Like the old saying goes, better late than NEVER! As we close the chapter known as 2014, I just wanted to wish each and everyone of you a festive and joyous holiday season, wherever you are in the world or wherever your vacations take you. I recently went to Stockholm and Manila to celebrate Christmas with two of my families.
I’m now in Bali to welcome 2015. Expect a lot of big things to happen next year. Big changes. Big! Huge! I can’t wait to roll them out over the next few months. I’m excited!
Over dinner last year, the designer Jason Wu, upon seeing his multi-strap lizard sandals on my feet, told me that the biggest compliment a designer could get is not getting a good show review from a critic or a celebrity wearing clothes pulled out by a stylist but actually seeing a client, a customer, buy and wear things a designer made. His PR people didn’t send me the sandals; I bought them full-price. Jason made perfect sense.
Speaking of buying, there are very, very few designers who I consistently shop from season after season. One of them is Phillip Lim. I simply adore what he does. A running joke amongst my friends is that 3.1 Phillip Lim should just go public in a few years because I buy so much of his clothes that I’m practically a majority stockholder. What isn’t there to love about Phillip Lim’s world? He makes really cool clothes that are easy to wear. His pieces are well made. Also, you’ll never feel like you got robbed at gunpoint after shopping at his store. His price points are justifiable. I haven’t seen a $2,000 neoprene or worse, cotton, sweatshirt from him, thank god.
I fell in love with this (click multi-color patchwork shearling coat) after seeing it at his fall/winter 2014 fashion show earlier in February. When Look 15 came down on the runway, I told myself, “that’s THE one!” It’s *my* coat of the season. I consider fur/shearling coats as a “major” purchase like how the average person consider “cars” as a major purchase. As such, I only allow myself to indulge to one major coat per season. I bought the coat in August when I got back after my summer holiday in Ibiza and have been praying for cold temperatures since. I mean, who, pray tell, is in their right frame of mind when they buy heavy winter coats when there’s a heat wave outside? I know, I know I’m one of those people who like to buy clothes early and have them gather dust in the back of the closet until the mercury drops.
I love my coat. LOVE. LOVE. I can’t even.
Patchwork shearling coat by 3.1 Phillip Lim (click HERE)
Metallic shirt by Burberry Prorsum
Wool short-sleeve top by Jil Sander
Black denim trousers by Joseph
Shoes by Louis Leeman
Shot at Nybroviken, Stockholm
Photos via Mr. Sweden
Sometime last week, I saw a line item on my Twitter feed that Tom Ford came out with as penis necklace. After clicking a link or two, I immediately called the Tom Ford boutique to inquire about it. I guess it was my lucky day because they had the large one available (don’t hate on size queens, please) so I placed an order and received it via messenger the same afternoon. It felt like I won the lottery of something. I can’t remember the last time I felt so genuinely happy over some fashion item. Kind of like when he came out with the amazing printed canvas and leather condom holder as part of his Spring/Summer 1999 collection for Gucci back in the day. Remember that collection? The hippie-inspired lewks with the red and blue psychedelic prints? That was MAJOR.
I didn’t even question the price tag. I absolutely despise it whenever I try to reason with myself when faced with a trivial problem like whether I should buy something or not. How many of you QUESTION yourself and ANSWER the same bloody questions in your head like an insane person? Can I see a show of hands?
This item was made for especially for me, no doubt about that.
It’s gold. (ok, fine, if you want to be technical, it’s gold-plated brass)
It’s a piece of jewelry.
It’s a penis.
It’s Tom Ford.
Best Christmas present to self EVER!!!
Large Tom Ford penis necklace (click HERE)
White cashmere sweater by Proenza Schouler (click HERE)
Sunglasses by Balenciaga (click HERE)
Leather trousers by Acne Studios
Shot in Financial District, New York City
Photos via Jeff Thibodeau
It’s hard to define where “home” is because I have three special places in my life. My spirit belongs in the Philippines where I’m originally from, my soul belong in New York because that’s where I live “full-time” (though to be honest, my version of “full-time” is a fucked up one because I spend way too much time flying) and last but not the least, my heart belongs to Stockholm aka Stockhome.
I’m back in Stockholm for the first half of my 2014 Yuletide celebrations. I try to go to Stockholm as much as I possibly can. It’s been a very warm winter so far. I don’t think the mercury dipped below ZERO celsius ever since I arrived here. I’m praying for the powers that be for a blizzard to happen. I want snow, dammit, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen any time soon. I always play the same game every year — are we gonna have a white Christmas? I guess we all have to wait until next year.
Oh Stockholm. I love you so much.
Coat by Acne Studios
Polo shirt by COS
Trousers by Balenciaga
Leather pochette by JW Anderson (click HERE)
Shoes by MSGM
Shot in Gamla Stan and Sergels Torg, Stockholm
Photos via Mr Sweden
Gucci collaborated with Canadian artist Kris Knight to reinterpret the iconic floral print for their Resort/Cruise 2015 collection. Kris referenced ancient Roman florals and plants in his work. The canvas backpack Gucci sent me as part of their Holiday Collection (click HERE) is very lightweight and can fit a ton of stuff. A good floral print is a fail-safe way to bring some color and joy in your looks.