The Lifestyle Chick Diaries: October’s beauty and fashion madness

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THE month of October began and ended with a whirl of non-stop beauty and fashion events for The Manila Times Lifestyle Team, and we’re not complaining. Luckily, we were one of the first to see numerous international runway collections arrive in Manila; part of the welcoming party of new clothing labels; and all-too happy testers of the latest scents and cosmetics.

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We have it all for you here today via our “Lifestyle Chick Diaries: October’s Beauty and Fashion Madness.” Enjoy the ride, just as we did.

A perfect pair of Jimmy Choo lace stilettos

A perfect pair of Jimmy Choo lace stilettos

October 2, Wednesday: JIMMY CHOO
The launch of Jimmy Choo’s Autum Winter 2013 collection on October 2 officially opened the hectic yet fun and exciting month of The Manila Times lifestyle reporters. Held at a posh suite at The Manila Peninsula, the event was led by Gerald Liut, Jimmy Choo’s director of wholesale for Asia Pacific.

Presenting the new pieces to a group of reporters, Liut exclaimed, “If a woman wears lace on her feet, she knows what she’s doing,” while holding a perfect pair of lace stilettos in his hands.

According to the executive, Jimmy Choo’s current collection speaks of “contrasting softness and aggressiveness.” For example, the pair of stilettos he held was not only very feminine with its black floral lace on a nude insole, but also extremely sexy through its sleek silhouette and pointy sole. This contrast can also be seen in the collection’s thigh-high boots with suede lattice details, or shoulder bag in supplest of leather but with fetish accents in the form of tiny handcuffs.

As Liut summed up, this philosophy reveals who the Jimmy Choo women who are: “They are in control”. No less than Nicole Kidman puts the message across as the newly launched face of the fashion house for its Autumn-Winter 2013 campaign.

In the Philippines, Jimmy Choo is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists Inc. (SSI) and is located at Greenbelt 4 Ayala Center, Makati City. EV

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Rustan’s president Zenaida Tantoco with Lola Casademunt (center) and her daughters and general managers Maite Gasso (left) and Maria Mar Gasso (right)

Rustan’s president Zenaida Tantoco with Lola Casademunt (center) and her daughters and general managers Maite Gasso (left) and Maria Mar Gasso (right)

October 8, Tuesday: Lola Casademunt
This is not your ordinary “Lola.” In the world of fashion, Lola Casademunt is the hip and stylish Spanish brand that launched its latest collection in the Philippines on October 8 at The Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.

Lola was introduced in an afternoon chat with Manila’s female fashionistas as they got up and close and personal with Dolores Casademunt, widely known as Lola through her self-named brand. A variety of fun and feminine pieces of clothes, bags, jewelry and other accessories is what the lady sophistically dishes out as showcased in their very venture in the South East Asian region.

At 82, Casademunt is still very hands on in the label’s designs, which combines the latest trends with her personal touch. She has passed on the business side of her enterprise to her two daughters, Maria Mar and Maite Gasso.

It was in 1981 that she began designing hair accessories, and was discovered by an agent from the fashion sector. She grabbed the opportunity to design other pieces, and today provides avant-garde products for the world of style, ranging from necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches and watches, to shirts, dresses, scarves, bags, hats and gloves.

“I have an eye for what women want to wear,” Lola said in Spanish. She speaks the truth, what with her line available in countries like Italy, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Japan, Dubai, and now the Philippines, through Rustans Coropration. SM

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Marites Allen (left) presents some pieces from the Spring/Summer 2014 Frigga Collection

Marites Allen (left) presents some pieces from the Spring/Summer 2014 Frigga Collection

October 8, Tuesday: Frigga
Lady luck and fashion angels have come together to create a new brand that promises a “classy, chic and auspicious” clothing line to attract good fortune for fashionable women.

Filipina feng shui expert Marites Allen unveiled her Frigga Priemiere Collection in the Philippines on October 8, during the sneak preview of her annual Feng Shui Updates world-wide tour held at F1 Hotel Manila, Bonifacio Global City.

As Allen revealed forecasts in the coming 2014 Year of the Wood Horse, she emphasized the benefit of applying feng shui principles to daily living in order to attract energy. One way, of course, is through fashion.

“Just as feng shui is all about manipulating the environment to suit our aspirations, Frigga is all about knowing what to wear and why we should wear them. Whether it is dressing up to convince, to attract, or to appear in control, this fashion line fulfills the need to be stylish and auspicious at the same time,” Allen said. She noted that the colors available in her brand are reflective of the five feng shui elements—green (wood), white (metal), red (fire), yellow (earth) and blue (water). Frigga, meanwhile, is the Norse goddess of prophecy and destiny.

To attract wealth and prosperity, Allen advises to wear clothing embellished with the mystic knot symbol, preferably with hues of blue to help increase income opportunities. For love, wear prints that incorporate the double infinity symbol. When dressing up for good health and longevity, wear wood and water colors to signify growth.

Log on to www.maritesallen.com for more information. SM

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BCBGMAXAZRIA ambassadors (from left) Jessica Kienle, Xandra Rocha, Mikaela Martinez and Maggie Wilson-Consunji

BCBGMAXAZRIA ambassadors (from left) Jessica Kienle, Xandra Rocha, Mikaela Martinez and Maggie Wilson-Consunji

October 9, Wednesday: BCBGMaxAzria
The second Wednesday of October proved to be another busy day in fashion as BCBGMAXAZRIA’s store opened at the beautiful new wing of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City, and presented the brand’s Fall 2013 collection.

In an event dubbed Wild Life and Lady Remix, the label’s latest pieces were presented via an on-the-spot fashion shoot featuring the four archetypes of the BCBGMAXAZRIA. These ladies were Xandra Rocha, an up and coming restaurateur, TV Show host and modern businesswoman, who celebrates her youth by being a “Visionary;” Jessica Kienle, a model and entrepreneur of Swiss-Filipino descent from an affluent family who characterizes the “Socialite;” Mikaela Lagdameo, a “Connoisseur” of the good life as a model and businesswoman; and “Urban Rocker,” Maggie Wilson-Consunji, who fancies being on the edge while staying effortlessly cool.

It was also a very well-attended event whose gorgeous celebrity guests included Heart Evangelista, Ruffa Gutierrez, Denise Laurel, Sam Pinto and Phoemela Barranda, among others. EV

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Representatives from the PGH Breast Care Center joined the walk against breast cancer

Representatives from the PGH Breast Care Center joined the walk against breast cancer

October 13, Sunday: Avon KGBC Walk and Run
Avon and thousands of Filipinos from different walks of life heeded Avon’s Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer (KGBC) passionate call to arms as they came together at the SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds to “Do Something Beautiful Against Breast Cancer” at the 2013 Manila Walk and Run Event.

This year’s campaign spoke to the Filipino’s innate trait of being matulungin or helpful. It also encouraged everyone to show their own brand of support for the cause.

Hosted by GMA 7’s and KGBC Ambassador Solenn Heussaff, with a roster of Kapuso stars namely, Lyn Ching, Love Anover, Tonipet Gaba, Luane Dy, Kris Bernal, Alden Richards, Rich Asuncion and Mike Tan, the event officially opened with the runner’s gun start at 5 a.m., followed by an exhilarating pre-walk program. One of the morning’s highlights was a moving testimonial by breast cancer survivor Nedy Severino.

Avon Philippines’ new president and general manager, Julie Tatarczuk, shared her gratitude for such an overwhelming turnout for the walk and run events.

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Ziio founder and designer Alizabeth Paradon (center) with the models donning her jewelries

Ziio founder and designer Alizabeth Paradon (center) with the models donning her jewelries

October 16, Wednesday: Ziio
Wednesday does seem to be a popular day to be beautiful and fashionable. Rustan’s The Silver Vault chose mid-week, yet again to welcome its newest foreign brand, Ziio.

Based in Milan, Italy, Ziio is founded by French designer Alizabeth Paradon whom Rustan’s flew in for the media launch at The Peninsula Manila. On hand to help Paradon introduce her jewelry was her husband and Ziio general manager Patrick Aledo.

“Ziio jewelry is not a fashion item that women buy and throw away when it is not trendy anymore. Women, they keep it and love it,” Paradon proudly announced.

Asked why women treat their Ziio so lovingly, Paradon answered it’s because each piece is handcrafted with care and sophistication to combine semi-precious stones, silver and Murano glass beads. The result—jewelry that has “value of work and time.”

Paradon concluded, “I make pieces that have harmony of colors and shapes. It’s like the universe.”

Ziio is exclusively available at The Silver Vault, Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Plaza Mall. EV

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The scent of Untold by Elizabeth Arden represents the many facets of a woman

The scent of Untold by Elizabeth Arden represents the many facets of a woman

October 23, Wednesday: Elizabeth Arden
Since 1922, Elizabeth Arden has been crafting fragrances as part of the brand’s holistic approach to beauty. It has given women worldwide classics like Red Door, 5th Avenue and Green Tea. On October 23, Rustan Marketing Corp., the official distributor of Elizabeth Arden in the country, proudly revealed to the Philippine market, the next Elizabeth Arden classic.

According to Audrey Canta, division manager for fragrances of Rustan Marketing, Untold celebrates the sophistication and intrigue of a modern woman. “A woman has a lot of facets and Untold represents us in our many dimensions.

In crafting the perfume, Elizabeth Arden perfumer Clement Gavarry masterfully brought together the highest quality ingredients to capture the different facets of a woman: Sparkling Pink Pepper fused with crisp Bergamot expose her vibrant optimism and joyful spirit. Playful, fruity accents of Pear and Blackcurrant Bud evoke her unpredictable ways. Delicate Gardenia petals and Egyptian Jasmine reveal her romantic femininity. Nuances of Patchouli Heart and Sandalwood hint at her mysterious aura. And finally, heated Ambers cascade over the caress of Musk unveiling her magnetic sensuality.

Canta finally related that while some these facets are apparent on the surface, others remain hidden, or untold, thus the fragrance’s mysterious name.

Untold by Elizabeth Arden is available in leading department stores nationwide. EV

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Gelli De Belen explains the wondrous effects of all-natural products such as Moringa 02

Gelli De Belen explains the wondrous effects of all-natural products such as Moringa 02

October 23, Wednesday: Moringa O2
Having skin problems is one of nature’s cruel spells on humans, most especially for women. But before serums, chemicals, pills and creams were invented, nature always provided solutions for every dilemma that were encountered back then.

This is why the beauty expert company, Ardent World, went back to basics when it formulated an all-natural skin care line to solve different skin conditions without harmful chemical effects. It is called malunggay, or Moringa.

Besides their already popular herbal soap, facial toner, and moisturizing body lotion, Moringa O2 launched its newest product, the Herbal Hair, Scalp and Skin Therapy Oil, at the Island Resort Spa in Resorts World Manila on October 23.

An intimate gathering, women of different ages came together to witness the extraordinary effects of malunggay, as demonstrated by the line’s celebrity endorser, Gelli De Belen.

“In my line of work, all environmental elements are always against me. Strong air-conditioning during sets dry my skin, and the stress from blow drying and constant ironing and heat takes a toll on my hair,” Gelli lamented. She added that aside from these, “Sensitive skin has always been a problem for me.”

At 40, however, she’s in good, flawless shape, one that she attributes to “healthy eating, good genes, and using all natural products.”

Moringa O2 is a skin multi-vitamin that combines powerful natural anti-oxidants, multivitamins and minerals from three key ingredients—malunggay (moringa), omega (sunflower) and olive oils—to deeply nourish and moisturize dry and sensitive skin.

Ardent World’s managing director, Angeline Fiechter, helped to develop this all-natural skin line specifically for people with sensitive skin, especially since her daughter suffers from the condition.

Aside from addressing minor skin complaints such as cuts, bruises, burn, insect bites and rashes, the mix also reduces the appearance of pores, dark spots and stretch marks. These malunggay-based skin products are also recommended for dry, itchy, sensitive skin or for those with skin asthma and keratosis pilaris. SM

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