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Zee Fashion Finds: A Chic Sale

For two days, on Wednesday and Thursday, September 5 and 6, the historic Rizal Library Building in Osmena Boulevard at the heart of Cebu City, will be transformed into a hub of activities as Zee Lifestyle magazine celebrates its September Issue with Zee Fashion Forward, a series of events all centered on fashionable pursuits.

For two days, on Wednesday and Thursday, September 5 and 6, the historic Rizal Library Building in Osmena Boulevard at the heart of Cebu City, will be transformed into a hub of activities as Zee Lifestyle magazine celebrates its September Issue with Zee Fashion Forward, a series of events all centered on fashionable pursuits.

Fun shopping is the heart of Fashion Finds at the Rizal Library Ballroom, where branded pieces from some of the most fashionable personalities in Cebu will go on sale. With clothes, sunglasses, signature handbags and shoes from various eras, Fashion Finds gives shoppers the chance to breathe new life into old favorites. Part of the proceeds from the two-day sale will benefit the Rizal Library, the Beautiful Cebu Movement Foundation and other charities, making retail therapy an indulgence that isn’t so guilty.

Zee Lifestyle magazine have been collecting these items and the three ladies from the Wicked Sisters are curating them to a chic rummage sale for Cebu’s stylish set. The inventory includes dresses from Vera Wang, Armani, BCBG, Diane Von Furstenberg and blouses from Prada and Jil Sander, shoes from Tod’s and Gucci bags, Marni fashion accessories, and sunglasses from Gucci, Dior, Tom Ford and many more.

Hot collections from Cebu’s fashion sources like Gladys Young, Loida Montesclaros, Cherie Miller, Noreen Tseng, Rere Dakay and Butch Carungay’s Avatar will also be on sale. For refreshments, a bistro-café by David’s Restaurant will be onsite for shoppers who need to take a breather. Other activities include a movie screening from Alliance Francaise where viewers can have open discussion over Martini and popcorn, as well as Jewelmer’s Pearl Talks over high tea.

The two-day event is made possible by Tresemme and Samsung, and is open to the public from 10am to 6pm on September 5 and 6. Purchase of a Zee Lifestyle magazine on-site serves as the entrance fee, which will include access to the Zee Fashion Finds, and refreshments, as well as the exhibit at the Rizal Library Museum featuring Furne One’s work and gown entries from Zee Lifestyle’s Shades of Grès design competition. From 10am to 1pm, students can enter the fair for free upon presentation of a valid school ID.

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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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