Heart’s Wedding Gown

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February 15, 2015 – Actress Heart Evangelista and Senator Chiz Escudero tied the knot finally at the romantic Balesin. While I am not really into celebrities weddings and dramas, I am always fascinated with the wedding gowns of their choice.

I love Heart’s Grace Kelly inspired wedding gown by Ezra Santos. It’s very elegant and sophisticated and it fits her personality perfectly. Check out some of the shots of her on her fabulous wedding gown (photos not mine – though I did some enhancements from the original).

The wedding gown inspiration - Grace Kelly of Monaco

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The inspiration – Grace Kelly of Monaco

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And another favorite is her customized Christian Louboutin Pumps to match her perfect wedding gown.

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Mindanao Fashion Summit 2014

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This is it again! It’s the time of the year where the Fashion Designers of Mindanao flaunts their creation to the catwalk and show the world the Mindanaoan styles and designs. The first two Mindanao Fashion Summit were quite a success that it even opened doors of new opportunities in the fashion designing arena for both the  seasoned and then budding fashion designers. It’s no doubt that Mindanao is the home of some of the finest fashion designers.

The 3rd Mindanao Fashion Summit will bring together fashion designers all over Mindanao for them to exhibit and display their latest Mindanaoan Collection under the theme Local Designers – Global Impact. The event will open with an all – Mindanaoan Collection and the Men’s Wear Collection. The second day will feature the works of top designers from Davao, General Santos, Cotabato, Surigao, Iligan, Butuan, Ozamis and Zamboanga City. Mark you calendars and save August 8, 9 and 10 for an amazing display of fashion collections.

Mindanao Fashion Summit 2014 schedule
Click Image to enlarge and view the MFS2014 schedule of activities

Mindanao Fashion Summit 2014 is among the events of Cagayan de Oro’s coming festivities in celebration of the city’s Fiesta dubbed as “Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014”. The show is made possible by the Oro Fashion Designers Guild (OFDG).

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Gwen Stefani and O.P.I Collaboration

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I guess there’s no doubt Gwen Stefani is among the world’s most stylish celebrities.  I just love how versatile her fashion statement is. She can go from badass to sweet without hurting my eyes. But generally when I think of Gwen Stefani, I think of platinum hair, red luscious lips, fierce eyes and No Doubt some sexy top showing her sexy abs! Well, this time, Gwen’s nails will be the center of the attraction as leading Nail Color brand O.P.I collaborates with the No Doubt front singer.  O.P.I’s brand new line “standout color in breakthrough finishes”

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This collection of nail polish is created to celebrate “the role of music as a major influence in fashion” and is said to reflect the the 2013 Met Gala theme, “Punk: Chaos to Couture”. Gwen Stefani will definitely represent this perfectly. The collection will have mattes and glossies and glitters *Insert my giggly, excited face here*.  The 7 nail polish are the  Hey Baby, I Sing In Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby, 4 In The Morning, In True Stefani Fashion and Push & Shove. The line’s signature shade, Over & Over A-Gwen (a red to rival Stefani’s perma-rouge pout) will also be available as a box set which will come with fun things like Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs! I am just soooo excited!

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Gwen Stefani x OPI is expected to hit the shelves in January 2014.

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Bandeau Bikinis

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Figuring out what to wear at the beach is often tricky for women. With so many beautiful styles of swimsuits, it is often difficult to narrow down their choices. Whether shoppers are looking for one-piece swimsuits, bikinis, tankinis, modesty swimsuits, there is something flattering for everyone who wants to go to the swimming pool or the beach. Customers looking for something a little different to wear while sunbathing this summer should check into bandeau bikinis at elitefashionswimwear.com.

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These attractive two-piece bathing suits come in a variety of colors and styles all their own. Whether bathing beauties want to take a walk on the wild side or stay demure, Elite Fashion Swimwear has something to please anyone’s tastes. Swimmers and sunbathers will stand out from the crowd in their own twist on this versatile style of bikini. Shoppers can select something with some fringe on top, ruffles and some suit tops even give swimmers the ability to create a halter top when they want to take a more serious swim. Some of the swimwear designers that customers will find at Elite Fashion Swimwear include Seafolly Swimwear, L Space Swimwear, Rebecca Swimwear, Paradizia Swimwear, Prelude Swimwear and many more. Swimmers and sun lovers will be able to make each day at the beach something special when they look for these exciting brands and designs. Whimsy and imagination go hand-in-hand with trips to the a favorite beach locale. A few–or several–beautiful swimsuits makes each visit to their favorite water-spot at sand’s edge special.

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Style Origin 2013 in CDO

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May 25, 2013 – I was invited to be among the bloggers to witness the Annual Style Origin, a series of fashion shows across all Ayala Malls and Style Souks. Me and my friends were privileged to be at the front seat to check out each of the collections and of course to see Ms. Phoemela Barranda up close and starmagic’s latest teen sensation Julia Barretto who walked for Bench. It’s no doubt she is on her way to stardom as the venue was filled with fans’ loud cheer when she came out.

Style Origin 2013

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Mindanao Fashion Summit Featuring Mark Yaranon and Joshua Guibone

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The second Mindanao Fashion Summit to which ladysoda.com is an official media partner was a major success! The best and budding fashion designers from Mindanao showcased their craft and fabulous work on the 3-day fashion show. Congratulations to OFDG (Oro Fashion Designers Guild) and all its partners for the amazing show! And to my dear friend Dennis Almazan who did a fabulous job in directing the show. I was able to see all the collections and with no bias I really really love Mark Christopher Yaranon and Joshua Guibone’s collection! I love the fact that their designs exudes simplicity and elegance with extremely unbelievable details! I had a quick chit-chat with both of them and here’s what they have to say about their collection.

Men’s Wear Collection according to Joshua Guibone
My menswear collection was inspired by the color and song “yellow’ by cold play. I also reference the sunshine piercing through the gray clouds. That is the main component of my designs for my menswear collection spring summer for mfs 2013. I envisioned men going beach in yacht thus the used crumpled cotton. I want to give a relax and easy feel to the collection.

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Women’s Wear Collection according to Joshua Guibone
My womens wear is inspired by metal and shoelaces. I loved the crisscross pattern of the shoelaces. I started to think on how to achieve it and the only thing i thought it would make it possible is by using metal square rings. That’s how the whole idea of my collection. To highlight the sheer technique of incorporating metal to the pieces, i used simple simple silhouette on the dresses as not to overwhelm each piece. The color was inspired by the 2012 london olympics tennis competition. It was held on the grass court of Wimbledon where traditionally white attire is obligatory. But, during the olympics, they allowed fuchsia pink and magenta on the background. my woman is edgy at the same time feminine – sweet but strong and definitely a stand out.

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Here’s the collection of Mark Yaranon both for Men and Women. Mark is the current President of OFDG and is the mentor of Joshua Guibone. Both of them have had their share in the Philippine Fashion Week. I am hoping to see them joining this year.

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LadySoda on Mindanao Fashion Summit 2012

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Last year I wrote about the Mindanao Fashion Summit and talked about its huge success! Now it’s another year and the Oro Fashion Designers Guild (OFDG) and Designers Assembly (DA) is set to hold another fabulous fashion show showcasing the talents of both veteran and budding fashion designers of Mindanao.

This time, Ladysoda.com is an official media partner of the Mindanao Fashion Summit 2012! (woot! woot!). I am excited! That means I get to witness the 3-day fabulous event and display of those gorgeous designs. Ladysoda will give you the updates and photos!

The designs of Frederick Peralta, Dong Omaga Diaz, Gil Macaibay III, Mark Christopher Yaranon, Roel Rosal, Joshua Guibone, Kiko Domo, Alma Mae Roa, Boogie Musni Rivera,Benjie Manuel and many others. The show will be directed by 3 top fashion show directors in Mindanao and of them is my very good friend Dennis Almazan.

If you are in Cagayan de Oro or happens to be around the city on December 5,6 and 7, check out the Mindanao Fashion Summit 2012 at the Rotunda, Limketkai Mall, CDO, 5:00 PM. I will keep you posted with the daily show schedule.

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Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013 Collection

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Monique Lhuillier one of the Hollywood’s best fashion designer and a favorite for bridal gowns and most of all red carpet gowns has again wowed the fashion world with her Spring 2013 Collection. The modern spring 2013 collection was inspired by Life of the sea (notice the color seafoam green) — birds, rainbow-colored fish, sunlight on water and the luminescence of glowing waves. And you cannot miss the red carpet worthy gowns which I intentionally put first because I really think they are gorgeous! Monique Lhuillier truly is a Filipino pride.

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Lady Gaga Spends Fortune for an Alexander McQueen Gown

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Alexander McQueen ivory silk tulle empire line gown from “The Girl Who Lived In The Tree” collection.

Lady Gaga spent a fortune for this empire gown by Alexander McQueen at the Daphne Guinness auction in London. She joined the bidders of highly regarded and rich individuals in the fashion industry. Though she did not appear in the auction personally as she bid on the phone only, she managed to snatch a very priced 2008 creation of Alexander McQueen in the possession of beer heiress Daphne Guinness. She spent a whooping $133,075 for the gown which Guinness have sported herself for Harper’s Bazaar – as shown in photo below. Gaga, broke the record on bidding for a McQueen piece at an auction.

Who can beat that? Well, probably someone who has the heart to spent so much for a cause. The proceeds of the auction went to Isabella Blow Foundation, which Guinness founded after the death of her friend in 2007. The foundation offer support to young designers and fund research into depression and mental illness.

Photo by Courtesy of Christie’s

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