Topshop and Topman launched their Spring Summer 2014 Collection recently at their store at the Ayala Center Cebu. The shopping party brought together the city’s hip, cool and young crowd who enjoyed an evening filled with the latest eye-catching fashion, exclusive gifts, sweet and savory treats, free flowing drinks and electro dance music spun live by top DJ Marlon Orellano.
In attendance were executives from Topman and Topshop Philippines headed by Group Brand Manager Sharon Ugot. “Ever since Topshop opened in Cebu in 2007, we have received such a warm response from the Cebu market and at the same time a growing demand to bring in the men’s line, especially with the men of today being increasingly adventurous when it comes to dressing up. The opening of Topman late last year addressed the need for more fashionable options for men”
Two individuals who embody the Topshop and Topman ideals are top, influential Philippine fashion bloggers Lissa Kahayon and David Guison with tens of thousands of followers across different social media platforms. David embodies the young, hip and high-street style, which Topman is known for around the world. Lissa is famous for her cool girl aesthetic, mixing styles and often ahead of the trend just like Topshop. Both are style setters and independent making them a perfect fit for Topshop and Topman. Lissa and David joined the other style-savvy Cebuanos at the party, dishing out fashion tips and their takes on the latest trends.
To mark the arrival of their latest collection, Topshop raffled off a shopping spree to some of the party’s guests. Lady luck shone on Samantha Benitez, KD Syiaco- Tiu and Sarrita Pimentel while other shoppers received exclusive Topshop notebooks. Everyone was seen having an incredible time as drinks, hors d’ oeuvres, good music and warm company continued to flow throughout the night.
Topshop started in 1964 and has become a shopping institution with more than 300 stores across the UK and over 140 stores in international territories. Known for up-to-the-minute affordable style, its brave and irreverent approach has endeared the brand to fashion-conscious shoppers and industry insiders alike, all of whom delight in the store’s cult status whilst enjoying its accessibility and buzzy atmosphere.
Topman has earned its sartorial stripes with an unswerving, energetic approach to producing truly exciting high-street men’s fashion. Driving trends forward while shifting the way men approach shopping, its attitude to creating brilliant, affordable and authoritative menswear is second to none. Topman caters to a diverse crowd ranging from the trend conscious, bright-young-things; the man who wants to top-up his wardrobe with essential basics and classic fashion staples to sub-cultural groups largely driven by the music scene.
Topshop and Topman are owned and operated by Robinsons Specialty Stores Inc., a subsidiary of Robinsons Retails Holdings, Inc. Topshop and Topman are located at Level 1, Ayala Center Cebu. Get the latest style updates through Topshop and Topman’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/topshopphilippines and www.facebook.com/topmanphilippines. Follow Topshop/Topman on Twitter and Instagram @Topshop_PH and TopmanPH.
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)