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The David Hockney Retrospective in Paris

November

16

2017

I had very little personal time in Paris on my last trip but I really wanted to do one thing only and that was to see the David Hockney retrospective at the Centre Pompidou. I was really lucky to have caught in as it was about to end but I was determined to see it. I went on a Sunday and although I went really early the line was still long... Continue Reading
Pinoys in Paris Fashion week!

November

7

2017

Paris Fashion week Spring Summer 2018 was really memorable. We arrived just at the start of the Fall season and you could already see the colors of the fall starting to change. Autumn is my favourite season as I like the weather and I adore the colours. This season was really special as I felt that there were so many of us designers and... Continue Reading
Paris Fashion week Day 1

October

20

2017

As a fashion designer the mecca and the holy grail of the fashion world is Paris Fashion week. We have been fortunate enough to have participated in Paris Fashion week for several seasons but I was not able to be physically present. However this season the stars have aligned and my sister and I found ourselves on a plain heading for... Continue Reading
A trip to the UBUD Market and LOCAVORE!

October

5

2017

A trip to any local market is a must for me when I travel and although I have been to the UBUD market already it’s always a special experience when you visit UBUD. We all went pretty early in the morning and I took a few minutes observing the local on their morning devotions. The Balinese are a quite superstitious and I love seeing them in... Continue Reading
The Valera Exhibition at the College of Saint Benilde

September

7

2017

It is very rare to get up close to the works of Philippine National Artist for Fashion Ramom Valera. The last time there was a full exposition on his body of work was back in 2003 at the National Museum. So when the College of Saint Benilde invited me to a exhibition of his work I immediately cleared my schedule and decided to take my entire... Continue Reading
SINTRA, Portugal!

August

30

2017

We took a day trip to Sintra, Portugal from Lisbon and it was one of the best decisions we ever did. Sintra is just 45 minutes away by car and it’s one of those magical places that fill your eyes and hearts with so much joy. Continue Reading
The Majorelle gardens of Yves Saint Laurent!

August

4

2017

I would consider it a major crime if I went to Marrakesh and not visit the Majorelle gardens. This garden created by French artist Jacque Majorelle was a true oasis in the dessert. This garden took more than 40 years to grow and is said to be where fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was as his happiest. Continue Reading
The Dior 70 year retrospective- Part 2

July

31

2017

The exhibit was so outstanding that it deserves a part 2 in my blog. That and because I must have taken a thousand photos! LOL! The exhibitions were installed in several rooms with many themes in mind. After the “designer” suites we moved to a hall that comprised of many Tailored Dior pieces. All encased in a light box. The colors were... Continue Reading
The Christian Dior Retrospective! Part I

July

28

2017

Paris is absolutely the center of fashion! I have always felt this and I was so fortunate that on my recent visit I was able to see on its very first day one of the most comprehensive retrospective exhibitions in my entire life. The Christian Dior “Couturier du reve” at the Museum les Arts Decoratifs was truly the highlight of my trip. I... Continue Reading
A visit to Atelier Brancusi!

July

27

2017

Nix and I wanted to visit the Atelier Brancusi in Paris while we were in town. Brancusi is one of the most influential sculptures ever and his work is such an inspiration to us. He has a permanent exhibit in Paris which is so interesting as they recreated his working studio for everyone to see. What I loved about this experience is you get to... Continue Reading