LEO BALANTE

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Time and again, in this space, I say that there’s no such thing as “rules” when it comes to fashion and style. Even the suggestions that I share weekly are subject to a reader’s perception. Rules and “musts” are essentially constructs created by those in power and you, as a…

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One of the biggest components of fashion and style is how to tell a story. One thing that fascinates me about working in this industry is how a group of people translate what was simply an idea into a story that entices its would-be consumers. In this regard, designers and…

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At the tailend of January, the fashion elite and some of the country’s most well-known fashion muses gathered for the opening of COUTURiSSIMO, a pop-up store built to bring the allure of couture to a more “accessible” setting. Launched by the Asian Couture Federation (ACF) with the mission of “democratizing…

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The first time I talked to Avel Bacudio, it was 2015 and I was asking him for clothes I would be using for a cover I was working on with GMA 7 artist Derrick Monasterio. We talked on Facebook for some time, discussing the mood and overall look of the…

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As a kid, all I knew about Pitoy Moreno was that he was in a lyric of a song my mom and dad usually played during the summer. He was the Pitoy, we would joyously sing out loud in Hotdog’s “Bongga Ka ‘Day”, the 1974 song now immortalized in movies,…

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Mixing colors into your wardrobe The season of party dressing, jumping from one party and reunion to another, may have just ended, but there’s no reason you can’t go on being festive with your style decisions all year round. If anything, the fun-loving version of yourself during the holidays should…

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Fashion and style continue to hog headlines, constituting to some of the biggest stories to mark any given year. As fashion plays a big role in shaping pop culture, we always find ourselves immersed and involved in waiting for next big thing to happen in fashion. And in case you…

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A guide to building a wardrobe for every occasion To most men, fashion can be a very intimidating concept. To some, it is the least of their priorities. Why spend hours scouring for the nicest stylish finds and paying for them when a basic white shirt and jeans combo is…

HOLIDAY CATALOGUE

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The Christmas rush is over but gift-giving never stops.Still got some last-minute needs for that one final holiday get-together? Fret not, we got you covered. Keep it natural Nowadays, consumers are obsessed with anything organic and natural, and why not? People are now more conscious of what they put and…

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A behind-the-scenes look at fashion styling We’ve heard this countless of times, the world of fashion isn’t really as glamorous as it looks. Call it cliché, but for us who are working tirelessly on the sidelines, getting something done—be it for a magazine editorial, a celebrity appearance, or for an…

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