Stylish affairs in September

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From a charitable style exhibition to the biggest wedding exposition, Manila is up for exciting fashionable affairs this month providing stylish products and services for Filipinos with different needs.

Accessory creations by Ann Ong for Ann Giannina Jewelry

Accessory creations by Ann Ong for Ann Giannina Jewelry

Top designers support fashion fair
Well-known artists and designers will lend their support to Zonta Club of Makati & Environs Foundation by donating art and fashion pieces for Zonta-Makati’s first “FilipinaZ Art and Fashion Fair” on September 12 to 14 at the Rockwell Tent in Rockwell Center, Makati City.

The one-time fund-raising event will help Zonta-Makati implement its various works in advancing the status of women in the country, providing educational, livelihood, medical, and psychosocial projects for women in poor areas of Makati and Taguig cities, as well as supporting a rehabilitation center for some 250 sexually abused girls aged six to 17 at Marillac Hills in Muntinlupa City.

“While enjoying the offerings of the fair, shoppers will also help Zonta-Makati in its advocacy to end violence against women and girls,” says Rosie Go, president of Zonta-Makati.


Clothes donated by designers Rajo Laurel, Paul Cabral, Vania Romoff, Tessie Alvarez, Carlo Calma, Robin Thomas, Maureen Disini and TC Sibal of Two Chic, among others, are also going to be available.

On Saturday, September 13, one-of-a-kind Rimowa luggage pieces that artists Rodel Tapaya, Marina Cruz, Alfredo Esquillo, and MM Yu painted on will be auctioned at the Rockwell Tent following a panel discussion on “Who determines the value of art?”

The session will be conducted by the Salcedo Institute of Arts, which serves as its launching project, and will have broadcast journalist Karen Davila as moderator; Kim Atienza (collector); London-based Tony Godfrey (educator); and Patrick Flores (curator) as members of the panel.

The milestone event, which marks the departure of Zonta-Makati from its annual pre-Christmas bazaar, will also help the club’s other projects such as its Center for Women Empowerment at the Centennial Village in Taguig City.

During the fair, shoppers will find lovely bags donated by Amina Aranaz, Bea Valdes, Stella McCartney, Mia Arcenas, and Carla Sta. Cruz.

Zonta patrons will also see jewelry creations of Elizabeth Fernandez Campos, Michelline Syjuco, Ann Ong for Ann Giannina Jewelry and Erica Concepcion-Reyes for Riqueza, Tim Tam Ong and Micki Olaguer; jewelry pieces from Calima Colombian, Capricho, and Alchemista; and vintage jewelry by Judy’s Jewels.

Invited retailers will also present their latest apparel (Astrid by John Paras, Elin PH); children and teen clothes and bags (Mayoral from Spain); footwear (Florsheim Naturalizer, Bella Cosa Trading); caftans and shawls; and accessories (Beatriz, John Paras, Casa Mercedes Fans, lulu dk tattoos from Casey Marty).

For details, call the Zonta Secretariat at 869-4280 or 0906-3632007.

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25 years of PH’s biggest wedding expo
The Wedding Expo of the Philippines (WEP) is celebrating its silver edition with the best display and widest choices of products and services in a one-stop wedding wonderland.

Slated on September 13 and 14 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, the wedding expo is organized by Themes and Motifs, which pulled out all the stops for soon-to-wed couples, their parents, their entourage, relatives, friends and guests.

Together with Edward Teng Collection, Goldenhills Jewelry, Smart Shot Studio, Henry Pascual Events Stylist, Don Robert’s Bridal Cars, Bernie Pasamba Music Consultancy, Printed Matter, Joy San Gabriel Cakes, and Bonaobra Couture, the organizer and exhibitors have made WEP the most comprehensive, respected and prestigious wedding fair in the country.

“Without their unwavering support, we would not be where we are today,” says Themes and Motifs’ husband and wife team, Dodjie and Sharon Fabian.

Since day 1 of joining the long-running wedding expo, Edward Teng attests to not only having a steady stream, but also plenty of clients and on-the-spot bookings of his wedding gowns. This comes as no surprise because Edward Teng Collections are beyond beautiful.

For pre-registration, free entrance and other details, visit www.themesnmotifs.com.

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