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NYFW Misha Collection Spring 2017

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Australian designer Michelle Aznavorian behind Misha Collection presented a stunning show which opened with supermodel Jourdan Dunn. Her sexy silhouettes are inspired by the party scene from Studio 54, New York’s popular night club in the 70s and fashion icons such as Iman, Jerry Hall and Bianca Jagger.

Sleek and sophisticated, her collection showcased lace and feather trimmed dresses, leather bodycon shifts, silk pantsuits, metallic ensembles and shimmering gold fringed slips to femme fatale red and leopard print trench coats. Jourdan Dunn closed the show with a sparkling draped silver dress with a daring high slit. These red carpet worthy outfits are perfect for the It girl who wants to make at grand entrance at every party.

It’s no wonder celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Alessandra Ambrosio, the Kardashians and Rosie Huntington-Whitely are fans of the label. Her star studded list now extends to Olivia Culpo, Whitney Port and Alana Hadid who attended the show.

If you’d like to get your hands on her ready to wear pieces, they are available at luxury retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Revolve and Shopbop . Get ready to add some glamour and sparkle to your wardrobe!

 

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Red Riding Hood

In the spirit of Halloween, I styled and modeled for a photoshoot in the woods as Red Riding Hood.

I’ve added a dark twist to my story, as you can see in the pictures.

I appeared to be lost and innocent in the beginning but after taking a bite of the apple, I finally embraced my dark side and turned into the wolf.

Who do you want to be this Halloween? Have fun playing dress up!

Red Riding Hood

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Charles Youssef

CFDA awardee Charles Youssef presented his Fall/Winter 2016 collection at Milk Studios during New York Fashion Week. His label represents the metropolitan, modern woman and emphasises on elegance, form and function. Set in a dreamy landscape, his fall collection exuded ethereal beauty and luxury balanced with the minimalistic, pleated style of Japanese origami.
His attention to detail, construction and tailoring is absolutely impeccable! Dramatic voluminous shapes, billowy sleeves, full flowing skirts were paired with nipped waists to accentuate the female form.

 

For his fall collection he used mostly white to add a refreshing contrast to black and shades of indigo, purple, grey and fuchsia. Satin skirts were paired with cashmere sweaters, crisp white collared shirts with tailored pants and dresses with exquisite pleated detailing and patterns.

 

I loved the structured origami inspired white coats and the white, purple and black colour blocked dress with organza sleeves. Which one of the outfits caught your eye? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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NYFW Desigual Spring 2017

Vibrant and fearless, Desigual’s latest collection shown at New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 embodies the free spirit of global travelers and strong women who traveled to remote places to fight for their personal freedom and left their legacy for women in the 21st century.

Cultural influences from around the world are beautifully integrated into their designs such as ethnic motifs, macrame and crochet knits, bohemian prints and chinoiserie florals.

There are 48 looks in this year’s collection that comprises of ready to wear separates.  From the ethnic ruffle military jacket over a crochet jeweled-bee-embroidered gown to the indigo-dyed long cardigan over a tie-dye maxi dress, the collection portrays the vast territories of a great adventure with the eternal magic of traveling. The models wore Snapchat filters as their makeup looks, completing their resort collection with a playful vibe.

If you are a huge fan of traveling in style, you can’t walk away from Desigual’s Spring Summer 2017 collection. What I love about their ensembles is that they are so easy to mix and match to portray your individual style.

 

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NYFW Desigual Spring 2017

NYFW Desigual Spring 2017

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NYFW Desigual Spring 2017

NYFW Desigual Spring 2017

NYFW Desigual Spring 2017

NYFW Desigual Spring 2017

NYFW Desigual Spring 2017

NYFW Desigual Spring 2017

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Photo Credits to Vogue.com

Speaking of inspirational women from around the world, I was fortunate enough to meet Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber and Miss Universe 2015 herself – Pia Alonzo at the fashion show! As I come from the Philippines, I am so proud of her for winning the crown. It was a wonderful start to my New York Fashion Week adventure!

 

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Validate Magazine Feature: Shades of Summer

 

 

It was an incredible experience to model for Validate Magazine’s Shades of Summer Issue. Validate Magazine is an independent magazine based in New York City. I’d like to thank Gregory Hudson of PNB Photography who is the main editor and photographer of the magazine for working with me!

 

I’m featured in the back cover wearing a very daring bikini made out of grass – talk about being eco-friendly. Well I suppose this gives you a useful idea of what to wear if you are ever stranded on a deserted island?

 

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Validate Magazine features artistic, edgy collaborations with designers and models. It represents the art and culture of  the talented people of New York City in such a dramatic way.

 

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Speaking of designers, I’m wearing one of my very own designs, a headdress made out of faux flowers to match my Panoply floral print dress. I’m so happy to have the  opportunity to express my personal style in this magazine!

 

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To find out more about Validate Magazine’s Summer Issue, do check it out on the link below!

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/961448

Live, Inspire & Love Always!

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Making a Splash with Harry Martin Underwater

 

Looking for ways to cool off during the summer? How about going underwater in something fabulous? I had an amazing opportunity to model for an underwater photo shoot with Harry Martin Underwater. Harry Martin is an Emmy Award winning TV journalist who has anchored the 10 O’Clock News at My9 and The 6 PM news on Fox 5 New York.

He has expanded his passion for photography with his project “Harry Martin Underwater,” which captures beautiful fashion and glamour underwater.  Neiman Marcus Paramus featured his work for the “Art of Fashion” event.

I absolutely loved working with him and his team. It was a challenge to pose effortlessly underwater but it was all worth it!

 

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Some of my photos from his shoot were selected for display at the Marriot Hotel in Boyton Beach, Florida and were also featured in his book.

 

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I hope this post inspires you to create something beautiful before the summer ends! Don’t forget to check out more of Harry Martin’s stunning photography!

 

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Polish Fashion Week and Interview with Nigel Barker

 

 

The Polish American Fashion Foundation in New York held a fantastic fashion show in the New Museum last September during New York Fashion Week to showcase the works of young and talented Polish designers on an international stage. The foundation hopes to encourage young designers and develop the future of Polish fashion both in Poland and abroad.

The event attracted many photographers and fashion icons, including talented celebrity photographer Nigel Barker whom I had the chance  to interview! He talked about how much he supports the Polish fashion scene and how he’s also planning to making a movie and writing a cookbook with his mother! Can’t wait to see it. I was so thrilled to have this once in a lifetime opportunity as I am a big fan of America’s Next Top Model, that show was an inspiration and learning curve for me when I pursued a career in fashion and modeling.

 

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Three designers, the duo Paprocki & Brzozowski, Viola Spiechowicz and MIA presented their Spring 2016 collections. Paprocki & Brzozowski’s collection with its elegant silk dresses, flowing chiffon skirts and brocade suits was inspired by the Renaissance.

 

 

Dramatic voluminous shapes, white and pastel shades were a constant theme for Viola Spiechowicz’s label, a clean minimalist approach for spring. She uses nettle, a unique material for her fabric as it helps hold the outfits’ shape better.

 

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MIA rocked it out with a sleek collection using mostly black and white with clean cut lines. Their collection was inspired by architecture as you can see from the modern construction of the outfits.

 

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I hope you like the designs from this inspiring fashion show! I noticed that the Polish have a refined and minimalist taste in fashion. I’m forward to seeing more Polish designers showcasing their work on the runway in the future!

 

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Dannijo X Cointreau La Soiree

 

 

Summer is the perfect time to throw parties, or as the French will call it – soirees. The Art of La Soiree with Dannijo X Cointreau event was an elegant affair to get inspired on how to throw a beautiful cocktail party!

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Who would know style better than Danielle and Jodie Snyder – the sisters behind the trendy jewelry label “Dannijo” themselves? Their jewelry is sold on Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman among several high end stores. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Beyonce and Kendall Jenner are also fans of their jewelry line.

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Just as exquisite as their fashion label, their event definitely set the bar onto how to add a touch of glamour to hosting a party. Cointreau – the famous French liqueur brand also provided special cocktails and recipes for us to try. We even got to mix our own signature drink with our preferred ingredients at the bar. Cointreau has a sweet, orange flavor which tastes great when it’s mixed with fruit juices or even muddled together with fresh berries, citrus and herbs. It does make it the perfect drink for summer!

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I really loved how beautiful and grand the whole place looked. There were harpists playing melodious music along with the DJ.  Arches of real orange branches decorated the ceiling,  Dannijo’s latest pieces of jewelry adorned statues of greenery and there were crystals, flowers and candles everywhere.

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We also were invited to sit down to have dinner at an opulent dining table that was absolutely breathtaking. French lavender was the inspiration behind it so was laden with  violet goblets, amethyst crystals and floral arrangements within glass prisms. To top it off, we were served with lavender lemonade mixed with the Cointreau.  Did you know that the lavender flower is edible? It adds a lovely flavor to drinks and food. I  just loved how it all the intricate details came together to present the color in such an elegant way. Lavender also happens to be one of my favorite flowers for its evocative scent and relaxing properties.

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I absolutely adored everything about the event – from the stunning decor, amazing cocktails and delicate French food. I soaked up some wonderful ideas on how to throw a stunning party that will definitely be a hit this summer!

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Georgie Badiel Foundation L’Africana Benefit Event

 

 

Photo Credit Faultless Magazine 

Georgie Badiel is an activist, supermodel and former Miss Africa from Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in West Africa. As a young girl, she had to walk for miles to fetch water from the well, carrying the pail of water back on her head. It was very hard for her to focus while going to school due to the never ending thirst and extreme poverty in her country. Despite the odds, she is still very thankful that she continued to pursue her education and eventually started a career in modeling to build a better future for herself.

 

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A 6 year old girl in Burkina Faso walking for hours to fetch water from a well. Photo credit Georgie Badiel Foundation.

 

She has come a long way to be the successful woman she is today and now she is using her position as a top model in New York City to give back the gift of clean water and sanitation to her country and Africa by founding her very own nonprofit charitable organization – The Georgie Badiel Foundation.

 

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Water is absolutely crucial for the survival of all forms of life, from plants, micro-organisms, insects, animals and us humans. As we know from biology, the adult human body is made up of at least 60% of water and 75-78% in infants. So it’s no surprise that babies and  children are the first to die from thirst. In Burkina Faso alone, at least 6,000 children die from dehydration and unclean water. No matter how impoverished and far away these people are, they deserve the access to this very basic necessity to survive.

 

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Other than building wells to provide water and installing water purification systems, the Georgie Badiel Foundation also empowers young children and women to go to school.  They plant trees to protect the country from desertification. To curb starvation, they also provide grains for the villagers to plant and also educate them on how to maintain the wells so they will be able to sustain themselves.

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Georgie Badiel is also a good friend of mine. Despite her accomplishments and what she has gone through, she is a very humble, soft spoken person with a heart of gold! She among the strong and successful women that  I look up to. Beauty definitely shines from determination and compassion. When I heard about her foundation I was more than happy to volunteer for her great cause!

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Photo Credits to Georgie Badiel Foundation

The foundation’s summer fundraising fashion event was presented by Major Model Management. It was a glamourous celebration of  African culture, fashion, music, cuisine and art. It was hosted by fashion model Madlena Kalinova and Jozef Naggiar to tell the audience more about the foundation and the plight of the people in Burkina Faso and other poor countries in Africa.

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The beautiful models from the agency were decked out in stylish African inspired outfits. It was a heartwarming sight to see women of every color wearing the “Gele” also known as the African head wrap in the fashion presentation.

 

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The history of the “Gele”  can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians and Nubian empire. Powerful people such as priests, queens and kings used to only wear them. In West Africa today, other than wearing them for protecting their heads from the sun, the people also wear different styles of head wraps for special occasions. A more elaborate headdress  is also a symbol of power and status in West Africa. Perhaps another great way to support the artisans who make them in Africa is to incorporate these stunning head wraps into our wardrobes. They definitely make a more exotic fashion statement than a sun hat and you’re also giving back to the world!

 

 

 Other special guests who are renowned in the fashion industry also showed their support for the foundation. Katia Sherman, the president of Major Model Management and  Macdella Cooper, the founder of The Macdella Cooper Foundation which is another charity organization that gives back to Africa by educating and motivating disadvantaged children, youth and women  spoke about how we can show compassion and help out people in the poorer regions in Africa. Mariam Fofana who is one of the ambassadors of Burkina Faso was overjoyed to share her experience about how the Georgie Badiel Foundation has helped out so many people in the villages.

 

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Finally, they held an auction to raise money for the foundation by auctioning off some exquisite works of art from some of the popular, up and coming artists in New York City such as Vika Costa Art Work.

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It was such an eye-opening  and heartbreaking experience to learn more about the poverty and fight for survival for the less fortunate people in other parts of the world. We are very lucky to live in more developed countries where everything is available at our fingertips and we tend to not appreciate what we have. Let’s use our blessings as a way to reach out to these people who deserve a fighting chance to live. With one click of a button thanks to our trusty smart phones and internet, we can make a quick donation, no matter how small. $25 is what we often pay for a decent meal in the city, to them it could mean so much more, and they can live another day.

To learn more about The Georgie Badiel Foundation check it out on the link below

georgiebadielfoundation.org

By the way Georgie Badiel, along with Susan Verde also wrote a storybook called The Water Princess, which is based on her struggle for survival in her village and how she pursued her dreams. You can get this inspiring book here www.amazon.com/Water-Princess All proceeds go towards her charity of course.

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Remember, Water Comes First. Water is the Gift of Life. Let’s appreciate, save it and share it with the rest of the world!
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Met Gala 2016: Manus X Machina Press Preview

 

 

The Met Ball is one of the most star-studded and glamorous events of the year where celebrities, influential fashion icons and designers attend the unveiling of the Costume Institute’s new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I was lucky enough to attend the press preview in the morning before the gala. This year’s theme for the exhibition is called Manus X Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology.

 

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Anna Wintour and museum curator Andrew Bolton gave an opening speech to tell us more about the the exhibition. Manus X Machina explores the co-relationship of couture that is made by hand (manus) and the machine (Machina).

 

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Manus X Machina shows the history of how fashion has evolved over the years, from the founding of hand made haute couture, the invention of the sewing machine which has helped with the mass production of clothes, to the present day when technological advances such as 3D printing, laser cutting and computer graphics are used to create couture and ready-to-wear fashion.

 

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The collection of 90 stunning ensembles features a diverse range of outfits from handcrafted haute couture,  to 3D printed designs from the top fashion labels in the world such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen.

 

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At the entrance, a magnificent Chanel wedding dress with a gold studded 20 feet long train made a grand impression. The dress is made of scuba knit while the baroque design on the train was hand drawn by Karl Lagerfeld and then digitally manipulated to create a randomised, pixelated pattern.

 

 

Other haute couture ensembles on display are adorned with hand-sewn embellishments, appliqués, sequins,feathers and flowers and excellent craftsmanship.

 

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A great example are the ethereal Venus and Janun gowns from Christian Dior shown on the left that are hand appliquéd with tulle petals and hand embroidered with sequins. The Alexander McQueen dress on the right is decorated with beaded silver paillettes that were sewn by hand onto the dress.

 

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Chanel had another breathtaking, ethereal wedding gown on display which is covered with at least 2500 handmade camellias and ostrich feathers, all sewn onto the dress by hand!

 

 

There are a wide range of futuristic dresses as well such as the gold metallic “Kaikoku” Floating dress designed by Hussein Chalayan. It is remote controlled on wheels, allowing it to float on the floor and release 50 crystal “pollen spores.”

 

 

The spiky, out-worldly headpiece and bolero ensembles befittingly entitled as ” Atmospheric Reentry” by Japanese designer Maiko Takeda were so fascinating to look at and reminded me of a science fiction movie. Maiko Takeda was also present at the preview, wearing another one of her mind-blowing headpieces. She explained that despite its futuristic appearance, the designs are made of hand-cut acetate fringes and acrylic squares that are all assembled by hand.

 

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One of the outstanding ensembles that caught my eye is this “bird dress” designed by Iris Van Herpen. It is made from laser cut silicone “feathers”  that are stitched onto the outfit by hand, to create a magnificent cloak that a fantasy character would wear in a movie.

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Gareth Pugh turned the humble drinking straw into a work of art, by embroidering hundreds of straws onto his outfits. That’s taking the idea of recycling everyday, overlooked items unto another level of awesomeness!

 

Alexander McQueen’s stunning “Cape Feather Dress,” designed my Sarah Burton was  inspired by the patterns on a moth’s wing. Although it looks as if the exquisite pattern was digitally printed, it was actually made up of thousands of feathers of varying colors, each and every feather being cut and stitched by hand onto the dress.

 

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These are just a few of the examples of the fascinating and remarkable designs on display. It was enlightening to learn more about the evolution of fashion. I could only imagine the hours of hard labour and artistic direction behind every outfit.

 

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To visit the exhibition, look for the Robert Lehman Wing and Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is only open to the public from May to August 14.  I am sure you will be enchanted by not only the beauty of these works of art, but you will also appreciate to learn more about the history of haute couture and the construction of every outfit. It is a must see for all fashionistas and aspiring fashion designers to get inspired!

 

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