#FashionFridays: Aleksa Gavrilovic for Dolce & Gabbana Sartoria SS’18

It is Friday so it must be time for another #FashionFridays post. 

It’s Menswear Fashion Week in Milan and we see reigning Mister Universal Ambassador Aleksa Gavrilovic walking the secret fashion show of Dolce & Gabbana Sartoria show for Spring-Summer 2018. The show happened the evening before the unveiling of the designer duo’s SS 2018 collection. The Sartoria collection is a much different affair as a handfull journalists were invited to the more intimate show without their knowledge that they will be witnessing the tailoring collection of the Milan-based fashion house.

Aleksa walked the runway at Dolce & Gabbana’s perma-buzzy Martini Bar on Corso Venezia. He was one of the models joining with other Dolce & Gabbana male model favorites like Adam Senn, Sam Webb, Evandro Soldati and Arthur Kulkov.


#PhotoCollage of the Day: Miss Russia 2017, Polina Popova

She’s the first blonde winner of the Miss Russia pageant in almost 12 years, Miss Russia 2017 Polina Popova will be competing in Miss World later this year in China. The 22 year old blue-eyed Polina bested 50 other candidates for the title. Standing at 5’11” this girl perfectly knows how to speak in English and is currently learning Chinese/Mandarin.

#PhotoCollage of the Day: Mister Universe Model, Kevin Montes

Standing at 6’4″ Mister Universe Model 2017 Kevin Montes surely knows how to stand above the rest… Kevin is 22 years old and is a Biology student from San Juan. The green-eyed blonde hunk posted this message on his social media account: “I find myself from Punta Cana airport about to get on the plane but before I leave I want you to know that I’m super proud to be able to bring this big achievement to my country. I feel very excited.
I want you to know that I don’t win, but I win a whole country. And this achievement I share with all my friends and followers because thanks to their constant messages of motivation we were able to achieve this goal that unites us as a family!”

He actually looks even better with facial hair…

#MANicMondays: Emanuele, Renz and Denver

Three Filipino hunks are competing this week in two international male pageants: Emanuele Mendoza and Renz Lesther Cerezo at Mister National Universe and Denver Hernandez in Mister Universe Model/ Men Universe Model.

Emanuel Mendoza – at 5’10- 5’11”, this Gentlemen of the Philippines hunk could easily make it to the initial cut of the contest. He represented the Philippines at the Best Global Model in Portugal last year. This year he represents Italy at Mister National Universe. A definite shoo-in on the top 5 if I may add.

Renz Lesther Cerezo – he is this year’s Philippine rep to Mister National Universe. The 5’10 1/2″ hunk oozes with sex appeal in his pictorial. He recently was named among the 4 best in talent, dancing to an Ifugao traditional dance. This guy is easily one of the underdogs of the competition and could possibly be one of the winners in the inaugural Thai-based male pageant.

Denver Hernandez – the sole Southeast Asian in this year’s Mister Universe Model competition in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. His lean tight frame is in contrast to the bulky muscular physiques of the rest of the candidates. But Denver gets the upperhand with sex appeal by the tons. For sure, another placement is at the works for us after missing the initial cut last year.

Wishing all these gentlemen the best of luck in their respective competitions! Bring home the bacon!

#FashionFridays: My First Philippine Fashion Week Collection

Allow me to do a self-serving post for today. Instead of a pageant-related #FashionFridays, I thought I’d bring you the first time I showed my menswear collection at the Philippine Fashion Week.

Due to the lightspeed pace backstage, there were some clothes that weren’t worn properly with their respective accessories/ caps…
These two trench coats are actually convertible to jackets with a removable zipper on the lower portion of the coat…

Back in May 2010, I was one of the last New Generation designers to become part of the PFW. The bi-annual celebration of the Philippines’ best fashion creatives was a showcase of creativity and budding talent. Even then I was bitten by the fashion bug to which continues as I still work under the fashion retail industry. Even then my fashion design was visual driven and directional but never reductive or unresearched. My fashions was perhaps not easily palatable to the Philippine market as they were straddling the line of wearability and creative vision. Looking back, I always made clothes for the lean man, which was quite a contrast in those days as most male models were of the bulky masculine sort which was a tailoring challenge. 

The styling reference for the adjustable straps of the long-sleeved shirt..
Perhaps my most favorite outfit in the entire collection is this half-blazer that was the opener of my show…

The Collection Brief:
The collection is infused with K-pop and J-pop elements restrained with the use of linear silhouettes. It emphasizes the details rather than introducing new silhouettes and shapes. Silhouettes are pretty much straight and skinny made interesting by different lengths and volumes.
The highlights of the collection are the jackets and woven shirts with focus on the neck and chest area through different necklines and collars. There are detachable collars for some of the woven tops, tops that morph into other silhouettes, soft cowls and stiff bib details through pleats and facings. Straps, bows and ribbons are the main details of the collection. While ginghams and dots provide the only print direction, a play on their size creates drama. There is only one silhouette for the pants, skinny with waistband focus.

The photos in this blogpost is as much a throwback as a looking forward. It is good to look back at those bygone days to see how I have come so far in my career… Who knows in 5-10 years from now, I might be convinced to open up my own designer label…

PhotoCollage of the Day: Catriona Gray Stuns in Leo Almodal!

Miss World 3rd runner up and current Miss World Philippines Catriona Gray stunning in Leo Almodal!

Looking incredibly divine!

Photographer: Ahleks Fusilero 
Make Up Artist: Sharms De Castro 
Hair: Dave Grona 
And special thanks to Jojo Bragais 
Stylist: Patrick Henry Mergano 
Fashion Coordinator: Richard Sumait

Video courtesy of Leo Almodal