I had the opportunity to visit Filipino fashion designer Rajo Laurel’s beautiful office/atelier/showroom yesterday afternoon. Rajo is one of the Philippines’ most established designers. This man has dressed countless Filipino socialites, celebrities, etc… pretty much the who’s who of Manila.
One of the things I love most about my country is that you can practically visit any local designer and have something made (without buying off the rack) to your liking and your size. Think of it as having your own mini-”couture” experience (sketches, fittings and all) without the stratospheric price tags and thousands of hours of labour.
(btw the shirt is from Filippa K which I wore to go there…so ignore that. haha)
I wanted a few things made to match that sequined Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket I recently got. It’s funny how I’ve known him for a few years now and this is the first time he’s doing something for me. Here’s little video of Rajo in action. Ignore our voices please, especially mine. Baklang bakla talaga! LOL
Speaking of bags, I love this oversized Issey Miyake Pleats Please tote! Soo cute!
(BTW, to my guardian angel in NYC, Mike D., when you have the time, will you please check how much those Marc by Marc balloon trousers are? I forgot to buy them in HK and I assume it's gonna be cheaper there in NYC…I couldn't find them online. :-( Whenever you can please, no rush…)
What’s a trip overseas without making new gay friends? I love them gays! I really do. Most of my real-life friends (HUWATTT FRIENDS ?!?!?!) are often married geriatrics, and worse, married geriatrics WITH KIDS. Because of this, I sometimes forget that I’m a young gay person. HUWATTTT YOUNG GAY PERSON? Haha. JK.
ANYHOO. Johannes and Kenneth invited me for lunch at Yung Kee restaurant, famous (apparently) for its roasted goose. No we didn’t eat dog or baby pigeons, don’t be silly. Click click click!
I had the honor and pleasure of speaking to various Chinese magazine editors (YanBing Zeng who is Vogue China's chic Managing Editor, Cosmopolitan China's Fashion Editor – Abby Bi, Miriam Zhang of Oggi in Shanghai, Sunny Zhu, Editor of Para Life and the lovely and super friendly Mocca Ling, the Assistant Fashion Editor of In Style China who I bumped into at the Marc by Marc Jacobs store in Landmark.
I visited the Marc Jacobs mainline store the other day to pick (as in BORROW ala Tinsley Mortimer) clothes to wear for the show. They arrived in my hotel room 30 minutes before call time packed neatly in a big white bag.
Just for fun, click click click for a wee bit of fashion drama! Be sure to read it. It's hilarious! I swear to god, I am SO gonna be nice to celebrities now because of this 'experience'. Haha!
I know I have like 30 blog entries to post before I hit the sack but allow me to indulge in a moment of self-reflection.
God I love my job. I really do. I love, love, love, LOVE my blogging 'career'. Blogging opened a lot of doors and made a ton of my dreams possible. I'm not even gonna bother enumerating all of them because it's a long list. It's such a nice – no – GREAT – feeling to have the opportunity that I have and I consider myself truly, truly, TRULY tremendously blessed and I'm super grateful for everything that came my way.
Call me shallow if you must but I'm so happy right now. I'm currently here in Hong Kong, staying at a very fabulous hotel, meeting all these friendly and fantastic people (I got interviewed by 6 publications earlier), playing with luxurious clothes and beautiful accessories I could only dream of having (even if I don't get to keep them haha!!!!!!). Does it get better than this? I honestly cannot ask for anything more. (LIES HAHAHA). Just kidding.
No, seriously. I'm in cloud nine! Thank YOU so much for ALL the wonderful people in my life who make everything possible. You know who you are.
In any case, I really should do this more often, no? (this is where YOU, my future corporate sponsors, will come in handy – I'm just a plane ride away… haha)