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The minaudière, a small case for a woman’s personal objects often carried as a handbag, has crossed from being an essential part of an evening wardrobe to becoming the most stylish accessory for dressed-up daywear and cocktail clothes.

The minaudière, a small case for a woman’s personal objects often carried as a handbag, has crossed from being an essential part of an evening wardrobe to becoming the most stylish accessory for dressed-up daywear and cocktail clothes.

Invented by Charles Arpels of Van Cleef Arpels in the 1930’s after observing Florence Gould, an American patron of the arts, toss several small loose makeup items into a tin box, the minaudière has re-emerged as the perfect addition to this season’s solid hues.

Jersey shift dress with shoulder drape from Arcy Gayatin. Lariat of wooden beads with recycled accent. Snakeskin minaudière with checkered shell inlay

Jersey dress and gauze robe with coral cutwork from Chiaroscuro Summer 2012. Minaudière with lacquered dried leaves.

Stretch twill suit with fish appliqué from Chiaroscuro Summer 2012. Bone necklaces with recycled abaca cubes. Snakeskin minaudière with black-lip shell chips.

Jersey blouson dress from Chiaroscuro Summer 2012. Bone-bead lariat belt. Mother of Pearl and woven brass minaudière.

Matte jersey T-dress and crepe de chine scarf from Chiaroscuro Summer 2012. Bangles-and-balls wood bracelets. Minaudière with lacquered onion peel.

Purple apron top of woven wood beads and Philippine Dupione silk wrap pants from Chiaroscuro Summer 2012. Wooden lariat necklace and bangles. Minaudière with lacquered seeds and wood closure. Footwear by Monica Fig

Silk jersey slide dress by Jun Escario. Lariat belt of wooden bead. Dotted shell minaudière with snakeskin trim.

  • photography Joseph Ong
  • model Apriel Smith (OZAR Models)
  • make up artist Gari Son
  • assistant make up artist Julia Gorgonia
  • fashion stylist Roxanne Imboy
  • fashion assistant Kiko Kintanar
  • accessories by Christine Kintanar (EarthWorks)
  • minaudières by M for Marjorie, Paris
  • locale Plantation Bay Resort and Spa


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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