Photography by Tricia Gosingtian
Model/styling/make-up: Catherine de Jesus, soon-to-be-part-of-the-family, cosplayer, fashion designer, owner of One Free Kiss
Old photos from March 16, 2009. Published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer June 27,2009 2bu lifestyle section. Read article here.
To my Malaysian and Singaporean readers, make sure to grab a copy of Junk’s September 2009 fashion issue!
Junk has teamed up with sister fashion website Tongue in Chic to highlight some of the trends bursting out of four Asian cities, including Manila, Philippines! Below is my style write-up:
I chose Tricia Gosingtian to represent the fashion savvy girls in Manila
Girls in Manila are veering towards monochromatic leggings and sticking chiefly to neutrals such as black, grey, brown and white. A feature that differentiates the city from other legging trends around the region is their desire to layer it under skirts or dresses, topped off with a belt embellished with stones, metal details, clips or rivets for an instantaneous fashion boost. As for accessories, layering bangles are the way to go - be it glass, metal, rubber or plastic! They like them colourful and they like them dramatic.
Foot choices include gladiator heels, peep-toe booties, platform shoes and metallic sandals from (M)phosis, Zara, Topshop, H&M and Mango. Look up and you’ll see them sporting angled bobs ala Rihanna, or long hair gone crazy wavy or straight-laced.
and Nino Lorente of Style Anywhere for the guys
Guys are found to throw on a black or grey vest over a T-shirt or another casual top, which is then commonly worn over sensible trousers or tight-fitting pants. Never denying themselves of Topman, Cheap Monday, 5cm and Zara, they add flair with headgear such as fedoras and Kangol hats. Of course, only the ones with unusual confidence mixed with a dash of nonchalance pull this off. Plimsolls are the choice for shoes, with others hunting for Nike Dunks and Jeremy Scott x Adidas. Easy to wear and perfect for work or play, Manila guys love that they look best worn with, well, everything!
While some uphold that clothes make the man, it is essential that their shades delineate their character during warm weather months. Sunglasses provide the barometer of their lifestyle, and more often than not, they wear aviators that exude classic masculinity and style that’s bound to draw attention and fashion admiration.
Thank you so much Tricia and Nino! You guys are the best. <3 They actually took the photos themselves, I just edited it. Oh and thanks to Melly Ling, my Tongue in Chic co-contributor, for scanning the article! Whoooooot. ;)
Thanks too, Tin. <3