers as soon as possible. That is what we strive to do. Everyday we have new products. Everyday we have new fashion,” said Forever 21 Executive Vice-President Larry Meyer, who flew in from the United States.


The newly opened store carries the lines: Forever 21, Forever 21+, Forever 21 Girls, Heritage 1981, Love 21, 21 Men, shoes, accessories, and intimates.


“Every new store is a different store for Forever 21. Here you’ll see more of what we have even in the other stores because this (North EDSA store) is our latest prototype with different fixtures that make it easy for people to see the wide selection of assortment that we have,” said Meyer.

Forever 21

Forever 21 comes to the Philippines through a partnership with the SM Retail Group. Its flagship store had a phenomenal opening at SM Megamall in 2010, followed by SM Makati in early 2011, and SM City Cebu late last year.
Enjoy exclusive privileges at Forever 21 when you shop using the Forever 21 MasterCard. Apply in Forever 21 stores or BDO branches. Application forms can also be downloaded HERE.


Forever 21 now open at:
The 2nd floor, SM Megamall Building A (Tel. 477-2733)
Ground floor, SM Makati (Tel. 553-0448)
Northwing, SM City Cebu (Tel. 520-2964 • 520-2969)
The Block, SM City North EDSA (Tel. 376-5057)

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