One of the most awaited events in local fashion is Likhang HABI, a market fair that promotes local textiles and other woven products made by traditional weavers and local weaving communities. The pandemic has certainly not stopped HABI: The Philippine Textile Council as it will continue to push through with the fair by going online.
Keeping up with the latest fashion trends is a full-time occupation for many of us. We spend an inordinate proportion of our day perusing the style feeds of various magazines and digesting the content. Kendall Jenner is never far away.
Occasionally, it is worth taking a step back and thinking about why we’re so into fashion. What is it about those glasses or that jacket that makes us go so crazy?
If you’re anything like most fashionistas, you’ve found yourself in this position multiple times. You go into a store, see an item you want, and just have to have it. No power on Earth can stop you from whipping out your credit card and purchasing said item. You’re almost powerless to resist.
The psychology is this situation is unusual. What is it about fashion that is so compelling? What keeps people coming back for more?
The fashion industry needs to improve its approach to sustainability. Unfortunately, it is going to be a long and painful process to transform a sector that encourages fast production, frequent shopping trips, and throw-away habits. Ultimately, most of us keep track of seasonal trends. The cute little dress you bought last summer may not work anymore in the future, because the shape, the color, or the material isn’t popular anymore.
Oh well, nevermind, you think to yourself. I could just buy a new dress anyway!
Unfortunately, if we want to make fashion more sustainable, we need to get to the bottom of the problem. And that means we have to correct the way we think about fashion.
One of the most awaited movies of 2019 is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (or if you’re in the Philippines, January 2020, right after the Metro Manila Film Festival). This closes out the Skywalker Saga, spanning nine films and 42 years. With this level of excitement, it’s no surprise that brands would want to tie up with Lucasfilm to create all sorts of merch. TOMS is one of those and they created a line of shoes that celebrates the media franchise. I got the Darth Vader sneakers and here’s a short unboxing.
I’m always impressed at how crafty my generation and the one after it is in different fields. This weekend, our former intern is hosting a Powerpoint party, where people can talk about literally anything under the sun as long as it’s done on the presentation platform. He’s just one of the many in my age group proving that millennials and Gen Z are doing more than just fine.
In terms of fashion, there are many who are flourishing in the field, whether as a designer, stylist, hair or makeup artist, or even as fashion journalists. To celebrate this glamorous industry, Globe Telecom’s lifestyle brand, 0917 Lifestyle, partnered with the country’s premier event agency, SAGA Events for StyleFestPH. The three-day fashion fest aims to help Filipino fashion design students, talents, and young content creators to showcase their creativity and craftsmanship and to promote the movement for Filipino fashion through various initiatives.
Close this October with a twist and welcome November with a bang with these collection too perfect to a T!
This season, Zilingo – a technology platform that is re-imagining the fashion industry – released their latest trends selection, boasting different cuts and highlighting textures, vintage hues and an arresting foray of silhouettes.
I’ve always admired local textiles. The colors, designs, and craftsmanship are so uniquely Filipino and eye-catching that it’s tempting to get yards of it and turn it into all sorts of things. I’m on the hunt for new throw pillows and I’m thinking if I should get some featuring flowers and leaves to complement my growing plant collection or those with traditional Filipino designs.
The thing is, it’s not that easy to find them here. Sure, there are shops that sell some textiles but the best way to see the breadth of local talent is to visit the weavers in their provinces. This weekend, you don’t have to travel far because the 9th Likhang HABI Fair will bring them the weavers and their textiles here.
I always limit the number of clothes I have but I always manage to find myself in a UNIQLO store. There’s something very calming about walking through the pristine halls (during off-peak hours) and admiring the minimalist palette. I tell myself I don’t need another black shirt, but I have gotten so good at justifying my purchases that I go straight to the counter before I change my mind.
UNIQLO’s 2019 Fall/Winter collection follows the brand’s ethos of LifeWear. It highlights the Japanese values of simplicity, quality, and longevity, while adapting the fit, silhouette, and style with the times. When I first saw the collection, I knew I had to get something.