In a time when everyone is advocating effortless chic, choose to go in another direction—with rich patterns, decadent jewelry and tailored pieces that recall a time when dressing up wasn’t just admired; it was expected.
Silver leather jacket, black and white geometric pattern dress shirt, scarf, black trousers and bag, all from RAOUL
Niya wears a golden tassled evening gown by JUN ESCARIO. All accessories from JEWELMER. Rafael wears tuxedo suit by JC BUENDIA.
Rafael wears a blue suit by M BARRETO. Gingham shirt from ZARA. Niya wears a rust ball skirt and crepe turtleneck jersey top by JUN ESCARIO.
From the Swan collection: earrings with two golden South Sea pearls set in 18-karat yellow gold from Jewelmer. A pearl strand necklace with 369 golden South Sea pearls from Jewelmer. A pearl strand necklace with 42 golden South Sea pearls from Jewelmer.
Niya wears an orange and black houndstooth coat and silk top over a black wool skirt with zipper detail, all from RAOUL. Her accessories: A pearl strand necklace with 93 white South Sea pearls from Jewelmer. From the Rosone collection: a ring with a white South Sea pearl set with diamonds in 18-karat white gold from Jewelmer.
Niya wears a rust ball skirt and crepe turtleneck jersey top by JUN ESCARIO.
Niya wears a vintage lace little black dress, shoulder bag and shoes all from TORY BURCH.
Red leather gloves, stylist’s own. A pearl strand necklace with 369 golden South Sea pearls from Jewelmer.
Niya wears a gray wool coat with a beaded collar, an embellished gray dress, and shoulder bag from TORY BURCH, neckpiece by JUN ESCARIO.
Emerald green tunic dress with leather detail and green leather flats from RAOUL. Bag from TORY BURCH. From the Lautitia collection: Ostrea ring with a white South Sea pearl set with 12.75 carat diamonds in 18-karat white gold from Jewelmer.
From the Rosone collection: earrings with two white South Sea pearls set with 1.65 carat diamonds in 18-karat white gold from Jewelmer.
Blue leather tailored top and knee-length skirt, and shoes, all from TORY BURCH.
Niya wears a handmade leather jacket with knit sleeves, orange silk top, silk scarf and white trousers, all from HERMÉS. Earrings and watch from BULGARI. Rafael wears printed cotton shirt, rust colored scarf and shorts, all from HERMÉS. Watch from Bulgari.
Rafael wears a blue cotton shirt from TYLER. Dark gray jacket by JC Buendia.
Rafael wears a blue suit by M BARRETO. Gingham shirt from ZARA.
- creative direction Melo Esguerra
- photography Gonzalo Mena
- styling Charmagne Palermo and Vanessa Johnson
- hair and makeup Eric Maningat
- models Rafael and Niya of Elite Manila
- locale Makati Shangri-La, Manila
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.
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.
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.
Followed by Rajo Laurel’s contemporary pieces, keeping the ongoing gasps and cheers by the crowd alive to fill the ballroom’s ambiance.
Next to grace the crowd is Mark Bumgarner’s elegant designs had everyone raising their cameras to capture the admirable pieces.
To end the fashion show, Cary Santiago left a statement as the runway welcomed stunning designs leaving the crowd in awe.
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.
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.
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)