Notice the influx of backlogged posts lately? Hahah. I have developed a new pattern on how to manage my time and I hope this is going to work so expect more from me all the time from now on. I have had something published in Philippine Star lately, yes on national paper and the mothership of my beloved daily, The Freeman and I wrote about the Style Origins feat. Mensweek and the brands that participated in the fashion show. We were seated in the front with friends, the lovely gals from Blanc Magazine, Dexter Alazas, and Claire. My lovely blogger friends were also present – I couldn’t thank you enough for gracing the event, with me now being part of Ayala’s Marketing Dept working as their freelance writer. Across us were Furne One (who I heard was going to hold his own fashion show in Cebu) and Miss Arcy Gayatin and Philipp Rodriguez. Ah, so blessed to be in the room with creative people!



Just an excerpt of this show so I wouldn’t sound redundant:

Some of the girls from Cocoon, Iora, Simone and July are easily identifiable, too, but the poppy-colored shift dress with laser cuts from Sunny Side Up is not surprisingly a huge hit. In the center of all these style presentation is a gargantuan showcase of footwear from Gibi, Janilyn, and Charles and Keith. They became sole occupants of this year’s Style Origin runway along with our gorgeous girls.

From the second Matteo Guidicelli hit the catwalk—acid-wash bottoms, button down, and turbaned torrent of curls—we are transported to a metropolitan era when the pursuit of pleasure is to become multilingual, multicultural and basically free of prejudices and stereotyping. Ah, Mensweek begins.

An influx of men starts to emerge from the stage and a few almost fell off their seats. No one was badly hurt, just startled. Before another one could come crashing, our models sporting the collections of district fashion from Human come first. The saroual entertains while the cleanliness of Mental and Hip St. makes us fall in love with cotton on men again. Islands Souvenir gives us pops of color with board shorts that employ the lovable primary colors’ orange, blue and neon green. Although there was less swish that usual, the styling WAGW, Nautica, Folder and Hung, Rustan’s and Call It Spring bring to the table a collection that sidestepped the digital age in favor of the classic chambrays, Bermuda shorts, and dinner jackets.

Suddenly, the crowd waits in bated breath when the lights glow and Arcy Gayatin’s name popped out in the screen. The timing is just right. Arcy Gayatin earlier was already glowing when we saw her come in the Activity Center and has been glowing ever since her models trod in wearing her collection. If the men weren’t distracting enough, the cobwebs certainly has our attention. Her famous cobweb signature has the full treatment this time when the spotlight is on them.

I love Ayala’s efforts to bring together a fashionable event every year. Not just this helps out to the merchants who sell clothes and accessories like EJ Rings and retailers in the mall but it brings together fashion designers across the city’s grid in one place. And menswear? Uh-oh. I can’t even go there. Hahah! Let’s just say Manila male models were also here to grace the event.


Style Origin is brought to you by Ayala Malls, Tiger 22 and The Philippine Star. View the complete photo sets and enlarge them here and here.