Friday, August 1, 2008
FASHION PHILISTINES of the Philippines
May I just say something that has nothing to do with professional jealousy or sour grapes but what I feel is the reflection of why the Philippines, despite desperately seeking style acceptance, has been the 'child left behind?'
FIRST--let us start on a POSITIVE note since I am already KNOWN for my NEGATIVITY--but someone's GOTTA DO IT!!
I would like to CONGRATULATE fellow blogger MIZ BRYAN 'GHEY' BOY for all the publicity he has received --WWD, Elle.Com, Vogue Italia (ay TEEN VOGUE pala!!) , Straits Times, Ming Pao, etc...but the most quantitative thing he has done so far was make recommendations to Luisa Via Roma in Florence. In return for his support (since they have seen the numbers!), the shop has given him a drop dead fabulous Lanvin t-shirt (with a BOW OF COURSE!) ---se photos---that he has lusted after since the day he tied a bow on his hips (his signature looked picked up by the Marc Jacobs ad campaign this season)
OK--now for the negative part that you have ALL BEEN WAITING FOR...The shop Adora in Greenbelt 5 invited all these foreign journos (who Im sure are VERY NICE and QUALIFIED) obviously angling for a feature but why didn't they look in their Pinoy backyard with the chickens and the carabaos such as in bryanboy.com? Luisa Via Roma spotted him from another continent.
Why couldn't we in this town? BB is only a taxi or jeepney ride away, not an A380 20,000 miles business class ticket.
Which brings me to the following bitchy comments:
1) I am reminded of the time that a Cosmo Philippines editor asked me why Chinese press get all the best treatment in regional press junkettes. (It's true that's why I always sign up as Taiwan press bec they get to go to the best restaurants!) Apparently SOMEONE has NEVER LEFT DA BUILDING to know that the dominant market not only in this region but in the world, is China.
On a press trip to China for Cartier, Alicia Santos-Daniels ACTUALLY ASKED why the press briefings were in Chinese...Did she check the ground she was standing on???
3) I hope I am wrong--and PLEASE TELL ME I AM WRONG--but why did Adora have to invite WESTERN (and Japanese whose economy has not grown in 10 yrs and in fact are now cultivating inbound tourism)press and not regional press since a) what Adora stocks can be found everywhere else in the free world, b) who will fly from NY or Milan to shop in a store that has their same stuff? c) the region is awash with cash and lots of flights--China, SG, HK, Malaysia--they are all looking for a novel idea (which Adora is for this part of the world but not the rest of the free world). Asians love shopping and in cities like HK and SG, a 'weekend away' means going to ANOTHER COUNTRY which COULD BE the Philippines if we really tried.
And now for the bitchy question: Sino ba ang PR nila???
4) Which brings me to the news of the world:
The Nineteenth Century was the British Century
The Twentieth Century was the American Century and
The Twenty-first Century is, Im sorry to tell you, the Chekua Century.
BUT LADIES--everyone will get their ONe Century of fame, okay? When ours will be, I can't tell you. You better ask Madame Auring and Victor Wood.
Yan lang pow....
AY by the way pala, let me leave you with the followin quotes which put me in good company:
'If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing'
-author Kingsley Amis
'The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.'
-designer Coco Chanel
Also, PS, Oriellini is right--no more fighting in the comments page (although it is flattering to be defended by my readers)
Sige--I have to get to the 'real bottom' of Raissa Molina and her ugly feet. Her 'other bottom' has already been liposuctioned into a can of Baguio oil.