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Shades of Grès: A Fashion Design Competition

ZEE Lifestyle Magazine pays tribute to legendary French neoclassical couturiere Alix Grès through this fashion design competition open to all designers and aspiring designers whose clothes have not yet been photographed and published in its fashion editorial pages.



ZEE Lifestyle Magazine pays tribute to legendary French neoclassical couturiere Alix Grès through this fashion design competition open to all designers and aspiring designers whose clothes have not yet been photographed and published in its fashion editorial pages.

Recreate the drape and dynamism of the clothes crafted by Madame Grès in your own designs to become one of the featured designers in the fashion pages. The cover girl for the October Fashion issue will be wearing your winning piece.


Channeling the drape and dynamism of the iconic jersey dresses created by Alix Grès. Designers recreate the fluidity of her creations while making the clothes wearable today.



  • Winning garment on the cover of Zee’s 2012 Oct. Issue, “Luxury”
  • Prominent feature in Zee’s 2012 October Issue fashion editorial
  • Php 10,000 in cash
  • PhP 20,000 worth of scholarship from Fashion Institute of Design & Arts (FIDA) in Cebu.
  • More prizes to be announced.


  • One Page feature in Zee’s 2012 October Issue fashion editorial.



  • Design Innovation 40%
  • Relevance to Theme 40%
  • Photos Previous Works 20%


  • Previous Garment 30%
  • Knowledge in Technical Construction 30 %
  • Personality 20%
  • Vision 20%

Garments (FINALS)

  • Construction/Finishing 30%
  • Wear-ability” 30%
  • Adherence to the Concept 20%
  • Photogenic Appeal 20%


a. UNPUBLISHED Only designers whose garments have not been photographed and published in the fashion editorial pages of ZEE are allowed to join.

i. Designers whose garments have been published as collaterals for fashion shows under the events pages can join.
ii. Designers whose designs have been published as fashion illustrations and not as photographs can join.
Designers whose clothes have been featured in pages of ZEE Magazine other than the fashion editorial spreads can join.

b. AGE Aspiring and professional designers of any age can join the competition.

i. Designers below the age of eighteen must submit a letter of consent from their parent/legal guardian along with their application.

c. GENDER Aspiring and professional designers of any gender are allowed to enter the competition.


i. Aspiring designers or sewers or anyone interested in fashion who are not yet working professionally as fashion designers but who have produced at least 3 garments that they designed themselves.
ii. Fashion Design students who don’t have dress shops or factories but who have produced at least three garments that they designed themselves.
iii. Any creative person who wants to be featured in the fashion editorial who has produced three garments of his own design.

e. REGION Only designers from Visayas and Mindanao are allowed to enter the competition

i. This includes designers who are currently living in the regions, were born in the
regions, have a permanent address in the regions.

a. NO. OF ENTRIES Designers are only allowed two (2) sketches as entries into the competition.

i. In the event that a designer submits more than two (2) entries, the first two (2) entries reviewed by the judges will be qualified, while the rest will be disregarded.
ii. Both sketches must be submitted in the same packet via email or hard copy.

b. DIMENSIONS Designers must submit their sketches (online or a hardcopy) on a Sketch Sheet with dimensions: 8.5″x13″ (long size bondpaper)
c. COLOR Sketches submitted online and through a hard copy must be rendered in full color.

i. For hard copy submission- actual swatches of all fabrics used measuring 1-½ inches by 3 inches per fabric should be attached to the Concept Sheet not on the Sketch Sheet.
ii. For soft copy submission- fabric swatches of all fabrics used measuring 1-½ inches by 3 inches per fabric should be scanned and pasted on the Concept Sheet, not on the Sketch Sheet.

e. ILLUSTRATOR Designers may use an illustrator and are not required to sketch their garments themselves but must indicate that they have done so at the bottom right of the Sketch Sheet.
f. SIGNATURES AND DESCRIPTIONS Designers must not sign the sketches or add descriptive marks on the submitted Sketch Sheet.
g. PARAPHERNALIA Paraphernalia attached to the Sketch Sheet are prohibited and can be a basis for disqualification.

a. Dimensions are
b. Should have an image of the inspirational garment from Madame Grès.
c. Should contain detailed description of the design.

i. Description of additional fabrics used other than jersey.
ii. Description of techniques and special skills that will be used to produce the
iii. Description of embellishment if any is used.
iv. Description of accessories if any are used

a. SUBMISSION Application forms must be downloaded from HERE or acquired from the ZEE office and submitted with Sketch Sheet and Concept Sheet. Entry packets should be submitted via email at shadesofgres@res210.servconfig.com or physically at the ZEE Cebu office.

v. ENTRY PACKET CONTENT: Submitted packets should contain 3 sheets namely: the Sketch Sheet, Concept Sheet, and official Application Form.
a. TIME AND DATE Time and date of interview of top six finalists will be set by Zee LifestyleMagazine and must be strictly followed.

i. CEBU Finalist in Cebu will be interview first on DAY1
ii. OUT OF TOWN Out of town finalist will be interviewed on DAY2
iii.TRANSPORATION Zee will not shoulder transportation expense for this stage of the competition.

1. Cebu-based finalists who cannot make it on their interview date will automatically be disqualified. A new finalist from the waitlist will be picked and interviewed the following day.
2. Out-of-town based finalists will be given a grace period of one day only provided that they advise the organizers of their inability to travel ahead of time.
3. Waitlisted contestants who make it to the top six finalists may receive the cash allotment for fabrics, materials and production a day later but the same deadline of delivery of finished garments apply.

b. SAMPLES OF DESIGNED GARMENTS Semifinalists must bring a garment that they had
previously designed and created.

i. Designers must bring garment that they designed themselves and that they either
produced themselves or supervised during production.

1. Deconstructed garments from ready-to-wear and other designers are
2. Refurbished pieces from old garments are prohibited.

a. SUBMISSIONS Designers are to produce two garments out of the 5 thousand pesos that they have been provided and submit them for final judging.
b. FABRICS Seventy percent of the fabric used in both garments must be jersey.

i. ADDITIONAL MATERIALS Designers are allowed to purchase additional materials
beyond the Php 5,000 given to them but the costs will not be refurbished by ZEE.

1. OTHER MATERIALS Beads, feathers, metal, etc. are permissible only as accesories.

ii. ACCESSORIES Designers may provide accessories for the garment, but will
not be considered as part of the garment.

1. HATS AND HEADGEAR Hats and headgear made out of the primary fabric will be considered as part of the garment and will be judged as such.

iii. COLOR Designers are allowed to use any color in their garments.

1. DYING Coloring or dying fabric is permissible.

c. OWNERSHIP The winning garments are the property of participating designers. However, they will be kept by ZEE for the fittings, pictorials and launch of the Fashion Issue and will be returned after the event.

i. REPRODUCTION Loalde reserves the right to reproduce the design under any of its design labels but will credit the designer accordingly in press releases and sale pitches. ( WE HAVEN’T CONFIRMED LOALDE YET)

d. CONSTRUCTION Garments may or may not be sewn by the designer him/herself but he has to prove at least 75 % participation in its actual construction.

i. The designer may utilize a seamstress/tailor for the garments however; he has to overlook the production himself.
ii. As proof of his participation in the actual production of his designs, the designer
should present any one of the following during the final judging.

1. Patterns he drafted.
2. Toile or mock-up muslins.
3. Documentation such as a photographs or videos.

Download the application form


37 Years of High Fashion; Arcy Gayatin leaves a Legacy of Edginess and Elegance

Arcy Gayatin: A Legacy of Luxury in Fabrication


By:  Allain Dumon Fonte 


The brand Arcy Gayatin gave the Queen City of the South a distinct reputation in the fashion industry.  The fashion line of Arcy Gayatin sets the bar higher each year for clothing luxury and fabrication techniques.


April Duenas, Nikki Gayatin and Arielle Gayatin for Arcy Gayatin—Photos by John Paul Autor from Lifestyle Inquirer.net


Araceli “Arcy” Ancajas Gayatin is the daughter Galileo Ancajas and Remedios Zanoria Ancajas who founded Cebu’s home brand, Gal’s Bakery.  Arcy went to the University of San Carlos and studied Political Science.  And just like Dr. Muccia Prada, who completed her Ph.D. in Political Science and established the luxury line of Prada, Arcy also got in touch with her artistic side and started her own fashion line.  However, it was not Prada that influenced Arcy.  Arcy was introduced to fashion and tailoring at a very young age by her mother, Madame Remedios Anacajas whom they dearly call Mama Eme.  Mama Eme was running a tailoring business back then.  It was called Arabel; named after Arcy and her sister Belma.  Ara from Araceli and Bel from Belma.  In those years, Arcy was fascinated by fabrics and was intrigued by how to manipulate the fabrics to come up with fashion-forward designs without compromising comfort and taste.


Arcy Gayatin (photo grabbed from Space Philippines Blog Spot)


After 37 years of creating haute couture pieces for the most fashionable personalities in the Philippines, Arcy Gayatin is now laying down her sketchpads and pens to rest.  As she enjoys her retirement, may be on a cruise to the Bahamas or a holiday to the Swiss Alps, Arcy Gayatin has left the fashion industry a legacy of elegant and edgy clothing ensembles that understand and define the shape of women; without compromising comfort and good taste.


Arcy Gayatin’s Pink Flamingo collection                                               Arcy Gayatin’s Sketch on a Terno


To salute the lady who brought Cebu fashion to the world, a retrospective exhibition of Arcy’s incomparable masterpieces can be seen today at Ayala Center Cebu’s The Gallery; curated by fashion editor and writer, Clint Holton Potestas, and interior and fashion designer, Jul Oliva.


BALANCE.  Arcy Gayatin is known for her perfect symmetrical lines when fabricating.  She knows how to balance edginess and class; understanding well the strength and the finesse of a woman.


RHYTHM.  Arcy’s expertise in draping and fabric manipulation can be seen in how she achieves rhythm between architectural lines and soft fabrics like silk and cashmere.


TEXTURE.  With her thorough knowledge on fabrics, Arcy Gayatin has achieved the perfection of fabrication by working on different types of fabrics and creating a single piece of art out of them. 


HARMONY.  The simplicity of the silhouette plus the intricacy of the details create a wonderful harmony, making Arcy Gayatin’s design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.


The photos below show an up-close look at the intricacy and the exquisite craftsmanship of Arcy Gayatin’s fabrication techniques:


THE SPIDER WEB:  one of Arcy’s genius fabrication techniques.


MATCH and PATCH:  Arcy’s unique fabrication craft by patching layers of different types of lace and lace patterns


PLEATS: The perfection of symmetry in pleats on silk.


LA ROSE BLEUE:  U.P. student, Danielle Alessandra Deutsch, inspired by the artistry of Arcy Gayatin, designed this midnight blue dress.   The cabbage rose made from layers of silk organdy gave this evening ensemble a romantic appeal.

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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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