H&M announces collaboration with Erdem
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H&M has just announced its next exclusive designer collaboration with ERDEM, the Canadian-born, London-based designer loved by celebrities and fashion insiders.
H&M is also pleased to reveal that renowned filmmaker Baz Luhrmann will bring the collection to life through his unique storytelling.

L-R: Ann-Sofie Johansson, Erdem Moralıoğlu, and Baz Lurhmann

For H&M, Erdem has designed a brand new collection for women and, for the first time ever, a collection for men.
Erdem believes in the power of beauty, exploring historical references and personal narratives in every piece he makes.
For ERDEM x H&M he’ll reflect and reinterpret the design themes from some of his most celebrated collections, playing with the prints, textiles and delicate craftsmanship that have made his name.

“I am so happy to collaborate with H&M, and to explore my work on a whole new scale including a menswear collection which I have never done before. It’s also such a thrill to work with Baz Luhrmann, one of the most important storytellers of our time,” said Erdem.

“For me fashion is always about more than just clothing, it is a form of expression—a stand-alone art form. I am excited to be collaborating with ERDEM and H&M to reveal the story of this unique collection,” said Baz Luhrmann.

“From the moment we started talking with Erdem about the collaboration, I was captured by his vision. For ERDEM x H&M he has created an enchanting world full of beauty, delicacy and rich details. These are special pieces you will want to wear forever,” said Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Creative Advisor.

ERDEM x H&M will be available in selected stores as well as on from November 2, 2017.

Watch out for Vetements x DHL Part 2 in capsule collection
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When I was a kid red and yellow were my favorite color combination! It just looks so beautiful to my eyes. That’s why I love the DHL colors.
Did you know that the H in DHL, Larry Hillblom, fathered a Filipino daughter?
I watched a docu on his life and mysterious circumstances regarding his death. I became obsessed and found his Filipino heiress/daughter on Instagram where I stalk her (no, you can’t find her because her mom remarried and she changed her surname).

Last Spring 2016, this was the T-shirt any hardcore fashionista wanted to have.

DHL T-shirt

For those of us who didn’t get a chance to buy the first DHL tee created by Vetements, we have another chance as ten new DHL-branded fashion items will be available for Spring/Summer 2018.

Vetements recently hosted a Paris Fashion Week event at the Parking Europe Garage where the capsule collection—including a T-shirt, hoodie, sweater, pants, cap, polo shirt and socks—were exhibited.
The collection was photographed by Vetements’ design head Demna Gvasalia at 50 locations around Zürich and installed on two meter high metal plates.


“This collaboration with Vetements and the broader range of DHL items in their capsule collection is a great privilege for us and a real endorsement of DHL as one of the most recognized and valuable global brands. The Vetements designs emphasize perfectly DHL’s role in enabling global fashion and e-commerce with our logistics services. At the same time they also show our commitment to the fashion industry and that we are always in tune with the times,” said Ken Allen, CEO DHL Express.

The continued collaboration with Vetements is in line with DHL’s fashion partnership strategy, which sees the company working with the most relevant organizations in fashion globally and locally.
This allows DHL to support the fashion industry in a meaningful way, leveraging its portfolio of end-to-end logistics solutions for fashion, retail and e-commerce. It demonstrates the role DHL plays as one of the most valuable global brands and one of the largest “outfitters” in the world as the company provides Corporate Wear to some 200,000 employees globally.

True to the motto: Red and yellow will never go out of fashion.

Meet Dr. Cenia, a Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) specialist in the Philippines
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When I was younger, the problems I had were so much different from the ones I have now.
Now that I’m older, I wonder why I get headaches in the afternoon for no reason at all, and they last until I fall asleep. I have this leg pain I only feel when I’m lying down at night.
As soon as I wake up I feel lethargic, depressed and anxious.
I can’t seem to lose any weight despite attempts at dieting and working out.
While most of us attribute these frustrations to growing old, many times it’s all about our hormones and there is hope for us after all.

Men and women with testosterone deficiency may have a hard time losing weight despite hitting the gym everyday.
If you are often tired and lethargic, it could be the result of thyroid problems. If you have headaches in the afternoon, it could be your cortisol levels.
An excess of estrogen and a cortisol deficiency in men and women could result in grumpiness. For males, a drop in virility could be the result of deficiencies in zinc and testosterone.

Most doctors would also tell us we don’t really need to take vitamins, as long as we have a good diet. But how many of us really have the time to eat a good diet?
For instance, a very common deficiency in the different types of vitamin B can predispose one to depression.

I feel very fortunate to have met Dr. Cenia Lucas-Acevedo recently at a lunch. I feel like I was meant to meet her, hear and share her story, how she discovered Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) when she started having problems with her son.

Dr. Cenia Acevedo

Health Optimization Medicine is a relatively young branch of medicine that measures borderline deficiencies and subtle toxicities for a customized approach to optimal health via vitamins, supplements and hormones.

Several years ago, Dr. Cenia and her husband Eugene noticed their eldest son becoming difficult. He was hoarding empty bottles for no reason and refused to go to school. Before these episodes, her son was an honor student. He became combative against his parents.

Dr. Cenia and her husband Eugene brought their son to several doctors here and abroad. He was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and prescribed with medication which didn’t work.
“He was over 200 lbs. and had acne all over his face. He dropped out of school, too,” said Eugene, a bank executive.

Dr. Cenia blamed herself. Her husband sort of blamed her, too, and their marriage became strained.
Dr. Cenia recalls, when she was pregnant with their son, she was a resident-physician at a very busy government hospital along Taft Ave. She kept long hours and was only given a short leave after she gave birth. She left their son in the care of a nanny. She was unable to breastfeed her firstborn as long as she would have wanted.

Looking back, Dr. Cenia realizes it was a combination of factors that might have caused their son’s problems. She remembers giving him a lot of dairy as he loved milk and cheese.
“Too much milk and dairy products may have inflamed his gut which resulted in poor absorption. Naturally, the other nutrients were not properly absorbed which resulted in my son unable to produce the healthy brain cells and hormones to make him an emotionally and psychologically well balanced teenager.”

Too much stress during her pregnancy, Dr. Cenia thinks, may have permanently altered the fetus’ response to it later in life.
She learned about nutritional medicine and hormonal balancing from another mother whose child was in a similar situation. Being a doctor, Dr. Cenia was skeptical at first but she also realized it was her only option at that time.

She was certified in Belgium for Anti-Aging Medicine and Nutritional Medicine, both With Distinction, and trained under the mentorship of Dr. Theodore Achacoso, the creator of Health Optimization Medicine. She is one of only five certified Filipino doctors, currently practicing in the Philippines.

Dr. Cenia’s son is probably his mother’s first success story. He is now down to his original weight of 130 lbs. and is a happy and well-adjusted 22-year-old studying at the University of the Philippines in Diliman where he is a University Scholar.

As Dr. Cenia explained it, conventional medical tests may not be able to detect anything wrong at an early stage and without correction, the metabolism’s ability to compensate is weakened and symptoms of illness may start appearing.

“With HOMe, the correction of what’s ailing the patient goes beyond the organ level where conventional medicine usually focuses. We complement traditional medicine by working at the cellular level,” she added.
For instance, during an active illness, HOMe takes care of the healthy cells and helps the sick cells recover faster while the patient is on prescription medication.

HOMe is not out to replace conventional medicine, which has made people live longer and greatly reduced deaths due to infection and trauma.
“However, chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension and heart problems are on the rise despite people living longer. These diseases have resulted in a poorer quality of life for many. Health span has to catch up with life span and HOMe may be able to help people achieve this,” said Dr. Cenia.

Every HOMe diagnosis and program is customized for each patient. A patient has to undergo a series of consultations, biochemical/hormonal and toxin blood tests and evaluation of results. Deficiencies are corrected through measured supplementation of nutrients and/or hormones.

Dr. Cenia’s patients include those who are health-conscious and want to improve their health further; those who don’t want conventional medicine or therapies; those who want to continue but reduce their use of conventional medicines; those taking care of a very precious sick family member and for whom conventional medicine hasn’t seemed to help, and those suffering from serious illnesses like cancer
and want to consider additional supportive therapy other than conventional ones.

She also has patients seeing her for depression, autism and other mental problems. She creates customized prenatal care and supportive care for infertility cases, to complement her conventional training as an obstetrician-gynecologist.
The age range of patients can be anywhere from five to 90, male and female. This is because anyone can potentially have borderline deficiencies and toxicities.

Dr. Cenia currently does home/office visits, and will continue to offer this option (even when her Vivacite clinic opens later this year) to clients who value their times and privacy.
Personal assessments are done by appointment, which would run for at least one hour.
Interested parties may call 423-57302 or (0920) 823-8976 or email Contact details may change anytime and will be advised.
Replies can be expected within an hour (from 9 AM-6 PM, Mondays to Saturdays).

Lepsortsac and Super Mario power up this July 2017
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Nintendo’s Gameboy was my best friend during my last trimester of pregnancy in 2001.
During that time, handheld games ran on batteries. I would play at night when I couldn’t sleep. I would play Dr. Mario and Hatris until the batteries died! That’s the only time I would sleep.
That said, I can’t wait to get my hands on Lesportsac’s latest collab with Ninentendo. This is adorable.


Working with Nintendo, LeSportsac has taken Super Mario iconic images and translated it into the brand’s bestselling styles, including crossbodys, totes, backpacks, and weekenders, as well as small cosmetic bags and purses.


The LeSportsac x Nintendo collection launches worldwide this July 2017.
In the Philippines, LeSportsac is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc., and is located at Greenbelt 3, Estancia at Capitol Commons, Kiss N Fly Terminal 3, Robinsons Magnolia, and Trinoma.

Legendary bouncer and photographer Sven Marquardt exhibits photographs at Yuchengco Museum
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Sven Marquardt returns to the Philippines for his first solo exhibition of photography in the country.
FUTURE’S PAST is a collection of black and white portraits taken over 30 years in Berlin.

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Sven Marquardt was born in 1962, just a year after the construction of the infamous Berlin Wall. He grew up in East Berlin and got involved in the punk scene during his youth. He ran into trouble with the GDR authorities often enough that soon, he was banned from Mitte, the city’s central district.

Marquardt began his career in photography during the early 1980’s in East Berlin. Photographs taken during the height of his involvement in punk offers an extensive documentation of GDR’s subculture at the time.
After his education as a photographer and camera man, he found a mentor in the person of Helga Paris. Herself a photographer and a social critic, Paris helped him shape his photography and find his own style.

Starting out as camera assistant and later as a fashion photographer, Marquardt found himself immersed in Berlin’s techno club scene, shooting images that capture the heart and soul of the era, of the subculture in which he himself was entrenched.

In addition to his creative portfolio, the name Sven Marquardt is synonymous to Berlin’s most exclusive nightclub, Berghain, where he worked as a doorman for many years.
Berghain saw its popularity rise in the mid-2000s propelled by its notorious exclusivity and strict adherence to great techno music.
A few years after it opened, people dubbed Berghain as the “mecca of techno music”.
The association with Berghain, his photography and his distinct appearance elevated Marquardt into a cult figure in Berlin.

Sven Marquardt has since been travelling around the globe for his exhibitions. He has published several books, worked with established brands and renowned institutions such as the photography school Ostkreuzschule and the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art.

“Future’s Past” is brought to Manila by the Goethe-Institut Philippinen, the German Cultural Center, in partnership with the Yuchengco Museum.
It opens on June 29, 6 to 9 PM at Yuchengco’s Bridgeway Foyer Gallery & Cone Room.
There will be short discussion and Q&A with the artist.
Exhibit runs from June 29 to August 11, 2017 from 10AM – 6PM.

The Yuchengco Museum is at RCBC Plaza corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati
Opening night si free.
Exhibit rates: Php 100 (Regular) / Php 50 (Seniors, Students and PWD)