#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.


#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…

Fashion Face-Off: Gwendoline Ruais vs. Mariel de Leon

This is gonna be a #FashionFridays that brings back an old blog series. It has been a long time since I have discontinued the Fashion Face-Off series for the blog. But today I just couldn’t help to do one on 2011 Miss World 1st runner up Gwendoline Ruais and Mariel de Leon. As you can see, both ladies are wearing the similar looking design by Cary Santiago. Gwen was the sleevesless gown version and Mariel as a Philippine terno.
Who do you think wore it best?

#FashionFridays: The Pablo Galicia Mendez BBP2017 Gown

For most pageant insiders, the name Pablo Galicia Mendez has been a player in the beauty pageant scene for quite sometime. However for most pageant fans, he is still relatively known not to many. 
So today, we are featuring this master couturier and put him in the spotlight for a fashion feature.

His name came to recognition back in 2013 when he designed the gold terno that Binibining Pilipinas 2013 1st runner up Pia Wurtzbach wore during the national costume competition. Since then, he has become to be a designer who created masterful pieces that were technical and wildly creative while maintaining an old-world couture sensibility. In one of the national costumes he made, he used hundreds of vintage embroidered handkerchiefs to create a haute couture terno for Binibining Pilipinas 2016.

One of his latest pageant masterpieces were the national costume and evening gown that Binibining Pilipinas 1st runner up Charmaine Elima wore for the 2017 edition. The evening gown was Greek goddess inspired. It was a take on the one shoulder/ single sleeve trend that is a timeless classic at the red-carpet. The gown features an exaggerated sleeve on a heavuly crystal-encrusted a-line bodice. A lovely feature of this gown is how it flatters the shape of the wearer by creating a long silhouette for the wearer. This design actually is very international pageant appropriate…and as I have said before, this gown could compete with the Miss Colombia gowns in Miss Universe.

Just look at those crystals individually attached by hand…

Pablo’s designs aren’t your typical run-off-the-mill clothes that so many amateur designers seem to blurt out these days, his is a carefully thought of designs that you would be proud to own in your wardrobe. His creations showcases masterfully crafted pieces that screams quality and refinement in technique.

The illustration comes to life…

Next time you are thinking of a designer for a wedding, debut or any important formal occasion, keep the name Pablo Galicia Mendez in mind.

#FashionFridays: Aleksa Gavrilovic for Esquire Serbia

Today’s Fashion Fridays post features the reigning Mister Universal Ambassador Aleksa Gavrilovic in a full photo spread in Esquire Serbia’s May edition. He was snapped in sportswear designer dudz from Diesel, Adidas, Armani Jeans, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Springfield by photographer Milos Nadazdin.

Check out his fashion spread below:

PhotoCollage of the Day: Charmaine Elima by RL Lacanienta

For today’s #FashionFridays post we feature Binibining Pilipinas 2017 1st Runner-up Charmaine Elima as photographed by RL Lacanienta and styled by me. Charmaine is wearing the Zara jacket that I personalized and embellished by hand for my sister’s wedding earlier this year. 

Photography: RL Lacanienta
Styling: Jesson Capuchino
Hair: Bekbek Vasquez
Makeup: Richmond Rondolo & Grethel Elima

Bb Pilipinas 2017: A Fashion Review Pt.2

This is the second part of my Binibining Pilipinas fashion review. While not a lot of girls went off-road with their fashion choices, a number of them went via the tried and tested pageant patty/ typical gowns: lots of beads lace and see-though fabrics. 
Kylie Verzosa
– I have seen this Francis Libiran multitude of times already (on Marie Ann Umali, Shamcey Supsup or was it Venus Raj, several models during fashion shows, etc…) and the novelty has worn out. I was wishing that Kylie would have worn the powder blue gown she wore during the Miss International finals instead. Nevertheless Kylie looked immaculate in this gown. 

Joanna Eden – simple and understated. She is the best dressed among the outgoing queens that evening. It didn’t need too much bling but she looked tres tres chic in her white column gown.

Maxine Medina – her gown by Rhett Eala was a high fashion risk that didn’t pay off. It was perfection from the neck up and looked like Cousin Itt got a reverse Mr. T head-shave from the neck down. I didn’t expect that the outgoing MUP would wear such a disastrous gown. Didn’t Maxine read my sarcastic post on what we would want to see during finals?
Elizabeth Clenci – her fashion choice paid off big time as this ranks as one of the best gowns that night. Her hair and make up was also spot on which made the gown stand out more. I would put this gown as my 2nd fave among the gowns that night.

Jehza Huelar – went for the Zuleyka look, which was almost a fashion home-run except for the high slit in the middle that shown the huge platform sandals she was wearing. These type of heels would look great in swimsuits, but not necessarily on evening gowns. Still a fashion win though.
Mariel de Leon – she shone in her Cary Santiago red berry gown. While she may have not been my choice as the best in gown that evening, she nevertheless was one of those that scored a fashion win.

Sirene Sutton – I love this girl and her purple gown! But I would loved it even more had she wore this gown in a deep berry color or in dazzling white. She could have also styled her hair up to really set off the gown’s color. That would have earned her major diosa points.
Charmaine Elima – hers was a gown that could compete with the best gowns that Misses Colombia would wear in Miss Universe. Pablo Galicia Mendez’s gown could stand at par with any of the best gown Alfredo Barraza could dish out. I would have preferred if Maine styled her hair up to really set off her neck and the neckline of the gown.

If I were to pick my best dressed it wold be a toss between these three ladies: Elizabeth Clenci, Charmaine Elima and Pia Wurtzbach’s powder blue gown…