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.
It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE Miuccia fan, however, believe it or not, I haven’t bought anything Prada during fall 2013. Things will most definitely change next season though. They’ve just released their Resort 2014 ad campaign video and boy oh boy, the tropical prints are screaming to be worn…
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.
I had to say “YES YES YES, SI SI SI!” when Spanish jewelry brand Aristocrazy invited me to visit Santiago Chile to co-host the launch party of their first store opening in Latin America. I know I’ve been to Brazil a number of times but I’ve always wanted to go the Spanish-speaking side of South America to brush up on my beginner Spanish skills.
Five days of glorious, sunny weather, good food (probably the best salmon I’ve had in such a long time) and lots of friendly people. There’s also street art everywhere! I’m really surprised how modern Santiago is. It’s a shame that I was taping most of the time I was there and I didn’t really have a chance to fully explore the city but I vow to come back someday on my own terms (aka vacation). I had lots of fun nonetheless. Gracias Aristocrazy, gracias Chile. Me encanta Santiago!
Sunglasses by Christian Dior, sweater by Reed Krakoff (click HERE), shorts by 3.1 Phillip Lim (click HERE), shoes by Balenciaga (click HERE), watch by Rolex, bracelets by Aristocrazy