S/S 2018 Fashion Trend Series: Fabrics and Embellishments Pt.2

Continuing our scheduled #FashionFridays in this 3rd Friday of January is the 2nd part of the fabrics and prints portion of the series.
This coming Spring/ Summer 2018 expect a lot of glitters to come out of everyone’s wardrobe. And show a little (or a lot) of skin as we go into the hot summer months.

* Disco Redux – Sequins as resistance, how about that? At Paco Rabanne, Julien Dossena responded to the terror of the world by looking to Paris’s discotheques for inspiration, sending out catsuits and minidresses dripping with sequins.

* Lamé – Sparkles, sequins in gold and silver shine brightly with a resolutely contemporary energy, reflecting a desire for a dazzling elegance, made all the more magnificent when worn as a full look.

Tulle – It’s festive, it’s glamorous and it’s sheer! Tulle was the fabric of preference at the Milan shows.

Satin and Shine – Satin was the dominant fabric during the London shows for two great reasons. First, its sheen instantly elevates any silhouette; second, its inherent fluidity and lightness makes it comfortable to wear all night long.

* https://www.vogue.com/article/spring-2018-trend-report 
* http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-trends/spring-2018-fashion-trends-fashion-week-10988947/
* http://en.vogue.fr/fashion/fashion-inspiration/diaporama/fwah2017-fall-winter-2017-2018-fashion-trends/


Pitoy Moreno: Farewell to a Binibining Pilipinas Stalwart

Sad news upon receiving the passing of Binibining Pilipinas stalwart and Fashion Czar of Asia, Jose “Pitoy” Moreno. He was 87 years old.

In memory and in salute to his contributions to Philippine pageantry, this post is a photo-collage of his works during his stint at Bb. Pilipinas.

This gown was the gown worn by Binibining Pilipinas Universe Charlene Gonzales during the Bb. Pilipinas 1994 pageant held in November 1993. The national pageant was moved earlier due to preparations for the 1994 Miss Universe pageant. The gown was later worn by Karylle during the Metro Society Tribute show for Pitoy.
Pitoy dressed up Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1993 Melinda “Dindi” Gallardo both in Binibining Pilipinas and in Miss Universe. He later revealed in a 1994 article with Inquirer that Dindi “had no business loosing in Miss Universe” that year… Dindi was a favorite in Mexico as she was seen at the front of the stage during the opening. In the 90’s most of the crown favorites and MU favorites were placed at the front of the stage.
In 2013, during the 50th Anniversary of the pageant, the #BinibiniGold candidates were dressed up in creations of the Fashion Czar during the annual Jag Fashion Show. It was said that this was the time when pageant fans noticed SMA clapping for Ariella Arida who was later to win Miss Universe Philippines.
During the Alfreado Barraza years of BPCI (circa 1999-2014) only in 2012 did we see Pitoy Moreno’s creation as a national costume in Miss Universe.  Note that the crown worn by Janine would later be used as the Bb. Pilipinas Supranational crown. Way before Barraza up until the mid 90’s, most of the Philippine reps to Miss Universe wore national costumes by the Fashion Czar of Asia.
This costume is a mix of Maranao influences with a malong ornately decorated in chinoiserie embroidery (made famous worldwide through the Manton de Manila). Not known to many, aside from Miss Universe Margie Moran (who worn this for a Philippine Tatler spread), the gown part was previously worn by Jeanette Fernando in Bb. Pilipinas 1993 and Kristine Florendo in 1997.
One of the most iconic costumes ever designed by Pitoy Moreno is this Manobo and T’boli inspired costume. Worn by Bb. Pilipinas 1st runner up Ali Forbes at the Binibini Gold fashion show, this was also paraded in a tribute show to Pitoy several months before. This iconic pageant national costume worn by Charlene Gonzales in Miss Universe 1994 is the only Philippine costume to win the Best in National Costume award in MU.


S/S 2018 Fashion Trend Series: Fabrics and Embellishments Pt.1

Just a clarification on this #FashionFridays series, these trends presented here are a summary of all the Spring/ Summer 2018 trends that were sifted as to those that could apply to pageants. I have also included several crossover trends from Fall/ Winter 2017-2018 that could still be very apt for the upcoming pageant season.

* Ostrich Feathers – A flurry of feathers for a touch of couture, the common denominator at Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Sonia Rykiel. White only, and soft, stylish and poised.

* Polka Dots – A simple but effective motif, polka dots zere all over this season. Use and abuse on one condition: stick to black and white.

* Galactic Prints – From flying saucers to stars via the all-over astronaut prints at Chanel, fashion took flight for new frontiers with interplanetary inspirations. Think little 60s-style dresses, silver-studded denim and silk as light as zero gravity.

Fringe – The Italian runways were brimming with a quintessential celebratory element — made livelier with party pieces that can be shaken from dusk till dawn.

* Ruffles – The spring catwalks are cascading with ruffles and it’s neat to think that perhaps it’s an antidote to all the smooth, languid silks and long, lean silhouettes we enjoyed last season.

* https://www.vogue.com/article/spring-2018-trend-report 
* http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-trends/spring-2018-fashion-trends-fashion-week-10988947/
* http://en.vogue.fr/fashion/fashion-inspiration/diaporama/fwah2017-fall-winter-2017-2018-fashion-trends/
* http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/spring-summer-2018-fashion-trend-ruffles

#MANicMondays: Mister Tourism World 2017, Joshua Lennet

25 year old Mister Tourism World is Borneo’s Joshua Lennet and he is the main feature of our #PhotoCollageoftheDay today…

* He is quite tall, standing at 5’11” (180cm) tall.
* He is a fitness buff winning Mister Fitness at Mister Universal Ambassador Malaysia in 2016 and Mister Physique at Mister Sarawak Ethnic London.

* One of his favorites quotes is “Things happen for a Reason”…
* He is multi-lingual, speaking English, Bahasa Malaysia, Sabahan, Sarawak Malay, and Kayan languages
* He obtained a Diploma in Civil Engineering at the UiTM, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak and an Advanced Diploma in Oil Production & Gas at the Institute of Petroleum Technology Petronas.

#PhotoCollage of the Day: Rachel Peters in MU2017 Top Gowns

I chanced upon these photos on Facebook, somebody named Raphy Yecyec edited Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters’ face into the photographs of the Miss Universe 2017 top 5 in their evening gowns.

NOTE: Keysi Sayago’s evening gown was from the bridal brand Pronovias. The original design of the gown didn’t have the sweetheart inner on the upper part of the torso.

The results are surprisingly good as if no matter what gown Rachel wore, she would all look good on them. This is not a surprise considering Rachel has one of the most enviable body proportions among the Miss Universe semifinalists of 2017. It has something to do with her long legs and whistle-bait figure. Enjoy these photos!

Here is Rachel in her Val Taguba gown side by side with those of Thailand and South Africa’s gowns…

PhotoCollage of the Day: Miss International 2017 Kevin Liliana

One of the prettiest winners of 2017 is Kevin Liliana (who was trained by Sir Rodgil Flores himself). And today we are posting a collage of her photos taken by FD photography… check them out!

This is Kevin in her winning gown in Miss International…

Here is a bonus video of her in a shoot with FD Photography…