Philippine Fashion Week : Cary Santiago SS13

Cary Santiago is my mentor’s mentor. He taught John Herrera who was my Fashion Design instructor.

One thing sir Cary passed from sir John and to me was about “editing” and harnessing your artistic side. It’s about control, not putting a chaos of beads and all the trimmings in the world in to one garment. Precise and balanced. That’s Cary Santiago. 

There was a small snafu regarding our show passes though. I was able to prove to the staff that I did send application for invites so I was able to get me and Luie who I invited to go with me that day, in. I Also I used my “oniichan onegai” face. It never fails to get me what I want. It was a let down though, so I did not take street style photos  because I wasn’t in the mood anymore. 


I can miss any local fashion show but not Cary Santiago’s. He’s really good. And even though it’s couture his pieces are something I can imagine myself wearing in real life. 

Because clothes can be pretty but they should be wearable too, right? :)

Sir Cary, you are an inspiration. 

More (blurry and badly shot) photos on my facebook!

彼女の想いで (Kanojo no Omoide) Part 1/4

I was asked to design 4 work shirts.

Oh, this will be a work related post.

I’m being encouraged to write more about my work recently. I feel a bit queasy doing it sometimes because I don’t want my personal blog to be something where I sell but whatever. I need to do this from time to time or people might forget that I actually design clothes too.

So anyway! Here’s the first of this batch of shirt.

My client requested a work shirt that is light (she doesn’t mind if it’s the type to wrinkle easily) and got 3/4th sleeves, V-neck and sleeves you can roll and button.

I found the perfect cloth for this batch. I’ve been doing research on sustainable cloth recently and I came across Bamboo cotton. Bamboo cotton is a very light material, perfect for a tropical country like ours and even got anti-bacterial properties.

But because I read about fake bamboo cotton I did a fabric burn test the moment I got the cloth I ordered from my supplier. It passed the test! And now I have a choice for eco conscious customers!

Anyway, this is how it looks like hanging from my mannequin. I decided to take it down and take photos of it laying flat instead. My client got a fuller figure, so the shirt sort of looks weird hanging on a smaller mannequin, no? Ah, I should invest on more tools! Tsk! *takes note*

The designs in this batch are more technical than artful, too. I had quite a bit of a challenge making patterns for this because I want it to be something that can be worn in different ways. My client is a working lady, and I know she’s a practical person most of the time. I   want to give her a very classic garment. Which could change styles. Because that’s my signature too. :P

 Two out of four are reversible shirts, and another have “add-ons” (detachable collar). 

I will call this shirt Eva. And it’s the first reversible from this batch. I’ll also borrow some terms from Persona4 and will call one side of the shirt “True self” and “Shadow”.

This is Eva’s True self and sleeve variations.

Now this is Eva’s Shadow side 

The collar can be popped like this. Kinda looks Mandarin-style this way.

And then it can turn back to a shirt with collar and revere

The title of this post is from Satoshi Kon’s three-part film called “Memories”. 

彼女の想いで (Kanojo no Omoide) is the first episode of that movie. It’s my favorite out of the three episodes of Memories! Though Kanojo no Omoide translates as “Her Thoughts” or “Her Feelings” the title was translated as “Magnetic Rose” in the official English version of the film.

First week of July.

I’ll be doing this every other week. 

It’s a new challenge for myself. I must not get lazy in dressing up and I must write.

Practice makes perfect. Discipline! 


(This is what I wore to a day of errands and work. July 4, 2012)

I’m not myself lately.

For some reason I’ve been wearing “happier colors”. I guess it has something to do with the realization that I’m stuck in a rut - creatively, and in styling at least. So I’m trying out colors and styles I don’t usually do.

Though there are more than 3 colors in this outfit I think this is still my style. Just dark colors swapped with lighter ones, haha! I’ll always wear skinnies with boots. I love wearing boots, and the recent rainy Metro Manila has been giving me more reasons to do so. I’d pick boots over pumps and heels any time! I think it’s the most stylish footwear and I don’t care if Manila is mostly sunny! Boots = <3

Outfit breakdown: Floral pants from Tricia, Pashmina scarf from Singapore, Nude sleeveless top by me

Ah, let me talk about this top. It’s the predecessor of Jon. This one got a button instead of a buckle. I found that it’s a bit difficult buttoning something on your shoulders and surely everyone got different bust sizes so I used a buckle on the final design just so it could be more customizable and easier to wear.

This shade of beige/nude looks perfect on a kayumanggi skin, don’t you think so? Though Chase once said it looks like I’m not wearing anything ;A; . 

This is my latest scarf by the way. I love scarves! Especially the pashmina types. There is so much you can do with it, and it occupies just a small space in your bag. Philippines is a tropical country so I wear clothes with thin fabric for comfort most of the time. I always keep a scarf in my bag though so if ever I enter a cold place (a movie house, for example) I’m sure I can have extra warmth. 

Having a thin body got cons too. You easily feel cold :| 

How was your week? Mine’s been okay so far. I probably will make outfit posts every other week. This thing is so time consuming! I really would rather dress up, go to work then sleep when I get home. Sometimes I’m too tired to write anything coherent or get too lazy to take photos. 

But come on! This is my new challenge to myself. Every other week, at least. Let’s do this >: [

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Life is short, wear whatever

A bit overdressed today. But life is too short to deny yourself what you really feel like wearing.

This dress is formerly a skirt I made  some time ago. I couldn’t use it as a skirt, as the waistline is different and the length looks awkward on me but it’s perfect as a dress. I adjusted the waistband so it’ll fit my chest and attached straps. Ta-daaa! Dress. Having sewing skills is so handy and economical :P 

Shoes and belt from SM Department kid’s section, dress by me, draped sleeveless black top from Black Peace.

By the way, I want to thank Spitfirex for helping me with the web color problem I had the other day. :D Maraming salamat, ganda!

The photos above were shot before I went out. I’m finding it difficult to deal with indoor lighting. I think I’ll just shoot outfit photos before I go out so I’d look fresh too + sunlight.

This was shot before I went out.

Rubbing off ♥

(This is not yet a wacky face)

They say my partner does not have a wacky face. That he doesn’t have any violent reactions. That he always looks regal and serious in most photos.

I say that’s okay. I’m his opposite. All the violent reactions and faces are with me. That’s why we complete each other.

But this outfit post got not much relevance to my love life.

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I will never be a proper designer

I hate sketching clothes. I cannot do it properly and I will not do it “properly”. I just find it too troublesome.  The way I design is very different. I need to feel cloth against my skin, trimmings put against cloth, study or know the person who’s going to wear it then that’s when I can visualize a garment. Majority of the process is all in my head, and the only time I make use of a pen and paper is to take notes on what cut and silhouette to use.

Afterwards I go straight to making the garment pattern. Unfortunately, it’s not the proper process at all. I am starting to make myself like it though because it is necessary. How else would you be able to convey your ideas to your client? Not everyone is familiar with technical clothes terms after all. 

The photo above is one of my recent “couture” project. It’s a series of office wear I’m designing for a client. And because I want this set of clothes to be as practical and smart as the one wearing it each design can transform. Just little changes. Reversible, cuffs or collars detachable. Small details that makes each piece versatile and in turn make these shirts a vital part of a working ladies’ wardrobe. 

It’ll look more awesome in real life. I promise. 

This is my fourth career wear project. Remember this set of blazers

These new shirts are from a different client though. It seems like majority of my client base are graduating and getting jobs / are working already. I have to change as well. And that’s not a bad thing!

It’s an honor to dress ladies who work! :D/

Photography by Tricia Gosingtian

Make-up by Kaycee Lim

Head pieces by Catherine Jannelle

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A really quick shoot done with really amazing girls yesterday! I finally met the beautiful, cute and talented girls named Krissy and Ericka! They can model very well and sing and write songs! What talented ladies! Do check out their youtube account :

I met Tracy too, whose face is familiar to me because we got common friends haha! Meeting new people is always good. :)

Anyway this is partly inspired by Snow White and the Hunstman! The Queen’s wardrobe is something I wish I had, haha!

After this shoot I had to go back to work. The one that I don’t like :<

I wonder when I can go full time with my clothes? Hmpf!