Boy George/Culture Club are coming to Manila
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My friend Grace is much younger than me.
“Did you love growing up in the ’70s?” she recently asked.
“Not really, but I’m thrilled to have been part of the ’80s,” I said.
Because the ’80s were the greatest. I feel very blessed to have been a teenager during that time.
Manila was very backward during the ’80s. We didn’t have clothing stores for teenagers, so most teenagers dressed like their parents (in Lacoste shirts and Sperry Topsiders).
But my friends and I made our own clothes, that’s why a lot of my batch mates also became fashion designers.

During the ’80s we didn’t have big stars coming to Manila—unlike now when the likes of Taylor Swift would actually come here during their prime and not after.
And so Culture Club has never performed in Manila.
Boy George was one of my biggest influences growing up. This was them in the ’80s.

Culture Club

In 2005 I got to meet George briefly when he stopped by Manila for a solo DJ gig. I wrote about the encounter in Rogue magazine’s February 2016 issue. (I’ll post the article in a bit.)

Rogue/Boy George

It’s been 12 years since Boy George and Culture Club performed together in a concert and now they are going on a full tour that includes 40 cities across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Asia.
The band kicks off their reunion tour in Australia and will be in Manila on June 17 and 18, 2016 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Culture Club

Culture Club is composed of Boy George (vocals), Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), and Jon Moss (drums and percussion).
I have never seen them perform live and I can’t wait to be there.
Culture Club featuring Boy George Live In Manila is a production of Royale Chimes Concerts & Events Inc. Tickets available at Ticketnet (Tel. 911-5555).
Use your BDO credit/debit card to enjoy a 15% discount on tickets.
For more information, call 0918) 497-2121 and (0906) 418-0786.

(To be continued)

H&M announces Kenzo collaboration
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H&M is proud to announce that its next designer collaboration will be with KENZO Paris.
Creative Directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim will bring the spirit of KENZO to H&M, by designing collections for women and men as well as accessories.
KENZO x H&M will be available in over 250 selected H&M stores worldwide, as well as online, from November 3, 2016.

Kenzo x H&M

“We can’t wait to share the world of KENZO x H&M with everyone, with all of its creativity, fun and love of fashion,” said Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

“With this collaboration with H&M we want to think big, push the boundaries and bring the new energy of KENZO to everyone around the world,” said Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Creative Directors at KENZO.

Kenzo x H&M

To know more about the collaboration, click HERE.

Jaclyn José just won Best Actress at the 69th Cannes Film Festival
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While you were sleeping, Jaclyn José was awarded Best Female Actress/Best Performance by an Actress at the Closing Ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Jaclyn won for her role as a sari-sari store owner forced to sell drugs to survive in Brilliante Mendoza’s MA’Rosa.

The 52-year-old veteran Filipina actress was a surprise winner despite lukewarm reviews of the film.
But the jury defended their choice, which some critics had thought too small a role.
“The critics were wrong,” said jury member Donald Sutherland. “It’s a big-time leading role.”
“She’s the film,” said Arnaud Desplechin. “She broke my heart.”


Jury members included George Miller (Director, Writer, Producer – Australia), Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France), Kirsten Dunst (Actress– United States), Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia), Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark), László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria), Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer – France), Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran), Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada)

Among the strong contenders for Best Actress were Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) and Maria Dragus (Graduation), but the rules do not allow the jury to award more than one prize for winners of the top three categories.

Watch the trailer:

And the emotional Filipino ensemble after the red carpet screening last May 19th.

Here’s the complete list of winners in the 69th Cannes Film Festival:

Palme d’Or Short Metage: Timecode , Juanjo Giménez
Golden Camera: Divine, Houda Benyamina
Gold Award of Honor: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini, for Customer, Asghar Farhadi
Best actress: Jaclyn Jose, for Ma’Rosa, Brillante Mendoza
Jury Prize: American Honey, Andrea Arnold
Screenplay: Asghar Fahradi for Customer
Award for Best Director: tie for Bachelor of Cristian Mungiu and Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas
Grand Jury Prize: Just the end of the world by Xavier Dolan
Golden Palm: I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach


To know more about MA’Rosa in competition, click HERE.

Chuva’s best dressed: Cannes 2016
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I have never been to Cannes and probably never will.
When I think of Cannes Film Festival, I usually think you have to look like a red carpet bombshell, like Blake Lively.


So intimidating. But then, looking at Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed, I realized you don’t always have to have the bombshell look.
Here are my favorite looks from Cannes 2016, in no particular order:
Chloe Sevigny, because she wears what she wants and has unique style


Soko, who looks like a doll


Soko 2: Love this, except the shoes


Celine Sallette: French seaside chic


Victoria Beckham on the red carpet


Barbara Palvin


Vanessa Paradis


Eleonora Carisi, minus the Mole


Eva Longoria


Daria Strokous


Araya Hargate in Gaultier

Araya Hargate in Gaultier

Not on my list, but Andi Eigenmann was also included in Vanity Fair’s List. The 25-year-old Filipina actress wore Patty Ang for the photo call of Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’Rose.


My worst dressed: Marion Cotillard, who looks like she’s wearing a bad Barong Tagalog with a skirt


PS. There is a God!! I’m so happy to see Kate Moss is now a regular woman’s size. Tao siya!