To be beautiful and fashionable has just become easier with the latest collaboration between two homegrown Philippine brands, Plain & Prints and Happy Skin.
It will be remembered that the two-decade-old women’s clothing brand, Plains & Prints, was first to give a “home” for then new makeup line Happy Skin in 2013, which quickly succeeded in the cosmetics market. Despite this early business relationship, however, the two companies seemed to have overlooked the exciting potential of doing something together to please their patrons, who in turn happen to be one and the ame: the upwardly moving Filipina.
But finally, the successful partnership between these popular labels in fashion and beauty has leveled up this year via the collaborative capsule collection “Prints Made Pretty” in time for Spring/Summer 2016.
At their official launch in Bonifacio Global City, The Manila Times caught up Plains & Prints’ Roxanne Ang-Farillas, and Happy Skin’ Rissa Mananquil-Trillo who explained why it took some time before they worked together on a project.
“The way we make our products [at Happy Skin], hindi basta-basta [it’s not impulsive],” Trillo began. “And in the last three years, we’ve also made sure to come out with them at the right time. But now, with a new season coming up, and Plains and Prints marking its 20th anniversary last year, we’ve found the perfect time to celebrate our partnership.”
In response, Farillas expressed, “We consulted a lot with Rissa and Jacques [Gutierrez, Happy Skin co-founders] to produce the prints. We also had to take into consideration the characteristics and colors of their makeup before designing the collection.”
What the ladies agreed on was a look that echoed the “fun and feminine vibe” of Happy Skin, beginning with the now iconic pink and teal hues of the cosmetic label. These elements come together in “Scene Stealer,” a range of tops featuring striking peacock patterns; “Girl Boss,” ensembles in plain pastel shades; “Glisten Up,” dresses bearing digital skyscraper prints; “Kiss Me” blouses and dresses, designed in candy stripes; and “Pucker Up,” which are different pieces that bear colorful kiss marks.
With both sides pleased with the outcome, Trillo was grateful to Farillas for welcoming their inputs even with the latter’s 20-year-old experience in fashion.
“Roxanne was very hands on through every stage of this project,” the model-turned-entrepreneur said in admiration. “She would show us the pieces and would ask if we were happy with them. Even if fashion is her expertise, she made room for our inputs such as including an off shoulder top or culottes pants in the collection. These were just little things on our wish list but she was so open to them.”
Flattered by Trillo’s kind words, Farillas said she was only too happy to finally work with Happy Skin, what with her fashion label renowned for well-designed and well-executed collaborations.
“Plains & Prints has been active in collaborations for the past eight years with designers, photographers, stylists and even celebrities. Happy Skin is a local brand that we really believe in, and their products and ideas are also something that our market appreciates—so everything worked out well.”
On the side of cosmetics, Happy Skin has rolled out a new collection in Prints Made Pretty packaging, that echo the “fashion forward” vibe of the Plains & Prints pieces.
Trillo elaborated, “We have trendier colors such as two new shades of matte lippies in burgundy and mauve. We also came up with cheek sticks [blush, highlighter and contour] for the modern, on-the-go Filipinas who won’t need a brush [to use them]. All they need to do is swipe it on their cheeks and blend with the warmth of their fingers.”
The Prints Made Pretty limited edition makeup comes in a Shut Up and Kiss Moisturizing Matte Lippie Duo box and Glisten Up! Strobing Kit.
“In everything that we do, both at Happy Skin and Plains & Prints, we only have one agenda: To make women look and feel prettier by providing them with beauty and fashion solutions that are fun and not intimidating,” concluded Trillo.
The Prints Made Pretty collections from both labels are now available in Plains & Prints boutique nationwide, as well as online via www.zalora.ph.