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STYLEWISE by Stephanie Castillo
June 16, 2011

Leading Lady-Chic: 10 Onscreen Fashion Plates and Their Signature Looks

The Year of Living Dangerously

Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver in The Year of Living Dangerously.

(Photo courtesy of MGM)

I’ve always had a thing for movie fashion.


The other day, I watched The Year of Living Dangerously for the first time and was immediately drawn to Sigourney Weaver’s wardrobe. The actress plays a young British diplomat stationed in Jakarta who falls in love with an Australian journalist, played by then-gorgeous Mel Gibson. The film itself is wonderful to watch—it even features Bembol Roco and Kuh Ledesma in supporting roles. But half the time, I found myself searching for Sigourney—and anticipating what she was going to wear next.

It’s not that her clothes were anything extraordinary. In the movie, Sigourney was dressed mostly in the relaxed, utilitarian daywear many Europeans favor when in tropical countries. She wore a cream short-sleeved shirtdress with an orange bead necklace in one scene and a cobalt polo that ties at the waist with a matching calf-length skirt and a straw hat in another. You got a little more glamor from her character whenever she attended a party: one night, a sleek strapless gown; the next, a plaid sweetheart dress. These were pieces you might find in your own closet—but they exuded just the right amount of sophistication to make you emulate the woman wearing them. MORE >>

STYLEWISE by Stephanie Castillo
June 09, 2011

Some Like It Haute

2011_06_09_stylewise_some_like_it_haute_devil_wears_prada.jpgA few months ago, I conjectured via Facebook status message:

“Why are girls considered maarte if they like to dress up? Isn't dressing just another skill you can excel at like cooking or singing or dancing?”

After around 20 girls (and a few guys) had pressed the cathartic “like” button under my status, my ever hawk-eyed editor commented, “There’s an article in that.”

And here we are.

Take a girl in vertiginous heels, a complexly tailored top, or this year’s ubiquitous maxi skirt, and you’re likely to hear her labelled “high maintenance.”

In Filipino, we use the same term to describe prima donnas and drama queens--maarte. It’s a faceted word, seasoned by 21 flavors of fussy, haughty, and conceited, with a sprinkle of pretentious. Point is, it’s almost always affixed to portrayals of fashionista types, as in: “She’s dressed up every day--maarte kasi,” or “She’s used to wearing heels--alam mo naman, maarte.” MORE >>

PINAY IN HOLLYWOOD by Janet R. Nepales
June 01, 2011

Designer Oliver Tolentino Turns Trash into Couture

20110601_pih_olivertolentinodress_inside.jpgLOS ANGELES--How would you like to wear a one-of-a-kind couture gown made from recyclable trash?

Well, fashion designer Oliver Tolentino has just made the “trash” fashionable when he created a unique gown made from your regular basura. And this is no trash talk!

Oliver, who was invited to the EcoChic event in Hong Kong recently revealed his latest newsworthy creation.

“It took about three weeks to create it,” he said. “Since I launched my RIIR (Rags2Riches) Oliver Tolentino handbags two weeks ago in Manila for the benefit of the Payatas women, I wanted to involve them in this project,” he said. “I'm not sure how many women worked on it but I met with about three or four of the Payatas women organizers and showed them what I wanted with macramé strips. They came back with the fabric strips and my people put them together on the dress.” MORE >>
May 27, 2011

He Says He Only Sees Me as a Friend

relationship_coach_20110527.jpgHi, Miss Aileen,

I met this guy some months ago while we were reviewing for the board exam. He's from a province where culture and religion are very essential elements of their personality. I, on the other hand, was born and raised here in Manila. He’s very shy and simple while I am an extrovert and somehow extravagant. Although our differences were pretty apparent, we grew close and became good friends. There were times when we would stay up all night just talking about random stuff until the wee hours of the morning. On his last night here in Manila, we found out that he failed the exam. Our relationship turned physical that night--the first and last time it happened. He confessed that he liked me and would like to get to know me further.

We kept on communicating even after he returned home and our “relationship” became deeper. He came back to Manila to take the exam again, and we saw each other frequently during this time. But he decided to start his working career in his hometown. A few days after he went back home, and his efforts in communicating waned. I was so confused and depressed that one night when we were chatting, I told him that I felt we have gone past the boundaries of friendship. My heart broke when he told me that he just wanted to be my friend and he never saw me as someone more than that.

I don’t understand how he thought that was possible. I don’t want to believe it but I don’t want to give myself false hopes either. Was I just assuming or is there a deeper reason for his reaction?

(name changed to protect the identity of the writer)

Dear Zeny:

First of all, I’d like to give you a hug.

So many women have been in this same situation, and it’s something we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies. (Or maybe we would because it’s just that painful.) I’d like to congratulate you, though, for having the courage to take this next step forward and this effort you are making to learn from your experience in order to move on.

Too many people go through the same relationship mistakes over and over again because they never bother to learn from their experiences. And although these lessons may sometimes be painful to accept and face, really acknowledging them and taking them to heart will at least ensure that you won’t need to experience the same thing again. MORE >>
PINAY IN HOLLYWOOD by Janet R. Nepales
May 23, 2011

On Stranger Tides: Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz at the Pirates of the Caribbean Premiere

2011_05_23_pinay_in_hollywood_pirates_of_the_caribbean_janet_johnny_depp.jpgLOS ANGELES--It was a great day to be in Disneyland as we attended the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Of course, the stars of the movie were there. Johnny Depp and his love interest in the movie, Penelope Cruz, hunky newcomer Sam Claflin, who plays the chaplain, the lovely mermaid-vampire Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Geoffrey Rush returning as Captain Barbossa, and the new villain, Blackbeard, played by Ian McShane.

Disney really went all-out as they rolled out the black carpet for all the guests that included some Pinoy celebs like Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke, Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical and Sucker Punch, and one of the mermaids in the movie, Daphne Joy. MORE >>
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