Rajo celebrates 20 years of fashion at Metrowear
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Rajo Laurel celebrated 20 years in fashion with a gala show recently at at the Raffles Ballroom.
Wearing his creations were Georgina Wilson, Tessa Valdes, Mandy dela Rama, Divine Lee, Isabelle Daza, Steph Zubiri-Crespi, Solenn Heussaff, Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez, Jessica Kienle, and Bianca Gonzalez.
The designer himself opened the show, singing “My Favorite Things,” setting the tone and mood of the evening.
In his 42-piece collection, drapes and folds transformed into voluminous capes and goddess dresses, while suspension tubes found their way into red-carpet dresses.
Elegant beadwork adorned delicate fabrics such as tulle, chiffon, and jersey. Tulle bodysuits and cylinder skirts became hybrid dresses.
Cut-outs and peek-a-boos added sensual flair to floor-length jersey gowns.


Spotted at Metrowear Icon: Rajo Laurel were Isabelle Daza

Jessica Kienle

Charina Sarte

Borgy Manotoc

Mandy dela Rama

Tweetie de Leon Gonzalez

Ivan Aseron

Adrienne Ley

Tetta Ortiz Matera

Ricky Toledo and Chito Vijandre

Nikki Teodoro

Venisse Laurel-Hermano

Metrowear Icon: Rajo Laurel was co-presented by Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and Tag Heuer
with major sponsors Manhattan Garden City, Tanduay Cocktails, and Tattoo Postpaid
together with Havaianas, The Skin Specialist, Betadine Feminine Wash, and Ideal Vision Center.
Special thanks to Raffles and Fairmont Makati, Colour Collection, Belvedere, Zen Zest, The Write Impression, along with event partner, The Lopez Group Foundation, Inc.


Bally celebrates the 60th anniversary of Mt. Everest ascent
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At London Fashion Week, Bally kicked off a yearlong celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the first two individuals known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest.
On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay, the Nepalese Indian Sherpa mountaineer, climbed the top of Mt. Everest along with New Zealand bee-keeper and mountaineer, Sir Edmund Hillary.
Tenzing made that journey in a pair of Bally Reindeer-Himalaya boots, forever linking the Swiss brand to this momentous achievement.


At London Fashion Week, Bally set up a makeshift tent, showcasing items from the original Everest expeditions, including an official replica of the boots worn by Tenzing housed in the Bally archive.


Guests enjoyed a simple fare of cheese, toast, or brownies with either scotch or milk, while viewing items from Bally’s archives and its Everest capsule collection.


Spotted: Actor Dominic Cooper
Dominic Cooper

Model Tony Ward
Tony Ward

Actor Sascha Bailey
Sascha Bailey

Actor Rupert Evans
Rupert Evans

Actor Kayvan Novac
Kayvan Novac

Model Robert Konjic
Rober Konjic

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch

TV presenter Rick Edwards
Rick Edwards

Model Amber Anderson
Amber Anderson

Athlete Mark Foster
Mark Foster

Model Jack Guinness
Jack Guinness

In the Philippines, Bally is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists Inc. (SSI) and is located at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and Newport Mall Resorts World.

Hülsta and Rolf Benz now in Manila
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German luxury furniture company Hüls Group recently opened its flagship store in the Philippines, featuring top-of-the line designs by Hülsta and Rolf Benz.
Hülsta takes pride in being the market leader in today’s modern living room and bedroom needs, while Rolf Benz is unparalleled in delivering design and comfort in its sofa range.

Multi Forma 1
Multi Forma 7

These are done with greatest care for the environment, carrying the Blue Angel environmental seal throughout all ranges.
While Hülsta’s furniture are distributed around the world, its pieces are still manufactured at the German sites in Ottenstein and Stadtlohn.
The factories and offices of both brands are equipped with the latest machinery, following strict procedures to guarantee the highest level of product and service qualities.

Multi Forma 2
Mega Design (2)
Multi Forma 5

If it’s seating you’re looking for, consider Rolf Benz, whose tag line is “the architecture of seating”.
They use up to nine different kinds of foam with different densities for the furniture’s interior structure.
Rolf Benz’s R&D group scientifically studies the ideal softness or hardness for every part of the body that makes contact with its seating.

Rolf Benz

“We are very proud to present our latest venture in the world of furniture and interior design,” said Jaime Daez, Managing Director of Hülsta and Rolf Benz PH. “Hülsta and Rolf Benz are known for applying state-of-the-art German technology in all their products. We cater to the most discerning, high-end clients, offering nothing less than the best.”

Visit the newly opened Hülsta and Rolf Benz showroom at the 3rd Floor, Fully Booked Building 6
11th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig. For inquries, call +632 738.2430.

Robbie Antonio: Idol!
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I was going to blog about being stuck in a three-hour traffic jam last night. But hell, I just read about Robbie Antonio in Vanity Fair.
First, he’s building a 25,000-square-foot home in Manila, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.
Second, it’s going to house a museum that will include his commissioned portraits by world-class artists such as Julian Schnabel, Marilyn Minter, and David Salle.

Robbie Antonio in Singapore

Who is Robbie Antonio?
He’s the 36-year-old managing director and board member of Century Properties, son Joey Antonio and wife Hilda, and brother to Jigger, Marco and Carlo.
Among Century Properties developments are Azure Urban Resort Residences, endorsed and partly designed by Robbie’s friend, Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton and Robbie Antonio of Century Properties
Paris Hilton Azure

The Trump Tower Manila

Donald Trump Jr. and Robbie Antono
With Donald Trump Jr. with Robbie Antonio

and Acqua Iguazu by John Hitchcox and Philippe Starck

Robbie Antonio, Philippe Starck, Jigger Antonio
L-R: Robbie Antonio, Philippe Starck, Marco Antonio

Listen, this isn’t a sponsored post and I don’t know Robbie Antonio personally.
I have met him once during the Acqua Iguazu press conference and found him pleasant.
Many rich people in Manila have their homes featured in glossy magazines, but I find them “lifestyles of rich and boring” for the most part.
Now if Rem Koolhaas is doing your house, it will be anything but boring.
Take a look at some of his work:

Educatorium (University of Utrecht) in Utrecht by Rem Koolhaas
Educatorium, University of Utrecht

Rem Koolhaas Seattle Public Library
Seattle Public Library

Rem Koolhaas IIT Chicago
Illinois Institute of Technology

03 Casa da Música 7361
Casa de Musica, Portugal

Now take a look at some of the portraits in Robbie’s collection—they give a whole new meaning to term “selfie”

Robbie Antonio by Kenny Scharf
Interstellar (Portrait of Robbie Antonio) by Kenny Scharf

Robbie Antonio
By David Salle

Robbie Antonio by Takashi Murakami
By Takashi Murakami

By David LaChapelle

By Damien Hirst

By Julian Schnabel

And hey, I don’t judge if he wants to spend money this way. After all I did have my portrait done by Crajes—though mine is more affordable.
I just wish I knew him well enough to see his house!!
But reality bites. I already have a house and it needs fixing because I heard it’s gonna rain hard on Saturday and I have flooding problems.
To know more about Robbie, click HERE.
To see the Vanity Fair story, click HERE.

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