Learning a New Skill

So I have finally started learning how to sew! When I told an old friend of mine back in Manila that I am in the process of sewing a dress, she told me it’s pretty ambitious to do a shift dress for a first sewing project, and that I should have started with a pillow case or a placemat. I reasoned out and told her, “But it would be very easy sewing a pillow case or a placemat.” ūüôā Continue reading

Fashion & Aesthetic Revelry

My background in the fashion industry made me appreciate fashion for what it is –¬†subjective,¬†fleeting and temporal.¬†I have to admit, being a Christian has a lot to do with how I view fashion, and everything else for that matter.¬†I¬†don’t follow or keep up with the latest trend.¬†I am more of a classic dresser and don’t dare try new¬†vogue. I like softly draped¬†dresses, frill skirts, silk tops — clean, feminine and uncomplicated clothing. I hardly buy clothes but I like to buy fabrics and take them to a dressmaker for made-to-measure clothes. Continue reading

An Exhibition of Fine Jewellery, Diamonds and Precious Coloured Gemstones

I attended an event last week and saw some of the most magnificent fine jewellery¬†recently presented in London. These extraordinary jewels were created by a friend of mine, Ines Aitken. The exhibit was held at Simon Dickinson Gallery on Jermyn Street,¬†the most fashionable street in London back in the 17th-18th century.¬†To this very day Jermyn Street is lined with old shops that hold ‘royal warrant’, and still cater to the¬†desires and whims of the royals and members of the court, and of course, the¬†old rich (members of the¬†British aristocracy), and the¬†nouveau riche (like the Beckhams, Mittals, et al). Continue reading

Ann Ong: Filipino Fashion Accessory Designer

I’ve lived in London for over sixteen years now, and in the last five years I have seen how some¬†Filipinos are making waves in the UK, particularly in the creative and design industries. Since¬†2001 the¬†British Council and the British Fashion Council (BFC) have chosen a number of ¬†emerging fashion designers from 25 countries including the Philippines to the International Fashion Showcase – London Fashion Week (IFS-LFW). The purpose of this¬†programme is to showcase the work of new designers and to celebrate the universal relevance of fashion in contemporary culture. Most, if not all, of the Filipinos who were invited to the LFW over the years¬†have been featured by Vogue and other international fashion magazines, and have made a name for themselves at home and/or abroad. Mitch Dulce, Ken Samudio, John Herrera, and others¬†are some of the talents that were discovered¬†by some fashion editors at¬†the IFS-LFW, and their products are now being sold in the UK and other parts of Europe. Continue reading

University of the Arts London (Chelsea-UAL) Textile Design Show

Next door to Tate Gallery Britain is Chelsea College of Arts, a constituent college of University of the Arts London (UAL), one of UK’s most prestigious art and design school. The UAL¬†Summer Show showcases the results of a year’s hard work from¬†students¬†who are completing the¬†post-graduate studies.¬† Continue reading

Serpentine Pavillion and Summer Houses 2016

Located in Kensington Gardens, Serpentine Gallery was established in 1970 and is housed in a tea pavilion built in 1934. Continue reading

Audrey Hepburn Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery

As a young girl I had reverence for Audrey Hepburn, and she has become one of my all-time favourite icons. Her image clutching a paper cup of coffee and a¬† croissant staring into a shop window full of jewellery always comes to mind when I think of the word ‚Äėchic.‚Äô¬† I‚Äôve watched Breakfast at Tiffany‚Äôs numerous times and really thought, as a young girl, that no one can live up to Audrey‚Äôs level of chicness. Continue reading

London Fashion Week (SS16)

Most people believe that fashion week is really all about the clothes. It really isn‚Äôt. And perhaps it never was. We live in a digital age where everything seems to be about being seen: for instance, ‚Äúwho’s at which show‚ÄĚ (and they have Snapshot and Instagram to prove it), or ‚Äúwho gets photographed” (and gets to the street style page of fashion magazines),¬† or ‚Äúwho goes backstage‚ÄĚ, or ‚Äúwho is sitting on the front row‚ÄĚ (or The Frow) of international designers like Anya Hindmarch, Christopher Bailey, Christopher Kane,¬†Paul Smith and Viviene Westwood. Continue reading