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Our Favourite Looks at the Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet

What exactly does “camp” mean?

In the western part of the world, it’s the first Monday of May, and what does that mean? The Met Gala 2019. It’s probably the most-celebrated fashion event every year, and why wouldn’t it be? Everyone who’s invited, from the biggest celebrities, including models and fashion insiders, steps out of their comfort zones and into the most outrageous and extravagant outfits for the night. 

This year’s theme is probably a bit confusing for some; “Camp: Notes on Fashion” seems to be a slippery, hard-to-define concept for those who aren’t so well-versed with the industry. It actually isn’t about embodying a camping trip and arriving in hiking boots and lugging a tent and sleeping bags—no, camp means exaggeration, extra, over-the-top fashion.  

The people on this list (and some) notwithstanding, it seems that the guests didn’t get the memo. (We’re looking at the men dressed in plain black suits, and those who went theme? What theme?, but that’s a story for another day.) Here are our favourite, campiest looks on the red carpet: 

Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer 

Anna Wintour (right) in Chanel and her daughter Bee Shaffer (left) in Alexander McQueen

Celine Dion

Celine Dion in Oscar de la Renta. Photo by Dia Dipasupil

Celine Dion in Oscar de la Renta. Photo by Dia Dipasupil

Ciara

Ciara in Dundas. Photo by Dia Dipasupil

Ciara in Dundas. Photo by Dia Dipasupil

Cardi B

Cardi B in Thom Browne. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

Cardi B in Thom Browne. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano. Photo by Theo Wargo

Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano. Photo by Theo Wargo

Tessa Thompson, Trevor Noah, and Lupita Nyong’o

Tessa Thompson, Trevor Noah, and Lupita Nyong’o (in Versace)Tessa Thompson, Trevor Noah, and Lupita Nyong’o (in Versace). Photo by Mike Coppola

From left to right: Tessa Thompson, Trevor Noah, and Lupita Nyong’o in Versace. Photo by Mike Coppola

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

Dua Lipa. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Photo by Neilson Barnard

Priyanka Chopra  and Nick Jonas. Photo by Neilson Barnard

Halsey

Halsey. Photo by John Shearer

Halsey. Photo by John Shearer

Ezra Miller

Ezra Miller. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

Ezra Miller. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski. Photo by John Shearer

Emily Ratajkowski. Photo by John Shearer

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci. Photo by John Shearer

Saoirse Ronan in Gucci. Photo by John Shearer

Jared Leto

Jared Leto in Gucci. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

Jared Leto in Gucci. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy in Christian Siriano. Photo by Jamie McCarthy

Ryan Murphy in Christian Siriano. Photo by Jamie McCarthy

Florence Welch

Florence Welch. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

Florence Welch. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

What was your favorite look from Met Gala 2019?

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Shoes to Wear for a Safe and Stylish Rainy Season

It’s that time of year where sudden rains and gloomy weather is the norm. Make sure your style is still on point even on rainy days!

It’s that time of year where sudden rains and gloomy weather is the norm. Great news to all: footwear perfect for rain, mud, and puddles have recently dropped in the sneaker market to keep your feet dry and your style points intact!

All-season boots and sneakers

Making its comeback is Keds’ Weatherized collection perfect for the fashion girl who wishes to hit the rainy streets without compromising fashion. The weatherized line features silhouettes that can battle the elements in style. All water and stain repellant, each one with a different look.

 

Try: Keds Scout Trek Splash Canvas. Surprise to all fashion girls, Keds has created the ideal shoes for rain (and sun) ready outfits. Say hello to the Scout Trek, the ultimate wet-weather canvas sneaker treated with weatherproof material, cushioned insole for comfort, and a rugged rubber outsole for grip. This is perfect for those who wants a classic white shoe in their rotation that will not be easily ruined by the weather.

Try: Scout Boot II. This is the best time to graduate from clunky rain boots—that’s why Keds made the sleek Scout Boot. Featuring soft flannel plaid lining and durable rubber bottoms and treated with the all-new Dream Shield™ water and stain repellency coating, these dainty yet rugged boots can really go the distance—collecting compliments all along the way. It comes in matte canvas or twill canvas finish.

Weather Ready Classics

Iconic boat shoe brand Sperry is born from the sea, making it an expert in creating shoes that adapt to both wet and dry environments. Fan favorite silhouettes bundle up to help you to brave the rainy days ahead. Sperry’s Tech fusion lets us go from summer to rainy season and beyond. With Sperry’s Weather Ready product, the change in seasons doesn’t mean you need to change out of your Sperry’s.

Try: Sperry Washable Collection. Sperry’s latest collection of Washable Sneakers is another cutting-edge innovation from the global shoe brand, meant to kiss your worries away about how your shoes can be easily wiped clean after being dirtied from rains or the elements. The Washable sneakers are designed with the all the features we love about the original Sperry Sneaker: removable contoured footbed for comfort, the brand’s signature Wave-Siping outsole for grip, and the iconic sneaker silhouette that we love to wear everywhere. Now, they are outfitted with colorfast and washable nubuck plus lightweight breathable canvas uppers to make shoe care and cleaning your pair hassle-free.

Try: Sperry Weather Ready Collection. Check out Sperry’s Weather-Ready iterations of their classic Striper II and Bahama II silhouettes! The Sperry Striper II Storm Water Proof Chukka features waterproof suede, leather, and wool uppers in a seam-sealed waterproof construction that keeps feet dry. Meanwhile, the Sperry Striper II Storm CVO Duck is made with water-resistant, heavy canvas uppers with a gusseted tongue that protects your feet from the elements. Finally, the brand’s wet-weather appropriate version of the Bahama II Storm Duck Canvas also features heavy-duty duck canvas that keeps water droplets off your
feet!

Wet Weather Adventure

Have travel or adventure plans this season? Keep your trip safe and comfy with all-terrain and all-weather approved footwear from leading outdoor brand Merrell. Be sure to check the weather forecast first before setting off for a hike!

Try: Merrell MOAB Adventure Lace for men is ideal for your next midseason hike. This versatile shoe is equipped with FIT.ECO blended EVA contoured footbed for comfort. The shoe also has the brand’s Vibram® outsole for traction in all weather and temperature conditions.

Try: Merrell Siren Edge Q2 WATERPROOF for women is for the pretty strong lady who won’t be deterred by sudden rains. This waterproof hiker is designed for the way women move, offering support, alignment, and stability. Aside from the weatherized material, it is outfitted with the Q FORM™ 2 insole and midsole technology for comfort.

Easy-to-style Sandals

For those on the lookout for chic alternatives to the pambahay slipper to wear outdoors when it’s pouring, below are safer, more durable and trendier options to cop for the wetter days ahead.

Try: Merrell Choprock Strap sandals for men. Ride the outdoor fashion trend that’s currently everywhere! For days spent on trails around water, this hiking sandal is packed with materials that dryout fast, have strong grip on slick terrain (Vibram® Megagrip™ outsole), and protect your feet from debris.

Try: Merrell Siren Strap Q2. Designed for wet adventures and the go-getters, this comfortable strap-in is engineered with the active woman in mind, offering support, alignment, and gender-specific stability. It sports waterproof nubuck and webbing upper, and the Merrell In-Board Compression molded EVA footframe provides cushioning making it a safe choice for all-day getaways.

Try: Skechers Merlin-Rosney for men. Treat your feet right with warmth from the comfort and sporty style of the SKECHERS Gambix – Rosney sandal. It features a leather-textured synthetic upper in a sporty casual comfort adjustable slide sandal with cushioned comfort footbed.

Try: Skechers Nextwave Ultra for women. Catch a crest of cushioned comfort with a surf-ready sporty style in the Skechers On the GO Nextwave Ultra sandal. It is designed with soft flexible jelly material with ombre color design in a thong sandal silhoutter Goga Mat® footbed and ULTRA GO™ cushioned sole.

Rain gear

Pair any of your wet-weather essentials with another season must-have: jackets. Whether you’re bracing against cold breeze or simply want protection from light rains, these jackets are perfect for you.

 

Try: No Fear Saul Biker Jacket, No Fear Preston Hoodie Jacket, or No Fear Stephan – Bomber Jacket. No Fear’s signature badass style now comes with a seasonal twist. Featuring windbreaker type material and water resistant finish, the Saul Biker jacket is a great addition to any casual outfit. Meanwhile, those who wish to keep warm can try the Preston Hoodie or Stephan Bomber jacket to shield the body from the elements.

 

 

 

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Strut Your Best Airport Looks at Mactan-Cebu International Airport’s Terminal 2

We brought in creations from some of Cebu’s top fashion designers, and juxtaposed them against the gorgeous architectural details of Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2.

This story is taken from our archives. Originally published in Zee Digital Vol. 1

We at Zee decided that the best way to celebrate Terminal 2 is by pairing it with other Cebu talents.
In a special preview of the airport, we brought in creations from some of Cebu’s top fashion designers, and juxtaposed them against the gorgeous architectural details of Mactan Cebu International Airport’s Terminal 2.

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Blogger Carlo Villarica Recommends Cebu’s Top Clothing Brands

With a blog and brand named after the provinceís dial code, Carlo Villarica is one who appreciates our local cultural identity. Here, he names five brands to check out, each representing a different facet of what Cebu has to offer.

By Carlo Villarica
Originally published in Zee Digital Vol. 1

With a blog and brand named after the province’s dial code, Carlo Villarica is one who appreciates our local cultural identity. Here, he names five brands to check out, each representing a different facet of what Cebu has to offer.

As a means of expression, the clothes you wear can say plenty. What is important to you? What are your interests? What are you passionate about? What community do you belong to? A good brand is more than just clothes, it represents a way of living, a lifestyle.

When you buy from brand that represent a culture—not only will you feel good for purchasing, you acknowledge who you are. You aren’t a soulless zombie trudging along to the latest sale looking for deals. You aren’t out looking for trends. You care about what you put on your body. You care about what it represents. You care about the people A behind the brand. You care because you are a real person with real interests and real passions—and you want the clothes you wear to show that.

Cebu has always had local brands born out of strong communities. They represent a culture and lifestyle that is not for everybody, and thatís exactly how they like it.

AFRAME SURF COMPANY

photography GIA MAYOLA

Cebu is home to one of the premier surf brands in the Philippines, Aframe Surf Company. Not only do they produce premium apparel, accessories and bamboo glasses, but they also handcraft beautiful surfboards. If youíve every surfed in Siargao, chances are you have come
across one of their boards.

Talamban, Mandaue City
Open from 9:00 Am to 5:00 AM everyday

DEADWAYS

photography KYLA ESTOYA

Every city needs a brand that represents the streets. Fortunately, Cebu has that in the form of Deadways. But it is more than just grit and grime that sets this lifestyle brand apart. Mantras like “dream chasers,” “fear is the enemy,” “death will kill you once, fear will kill over and over,” these all embody a hustle that any urban dweller can relate to.

271-A Rahmann Ext., Gorordo Avenue,
Cebu City
Open from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM everyday

STRAP

photography GIA MAYOLA

Take a drive in the wee hours of the evening, take a look at the dark corners illuminated by just a street light—you’ll see skaters everywhere. It makes sense that Cebu has its very own skate brand in Strap. Rooted in skate culture, Strap is the brand of choice for skaters all around
Cebu.

69 V. Ranudo St., Cebu City
Open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM everyday

ZEROTHREETWO

I’ll acknowledge a little bias here. I own Zerothreetwo, but to write a list that features local brands without mentioning our little brand seems like a huge oversight.

For those who have spent time on our shores, organized countless afternoons island hopping, driven up Busay for late night drinking sessions, hung out with friends at the mall because air conditioning—you have every right to call Cebu your home. Zerothreetwo is for those who truly know Cebu.

zerothreetwo.com

THE GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD

photography GIA MAYOLA

Last on the list isn’t a clothing brand. The Good Neighborhood is a store that features many other brands that deserve a spot on this list. Cebu is home to many brands trying to make a name for themselves. Visit the store, you never know what you might discover.

91-C Esmero St., Capitol Site, Cebu City
Open from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM from
Mondays to Saturdays

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