Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Efren Ocampo goes beautifully Baroque

Efren Ocampo goes back to his Kapampangan roots and takes inspiration from the artisans of Betis, Pampanga in his latest collection for SM.
It is said that the wood carving tradition in Betis is as old as the town itself.  Even before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers, people in the town were already well known as blacksmiths, carvers, ship builders, and carpenters.

The Spaniards brought with them the Catholic faith, and with it, magnificent heritage churches like the Betis Church in Guagua, Pampanga.  Established in 1607, the Baroque Church was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum and the NCCA in 2001.

The main door to the church features intricate carvings portraying the “Gates of Paradise.” Inside the Baroque-inspired church, one can find religious frescoes on the ceiling, and wall murals very much like those of the Renaissance masters in the Sistine Chapel.

Just as Betis artisans created their wonderful works from wood and metal, Ocampo’s medium is “tulle lace appliquéd on fabric.”  His clothes are definitely Baroque-inspired with exquisite details, as well as a black, white, mustard, beige, and gold palette.

Silhouettes are feminine — fitted bodices with A-line skirts, as well as off-the-shoulder, strapless, and sleeveless dresses.  Ocampo says that it is his A-line skirt that makes it different from his other collections.

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“We had been doing a lot of pencil skirts,” he says, “and we decided to do A-line skirts for a change.”  He also finds the silhouette very flattering for curvy women.

The Efren Ocampo collection (styles vary per store) is available at The SM Store in Makati, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Southmall.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Benefit Gala to Showcase Philippine Design, Textiles and Fashion

Renowned Philippine fashion designer, Patis Tesoro, comes to Washington DC to showcase her unique collection of Philippine-inspired designs. Signature pieces from innovative furniture designer, Kenneth Cobonpue, will also be featured in this year’s cultural “Event of the Year” which will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, on Thursday, June 11, 2015.
Tickets are now available for the “Gala Evening Celebrating Philippine Design, Textiles and Fashion,” showcasing the creative works of  renowned fashion designer, Patis Tesoro, the “Grand Dame of Philippine Fashion”. Tesoro is noted for her advocacy in preserving the piña (pineapple fiber) weaving industry in Aklan.

The evening cultural show, which takes place on June 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., will open with an exhibit and reception at the Atrium at 7:15 p.m. followed by the fashion show at 8:15 p.m. in the Atrium Hall.

The event will benefit Aklan Piña MANTRA, women in fiber production microenterprise in the Philippine town of Aklan. The industry was affected when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013.

Also featured is an exhibit of signature pieces from furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, called the “rattan virtuoso” by TIME magazine. Cobonpue is known as a strong advocate for sustainable design.

Both the works of Tesoro and Cobonpue have earned critical acclaim in the design community in the Philippines, as well as world-wide.

The US-Philippines Society, with the cooperation of the Philippine Embassy, is sponsoring the event. US-Philippines Society Executive Director, Hank Hendrickson, urges everyone to support the event saying that “the benefit gala will aid families and women in particular, rebuild livelihoods in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.”

Seats are limited. Individual tickets at $150 are available online at the US-Philippines Society website,  For group reservations, please call 202-525-3982 or email  Sponsorship opportunities for the event are also available

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Kendall Jenner Endorses Philippine Fashion Brand

Popular American model and TV personality Kendall Jenner is the latest international celebrity to endorse the Philippine Fashion brand Penshoppe.

On Instagram, Penshoppe posted a video to introduce and welcome Kendall as part of #TeamPenshoppe.

This comes a few weeks after the fashion line scored a previous coup with the endorsement of hot fashion model Sean O’Pry.

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Kendall first gained popularity as part of the reality show “Keeping up with the Kardashians,| being the daughter of Kris Kardashian-Jenner and Olympic medalist Bruce Jenner.

She has since made a name for herself in modelling with print ad campaigns and photo shoots. Kendall has also walked the runways during the New York, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks.

She is famous for her social media modelling and the use of Instagram for her fashion statements and celebrity selfies.

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