Call for entries: The 2nd LOOK of Style Awards

A year after Pablo Cabahug was named Most Promising Designer of 2010 for his robotics-inspired body-con creations in gray duchesse satin and metallic trimmings with jusi, LOOK Magazine, Inquirer Lifestyle, and the British Council of the Philippines announce their nationwide search for the next talented young designer in 2011’s LOOK Of Style Awards.

LOOK-Pablo Cabahug

The winning designer will win an all-expenses paid trip to the United Kingdom where he/she will have the opportunity to enroll in a short course of his/her choice in London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins.
The winner will also receive business mentoring from fashion industry professionals in areas such as business planning, marketing, as well as a spot in Inquirer Lifestyle’s next Face Off Fashion Show.

To qualify for the LOOK Of Style Awards, the applicant must have an established, primary design business in the Philippines. He or she must also have a minimum of two consecutive years of design experience (i.e., garnered substantial and recent editorial coverage, have professional staff that can devote the time and effort required to accomplish the stated aims of an applicant’s design career plans).

A go-see, where all applicants will be required to present actual samples of their clothes and a portfolio of their work to a screening committee consisting of LOOK magazine editors and fashion industry experts, will narrow the field down to 10 finalists. Each of the 10 finalists will then be asked to provide specific information about their short- and long-term business goals and objectives, as well as how the award and business mentoring will enable them to pursue their design career plans and existing business.


Additionally, finalists will be required to submit a portfolio presentation containing work from their previous collections, which may include sketches, photos, and editorial features. The finalists will also submit 3-5 references (editors, retailers or other fashion industry professional with whom they have a close, working relationship) that the fashion council can contact for their comments and opinions.

Finally, the 10 candidates will undergo an interview and presentation of 5 looks from past, present, and upcoming collections to the panel based on a given theme.
With science and technology becoming part of everyone’s lifestyle, this year’s given theme, Stylish Tech, will challenge finalists to make use of innovative techniques and fabrication, and make them into wearable pieces of art. The interview will include an assessment of the business mentoring needs of each of the candidates.
A panel of judges will rate the finalists’ works, and select an overall winner based on construction technique (35%), design skill and interpretation of theme (35%), overall presentation and visual impact (15%), and design marketability/wearability (15%).
The winner will be announced in a cocktail event and fashion show in October 2011. The fashion show will include segments from the finalists, as well as from LOOK’s guest British designer.

To know more go to or follow LOOK magazine on Twitter for go-see schedules and updates.

Paris Hilton in Manila for Century Properties

Philippine real estate firm Century Properties has announced its partnership with top Hollywood celebrity Paris Hilton to design the central amenity of one of its landmark projects in the southern part of the city called Azure Urban Resort Residences.
The design project is Hilton’s first venture into real estate. The star of the reality TV show The World According to Paris runs a fashion design empire with 17 product lines under her own brand. She personally develops her product lines and is excited to expand her portfolio to designing a real estate development—a natural extension of her creativity given her family background , as well as her knowledge and exposure to quality properties around the world.
Ms. Hilton arrived in Manila on August 14 for her first meeting with Century Properties’ creative and design team.

Philippines Paris Hilton

The world-famous celebrity and businesswoman was chosen to design the Beach Club amenity of Azure, Century Properties’ six-hectare residential development in the southern part of Manila that features a resort-inspired theme complete with a sizeable man-made beach.
“Her unparalleled style that made her a successful businesswoman and a style icon, as well as her zest for living the good life are the qualities that we would like to incorporate into our vacation-inspired residential property,” said Century Properties Chief Operating Officer Mr. John Victor R. Antonio, who is also the Project Head of Azure.

John Victor Antonio-COO Century Properties_optimized

“With her exposure to the best beaches around the world, coupled with her fun and sensible fashion sense, we believe that we’ve made the right choice in partnering with someone who appreciates urban resort style living and who can lend a world-class touch to Azure.”
Mr. Robbie Antonio, Managing Director of Century Properties, shared: “We chose Paris Hilton because of her exposure to travel and her predisposition to many aspects of design—from fashion, beauty, lifestyle to world-class service. Deciding to work with her was the logical choice as we found no other personality more suited to embody the upscale fashionable beach-goer.”

Paris Hilton and Robbie Antonio of Century Properties  (34)b
Century Properties Managing Director Robbie R. Antonio and Ms. Paris Hilton met earlier this year in the United States for the project collaboration with the leading real estate firm. Ms. Hilton is designing the Beach Clubhouse of Century Properties’ 6-hectare, 9-building residential property in Parañaque City, Manila, Philippines called Azure Urban Resort Residences.

In a statement, Paris Hilton said: “I look forward to working with Century Properties and feel confident they will develop an amazing and aspirational destination in Azure Urban Resort Residences. I will personally help design The Azure Beach Club, creating a unique and special place that will bring happiness to many people. I’m excited for people to experience it.”
Azure Urban Resort Residences was launched in 2010 and has since sold out four out of a total of nine proposed residential buildings. Designed by the award-winning masterplan and architectural firm Broadway Malyan, each tower is set in a breathtaking tropical modern aesthetic and named after the world’s most famous beach destinations: Rio, Santorini, St. Tropez, and Positano among others.

azure urban resort residences

Other amenities like an open park, zen garden, multiple playgrounds, lap pool with cascading waterfalls, kiddie water slide, poolside bar, beach volleyball area and a basketball court have been incorporated into the master plan, adding rich diversity to a natural environment that supports recreation, health and well being.
Century Properties said Ms. Hilton will not only be the official ambassador of the project but is likewise an integral part in the concept and design of the Azure Beach Clubhouse.

“We put our absolute trust in Paris’ abilities to fully-integrate a superior lifestyle that cannot be found elsewhere in the country. This is of utmost importance to us as developers and to our clients,” said Robbie Antonio.
Azure Urban Resort Residences is being developed by Century Limitless Corporation, a member of the Century Properties Group. The design of the beach club by Paris Hilton does not in any way change the name of the project. In no way is Azure or Century related to Hilton Hotels Worldwide.

Now watching: The A-List New York

Now that all my favorite reality shows are on hiatus, I’m getting bored following teenage shows like Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth. Somehow I stumbled into The A-List, a gay version of the Real Housewives of New York.

It stars Reichen Lehmkuhl, known for winning the 4th season of The Amazing Race with former husband Chip Arndt, and his relationship with singer Lance Bass. Lehmkuhl is a model, jewelry designer and actor.


His boyfriend in the beginning of Season One is, Rodiney Santiago, a model from Brazil, who’s trying to find a job in New York. Santiago is bisexual and his relationship with Lehmkuhl is his second with a man.


Mike Ruiz is a film director and fashion photographer whose work has appeared in Interview and Vanity Fair.
He is known for transforming celebrities in unusual portraits, and has appeared on other reality series like America’s Next Top Model and RuPaul’s Drag Race.


Trouble maker Austin Armacost is a former model trying to lose weight in Season One. He was known for dating designer Marc Jacobs for a short time. It’s interesting to hear how Marc Jacobs caught him taking home “friends” to Marc’s house and how five minutes later all his things were in two trash bags and a Louis Vuitton duffel that were thrown out onto the street.


Derek Lloyd Saathoff is a former model turned casting agent who hates Austin’s guts and I can relate!


And Ryan Nickulas is a celebrity hair stylist with his own salon in Chelsea. (Source: Wiki)


I’ve downloaded the entire Season One but only seen the first episode. I can tell you now it’s juicy, but beware—if you cannot stand the sight of two men kissing, DO NOT WATCH.
As for me, I needed something new to watch after the horrible way Real Housewives of New York ended in Season Four. So excuse me while I go on to Episode 2.
Meanwhile, Season Two of The A-List just started in July with a new cast member.


Armani 101: What to wear to a royal wedding and gala dinner

Giorgio Armani is pleased to announce that for the marriage of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, the bride chose to wear a Giorgio Armani Privé wedding dress for the religious ceremony.

HSH Princess Charlene

The dress had a flowing line and was made from off-white silk duchesse, with a long train.
Crossover detail on the front and back formed a second “à l’andrienne” train.
Ramage embroidery depicting flowers, crafted with stones in gold shades, and Swarovski crystals and mother of pearl teardrops in white and gold hues, embellished the front of the dress, the trim and the central main section of the train.
A long veil was made from off-white silk tulle, with a front tier and subtle embroidery.

HSH Princess Charlene and Michael Wittstock
HSH Princess Charlene and Michael Wittstock

For the Gala Dinner on the Opéra terraces, HSH Princess Charlene wore a Giorgio Armani Privé evening gown in off-white silk chiffon with broad neckline and four-tiers; embellished by graduated embroidery crafted with Swarovski teardrops and stones in gold and platinum color.

HSH Princess Charlene and HSH Prince Albert II

On the occasion of the religious ceremony, HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium wore a Giorgio Armani Privé cocktail dress in wisteria silk crepe with cape softly enveloping the shoulders at the front.

HSH Princess Mathilde of Belgium (1)

For the Gala dinner she wore a Giorgio Armani Privé evening dress in fuchsia mirror-effect fabric, bodice with irregular pleating and full skirt.

HSH Princess Mathilde of Belgium (2)

For the religious ceremony, Roberta Armani  wore a Giorgio Armani Privé cocktail dress with cape in wenge silk cady and powder pink silk satin.

Giorgio Armani and Roberta Armani
Giorgio Armani and Roberta Armani

For the Gala dinner she wore a Giorgio Armani Privé evening dress in lapis blue silk cady, with Ton-sur-ton Swarovski crystal embroidery detail.

Roberta Armani

HSH Princess Charlene’s father, Michael Wittstock, and her brothers, Sean and Gareth Wittstock, wore Giorgio Armani Made to Measure morning for the religious ceremony.

Sean and Gareth Wittstock (1)

For the Gala dinner they wore a Giorgio Armani Made to Measure tail suits.

Sean and Gareth Wittstock 2)

In the Philippines Emporio Armani, is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at Greenbelt 4, Makati Avenue, Makati City.

Call for entries: Project Runway Season 3

Project Runway Philippines Season 3 is now searching for the next big Filipino fashion designer.
Set to premiere on ETC in February 2012, model Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales takes over as host for the new season.
Joining her are returning judges, designer Rajo Laurel and top model Apples Aberin, and designer/mentor Jojie Lloren, faculty head of the Asian Institute of Fashion.
From L-R: Rajo Laurel, Apples Aberin, Jojie Lloren, Tweetie de Leon

Awaiting the winner of Project Runway Philippines are a 10-page fashion spread in Mega magazine, Php 500,000 in cash, a start-up business package of 10 sewing machines, a short-term fashion design course at a top European fashion school, a two-month apprenticeship with Asian Institute of Fashion’s top industry professionals, and a full scholarship for a 4-year AB Fashion Design program at the Asian Institute of Fashion at iACADEMY.

Auditions for Project Runway Philippines Season 3 begins this month at:
• Pryce Plaza Hotel, Carmen Hill, Cagayan De Oro City from August 20-21, 2011
• Marco Polo Hotel, Lahug, Cebu from August 27-28, 2011
• Hotel Supreme, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City from Sept. 3-4, 2011
• Jungle Gym, Kamagong Street, Makati City from Sept. 6-7, 2100

Applicants must be at least 21 years old, Filipino citizens, and bring with their portfolio including three completed outfits of his/her own design.

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila welcomes new GM

MANILA, Philippines—Richard Simmons has been formally announced as the new General Manager of Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila. Richard comes to the Philippines from China, where he held the position of Hotel Manager of Grand Hyatt Macau which opened in October 2009.

Richard started his career in the hotel industry with the Hyatt International in Sydney, Australia in 1986.
After completing an intensive Management Training Programme in Hyatt Regency Dubai in September 1990, Richard pursued his hotel career with various roles in Rooms Division and Sales and Marketing.
Since 1994, Richard has remained in Asia with senior appointments in Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Macau and now, the Philippines.
His commitment and dedication has gained him over 20 years of rich experience working for the Hyatt brand.

Richard Simmons, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila's New General Manager

The Australian national looks forward to the new challenges ahead, most especially with the support of the team behind Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila.
It’s not his first time to be posted in the Philippines. Between 2004 and 2007, Richard made a career move to Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts which brought him to Beijing and Mactan Island, Cebu.
“I am excited to be back in the Philippines. I had the privilege to experience the world renowned Filipino hospitality and it is always an honor to return to a country where people are genuinely friendly and naturally hospitable, on every level. To be part of the wonderful team of Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is brilliant and I am inspired everyday by my colleagues,” shares Richard.
“I am eager to catch up with old friends and make new friends here in Manila. I look forward to being part of the dynamic hospitality industry in Manila and to actively contribute to the growth of tourism in the Philippines and the exciting Manila Bay area.”

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