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Rustan’s Welcomes Summer With New LOTUS Collection

Summer is right around the corner and the pressure of looking for outfits for your upcoming summer travels is building as the season rapidly approaches. The worry ends with the launching of Rustan’s new collection as they prepare summer for all the ladies out there. The upmarket department store introduced the latest edition to their collection of resorts wear through their private label, LOTUS, last March 21, 2019 at Rustan’s Ayala Center Cebu.

LOTUS is a resorts wear label created by Rustan’s that offers stylish and contemporary designs of clothing and accessories that are perfectly made for the summer season.

“LOTUS is for summer travel, holidays at the beach and anywhere the sun takes you,” says Paolo Tantoco, Rustan Commercial Corporation’s administration manager, in his welcoming address during the launch of the collection. “It is inspired by the ocean, the sun and the sky and the bright and fresh season of summer,” he adds. The collection features vibrant colors and garments that would surely complement not only the hot summer weather, but also the warm breeze of the nights by the beach.

Pia Regala-Hebron, the fashion designer behind the creation of the designs for Lady Rustan, has once again worked with Rustan’s in the new collection of fashionable outfits and accessories that are created for summer wear.

“I would like to congratulate the very talented designer, Miss Pia Hebron,” says Paolo during his speech as an acknowledgement to the designer. “We are extremely lucky to have Pia as a member of our Rustan’s family,” he adds.

During the launch, Rustan’s prepared various activities and a mini fashion show for the guests. The fashion show showcased some of the designs in their label, featuring summer and beachy vibes to their designs. Some of the clothes and the accessories featured in the fashion show were Although the designs were sported by young beautiful ladies during the fashion show, the label caters to all women who wants to enjoy the summer in a fashionable way. “Pia meticulously selects her prints, fabrics and designs with all you ladies in mind,” Paolo describes how she works with her designs.

At the launch, he announced that they are proud to launch their new label in Cebu, a place close to his and his family’s hearts. “Dina (his wife) and I have many dear friends in Cebu and they are what we know Cebuanos to be. They are intelligent, creative, hospitable and they have impeccable style and taste,” Paolo explains. “What better place for us to launch this proudly Filipino and vibrant brand in the beautiful and cheerful island of Cebu,” he adds.

LOTUS is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Alabang Town Center, Rustan’s Cebu and Rustan’s Gateway. Be summer ready and don’t forget to visit the 2nd level of Rustan’s, Ayala Center Cebu at the Women’s Department to get yourself cool summer outfits created by LOTUS. With the variety of choices available, surely there is one that suits the taste for every lady out there.


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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