Topic: style

Bold and Elegant: The Plains & Prints Pre-Fall Collection 2014

Anne Curtis for Plains & Prints

There was no way I was going to fade into the background in these — my first thought on seeing the clothing brand Plains & Prints’ new pre-fall collection. As with all of the brand’s designs, the collection is unapologetically urban and feminine.

Anne Curtis sits down for afternoon tea with media, style bloggers and fans at the unveiling of Plains&Prints Pre-Fall Collection 2014

The search for the new face of Baby Mossimo and Mossimo Kids

mossimo kids

Sometimes, it’s not all about the spotlight and gorgeous outfits. Modelling can be about building self-esteem, self-confidence, and a sense of fulfillment in doing what you enjoy.

I remember when I was a kid and I would do the “Betty Boop” pose in front of a mirror—hands on the waist, shoulders stiff, butt out, and lips pouty. I would take my floral blanket and make five different styles of gowns out of it.

Do you see your kids doing the same? Do they like dressing up? Do they dream of being a model on billboards and runways? Turn their dream to reality!

Festival Supermall in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, in partnership with and Mossimo Kids, is looking for little fashionistas to be the next face of Baby Mossimo and Mossimo Kids.

No to XL discrimination!

No to XL discrimination! -- Cotton On

Is it just me or does there seem to be a ban on XL-sized clothing among high-street retailers?

I fit a size L dress in Forever 21, but if I want to go up a couple of inches in the bust, I’m directed to the plus size section — where clothes seem to start at XXL (major fabric swimming!)

I went to the Cotton On at Bonifacio High Street and asked for a dress in XL. “We only carry up to size L,” says the sales associate, despite the fact that the tag clearly stated that sizes go up to XL. You could also say the same thing for the Uniqlo at SM Mall of Asia.

And last weekend — horror of horrors! — I wanted to pick up a sweet pair of khaki shorts from former favorite TerraNova, but suddenly no XL ones were to be found. I looked around the store: indeed, there seemed to be an XL sweep, because that size was suddenly gone.

What’s going on? Do the companies that bring in these retailers to the country believe that no Pinay is over US size 10, or that those who are don’t shop? Is it more cost-effective to stock XS-L items and neglect the next size? Do they think it’s a great marketing strategy to separate larger shoppers from the “normal” and give them a smaller selection?

The Antony Morato launch @ HYVE: Our 5 favorite looks

Antony Morato launch at HYVE

A few days ago, Team MJ put on our clubbing shoes and hied down to HYDE at BGC for the launch of Italian men’s fashion brand Antony Morato. We were afraid it would be too difficult to pay attention to the clothes, as the models in the fashion show were molto caldi, but fortunately the stylish outfits were a sight on their own. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Antony Morato launch at HYVEWe like to say never underestimate the style power of a good jacket. Most of the time we like to wear suit jackets with, well, suits, but matched with a casual shirt and jeans or slacks, it makes you look dressed up without looking too stuffy for casual Fridays or going out for a drink with friends. The sleeves are cut a bit shorter than a suit jacket, so it makes for a more casual overall look.

  2. Antony Morato launch at HYVEIt’s summer, so boys and girls, it’s time to break out your most stylish shorts. And while guys in t-shirts are hot, a crisp, collared shirt over shorts make for a cooler look. After all, when going casual, it’s important to try to avoid looking as though you just rolled out of bed.

[More fashion and a video of the show’s highlights.]

The Chunky Heel

the chunky heel

Unlike The Funky Chicken, The Chunky Heel is not an embarrassing dance step, but it does share the former’s groovy origins. Chunky-heeled sandals have come and gone in fashion but they had their heyday in the 70s and early 80s. A particularly popular style was called “the fisherman sandal“. Why, I have no idea, but any fisherman in these shoes was sure to be stylish!

Chunky heels aren’t confined to sandals, though — they look equally cool as brogues or pumps.

Senso Karalay booties, Christian Louboutin brogues, J. Crew pumps and Madewell fisherman sandals

Whichever style you choose, the chunky heel is such a classic item to have in your closet: that squat, blocky heel introduces such a tomboyish, tough appeal.

Valentine’s Day: Dark romance

Dark Romance

It seems like it’s always the cutesy side of romance that gets highlighted on Valentine’s Day — all that pink, all those flowers and hearts, all those stuffed toys. Not that there’s anything wrong with evoking high school fair kissing booths and all that attendant kilig, but sometimes you yearn for something … different. This Valentine’s Day, why not take a cue from the other side of romance: dark, twisted and Gothic.

It’s high time for goth to make a comeback, too. Although 2013 is called “the year of no trends“, the F/W13 collections in New York show a definite return to the dark side. Check out Nicole Miller, Herve Leger and the old-school, Theysken-esque Katarina Grey.

L-R: Nicole Miller, Herve Leger and Katarina Grey. Pictures from Chictopia

(And now for something even darker …)

An emerald green 2013

Color of 2013

Happy new year, lovelies! Let’s talk about color.

After 2012’s tangerine dream, Pantone has decided that the color of 2013 is emerald green. I think it’s a lovely choice. Tangerine is bright and poppy but too much is overwhelming; whereas emerald is lush and soothing and infinitely layer-able — or works just as well as a little highlight or accent.

Green - Color of 2013

You can easily incorporate emerald into your wardrobe by the use of attention-grabbing prints or breaking it up into solid pieces paired with neutrals. (Check out Zalora for some great finds). You could also carry a statement clutch or even a notebook in the color of the year.

(Read on for some emerald inspiration.)

Trendcasting: 2013

2012 is winding down — finally! — so I thought it’d be fun to look around and check out the styles and trends that are going to be big in 2013. These are already making the waves abroad, so I’m sure we’ll start seeing these trickling down to a bazaar near you when the holiday shopping season starts. Keep your eyes peeled for:

Kindergarten prints

Kindergarten Prints
If 2011 was the year of the floral and ikat/tribal was all the rage for 2012, dainty childlike prints are going to rule in 2013. Cute, uniformly sized and deployed in neat rows, look for animal silhouettes (like this Shopbop “Hare” cardigan) or retro patterns, as Lena Dunham demonstrates in the cover of i-D magazine.

More fearless fashion forecasts after the cut!

The subtle art of kiddie party dressing (Momstyle)

Tunic and slim pants from

Come on moms. Come clean: dressing for kiddie parties stresses you out. More so when it’s your kid sitting behind the cartoon-themed birthday cake.

Whether we admit it or not, kiddie parties tend to become unconscious evaluations of mommy style. No one wants to be that woman who lost it all once she gestated; but no one wants to be the overdressed, made-up dragon lady who doesn’t look like she’s ever changed a diaper in her life either.

The key is balance: you want to be stylish but also comfortable — you’ll be chasing after kids, greeting guests, herding parlor games contestants and bugging the caterers after all. Ventilation at kiddie parties is not always optimal, so you’ll want something presko, cool and easy to move in too. I’ve got a couple of simple equations for you:

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More about this in the article.

Of Prints, Ruffles, and Colors – SM Kids’ Fashion at Philippine Fashion Week 2012

SM Kids in Philippine Fashion Week - Modern Princess

Prints, ruffles, and bright colours dominated the runway at the SM Kids’ Fashion Show during the Philippine Fashion Week held last October 27, at the SMX Convention Center. The show featured collections by eleven brands for children between 0-14 years old, with clothing ranging from casual to party attire.

SM Kids in Philippine Fashion Week - Modern Princess

The show opened with Trajecitos de Bebé, showcasing delicate, elegant, hand-embroidered Christening gowns of lace, satin, and tulle. Following this was Crib Couture, a line of clothing for baby boys and baby girls, geared towards playful casual wear with a splash of colour. Girls’ dresses featured bold prints and ruffled skirts, while boys’ clothes featured plaid, checkered, and argyle patterns paired with vests and cardigans.

More children’s fashion on the runway for your little angels!