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The three must-have additions for a more luxurious home

A house can be in an enviable location or have the most stunning architecture, but it’s quality furniture that will make you feel truly at home.

Add a dash of class to your abode with DEDON’s 2016 collection. From iconic new loungers to sculptural side tables and more, discover outdoor living at its most luxurious.

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MBRACE by Sebastian Herkner

DEDON MBrace in Spice

DEDON MBrace in Spice

DEDON_MBRACE_Setting_Lounge_Rocking_Wing_chair_webMBRACE takes a joyfully unconventional approach to outdoor furniture, bringing DEDON Fiber seating and a solid teak base together for the very first time. The result is an eye-catching, instantly likable collection of chairs — wingback, lounger, rocker and optional footstool — that captures the spirit of barefoot luxury while extending the DEDON design language into new, more Nordic territory.

Conceived by one of Europe’s most talked-about young design talents, Sebastian Herkner of Germany, MBRACE fully lives up to the welcoming gesture invoked by its name. One experiences a warm, secure, cocooning feeling when being embraced by the chair’s extra-wide back, especially after a cool dip in the pool. Herkner designed the seat to be invitingly comfortable even late in the season, after MBRACE’s luxurious seat cushions have been stored away.

One of the collection’s most distinctive features is an open, mesh-like triaxial weave consisting of three different fibers, each with its own profile and color. Working in close collaboration with world-renowned colorist Giulio Ridolfo, Herkner and DEDON developed three unique colorways for the collection
— Spice, Pepper and Atlantic. With their resonances of travel, trade and adventure, the colorways perfectly support Herkner’s aim of addressing the wide, international audience of DEDON, including “young and sophisticated explorers”.

From beautiful Capitone to comfortable weaving, MBRACE comes with optional cushion sets for every taste. By bringing solid teak and DEDON fiber together, expressing subtle but joyful new colorways and — let’s not forget! — bringing rocking chairs to the poolside, this captivating collection opens new possibilities for creating the outdoor living room of your dreams. Get embraced!

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PORCINI by Lorenza Bozzoli

DEDON Porcini

DEDON Porcini

DEDON_PORCINI_side-table_marrone_webThe right accessory can bring a new dimension to any outdoor living room, adding a subtle twist, enriching the material mix and helping to complete the overall atmosphere. But what exactly is the right accessory? It has to be beautiful, of course. It has to be interesting. And it ought to be unexpected. In other words, the right accessory for almost any outdoor setting is PORCINI, by Lorenza Bozzoli.

Named after the beloved Italian mushrooms it casually resembles, PORCINI is a collection of sculptural side tables as practical and versatile as it is delightful to the eye. Available in three heights, two different base styles and two elegant colorways, the side tables integrate with any DEDON collection and make the strongest impression when displayed together in a mix of shapes and sizes.

All versions of PORCINI come with a tabletop of rich, smooth, scratch-proof, shock-resistant ceramic in a choice of Black or Taupe. The woven base, available for all three heights, comes in dark Marrone (for the Black top) or lighter Carrara (for the Taupe top). The all-ceramic base, available only in the short and medium heights, also comes in a choice of Marrone or Carrara.

While the all-ceramic version shows off PORCINI’s organic, sculptural form to full effect, the woven version presents an eye-catching mix of colors, materials and textures. In addition to DEDON Fiber, the masterful weave incorporates ropes of carefully selected, tone-on-tone and shiny yarns, woven in Italy exclusively for DEDON by one of the world’s leading traditional marine-rope weavers.

As artful and irresistibly charming as they may be, the PORCINI sides tables are also useful, offering sturdy tabletop-space at a variety of heights. The short, squat version even features its a hidden basket, perfect for storing towels or protecting personal items from direct sunlight. So what are you waiting for?
Plant PORCINI and bring a whole new dimension to your outdoor living room.

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TIGMI by Jean-Marie Massaud

DEDON Tigmi

DEDON Tigmi

DEDON_TIGMI_Setting_01_webEvery so often, DEDON introduces a signature piece of furniture with the power to change the way we think about outdoor living. Now, in the tradition of the ORBIT rotating sunbed and NESTREST hanging lounger, comes TIGMI by Jean-Marie Massaud. Merging sofa and shelter into a new typology, aesthetically satisfying and supremely comfortable, TIGMI brings people together outdoors as never before.

The sofa structure underlying TIGMI is uncommonly wide and deep. Able to accommodate several adults with ease, it doubles as a daybed, sleeping two in intimate comfort. But TIGMI is at its best when paired with its matching woven roof (optional). A remarkably unified piece of microarchitecture, it offers the sense of being indoors and outdoors at once, recalling the relaxing atmosphere of a shaded bower.

Hand-woven by DEDON’s master weavers in an open, semi-transparent style, TIGMI’s roof evokes the improvised, thatched palm covering of a palapa or beach hut. As light and shadows play across the interior, users are transported to a holiday state of mind, as if gathered together at the beach bar of a rustic resort. Enclosed on three sides, TIGMI establishes a shared viewpoint that reinforces this communal experience.
One of the most comfortable pieces DEDON has ever created, TIGMI features two layers of cushioning all around—a thick outer layer covered in special waterproof fabric and a pillowy inner layer (the one that touches the skin) in DEDON’s luxuriously soft outdoor upholstery. The lightweight inner layer can be easily removed and stored, while the quick-dry layer underneath can stay outdoors. The convenience of the two- layer cushion concept is matched by the ‘no tools’ roof-attachment system.

Named for a Berber word meaning both “house” and “shadows,” TIGMI by Jean-Marie Massaud represents a unique combination of sofa and shelter, cosiness and communality, comfort and convenience. An icon in the making, it’s the next in a line of DEDON signature pieces that are changing the way we experience life outdoors.

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Fort Bonifacio Global City
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To see the full collections, visit www.dedon.de.

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Cebuano Haute Couture Shines at 2021 Cebu Wedding Expo

Photography by Rene Amodia

Forever at Soltana

by Allain Dumon Fonte

Soltana Nature Residences host the grandest wedding destination expo for 2021. In their grandiose Events at Soltana venue, wedding suppliers, event coordinators, events stylists, fashion designers, and exhibitors gathered to showcase their best to excited couples and clients.  The grand expo was opened by the Chairperson of Lapu Lapu City’s Tourism Commission and first lady of this historic resort city, Madam Cynthia Cindy King Chan; she was with city counselor, Hon.  Queenie Malingin Amman; Taft Properties COO and Vice President, Myra Lynn Gilig; Taft Properties CFO, Feliz Tiukenhoy; and Mr. Justin Gaisano of Taft Properties. 

Philip Rodriguez

To set the event’s mood, AD models Kevin Lahousse and Gingie Alducente acted as newlyweds joining the expo and leading the guests to the exhibitors’ booths.  Yet, the highlight of the event was the glamorous fashion show set in the world’s most visited wedding destinations, as the mannequins of AD models paraded the haute couture creations of Cebu’s A-list fashion designers.

Dexter Alazas

The show was opened by Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry-Amman, wearing a bridal gown designed by Hanz Coquilla.  Her wedding mood was the historic streets and sceneries of Vigan, Philippines.  Coquilla created a Filipiniana-inspired bridal dress with perfectly constructed butterfly sleeves, exquisitely clean lines, and masterfully crafted bias skirt of balanced cones and flows.  Valerie Alvez showcased a bridal dress made of vintage Chantilly lace.  Alvez proved her skills in manipulating laces to be impeccable; the bow detail at the back added glamour to the dress, exuding luxury to the bride wearing Alvez’s masterpiece.  Wendell Quisido set her wedding theme to the dreamy beaches of Ipanema; and as her model glided on the runway, everyone in the audience dropped their jaws to the intricately detailed bridal dress that Quisido made. Quisido designed a bustier dress with well-balanced panels that wonderfully fitted the model’s figure; but what made Quisido’s dress jaw-dropping are the countless Swarovski crystals that covered the dress.  Dexter Alazas joined the fashion show with a 1920’s inspired wedding dress of vintage tulle and embroidered in the decade’s popular baroque patterns.  Alazas has shown the wonders of working with delicate fabrics and the opulence of vintage embroidery patterns.

Wendell Quisido

Valerie Alvez

The fashions show also brought us to the rich sceneries of Mallorca, Spain with Ren Manabat’s three-tiered wedding dress.  The labor-intensive layers upon layers of soft English tulle made Manabat’s artwork stand out, among others.  Another head turner is a dress that was carefully planned and architecturally constructed, the bridal gown designed by Protacio.  Protacio has obviously studied well which fabrics to use and how each fabric is sewn to the other to create an illusion of nudeness under layers of vintage Italian mesh. The dress was architecturally constructed like the Burj Khalifa where every piece sits perfectly with each other in harmony and balance.  Fashion connoisseur Marichu Tan-Geson created an extremely detailed bodice lined with Swarovski crystals, and a skirt made from layers of dotted soft English tulle.  Tan-Geson’s manipulation techniques on the soft tulle and how she delicately draped every layer of the tulle upon the other is interesting and intriguing.  With a work of art as beautiful as that, I could say that Tan-Geson is the Madame Gres of Cebu fashion.  The show ended with a groom and a bride wearing a 19th century English-inspired wedding ensemble by master couturier, Philip Rodriguez.  Rodriguez has proven once again his artistry and expertise in fashion by creating an empire-waist gown with ruffled sleeves made from dotted Italian mesh of 100% silk and vintage silk taffeta.  Rodriguez presented a truly elegant wedding dress; lesser on the intricacy but more on the richness of the materials being used.  The rarity of Rodriguez’s fabrics already makes his dress worthy to a MET gala exhibition. 

Ren Manabat

Protacio Empaces

Philip Rodriguez

The models wore the timeless and recherche jewelry collections from Royal Gem to match the bridal dresses of the featured designers.  Every jewelry piece is made to complement a woman who loves fashion and whose self-awareness dictates her own style.  From green sapphires to yellow diamonds, every jewelry piece is stunning.  No wonder why socialite and fashion icon, Heart Evangelista, loves and promotes Royal Gem. All models are wearing Shandar bridal footwear.

Philip Rodriguez

Marichu Tan-Geson

Hanz Coquilla

The Grand Wedding Destination Expo at the Events at Soltana will run until the 24th of May 2021 with exciting activities:  a maquillage session with Jessie Glova, a bridal make-up competition and show, a financial literacy session for new couples, a talk on real estate investments, a session  with Rod Bautista and Eddie Jamin from the Centerpiece Weddings and Events about wedding destinations in Cebu and the new norms in wedding celebrations, and a whole lot more of raffle prizes from Plantation Bar Resort and Spa, Solea Mactan Resort, Savoy Hotel Mactan, and others.

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CEBU’S GALLERY OF ROUGE: Mistress of Disinfo, Vixen of Vexation and the Duchess of Disorder

Ogle La La
By Alexandra Fortabat de Hermès

Cebu’s own Lady Whistledown is back after a long hiatus and talks about the naughty ones who comprise the initial #TroubleTrifecta, three ladies who you may or may not know…

It’s been eight years since someone’s picked up this particular (jewel-encrusted) quill so thought it rather apropos to begin sharpening those French-manicured talons and polishing our sardonic wits once again. After all — dear amigas — there is only so much Netflix one can watch, or peloton one can engage in, or caviar-topped foie to prepare, while we’ve all been locked down in our kubôs for well over a year!

To be sure the last twelve months have been a rollercoaster of emotions, a carousel of follies and a series of blunders that have reversed decades of growth resulting in historical levels of unemployment while a very few have been channeling  Winston Churchill’s adage of “never waste a good crisis” a bit too much. While we can go on and on about the bungled and disastrous government response, we will limit our political commentaries here as we have no interest – nor inclination — to open that rather voluminous Pandora’s box. 

The armoires that we will explore will belong to three types of our island’s “alta” sociedad who – in this last revolution around the sun – made us cringe and bust out many tubs of popcorn through their sheer audacity, lack of sensitivity, and overall dopiness.  This –  ladies (and lady wannabes) – is therefore the debut edition of the  #TroubleTrifecta.

The first is that amiga who, by choice or plain predilection, just cannot keep her facts straight.  Let’s call her Mistress of Disinfo coz one simply cannot trust what comes out of her well-lined lips or read from her often convoluted (and run-on) status updates. In this age of ubiquitous and nearly instantaneous information and the proliferation of fake news, the least one can do is check the veracity of what one puts out in the social media realm.  As with anything else, quality is key!

The next Vixen of Vexation is that overbearing arriviste who is desperate to bowdlerize her courtesanal past by plastering her obviously enhanced and Gluta-enabled mug on every surface (and platform) known to modern man.  This self-proclaimed Madame Multiverse is quick to brandish her (dubious) accomplishments, has an affinity for B (or C?) rated actors and milks her closeness to certain members of the Old Guard.   In her perpetual quest for legitimacy and acceptance by the upper echelons, perhaps this Señorita aspirant should heed the advice of  Malcolm Forbes when he declared: “How to Succeed: Try Hard Enough; How to Fail: Try Too Hard.”

Our last Duchess of Disorder is definitely NOT the least in this Gallery of Rouge and has actually been the source of not just consternation but of many a disruption – and not in a good way.  This Soaper Woman is so-called due to her propensity to air out all her filthy lavada to anyone who will listen or bother to read her IG stories. Besides giving any Grammar Nazi a massive coronary, this Fräulein of Fracas has been known to commit acts of arson, has no qualms of engaging in online character assassinations AND seems to have a never-ending bevy of skeletons that are constantly feasting in her many closets. 

Ladies, please!  While we have to admit that we derive a certain guilty pleasure from your virtual explosions and implosions, they do get very prosaic – very quickly.  Discretion, like intelligence and proper manners, truly never goes out of style.

So there you have it folks. These tumultuous times we live in certainly do not need any more brouhaha so  please remember to be precise, don’t try too hard and always maintain a  certain sense of delicadeza. Not only will your lives be simpler and more pleasurable but maybe, just maybe, you may finally crack that clique that you’ve been clawing your way to be a part of.  

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New Year’s Eve Dressing for 2020

What’s an ideal New Year’s Eve soirée outfit? Three of Cebu’s young fashion designers share their suggestions for the ladies on how to ring in the year 2020 in style…

“Holiday dressing is all about sheer skin and comfort. A silver gray palazzo jumpsuit with sheer lace cut-outs is in order.” -Mikhail Achas, Fashion Designer

“Holiday dressing is all about clean lines and sophistication. A tailored blacked tea dress with godet insertions will totally give out a modern vibe with a toast to the 50s.” -Bree Esplanada, Fashion Designer

“I chose this design because it is so comfy and light. The raffles make it look elegant and versatile for different events, like awarding ceremonies or a New Year’s Eve party.” -Eve Navales, Fashion Designer

 

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Something to watch out for this year from these young designers will be their collection exclusively designed for the cast of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues for V-Day Cebu 2020, which will be staged in March. For more information, visit the Facebook page V-Day Cebu.

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