Styles Of the Season

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Even with the light drizzles every now and then, there is no need for those umbrellas, raincoats, and rubber boots to cramp your style because Christmas is right on schedule.

There’s certainly no stopping the most wonderful time of the year, and all the celebrations that come with it. So whether it’s to your office party, dreaded high school reunion, hot holi-date, or family yuletide bonding, dress up in good cheer and look absolutely fab in the styles of the season.

Today’s issue has everything you need to know—and to choose from—for the fashion of Christmas 2014.

Plains-&-Prints20141218Red dress revamped
Homegrown fashion label Plaints & Prints is offering its anniversary and 2014 Holiday Collections for the glitziest time of the year with muses actress Anne Curtis, stylist Liz Uy, Thai model Paula Taylor, and style icon Gretchen Barretto.

Want to feel ultra-feminine but with a touch of trend in upcoming holiday events? Then copy Anne’s look here with a revamped red dress under the East Meets West collection by esteemed Filipino designer Rhett Eala for the brand.


“’East Meets West’ is inspired by the merging cultures of east and west, combining chic and elegance in flattering silhouettes, and in varying shades of red,” Eala says of his bright and beautiful collection.

Zara20141218Country classic
Noted for releasing 10,000 originals designs a year, Zara first broke ground in the Philippines in 2005 through leading luxury retail distributor, SSI Group Inc. In November, the Spanish brand reopened first ever store located at the Power Plant Mall in Makati City.

Now Zara’s flagship store in the country, it carries the retail company’s global concept featuring a more environmentally sound, aesthetically forward and innovative retail space.

Filipino shoppers are invited to heighten their shopping experience through feeling, touching, looking, fitting and interacting with Zara’s diverse merchandise, including the latest collections from Zara Woman.

The Manila Times picks the classic country look for this holiday season. This is perfect for the subtle woman who wish to wear colors and prints that are toned down than the usual holiday ensembles. Wear earth-colored paisleys dresses, or pine green tops paired with blue denims. Glamorize the look by adding faux fur jackets on top. For accessories, choose leather boots and big felt hats.

Suiteblanco20141218The new monochrome
While then holiday season is always good for bright and shimmering ensembles, Spanish clothing brand Suiteblanco has dared Filipinas to set the “new monochrome” mood.

Featuring black, white and gray pieces, this style merges modern feminine and sleek minimalism as seen in this look. Break the solid-black attire with a lace detail and color-block sling bag, and add character with the black-and-white beaded earrings.

Included in Suiteblanco’s Fall/Winter collection, the new monochrome revives timeless classic silhouettes.

Uno-de-5020141218Something magical
For its Autum/Winter collection, Uno de 50, the renowned Spanish brand of handcrafted, metal jewelry, has chosen Swarovski crystals to create a magical glow perfect for the holiday season.

Called the “Magic” collection, pieces reflect the light, color and shimmer of the Northern Lights through blue, green, gray, and pink Swarovski Elements Crystals.

This “Que si Que si” long necklace made with brown leather strands and silver-plated metal beads are a sure standout. Don’t forget that this season, there is no such thing as less so match the long necklace with its silver-plated ring, and structured silver-plated metal bracelet, also both featuring Swarovski crystals.

GTW-Fab20141218Plaid and vintage
Everyone is mad about plaid. It’s clearly a key trend of the season and it’s everywhere: on the runways and on the streets.

Whether it’s a great gingham, herringbone, or the ever classic tartan, plaid has been around for ages, and it certainly looks like this is one print that’s here to stay. And while plaids of season’s past have followed more traditional and classic paths, the fall of 2014 brings cool new ways to wear it.

For the youth, imbibe a vintage feel with Just G tartan top worn with a sleeveless shell and midi length pencil skirt, all from GTW Fab.

royal20141218The royal colors
‘Tis the season for opulence and regal radiance—and Paperdolls Holiday 2014 Collection imbibes the majestic colors of royalty that define this season’s festivities.

Its latest Enchanted Holiday collection offers a plethora of options inspired by a royal blue and aurora red palette that is sure to brighten up the holidays. Colors aside, the collection also features modern silhouettes seen in a range of flowy and billowy tops, and body-hugging bottoms

Mix and match this beautiful floral top with either a casual long, jersey-knit skirt for day, or an elegant satin and pencil-cut miniskirt.

Mango2014121815th anniversary looks
When caught in a frenzy of fast-fashion and high-street newcomers, perhaps it’s time to stop, and look back on where it all began. Fifteen years ago, a Barcelona-based brand took Manila by storm, and thus grew the Filipino’s fixation for the ultimate retail brand known as Mango.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in time for the yuletide, the brand also unveiled its special “Christmas Party” collection.

Bring light to holiday gatherings with attires featuring plenty of stars, sparkle, and shine. Or you can make this season’s dressing even more dramatic with detailed lacework, sleek tailoring and plush fabrics.

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