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These are the Spring-Summer 2018 Items on Our Wishlist

Now that spring has sprung, our wardrobes are getting makeovers of their own. Check out our top picks from the Spring-Summer 2018 collections.

Spring has sprung, and summer has come! That means we can switch up our wardrobe for one that’s fit for warmer weather. In this part of the world, that means we can actually wear the current fashion trends in the country!

There are so many amazing items in the market this season, but here are some of our favorites from the different Spring-Summer 2018 collections.

Jimmy Choo x OFF-WHITE

SS18 Collection

The collaboration between these two brands came as a surprise to the fashion-savvy folks, especially to those who are purveyors of haute couture. 

Under the creative direction of Sandra Choi, the elegance of Jimmy Choo takes a leftfield swerve and unites with Virgil Abloh’s cult fashion label Off-White™, bringing together a fresh aesthetic to luxury footwear.

Twenty years since her passing, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, makes for the most modern muse for the Off-White™ Spring-Summer 2018 collection whilst also being one of the first Jimmy Choo devotees. 

A wake-up call for classicists, the nine shoe silhouettes complement the ready-to wear looks that celebrate the Princess’ style, imbued with Abloh’s aesthetic that will speak to 2018’s tastemakers. 

Jessica SS18 Collection

This season, JESSICA looks to the natural world for inspirations, incorporating unique patterns from the vibrant nature, particularly that of plants, flowers, fruits, and the ocean into the Spring-Summer 2018 collection.

Trendy fashion items are sweetened up with romantic pastel shades, oozing a fairylike whimsical vibe, while premium fabrications are adorned with artisanal embroidery and embellishments. 

With the summer season in full swing, it is time for resort vacations or romantic voyages. JESSICA’s designer extends her fantasy of the tropical forest and the endless ocean into the summer collection, creating playful patterns of seashells, seahorses, ferns, and water plants in the shades of jade and blue.

Burberry Belt Bag

Defined by key elements from Burberry’s trench coats, the bag’s shape is influenced by the contours of the lapel and soft movements of the classic gabardine fabric, and features an oversized trench-inspired belt.

The March collection includes styles in a range of eleven colours including clash of two and tri-tone combinations. Each bag features a contrast-coloured lining and an additional belt.

For the May collection, a small-sized Belt Bag in a range of nine colours and a clutch in two sizes – medium and large – will join the collection. The medium and large Belt Bag will be available in new colours and fabrics, including a combination of canvas and leather. Each bag will come with a tonal or contrasting belt.

Events

BVLGARI in Cebu

May 10 – Cebu City  |  Step inside a world of opulence where gold shimmers and diamonds sparkle. BVLGARI, the renowned Italian luxury brand, is celebrated for its exquisite gemstone jewelry, thin watches, perfumes, and leather goods. With a legacy dating back to 1884, BVLGARI has become synonymous with elegance and craftsmanship. The newest BVLGARI boutique opened last week at the sparkling The Mall at Nustar Resort and Casino, fast becoming the shopping destination for discerning consumers.

Eva Gullas, Jeffrey Hang, Jaja Chiongbian-Rama and Butch Carungay

Jeffrey Hang, BVLGARI’s Regional Marketing Director for South East Asia, flew in from Singapore to welcome guests. “We are happy to unveil BVLGARI to the Cebu market. This is the company’s 140th year, and BVLGARI celebrates this landmark with the Aeterna High Jewelry Collection in Rome this coming May 20, attended by all our global ambassadors like Zendaya and Black Pink” Jeffrey shares with us. The collection will be available in SE Asia later in the year and in the Philippines at the end of the year.

Leading the ribbon cutting was Joseph Muñoz (commercial director of Bulgari Philippines, Jeffry Hang (regional marketing director of Bulgari South East Asian operations, Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey (Bulgari Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015), Allan Teo (chief operating officer of NUSTAR Resort and Casino and May Adolfo (mall director of NUSTAR Cebu).

Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey, BVLGARI’s local Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015

Sheila Osmeña-Go and Jaja Chiongbian-Rama

Spotted at the event was Joseph Muñoz, Commercial Director of Bulgari Philippines escorting Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey, BVLGARI’s local Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015, Allan Teo, Chief Operating Officer of NUSTAR Resort and Casino, Howard Go, Summit Media’s CEO and his wife, Cebuana Sheila Osmeña-Go as well as some of Cebu’s young fashionable set like Claudia Bezza Yeung, Marjay Ramirez, and Danessa Onglatco.

May Adolfo, Danessa Onglatco, Marjay Ramirez and Claudia Bezza-Yeung

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The Qipao As Interpreted by Innovative Filipino Designers: PHILIP RODRIGUEZ

The Qipao, an iconic symbol of Chinese fashion, takes center stage as we celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Wood Dragon. This singular closely-fitted garment crafted from the most opulent silks originated in 1920’s Shanghai. ZEE fashion editor Oj Hofer, has sought the creative insights of some of the Philippines’ most innovative designers for their interpretation of the elegant Qipao, also known as Cheongsam.

Cebu’s esteemed designer, Philip Rodriguez, pays homage to imperial attire with this stunning yellow silk brocade qipao. While adhering to the traditional cheongsam silhouette, Rodriguez infuses a touch of sensuality by incorporating see-through silk tulle panels along the waistline. Known for his timeless designs and culturally respectful creations, Rodriguez’s attention to detail is unparalleled. His embellishments are intricate and exquisite, showcasing impeccable taste and luxurious design without veering into ostentation. Take, for instance, his cheongsam for the Year of the Dragon. While it may seem daring compared to traditional sensibilities, Rodriguez maintains elegance by delicately veiling the wearer’s skin with sheer tulle on the cutout side panels. The front slit of the dress is cautiously calculated to strike the perfect balance between modesty and allure “I design for women who possess sophistication beyond their years, “ Philip emphasizes. “My clothes are crafted to evoke a sense of beauty and allure, leaving her feeling exquisite and confident.” As a seasoned designer, Rodriguez consistently achieves harmony in his designs. His qipao for 2024 seamlessly blends elements of royalty and sensuality, luxury and practicality, reflecting his mastery of the craft and his ability to create pieces that are truly elegant and well-balance.

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The Qipao As Interpreted by Innovative Filipino Designers: JC BUENDIA

The Qipao, an iconic symbol of Chinese fashion, takes center stage as we celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Wood Dragon. This singular closely-fitted garment crafted from the most opulent silks originated in 1920’s Shanghai. ZEE fashion editor Oj Hofer, has sought the creative insights of some of the Philippines’ most innovative designers for their interpretation of the elegant Qipao, also known as Cheongsam.

JC Buendia, celebrated for his ability to tell a million style stories through minimalist details, is a master of clean, chic lines in fashion. Eschewing frivolity and nonsensical embellishments, every element of his designs contributes to their overall elegance.

Inspired by cinematic portrayals of Chinoiserie, Buendia’s first fascination with the Qipao began with Gloria Romero’s iconic portrayal of a Chinese princess disguised as a ‘sampan’ girl in the 1957 film “Hong Kong Holiday.”

“This admiration for orientalalia only deepened as I watched films like “The Last Emperor” and “In The Mood For Love,” JC recalls.

Buendia’s latest creation is a testament to this cinematic influence. His interpretation of the Qipao for the Year of the Wood Dragon features a cropped top crafted from silk Dupioni, embellished with diamond brooches on the reverse closure for a touch of glamour. Paired with a tea-length bouffant skirt made from frothy layers of delicate tulle, the ensemble exudes sophistication and timeless elegance.

With meticulous attention to detail and a keen eye for design, JC Buendia’s Qipao captures the essence of cinematic glamour while offering a contemporary twist on a classic silhouette. It’s a tribute to the enduring allure of Chinoiserie and the timeless beauty of the Cheongsam.

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