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7:02 am

When Models Had Personality

11/06/2013, Fashion and Style, Models, Naomi Campbell

Naomi, Linda, Kristen and Cindy! This video of Naomi Campbell hanging out with her fellow supermodel mates in a hotel room is pure gold. Watch!

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11:51 pm

2013 AAFA American Image Awards

20/05/2013, Current Affairs, Dsquared2, Fashion and Style, Louis Leeman, Rebecca Minkoff

Special congratulations to the lovely Rebecca Minkoff for winning the 2013 American Apparel Footwear Association (AAFA) American Image Awards Designer of the Year!

Uri Minkoff, Rebecca Minkoff, Bryanboy and Alyssa Miller at 2013 AAFA Image Awards
Rebecca Minkoff at 2013 AAFA American Image Awards

On me: Jacket, trousers by DSquared2, shoes by Louis Leeman, bag by Rebecca Minkoff

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2:14 pm

Tête-à-tête With Francisco Costa

20/05/2013, Calvin Klein, Fashion and Style, Francisco Costa, Savannah

Oh Francisco! I had a lovely time catching up with Calvin Klein Collection’s Womenswear Creative Director Francisco Costa in Savannah. Francisco is this year’s recipient of the Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award by the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Bryanboy and Francisco Costa at Andaz Hotel, Savannah Georgia

Bryanboy: A lot of young people go into fashion design with the dream of one day pursuing their own label. Considering your path, would it be ideal to contribute to the work of existing designers or focus on developing themselves as a brand?

Francisco Costa: They have to focus on developing their own personality and then everything will fall into place. When I ended up at Calvin Klein, I felt like this is an ideal situation because it is a brand with so much strength and I really try to bring what I like in combination with what Calvin did. I feel very blessed to have such a structure under me, but I’m also very nurturing to young students.

For instance, I had somebody that I hired temporarily who was an architecture major and had no idea what fashion was. So I said, “come work for us and see how you like it.” He showed interest. After awhile, I hooked him up with this one organization which held an international contest. Next thing you know, he was one of the participants and he ended up becoming very successful with it. Then he came to me after winning the contest and asked me what he should do next. I said, I don’t know, go open your own business because I felt like it’s the right time. This is a guy who has a lot of talent. But then again, maybe he is young enough and he could explore. Every experience is individual, right?

I’ve been working for a long time. Andre Leon-Talley came to me a long time ago, when I used to work for Gucci. I was in London and he asked me, “why don’t you open your own business?” I said, “Andre, I am truly happy.” I made a conscious decision not to. I could have done something, I could have played, I could have. But in retrospect, I am extremely happy.

Bryan: Speaking of Gucci… Tom Ford is known for his va-va-voom, high-octane, glamazon aesthetic whereas Calvin Klein Collection is the polar opposite — pure, luxurious, modern American sportswear. How did you refine your aesthetic considering the differences between the two brands?

Francisco: Interestingly enough, what Tom Ford did was really based on Calvin’s aesthetic. All the advertisements, the imagery, the sexiness — they were all very, very strong and very Calvin in many ways. So I don’t think that was a challenge so much because, you know, we are talking about the same thing.

The primary challenge for me was, as the business grew bigger and bigger, after it was sold it went from $700 million to $8 billion, the company exploded into so many different areas. The challenge for me is to keep that flame of the collection genuine and really protect it. So whatever it is that we are doing has to have a true essence and not just an essence, but a personality that wouldn’t be mixed up with all the other products in other categories.

Bryan: That’s another question for me — how do you bridge Calvin Klein Collection, your collection, which is very architectural, pure, modern and very technical whereas whereas the general public’s perception of Calvin Klein the brand? You have sexy, you have provocative, you have underwear, you have fragrance… how do you bridge the two?

Francisco: It’s all about securing that high-level position. A brand can actually exist both in high-end and low-end categories. It’s seamless. It’s totally seamless. If you think of the Calvin Klein lifestyle, you get it. A woman is able to explore both ends of the spectrum. One can have extraordinary clothes, very fine clothes while at the same time, have a lifestyle that’s cool. The juxtaposition is very modern. A cool woman goes shopping and mixes it all up today. I think that’s the most exciting part because it reflects independence.

Bryan: You’re one of the very few designers who actually push new fabrics, new, modern techniques in fabrics. What’s your relationship with fabric?

Francisco: I love fabrics! That’s the most organic part of designing because its tactile and you have to be part of the development. For example, for Fall/Winter 2013, it took me three years to get certain mills to agree to develop the same kind of fabric. Because you buy cashmere from one mill, you buy suiting fabric from another, you buy this from another, so you have to make them agree to make the same thing at the same time. It’s very costly for these people to change their techniques and what have you. A lot of fabrics for fall, for instance, those are actually woven and not cut-out.

I could have achieved that by cutting and boiling but I didn’t. It thrills me to be experimental — this is how you learn about the essence of fabric. Experimentation triggers fabric mills to create other things and further their development. It’s the same experimentation that would be seen two, even three seasons later. It’s all a great exercise.

Bryan: Do you start your design process with fabric itself or do you conceptualize shapes and silhouettes before deciding which fabric to choose?

Francisco: It goes both ways. A collection starts with an idea and could take up to years to materialize. And then all of sudden, you saw something on the street that inspires you and feels really relevant and it’s just this is the way to go. The design process comes in very different forms but ultimately, fabric is really the catalyst for a collection to work or not.

Bryan: If your next ten years of work could be described into one word, what would it be?

Francisco: In one word?

Bryan: Go on…

Francisco: I think it’s… I could give you three words (both laugh)

Bryan: Three is good!

Francisco: I think what I do is, you know, essentially provocative, strong and current and strong in many ways. If it had to be described in one word, I would have to say having a pulse. Pulse, pulse.

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10:26 am

Brace Yourself

20/05/2013, Accessories, Fashion and Style, Saint Laurent Paris, Shopping

I’m deeply in love with this chic, gold-plated bracelet from Saint Laurent. I don’t know what it is but I’m currently obsessed with touches of gold lately. Just a teeny, weeny, slight Midas touch. I think it has something to do with a recent trip to Home Depot to find the right shade of gold to paint certain things in my apartment.

Saint Laurent Paris gold and leather bracelet
Saint Laurent Paris bracelet

Click HERE to buy or for more information.

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6:50 pm

SCAD 2013 Graduates Fashion Show Livestream

18/05/2013, Fashion and Style

Don’t forget — tune in at 8PM Eastern Time to watch the prestigious SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Fashion show.

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10:10 pm

The Daphne

14/05/2013, Accessories, Fashion and Style, Handbags, Jason Wu, Shopping

Two seasons ago, my friend Jason Wu gifted me with my very own Daphne Bag in a rich, cherry red color. It’s become one of my favorite and most practical bags. I really love how you can turn this shoulder bag into a really elegant clutch by just tucking in the straps. It’s very roomy and the leather is oh so buttery soft and smooth. Despite its compact size, it fits all my essentials. How chic is this version, in pastel mint?

Jason Wu Daphne bag
Mint leather Jason Wu Daphne shoulder bag

Available at Net-a-Porter. Click HERE to buy or for more information.

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1:10 pm

Pink Magnolia x Disney, Mexico City

14/05/2013, Disney, Fashion and Style, Mexico City

Pink Magnolia, a youthful brand targeted to teenage girls in Mexico founded by Paola and Pamela Wong, recently invited me to Mexico City as one of their guests. Their runway show, styled by New York stylist Keegan Singh, featured their collaboration with Disney. Many of the runway pieces featured prints incorporated with the iconic image of Minnie Mouse. Overall, it was a fun, flirty and cute collection.

The very entrepreneurial Wong sisters were incredibly kind and generous. They showed Queenie and I an amazing time in their city. Being with them made me miss my own sisters back in the Philippines.

Opening look, faux fur hoodie by Pink Magnolia Mexico
Final Walkthrough of Pink Magnolia Fall Winter 2013 show
Minnie Mouse and Paola Wong at Pink Magnolia Runway show
Paola Wong, Minnie Mouse and Bryanboy backstage at Pink Magnolia runway show, Mexico City
Queenie and Bryanboy at Pink Magnolia after show dinner at Mexsi Bocu Mexico City
Altamira's Craig Arend, BFA's Leandro Justen at Mexsi Bocu, Mexico City
Pink Magnolia dinner at Mexsi Bocu, Mexico City
Pink Magnolia showroom in Mexico City
Patricia Wong at Pink Magnolia showroom in Mexico City
Minnie Mouse shoe prints by Pink Magnolia
Minnie Mouse head prints by Pink Magnolia
Black skirt by Pink Magnolia x Disney
Lipstick print by Pink Magnolia
Costume jewelry by Pink Magnolia Mexico City
Pink Magnolia showroom wall

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11:41 pm

Get Scattered: Isaac Mizrahi and Betty Halbreich

02/05/2013, Fashion and Style

Bergdorf Goodman shared this exclusive video of a conversation between 85-year old Personal Shopper Betty Halbreich and Isaac Mizrahi. This is a bonus clip with the two of them discussing questions from Bergdorf Goodman twitter followers. Be sure to watch the documentary Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (which btw, was a good read), debuting this Friday in theaters across New York City and Los Angeles.

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11:06 am

Uniqlo Lifewear Fall Winter 2013

01/05/2013, Fall Winter 2013, Fashion and Style, Uniqlo

Uniqlo’s Design Director Naoki Takizawa hosted a lovely breakfast yesterday morning at Industria Studios to present the latest Lifewear 2013 fall/winter collection. My beloved Nicola Formichetti styled and grouped the collection in different projects featuring Uniqlo’s cool classics — Heattech, Ultra Light Down, Fleece, Silk, Cashmere, Cotton Flannel and Ultra Stretch Jeans. I’m a HUGE fan of Uniqlo — I stockpile their cashmeres so imagine the delight when I saw the colorblocked cashmere sweaters. I also love how they combined multiple plaid prints in a single flannel shirt. Don’t get me started with the fluffy, cotton candy-esque pastel fishnet wigaloo situation; that’s a DIY project waiting to happen.

Uniqlo Lifewear logo
Uniqlo Lifewear presentation floor
Some looks from Uniqlo Lifewear fall winter 2013 presentation in New York
Uniqlo Lifewear fall winter 2013 cashmere sweaters
Uniqlo cashmere sweaters fall winter 2013
Uniqlo white shirts and floral headpieces

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10:26 pm

Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry Baselworld 2013

27/04/2013, Accessories, Basel, Calvin Klein, Current Affairs, Fashion and Style, Jewelry, Watches

Greetings from Basel! Calvin Klein flew me to Switzerland as one of their guests for this year’s BaselWorld exhibition. To those of you who are not familiar of BaselWorld, it’s the biggest watch and jewelry fair in the world. It’s my first time to attend the fair. Don’t be misled by the word ‘fair’ though. BaselWorld 2013 was set up to resemble a giant shopping mall with some of the biggest watch and jewelry brands setting up conceptualized “booths” that looked like their actual retail stores. It was a no-expense-barred event and it was fascinating to see what everyone came up with.

It was lovely reuniting with familiar and friendly faces in addition to the Calvin Klein team and Executives: my ultra chic friend Lily Kwong flew in from Gabon, Laura Burdese, Calvin Klein tumblr contributor Hanneli Mustaparta and Ulrich Grimm who is the Creative Director of both Men’s & Women’s Shoes and Accessories. Rita Ora performed at the celebratory party in the evening and my beloved DJ Mike Nouveau spinned at the festivities.

The new Calvin Klein watches and jewelry collection features clean lines and characteristic curved metal surfaces. Some of the highlights from the 2013 line include the ck dress watch, the unisex ck eager timepiece, the ck classic watch that has been newly redesigned for 2013 and ck undulate, a key jewelry offering for the season including two pendant necklaces, rings and delicate earrings that showcase sleek and rounded shapes. Overall, the new collection can be described as sleek, elegant and ultra functional. Totally in synch with the brand’s modern and minimalist DNA. Very Calvin Klein.

On me: Jacket, top, shorts all by Calvin Klein spring/summer 2013 menswear

Calvin Klein watches and jewelry Baselworld 2013
Bryanboy, Lily Kwong and Laura Burdese at Baselworld 2013

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