LIVE FOR NOW! | Original Penguin x Pepsi

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The launch of the Original Penguin x Pepsi LIVE FOR NOW Capsule collection was an exciting and suitably timed event, especially considering the World Cup Fever taking over many countries recently. (Brazil literally sounds like a warzone everytime their team scores a goal) The limited edition collection featured cutting-edge international artists with their designs linking the passion of football and art into the pieces. The attendees featured a mix of celebrities, athletes, bloggers, and media personalities.

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I was in very good company of course, Maggie Wilson-Consunji, Kelly Misa and Maxene Magalona (all wearing Original Penguin)

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Foosball! I may have been a bit competitive that day. No spinning!

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A ton of photos after the cut.

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BURTON & DOROTHY PERKINS | Great British Style

I was invited to attend the launch of Burton which also coincided with the 10th anniversary of Dorothy Perkins in the Philippines. Not one to miss the opportunity to see what’s going on in the retail scene, I made my way over to SM Mega Fashion Hall to see what the new menswear store had to offer.

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Jacket on

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V SPOTTED | SCANDINAVIAN STEEZE

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I’ve grown fond of double monkstrap dress shoes, tailored trousers, and unstructured jackets over the years. Still, I find the relaxed and unassuming style donning black and white with a Stockholm sensibility impressive. Also, the choice of a DIY cut sleeve tee makes the outfit appropriate for our weather. Thanks Mikyle!

I’m watching you too.

-V

A Pleasant Surprise | Converse

Earlier today, right after having lunch I noticed a box arrived for me. As I wasn’t expecting anything to be delivered, I inspected the package closer and saw that it came from Shanghai! Hey, this must be the package from my new buddy Jason! So I opened it up…

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Figured it was Converse sneakers (of course) and guessed they would be Chuck Taylor All-Stars just by gut feel. The weight was a little heavier than expected, I then thought ah, baka Jack Purcells….

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Then upon closer inspection…

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Casually Sunny | Rushing To Lunch

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After a night of merrymaking, I completely forgot I reserved for lunch at Balesin’s “Fish Fun” (it’s a seafood restaurant on stilts where kids/kids at heart can also try their fisherman skills and have their catch prepared as their meal) So I haphazardly put these clothes on and was off to make it to my reservation, and shot a few of these photos while on the way!

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The 9Five shades go well with the shirt, right, right? I also donned the shorts so I could easily pop into the pool when the temperature rises.

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Guess Shirt | bright neon shorts | slippers

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I like how it isn’t screaming a logo, which is great at the beach which is supposed to be time to relax.

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Look Like A French Tennis Champ | Lacoste @ 80

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René Lacoste invented the Polo in 1932, then called the L.12.12 Polo. Afterwhich he established the brand Lacoste. When I think of Lacoste, I think casual yet elegant clothing which ranges from perfume, shoes, bags, watches, eyewear and of course the ever famous polo.

I’ve always been a fan of the brand, the ease and effortless “unconventionally chic” clothing which I’d wear ever since I was in grade school or knew what personal style even was. Naturally, when I received the invite for Lacoste’s 80 Year anniversary, I had to make my way over to Shangri-La Plaza’s East Wing to see what was happening for the special occasion.

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David Celdran was one of the hosts that evening, and explained a little about the history of the French brand and how tennis champion René Lacoste got his “Alligator” nickname from the American Press because of his tenacity in playing the game. We were then led through the different advertisements and historical photographs within the Lacoste world.photo L1090235_zps2cf8f373.jpg

Staying true to their roots, the Lacoste exhibit dominantly shows tennis, then the other sports such as golf and… is that a futuristic game of racquetball?photo L1090217_zps6b54c8eb.jpg

Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Bianca Valerio and David Celdran in full force.

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The photos really bring the Tournoi de Roland-Garros to mind.

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How exciting it must be to have been to watch the greats during that time.

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The exhibit also had different Crocodile types, this French flag one was definitely my favorite.

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Marqueed along the walls were historical dates and facts relating to Lacoste. 1973 marked the year that Glyceria Tantoco of Rustan’s signed an exclusive agreement with Bernard Lacoste, a son of the brand’s founder, René Lacoste bringing the iconic brand to our shores.

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The classic white polo, timeless and still so cool.

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All-over prints, collaborations (which include the one with Karl Lagerfeld among others) were very pretty and desirable, but alas, all not for sale.

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Store Specialists Inc.’s executive vice-president Anton Huang and Malu Francisco together with French Ambassador to the Philippines Gilles Garachon.

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Group photo! I believe every one of us was wearing Lacoste, but Pepper Teehankee trumped us all with his Lacoste x MICHAEL STIPE / REM ‘Crowd – Red’ Visionaire 54 Polo!

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The newly opened store which also has a section of the more vibrant and out there designed pieces of Lacoste L!VE. But what I was really excited about was the Peter Saville collabs which I first saw in a closed boutique in New York during my last night, and I was to leave really early the next morning giving me absolutely no time to swing by and feed my obsession with anything Joy Division/New Order/Factory Records/Saville related! It’s fate, it’s here, and I have to have it!

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