Hurray for Friends & Comme des Garçons
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I was in Tokyo last November when Comme des Garçons released a capsule collection of special holiday products in its flagship store in Aoyama.

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When I arrived in the afternoon, many of the items had already been sold out. Although the staff were smiling, they admitted to being stressed that day as customers fought for certain items.
Luckily, the items have arrived in Manila this December and I get to buy what I want 🙂

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For Comme des Garçons’ Holiday 2018 campaign, Rei Kawakubo collaborated with nine designer labels:
Maison Martin Margiela
Jean Paul Gaultier
Simone Rocha
Craig Green
Walter van Beirendonck
Marine Serre

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Kawakubo designed a special holiday piece, based on an iconic clothing item, accessory or design fragment each designer brand submitted.
According to Adrian Joffe, president of Comme des Garçons International and chief executive at Dover Street Market (DSM), “We have always enjoyed the synergies of CDG-style collaborations, which is not about brainstorming and back-and-forth with the other party but about trust and respect. Rei does not enjoy two captains on a ship. So we either leave it to them or ask that they leave it to her. The nine brands were very happy to leave it to her this time.”

CDG - Holiday 2018 Capsule

Find the collection now at Comme des Garçons, G/F, East Tower, One Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Makati
Follow them on Instagram @commedesgarconsph

Terrace House star in Up Dharma Down’s newest music video
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What do Japanese reality show Terrace House and Filipino band Up Dharma Down have in common?
Both have a cult following. They aren’t talked about a lot in public but you’d be surprised at the number of people who are fans of Terrace House on Netflix and Up Dharma Down and their songs.

UDD recently launched their music video for their new song Sigurado, which was directed by Nic Reyes and shot entirely in Tokyo.
The music video shows Terrace House’s Mizuki Shida in what looks like a date around Tokyo.

“Instead of a narrative, we made the video about ‘feels.’ We kept it simple and let the song shine,” said Reyes.
The team shot the music video for two days entirely in Tokyo. It’s the first time that the band members do not appear in their video.
“It’s our fifth collaboration with Nic. We can’t imagine doing a music video without him,” said UDD vocalist Armi Millare.

The band’s other members are Carlos Tanada, Ean Mayor and Paul Yap.
Up Dharma Down is known for music that speaks to the soul. Their followers range from teenagers and their not-so-young mothers because good music, they say, knows no age.
For the launch of its music video, UDD flew in Miss Shida to meet to the Philippine media.

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Mizuki Shida (left) with the members of Up Dharma Down

How was UDD able to get Shida, a barista, to agree to the shoot?
“It was Toti. He made it happen,” said Millare.
Toti is Toti Dalmacion of Terno Recordings, which manages Up Dharma Down.
Toti, a Terrace House fan, thought it would be a good idea to cast Shida in the music video and he was lucky to see her at the coffee shop in Tokyo where she worked.

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“They were very kind,” said Miss Shida of her experience. “It was very nice.”
We just had to ask Miss Shida how it felt that the three guys on Terrace House didn’t seem to see her in a romantic light.
“There were six people there: three boys and three girls. It was a very small world. There is a bigger world out here and that’s how I chose to look at it,” she said through an intepreter.

To know more about Up Dharma Down, click HERE.

Vice Cosmetics: The makeup collection that broke the Internet
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Except for CNN and ANC, I don’t really watch TV, so I didn’t know who Vice Ganda until my cousin Keri told me a story about the Taylor Swift concert in 2011, where her daughter Amanda spotted Vice Ganda with Kris Aquino, and Amanda wanted to have a photo with Vice Ganda, not Kris Aquino.
I was like, who’s Vice Ganda??
Now I know.

Vice Ganda is a popular flamboyant gay comedian and TV host who’s known for wearing outrageous costumes.
Now he’s also known as an influential business partner with the successful opening of District 8 gastro-pub in Greenhills and now Vice Cosmetics.

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Everybody—including some makeup snobs I know—is talking about Vice Cosmetics.
With prices that fit right into the brand’s “Ganda For All” beauty philosophy, Vice Cosmetics taps into the Instagram generation’s need for lips that are perfectly lined and filled in.

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Stocks in shelves were sold out within two hours and Vice Cosmetics own website crashed a few times due to the volume of users.
According to the brand’s US-based partners, business for Vice Cosmetics was so brisk that it caused multiple servers to crash.

The Phenomenal Lip Kits, which include a lip liner and liquid lipstick, are priced at Php 295.

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The Good Vibes Matte Lipsticks are Php 199.

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Vice Cosmetics

“They would, truthfully, have been priced slightly higher but Vice wanted everyone to be able to afford the lipsticks,” said Rhoda Campos (below, left), head of Business Development and Marketing at Vice Cosmetics.

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The idea behind the products is genius. The Phenomenal Lip Kits come in eight colors ranging from browns and nudes to reds and berries. The shades are perfect for millennials. The Good Vibes Matte Lipsticks come in colors that are more age-democratic.

The lip kits come in shades which relate to Vice Ganda’s career: Pony, Benjamin, Whoops Kiri, Girly, Phenom, Star, Unicorn and Showtime.
The shades in the Good Vibes collection are even gayer and more showbiz: Ganderz, Aura, Hayabayabayu, Kering-Keri, Good Vibes, Pak Ganern, Tarush and Kavogue.

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The clamor has been so great that Vice Cosmetics is having a “good problem.”
Rhoda admitted they underestimated demand for the lipsticks. According to sources, the lip kits are selling so fast, with most in-demand shades, Pony and Whoops Kiri.

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Vice Cosmetics will be formally launched in a concert called “Ganda for All” at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on October 22. Admission is free to those who purchased the lipsticks.
The collection is available at selected Watsons and SM Stores, and Vice Cosmetics kiosks at Trinoma, Farmers Plaza and Market! Market!

To know more, go to

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Anne Curtis launches cosmetics line
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Actress, TV host and endorser Anne Curtis first started appearing on her noontime show without foundation—just red lipstick and groomed brows, and the world followed suit.
Now, Anne has teamed up with Jacqe Yuengtian Gutierrez for blk cosmetics, which represents Anne’s philosophy of “uncomplicated beauty.”

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“Makeup is something I am very passionate about. It’s part of who I am,” said Anne during the launch of blk cosmetics at Manila House.
blk stands for the color black, said Jacqe.
“Black is timeless, elegant, and uncomplicated, which is what we want the brand to be,” said Anne.
blk wants to stand out by going back to basics. The brand also has a cruelty-free certification from PETA.
Anne is someone who likes “to keep things simple, clean, yet still have an impact.”
All blk cosmetics products are of the best quality at its price points—from Php 299 to Php 499.

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“We felt there was a scarcity of high-quality brands in this price segment, so there is clearly an opportunity to introduce a brand like blk. We’re out to prove that luxe-looking, premium makeup doesn’t have to be a splurge,” said Jacqe.
The line is perfect for college girls and those who have just joined the workforce. You can buy just five items from the line for your first makeup kit. The lipsticks, on the other hand, are for females of all ages.
The shades they’ve come up with are aligned with Anne’s preference for showcasing different looks but if there is one beauty advise she can give to women, it’s to keep a bold lipstick in their purse at all times.
“You’ll never know when you’re gonna need that extra pop of color,” said Anne.

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Anne was very involved with product development. According to Jacqe, the actress would message her at all hours of the days with her ideas and suggestions.
Aside from the lipsticks (Php 299) and lmatte lipsticks (Php 349), the lineup includes an All-Day Matte Powder Foundation (Php 399), Contour, Blush, and Highlight Palette (Php 499), Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeliner (Php 249), Brow Sculpting Pencil Duo (Php 249), Velvet Lip Cream (Php 299).

Find them at selected Watsons and SM Department stores nationwide, and through

About those Balenciaga Crocs
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My son Ben knows me so well.
When I entered the room, he asked me, “Mommy, are you buying those Balenciaga Crocs?”
“Yes, definitely. What color should I get?”
Ben, 15, said yellow or pink.

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Balenciaga Crocs

“I’m kind of leaning towards grey. But if it’s not too expensive, I want to get a color too,” I said.

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I really don’t like purple

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And the black looks a bit benign. We’ll see…

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I’m guessing price point would be around $650. Just a wild guess from me.
I got one of those hyped Balenciaga “Ikea” bags because I really think it’s art.

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I also think Demna Gvasalia is a genius. I was talking about Demna with my friend Tere Henson.
Demna is the creative director of Balenciaga, and co-founder of Vetements, which is my current favorite label.


So the more the Internet made fun of the “Ikea” bag, the more I wanted it.
I feel the same way about the Crocs.

In 2011, I had dinner with Jappy Gonzalez and Mr. Enda Cleary of Comme des Garçons where I opened up the idea of a CDG x Crocs collab.
During that time I was all about CDG, and now I am all about Demna, so this shoe is really amazing.
So the Universe really does give me what I want. Or maybe in Balenciaga’s case, Univers will.