My homeland, the Philippines, is on the spotlight once again because of Typhoon Haiyan. All the catastrophic images and videos I’ve seen online are gut-wrenching. I’m so lucky and blessed that my family and friends back home were spared from the disaster but for the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who were affected by the storm, their lives are changed forever. I can’t even imagine what the survivors went through during the storm and what they’ll go through as they try to rebuild their lives moving forward. What a mess!
While it’s great to donate to the big institutions such as UN World Food Programme (click HERE) and Oxfam (click HERE), I also like to support smaller organizations that send relief to victims and survivors. My friend Julie Gilhart shared to me the efforts of Waves For Water. To kickstart their Haiyan campaign, they’ll immediately send at least 200 clean water filtration systems providing up to 20,000 typhoon survivors access to clean water. Why don’t you take a break from what you are doing and do what I did — donate a few dollars and give yourself a pat on the back for a good deed. Every little bit counts.
What happens in Santiago… will be shared online soon.
Can you believe it’s almost November? The spring summer 2014 show season aka “Fashion Month” ended several weeks ago but it feels like a lifetime! Some of you already know that I provided video coverage of the select shows via Twitter and Vine for one of my favourite online shopping destinations, The Corner. Their team compiled the videos I took… allow me to present you Spring Summer 2014 in 180 seconds. Highlights include Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Derek Lam, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Joseph Altuzarra, Jil Sander, Marni and more!
Click HERE to shop the Fall 2013 collections of some of the designers featured on the video.
Yesterday night belonged to Giorgio Armani. Actually, scratch that. October 24, as decreed by Mayor Bloomberg, is Giorgio Armani Day in New York City. I spent most part of my evening at his “One Night Only” event, featuring a retrospective of his Privé collections on a runway show and an exhibit called “Eccentrico“. I’ll share more photos on a separate blog post. Still gobsmacked how Mr. A’s team transformed the massive SuperPiers into a really chic venue. No detail was spared, from the carpeting to the scent wafting in the air! Yesterday night was definitely a night to remember. Bravo!
Photos of Roberta Armani, Hilary Swank, Stephen Dorff, Naomi Watts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Renee Zellweger, Coco Rocha, Erin O’Connor, Olivia Palermo, Giovanna Battaglia and Natalie Joos after the jump! Click click click!
In preparation for this Thursday’s major Giorgio Armani “One Night Only New York” festivities and the launch of “Eccentrico” exhibition, I went to the Armani Fifth Avenue flagship boutique to select an outfit for the event. As always, I love the attentive service at the store. I also went upstairs to Armani Ristorante, something I’ve never done before, for a little post-shopping aperitivo situation. LOVED the Armani Martini. Delicious.
To learn more about the upcoming Armani extravaganza in New York City, go to www.armani.com/LIVE.
Armani/Fifth Avenue Flagship
717 5th Avenue
(and 56th Street)
New York, NY
Phone: 1 (212) 339-5950
The countdown begins! To kick off Armani’s “One Night Only” festivities in New York City, why don’t you check out this hysterical video of various New Yorkers on Giorgio Armani the man (and Armani the brand) through the camera lens of Style.com’s Tim Blanks.
Click HERE to visit Armani.com/LIVE.
Gisele. GISELE! The term “supermodel” does get thrown around loosely but IMO, Gisele Bundchen, aka “GB”, aka “Number One”, is the last supermodel in my books. I had the pleasure of working with the most beautiful woman in the world for two days last week and boy oh boy, this one is for the books.
As y’all know, I extended in Paris for a few days after fashion week. One day, I got an email from my beloved agent to go to a casting. Nine years of blogging and I’ve never gone to a casting before so naturally I was nervous. I’m no model. I didn’t know what to expect! But, like a trooper, I showed up right on the dot, answered a few questions in front of a camera and within three minutes, done and done. A week later, I got called in to take part in a two-day shoot. I was on set for sixteen hours on the first day.
Trust me, I wish I could tell you all about it. I’m bound to keep my silence until it comes out. NEXT YEAR. For now, why don’t you enjoy Gisele’s supremacy and ferociousness, courtesy of this old Vogue Italia video…
Gisele is EVERYTHING!!!!!
My friends at Valentino recently sent me what I think is the ultimate must-have this season — the “My Own Code” bag. It’s a lovely clutch with a foldover clutch and a handle. What makes the bag extra chic is the fact that you can have your initials stamped on the handle — available at select Valentino boutiques worldwide. I’m all about personalization. In this day and age of everyone can pretty much get anything, having something monogrammed with your initials is what makes it truly and only yours.
Sunglasses by Saint Laurent Paris, sweater by 3.1 Phillip Lim, trousers from Just Cavalli, sandals by Kris Van Assche, bag by Valentino, watch and bracelet by Cartier
Bryan, what are you wearing? A suit! Says who? Calvin Klein! Cher Horowitz called, she wants her dress back!
Every once in a while, I get this nagging voice at the back of my head to dress appropriately for my age. Sometimes, when I look at my photos, I find it hard to believe the person I’m staring at owns his
busyness multi-media company. When that happens, the first thing I do is wear a suit. I guess its the executive realness in me talking. I feel like a grown up whenever I’m all suited up! I don’t know why. Anyway, Calvin Klein Collection sent me this suit a few months back and I resurrected it during Fashion Week in Milan. Am I a navy suit or a gray suit kind of guy? I can’t really tell because I love both colours though I must say I’m obsessed with gray lately.
Gray jacket, trousers from Calvin Klein Collection, shoes by Cividini