Brian Leyva, RIP
Filipino designer Brian Leyva passed away this morning.
According a mutual friend, he was mugged on Monday night after going to the gym and his
attacker shot him in the head.
For an iPhone.
Brian (along with other Filipino designers) was commissioned by Ballet Philippines to dress Barbie for an auction benefit recently.
This isn't the first time a Filipino fashion designer suffered a tragic, violent death. Some of you might remember what happened to Ernest Santiago, Mel Vergel de Dios and Caloy Badidoy.
RIP, Brian Leyva.
photos via: google images, facebook
Upper East Restaurant
There's quite a bit of internet buzz surrounding Upper East, a new restaurant in Manila.
Check out their website. For curiosity's sake, I'd like to know who's responsible for the incredibly hilarious write up.
"A word to the wise: UPPER EAST is not for those sans chutzpah and those unwilling to pay for the price for a taste of New York style."
"Just don't expect to dine whenever you want to."
"After all, UPPER EAST is not always open for business. We close our doors when we want to, and we certainly won't wait around for guests who, frankly, need to get a move on. No lunch is served after 1 p.m. and no dinner after 9 p.m."
"UPPER EAST is not for the weak of heart. Expect to be serenaded, as you sip your wine and savor every bite of your meal, by the screaming and ranting of our compulsive Executive Chef for whom incompetence is a crime, set against a sonic backdrop of AHA students sobbing and scrambling to do his bidding."
"UPPER EAST is not for scrooges and stiffs. We tolerate sharing, although it's not exactly de rigeur, is it? As for splitting? The fine is set at P250, not including our wait staff looking down their noses at you."
"This is the UPPER EAST experience. And this is the price you pay… if you can get in."
I bet this is a pisstake. I'm no internet marketing novice (in other words, I'm not new to attention whoring) and this smells like a viral marketing campaign to me.
Whoever made that write-up deserves an award. Hysterical!
A friend said it best on twitter: "I don't think we could have written anything more pretentious if we tried. Really hard. And were draped in fur while doing it."
photo credit: daphne osena-paez
Collezione C2 and Philippine Map
I came across THIS article on the Philippine Daily Inquirer about Filipino mass-chain label "Collezione C2" and designer Rhett Eala. It's a fairly successful brand here in the Philippines known for the use of the Philippine map on its clothes.
Upon reading the article further, this struck a nerve:
Qua did the unprecedented by having the Philippine map patented a few years ago, giving C2 exclusive legal rights to put the map on articles of clothing.
But this hasn’t stopped copycats from following their lead. Rather
than test the law by hailing wannabes to court, Qua, for now, at least,
would rather let C2’s quality and range of offerings do the talking.
My first reaction was: ARE THEY SERIOUS?
Now I'm all for patriotism, and promoting the Philippines, nationalism chuchubells but I feel uneasy knowing a private individual or company get EXCLUSIVE rights to use the national flag, country outline or map on clothes or any merchandise for that matter. The design is universally used by others as part of a national identity.
If they modified the design of the map, added unique characteristics to it, then yes, why not? Because the new design is a variation…
Now I'm no expert in copyright, trademark or patent issues but to my knowledge, you cannot patent a design. You may patent inventions, yes, but design marks, no. You may only copyright it or trademark it. There's a difference between patents and trademarks.
I did a very quick search at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines website where I found a pending TRADEMARK application by a certain "Ramesh Mirpuri" about the use of the Philippine map on apparel and garments.
The application was filed on June 19, 2009. The image you see on the right is what they've applied for. There's nothing unique to it. It's not even a variation of the Philippine map. It is what it is!
You may search using this page. You'll see there are 16 applications under the search term "Philippine Map". Most of the results have modified version of the map or the map itself is part of something else.
It would be interesting to see what happens to this application. Patented a few years ago? O RLY?
According to the IPO website, Rule 101 of the Rules& Regulations
Registrability. — A
mark cannot be registered if it:
Consists of immoral, deceptive or scandalous matter, or matter
which may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with persons, living
or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into
contempt or disrepute;
Consists of the flag or coat of arms or other insignia of the
Philippines or any of its political subdivisions, or of any foreign
nation, or any simulation thereof;
Now I'm not sure whether Ramesh Mirpuri is related to Collezione C2 or
Henry Qua but that's the first thing I found. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong or if I'm missing out on anything. I can't be bothered
spending more time on this.
I dunno. What do you all think? I'm not hatin'. Personally I like the idea of using national symbols to promote patriotism but to try to get exclusivity on something that belongs to the public? Hmm…
screenshot via: collezione c2
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's Yves Saint Laurent Shoes
Shock horror! Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is the last person in the world I'd associate with Yves Saint Laurent. GMA? YSL? It's the end of the world as we know it!
Here's a file (November 14) photo of her sporting a pair of last season YSL Cage 110 booties.
You may now buy them on sale at My Theresa for €625 (original retail price of 890 euros).
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Yves Saint Laurent?
Hilarious. Good on GMA though.
photo credits: twitpic & mytheresa
Philippine Fashion Week
Saw this HYSTERICAL screenshot from someone's twitpic account.
TAMBLING. ANG TARAY NG LOLA MO HINDI KO SHA KINAYA! Hoy mga bakla ano ang Louis Vuitton fashion week? Sama naman ako jan.
On a different note, I *still* don't understand this whole obsession with social status. I've always thought the class system is obsolete especially in this day and age of individuality, you can be wherever you want to be on your own merit or personal capacity.
Is there anything wrong with wanting something SO bad? I don't see anything wrong for anyone to be crazy about joining the PFW festivities. Heck, I wouldn't be wherever I'm at now if I didn't (desperately if I may add) want to be in NY/Milan/Paris/Timbuktu/Whathaveyou.
Ah well, that's the third world for you.
Perhaps they should all go to Couture Fashion Week in New York?
(yes it's true, there's a Couture Fashion Week in NYC!!!!)
Thank you for the laughs!
screenshot via lotho