As featured in BLANC MAGAZINE’S ART ISSUE. It’s 200+ pages of pure awesomeness. A huge shout-out to Josei Ouano Cuizon, Matt Aesthetic, Jerrick Macasocol, Stacy Avila Lloren, and Vandale Dela Bajan for this amazing opportunity.
Photography: Ryann Reyes; Hair and Make Up: George Villamor; Styling and Art Direction: Vandale Dela Bajan; Model: Nicole Young (Stacy’s Exclusive).
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This is a shoot I did with the awesome swimwear line City of Vintage for their latest Summer collection aptly titled Sun Tan. There were two photographers on the shoot, and these were my shots. It was styled by the amazing Vanessa East with Mac VB, the owner of City of Vintage. Make up was done by Isabeau Gomez. And our model was the Russian stunner, Lana Novikova.
It’s been a while since I did this. And I’m really glad Mac liked what I did. This is also one of the most significant shoots for me because of personal reasons. I’m looking forward to doing more shoots like this in the future.
Unlike most of you people, I’m not rich, yet. So sometimes when I buy clothes, I do an age old practice that my mom passed on to me, which I have mastered quite a bit. I do ukay-ukay or thrift shopping. Fortunately, there’s a lot of these stores near my place and I found these babies.
I got this really nice Bass topsider. It’s still in very good condition. And it’s very comfy. It’s even prettier up close. I feel like it’s very “grown up” because I always saw my dad wear this when I was younger. It’s a nice departure from my chucks.
I also got this Lumberjack topsider. It looks really old, but it’s still in very good condition. I think a round of shoe polishing and cleaning will make this less scruffy.
As an avid thrift store shopper, I think I’ve managed to stock my closets chock full of great vintage and thrifted stuff that I wear in my everyday life. It can be a challenge to make a thrifted item look more modern, but I think that’s the fun part of all this. It’s really amazing how much you can get without spending so much money.
Last January 12, 2012, I was invited the launching of Cebu’s first online fashion magazine, BLANC Magazine Online. It was held at Yo.U Restobar in Cebu City. The night comprised of a fashion show, the presentation of the BLANC Staff, the presentation of their first issue and of course, the reveal of their first ever cover. BLANC, as they would like to put it, is an online fashion and art magazine dedicated to the underground youth, the vague and the implicit. Put up together by Cebu’s most artistic and experimental young minds, BLANC is the unconventional probe of the Queen City’s distinct chronicles on the latest in fashion, androgyny, art culture and streetstyle. I’m glad that I was able to contribute to their first issue. I’m really excited to do more for this magazine. It was also a great opportunity for me to meet the members of Cebu Fashion Bloggers, which I myself is a member. I met with old friends, and made new friends as well. For me, it was a great way of putting myself out there. I can’t wait be with them again in future events.
1. Blanc Magazine 2. My favorite looks from the Abstraq Fashion Show 3. The Models 4. Dress by Edward Castro Shoes by Aia Tupas 5. Blanc Covergirl and Queen of Cebu 2011 Bee Urgello 6. With Philip & Eden (Photo by Philip Lapinid) 7. With Mac (Photo by Philip Lapinid) 8. Eden Villarba 9. Gillian Uang 10. Yves Camingue 11. With Chyrel Gomez 12. Blanc-ception 13. Van Dela Bajan & Nicky Roa 14. Patterns, Heels and Rain 15. The fabulous people behind Blanc.
Can you believe I own these amazing books? I almost forgot I had these if it wasn’t for a friend of mine borrowed these a long time ago and retured it to me just now. Better late than never! Anyway, the one on the left is How To Be A Fashion Designer by Marcarena San Martin and the one on the right is Form Fit Fashion by Jay Calderin. These were given to me by my cousin from New York. These are actually books that FIT students use, and I’m lucky enough to have a copy of my own.
I’ve only read half of these, and now I’m glad I can finally finish them. I’ve always been in love with fashion ever since. I just didn’t give it enough time and effort to really persuit it, especially that I took Nursing in college.
Also, this came in with these books as well. I mean, if I want to be a self-taught designer who wants to learn all the technicalities behind fashion design, I think these books will definitely teach me a lot. Now that I have them all back, does this mean I’m actually going to persuit my life long passion for fashion? We’ll see.