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Jo Malone’s Basil & Neroli is this season’s must-have scent

One of Jo Malone London’s best seller, Lime Basil and Mandarin is now joined by a new scent, Basil and Neroli. For those who love Lime Basil and Mandarin, the Basil and Neroli is a good addition, as both have basil as a key note.

LONDON LARK. Jo Malone London's newest Lime & Neroli collection

LONDON LARK. Jo Malone London’s newest Basil & Neroli collection

TW_sojo_R33F07-BW_V2aLEAFRETOUCH_Vert_Editorial This latest product from the noted perfume house is set to be part of the Jo Malone London’s permanent collection of 21 fragrances, and will be available at Jo Malone’s Greenbelt 5 store in Makati starting September.

In a big worldwide launch over the summer, Jo Malone London evoked London in the 60s. Called London Lark, the Basil and Neroli introduction put to mind fun and being young, back to the city of Twiggy and mini-skirts, the Beatles and rock n’roll. The event hosted by Debbie Wild, Jo Malone London’s Global Brand Ambassador at the White Space in Makati was full of black and white photos depicting London street scenes and parks in the 60s. That bit of nostalgia is also reflected in the scent and can appeal to mature ladies, at the same time captures the spirit of youth with its “flirty neroli with a delicious wink of basil” .

Created by Master Perfumer Anne Flipo, the top note is Basil, the heart is Neroli and the base is White Musk resulting in a fresh woodsy, citrusy scent. She concocted “a fresh, sophisticated, sensual floral with green accents, Basil and Neroli is stunning in its simplicity.” It can be worn by both ladies and gentlemen and comes in 30 ml and 100 ml sizes, shower oil, body creme, body and hand wash, candle, shampoo and conditioner.


What is Jo Malone’s biggest allure in addition to its distinct smells? Debbie explains, “to us, from the very beginning with the brand, the real seducer is the iconic Jo Malone London box, the scented tissue, the nestled product, the grosgrain ribbon, the beautiful iconic bag — it will never change, our packaging stands as a strong, beautiful image for us.” Jo Malone London also coined the term Scent Surround. It is fragrance that wafts thru the air engulfing the whole room with scent from the hair to the skin, and luscious candles that never loses its smell until its dying embers. Jo Malone London is unabashedly British, and their iconic address at 52 Gloucester Place is home since its first began in 1984.


Claudia Bezza-Yeung’s Santorini Cruise Collection Seaside Debut

By Kingsley Medalla

The Santorini Cruise Collection launch, Claudia Bezza-Yeung’s fifth, held last May in Kandaya Resort in Daanbantayan, was inspired by the Greek island of Santorini. Claudia’s designs exude sophistication, and a touch of Mediterranean charm. The collection features flowing maxi dresses in vibrant colors that mirror the azure waters of the Aegean Sea, lightweight fabrics that effortlessly sway with the ocean breeze, and intricate design that adds a touch of opulence to each piece.

The collection itself is a celebration of summer: mini dresses with headbands and tote bags evoke images of strolls along whitewashed streets. Each piece is carefully crafted to capture the essence of Santorini’s charm.

The color palette of soft pastels like pale blues and pinks, are juxtaposed with bold pops of color, like romantic pinks and vibrant yellows. This combination creates a visually striking contrast that adds depth and interest to each look.

Kandaya Resort, with its breathtaking sunsets and white sand beaches, provides the perfect backdrop for the 55-pieces of beach wear.

“The collection, as with all our pieces, is made from discarded fabric that we source from China and Dubai,” shares designer Claudia Bezza Yeung. “The fabrics for this collection were acquired at different times and were kept in storage since the pandemic, and it was only recently that they all came together with this vision: Santorini! ”

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, this fashion show also serves as an opportunity to showcase Bezza’s talent on an international stage. By collaborating with local artisans and incorporating traditional techniques into her designs, this former model-turned-designer pays homage to Santorini’s rich cultural heritage.

Claudia learned sewing skills from her mother, starting early by dressing up her dolls with fabric scraps. “When I was working and traveling all over the world, I had to decide to carry fewer clothes in my luggage, so I would recycle clothes and customize the ones I already had so they would look different every time.” Soon, she began selling her creations to fellow models.

“I do not sketch. I find it better to manipulate fabrics directly on the body,” Claudia shares. “I sew and drape directly on my body most of the time, and that’s when I get ideas on transforming the dress.

The Santorini Cruise Collection Launch, a Fashion Show on the Beach is not just another runway event but an immersive experience that celebrates both style and culture. Its idyllic setting and stunning designs leave an indelible mark on all fortunate enough to witness it firsthand.

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The First Philippine Terno Gala at the Waterfront

On March 10, 2023, important guests and personalities entered the halls of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino to attend the first Philippine Terno Gala in Cebu brought to you by Cary Santiago.

Photo by Mark Philip Dales

The Philippine Terno Gala’s fashion show showcased couture pieces by world class Filipino designers: Rajo Laurel, Mark Bumgarner, Philip Rodriguez, and Cary Santiago.

The event started with Philip Rodriguez’ daring designs that left the crowd with the need to see more.

Photo by ES Photography

Followed by Rajo Laurel’s contemporary pieces, keeping the ongoing gasps and cheers by the crowd alive to fill the ballroom’s ambiance.

Photo by ES Photography

Next to grace the crowd is Mark Bumgarner’s elegant designs had everyone raising their cameras to capture the admirable pieces.

Photo by ES Photography

To end the fashion show, Cary Santiago left a statement as the runway welcomed stunning designs leaving the crowd in awe.

Photo by Mark Philip Dales

As a surprise to the guests, special rewards were given to the crowd stoppers of the night with special thanks to Dia Gold and Jun Villanel.

Photo by Mark Philip Dales

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino proved once more that they are the premier venue choice for grand events. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino will see you all in their upcoming events as a part of their year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary.

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CEBU KALEIDO: A Night of Fashion and Celebration at Crimson Mactan Resort and Spa

Miranda Konstatinidou’s beautiful beach wear and jewellery worn by her guests at an intimate beach party at Crimson Resort in Mactan. Konplott is Miranda’s luxury fashion accessory brand sold in Europe, worn by fashion icons and celebrities (no, it’s not sold locally) while her exclusive beach wear in silk are fabric designed by her, are also sold in high end resorts around the world. Meanwhile, Crimson Resort in Mactan will officially close temporarily for a makeover as most of their beachfront villas were damaged heavily by last December.s super typhoon Odette. Here’s to a great reopening of Crimson in a few months. (photography by Steffen Billhardt)

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