Earlier this year, the formidable Suzy Menkes contacted me to participate on this year’s International New York Times Luxury Conference at the Capella Resort in Sentosa Island, Singapore. The theme focused on luxury’s new frontier — South East Asia. I’m really glad I went. It’s my first time to attend Suzy’s annual luxury conferences and boy I learned a lot. I loved Wen Zhou’s (Phillip Lim’s CEO) humor! Although my session was quite light (it was a Q&A) compared to other key speakers, some complete with powerpoint presentations, I must say my nerves got the best of me. It’s not every day that I get to speak in front of over 500 luxury executives! Before my session started, I spent about four hours sitting on the front row watching other speakers with my partner-in-crime in Singapore, Anna Sui. I wanted to go to the bathroom so bad to do number one. However, because the event is being filmed, taped and livestreamed, I didn’t want to stand up and be taped walking out of the room so I held it together.
Because it’s a conference and not fashion month (when everyone looks like a Christmas tree), I ditched the usual accessories and went for this gold flower pin from David Thomas’ collaboration with Jason of Beverly Hills called “Gentleman”.
After a grueling, eight-day trip in Singapore and the Philippines, I’m finally back at my shoebox of an apartment in New York. It’s nice to be home. Home sweet home as they say.
It was also nice to see all my loved ones in Manila. I know they went through that mammoth of a typhoon Haiyan a few weeks ago but everyone I know was spared. I’m super lucky, not to mention grateful, that they’re all safe, sane and sound. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who survived (and lost lives) such a gut-wrenching tragedy. If there’s anything to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, I’m genuinely thankful that my family and friends are well.
Who went from New York to Milan, Paris to Los Angeles (for thirty six hours) then Paris again during fashion month? I did! For a good reason — I went to my first Teen Vogue Young Hollywood event and boy I had lots of fun! Check out this fun video with my friend Andrew the morning before the amazing party.
Click HERE to view photos from the event!
What happens in Santiago… will be shared online soon.
Yesterday night belonged to Giorgio Armani. Actually, scratch that. October 24, as decreed by Mayor Bloomberg, is Giorgio Armani Day in New York City. I spent most part of my evening at his “One Night Only” event, featuring a retrospective of his Privé collections on a runway show and an exhibit called “Eccentrico“. I’ll share more photos on a separate blog post. Still gobsmacked how Mr. A’s team transformed the massive SuperPiers into a really chic venue. No detail was spared, from the carpeting to the scent wafting in the air! Yesterday night was definitely a night to remember. Bravo!
Photos of Roberta Armani, Hilary Swank, Stephen Dorff, Naomi Watts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Renee Zellweger, Coco Rocha, Erin O’Connor, Olivia Palermo, Giovanna Battaglia and Natalie Joos after the jump! Click click click!
In preparation for this Thursday’s major Giorgio Armani “One Night Only New York” festivities and the launch of “Eccentrico” exhibition, I went to the Armani Fifth Avenue flagship boutique to select an outfit for the event. As always, I love the attentive service at the store. I also went upstairs to Armani Ristorante, something I’ve never done before, for a little post-shopping aperitivo situation. LOVED the Armani Martini. Delicious.
To learn more about the upcoming Armani extravaganza in New York City, go to www.armani.com/LIVE.
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Phone: 1 (212) 339-5950
Gisele. GISELE! The term “supermodel” does get thrown around loosely but IMO, Gisele Bundchen, aka “GB”, aka “Number One”, is the last supermodel in my books. I had the pleasure of working with the most beautiful woman in the world for two days last week and boy oh boy, this one is for the books.
As y’all know, I extended in Paris for a few days after fashion week. One day, I got an email from my beloved agent to go to a casting. Nine years of blogging and I’ve never gone to a casting before so naturally I was nervous. I’m no model. I didn’t know what to expect! But, like a trooper, I showed up right on the dot, answered a few questions in front of a camera and within three minutes, done and done. A week later, I got called in to take part in a two-day shoot. I was on set for sixteen hours on the first day.
Trust me, I wish I could tell you all about it. I’m bound to keep my silence until it comes out. NEXT YEAR. For now, why don’t you enjoy Gisele’s supremacy and ferociousness, courtesy of this old Vogue Italia video…
Gisele is EVERYTHING!!!!!
My friends at Valentino recently sent me what I think is the ultimate must-have this season — the “My Own Code” bag. It’s a lovely clutch with a foldover clutch and a handle. What makes the bag extra chic is the fact that you can have your initials stamped on the handle — available at select Valentino boutiques worldwide. I’m all about personalization. In this day and age of everyone can pretty much get anything, having something monogrammed with your initials is what makes it truly and only yours.
Sunglasses by Saint Laurent Paris, sweater by 3.1 Phillip Lim, trousers from Just Cavalli, sandals by Kris Van Assche, bag by Valentino, watch and bracelet by Cartier