Burlesque: FHM 100 Sexiest Women Victory Party
Last July 14, 2011, the sexiest show on earth was held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. And because I won a ticket for this awesome event I got a chance to cover it for my blog. Burlesque is the theme of the FHM Victory party for the unveiling of the 100 Sexiest women in the world 2011.
Twist your Style with Corduroy Trend
Corduroys are popular again when talking about designer clothes fashion. It is a textile composed of twisted fibers that, when woven, lie parallel to one another to form the cloth's distinct cord pattern and is similar to twill.
Fashion Night at Brasilipinas 2011 Conexao Rio-Manila
We all know that most of the super models come from the beautiful country of Brazil. That is why The EBC Philippines, Power Plant Mall, Embassy of Brazil and Havaianas in cooperation with School of Fashion and Arts presented Brasilipinas 2011 Conexao Rio-Manila.
Tips in Wearing Black
Many people said that wearing black makes you look slimmer. That is why many fashionistas like their designer clothes to be black. Learn how to mix and match your black garments is the key for a successful new look. Black is popular that is why Polo Ralph Lauren and other designer always use this shade to showcase their works.
The First Philippine Fashion Ball
The First Philippine Fashion Ball was held at the Rigodon Ballroom of The Manila Peninsula Hotel last August 15, 2011. It was organized by Preview and hosted by Sanya Smith, the anniversary party ushered in Preview’s much-awaited Best-Dressed Ball that gave recognition to the movers and shakers of the Philippine Fashion industry.
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“All the embroidery is made in the Philippines,” she said. Even the necklace with a semi-precious stone she wore to the preview and the models’ handbags are Filipino-crafted. “About 50 percent of what you saw today are made in the Philippines. I am very proud of everything about the Philippines,” she proclaimed. In November, Natori opened her first Philippine boutique through Rustan’s.
“We had a very successful lingerie and lounge-wear collection launching and they’ve been so welcoming. And with my sneak preview of this RTW, Rustan’s responded immediately. We’re now opening two more shops in March,” she revealed. Natori said her clothes are perfect for the lifestyle in the Philippines.
The models came down through a winding staircase. Not an easy job if you’re wearing tall, flimsy heels. The models would constantly look down to make sure there was a step to catch their feet. Falling down on one’s face is one thing – it’s been done before — but rolling down the stairs would be a novelty no fashion house could risk. The unflappable Natori thought an art gallery venue was “just perfect.”
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"It will provide the needed boost to ethnic textile production, to infuse fresh waves of ideas and concepts that makes these traditional textiles, designs and production updated, competitive yet still culturally relevant," Dr. Carlos C. Tomboc, Director of the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), told Malaya Business Insight. Local and natural are the buzzwords: fibers from plants woven into traditional wear that have lasted centuries are turned into what PTRI calls neoethnic fashion. "The idea is to evolve ethnico textiles into mainstream fashion in view of their eco-character and novelty representative of local heritage and an embodiment of the labor of people who perpetuate the craft," said Jeannie Lynn J. Cabansag of PTRI’s Research and Development Division.
The PTRI, a part of the Department of Science and Technology, has developed technologies on Philippine tropical fabrics as well as dyeing and printing technologies using natural plant sources, and finishing including application of enzymes that make tropical and ethnic fabrics less itchy, less coarse and more wearable and easier to keep for a longer time. Enzymes are eco-friendly microorganisms; some varieties can be used to soften fabrics as well as remove itchiness in fabrics. Enzymes are household chemicals common, for instance, in detergents. "Product development, training and promotion add premium and value to revive ethnic textiles and turn them into cosmopolitan form and use, spreading the technologies to other textile producing communities and larger markets," Cabansag said. "It is a fusion of science and age-old art and craftsmanship."
Ethnic textiles are fabrics distinctively produced by a certain tribe, community, locality or ethno-linguistic group that has become a part of its identity, culture and heritage. Although in some places ethnic textiles have been revived, their production has either slowed down or even ceased, Tomboc explained. Ethnic textiles identified with specific places, like the piña of Aklan, have gained prominence in mainstream fashion when Bench, a leading Filipino apparel company, used them in its 2009 Philippine Fashion Week show. Ethnic prints are included in its spring and summer collections.
It is part of the "revival" of Southeast Asian textiles normally used as traditional costumes, re-created into contemporary looks and featured in the collection of fashion designers like Dries Van Noten, Givenchy Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenberg. Then there is the green thing. Standards for dyeing textiles are getting stricter as Oeko Tex 200 imposes limits on the effluents and the amount of extractable metals and compounds in textiles. To minimize pollution, Oeko Tex 200 limits, for example, the allowable amount of textile finishings, including dyes, that provide acceptable colorfastness. Textile coloration accounts for a substantial percentage in textile waste water.
"Our niche are ethnic textiles using eco-friendly, natural, low-impact dyes that are also superior and safe," Tomboc said. Synthetic, petro-based dyes now color most textile because of the great ease and more cost effective dyeing techniques involved. However, the health hazards of continuous exposure to synthetic dyes has made natural dyes attractive. Azo dyes, which are potentially cancer-causing, has been banned in Germany and selectively banned in other European countries.
The European Union’s policy on REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemicals) regulates dyed materials and the manufacture of synthetic dyes. It requires the declaration of content and composition, for example. "The trend in going organic and natural puts local hand-woven textiles in the mainstream," said Cabansag.
The revival and upgrading of traditional dyeing technologies that are cost effective started in the 1990s in Abra and Ifugao where dye-producing plants were cultivated in nurseries. The first of PTRI’s Common Service Facility (CSF) was established in the region. The nurseries provided the plants that produced the dyes, and the CSF supplied local dyers with colorants and processed the fabrics with the coloration required.
Nearly a decade later, another CSF was established in Aklan, this time at the Aklan State University (ASU) campus in Banga. It provides basic dyeing facilities for private enterprises and helps start up companies adopt color application. ASU also looked at the appropriate cultivation of four priority dye sources: indigo, sibukao, yellow ginger and annatto that were introduced to local planters.
"The propagation, planting and cultivation of dye species offers alternative livelihood to farmers and weavers alike," Tomboc pointed out. "Propagating and planting natural dye sources are already business ventures." "Surplus production can even spill out of Aklan to address the needs of other natural dye facilities elsewhere in the country. A dyeing facility is very strategic when located near clients and users," he added. The CSF in Aklan has gone beyond commercial-scale, large-volume application of natural dyes on piña-based fabrics. It is processing crude aqueous extracts into powder, extending the potential applications of natural dyes to six months.
Not only could these powders be used for dyeing garments but also for hand- and silkscreen painting. It is a viable alternative to textile coloration, design and product development. Laboratory trials show that the relatively short shelf life of the aqueous dye extracts are extended when in powder form without sacrificing purity; no preservatives are added. Packaging technology has been developed for easy handling. Aklan’s CSF is the only one in the country processing several plants into powered dyes although indigo powder production is being done in Baler, Aurora, which supplies small volume requirements. PTRI will showcase its tropical fabrics during the "Bagong Habi ...Salinlahi" fashion show on March 8 at the InterContental Hotel in Makati.