La Pomme Home!

My friend Apol Lejano-Massebieau recently opened her store La Pomme Home in the Collective, Makati. Inspired by her then home in France, she started producing fabric sculptures in the shapes of plush fruits, birds and flowers. Please see her latest offerings, a touch of French chic for any home!

La Pomme Home offers Plush. Toys. Sewn Decor. Fabric Sculptures www.lapommehome.com 0919-9934795 Shop at The Collective, 7274 Malugay St, San Antonio Village, Makati

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Fernandez & Wells.

Dining in London is always exciting as there is always something new places to try out.  One of the places that I wanted to try out was Fernandez & Wells  http://www.fernandezandwells.com.  They have several locations all over the city with each location having a slightly different decor.  However the approach to all their restaurants is the same.  It’s all about bringing to the customer excellent produce with simple preparations making the dishes ever so delicious.

The restaurant is found inside the historical Sommerset house.

 

We decided to try out the Sommerset location which looked to me like a restaurant that could be designed by Celine’s Phoebe Philo.  After listening to her talk, I appreciated even more the paired down sensibilities and attention to true luxury and quality.  It was a great way to discuss the first day the Vogue Festival experience.  When in London do try to find time to experience Fernandez & Wells.  It’s a quiet experience that grows on you and makes it one of my most memorable meals in my London.

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An Audience with the Emperor of Fashion!

Valentino Garavani is one of the best fashion designers in the entire world!  He is one of my personal idols and ever since I knew what fashion was I was always attracted to his style and his aesthetic.  I  must have every single book that was ever published by this man who many call the last Emperor of Fashion.

To say that I was excited about this talk was a true understatement.

 

When I heard that he would be speaking a the Fashion Festival,  I knew I had to be there.  I did not mind flying more than 10,000 miles away just to have an audience with him.  He was going to be the last speaker that day and my excitement was very palpable with each minute that came closer to the time.

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Vogue Festival Day 1!

The main purpose of my trip to London is to attend the Vogue Festival.  It’s an annual event hosted by British Vogue which focuses on several dialogues with leading luminaries in the fashion world.  When I learned that my ultimate design Idol VALENTINO was going to be one of the main speakers, I did not event think twice and began to plan my trip.

The weather could not be more magical! The sun was out and the skies were clear. A perfect day for my kind of festival.

 

It was quite exciting as there was a “Philippine delegation” represented in the Festival.  Leading  the group was my love Pam Quinones with her #teamPAMQ  Cath and Maita in tow.  Joining us was Photographer BJ Pascual, Stylists Angela Alarcon and Sean Go plus designers  Mark Bumgarner and London based CJ Cruz adding to the list is Fashion entrepreneur Sasha Moyer who jetted in from San Francisco.

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The Net-A-Porter Mothership!

Net-a-Porter has undeniably revolutionised the way we shop and the way we look at fashion.  I was so excited when my friend Lupe Puerta who is the head of Personal Shopping in Net-a-Porter invited me to visit the head office and to see what actually goes behind a company like Net-a-Porter.    It was exactly as  founder Natalie Masanett envisioned her office to be.  Her dream was to make her office all white with large windows and crystal chandeliers.  All the of meeting rooms were transparent as this was the culture in Net-a-porter.

 

The main office.

It was so exciting to be there and I even caught a glimpse of Natalie Masanett dashing off for a meeting.  I just wanted to share with all of you what happens behind one of the most exciting companies existing today and I only left inspired.  Thank you Lupe for inviting me and I still have to see you in Manila!

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London Street Art!

I am a huge fan of Public art, I like the democracy that it expresses and the fact that anyone can enjoy it without having to go to a gallery of a museum. Some of the best street art I have ever seen is in London. Specifically in the Shoreditch and Brick lane area.  I came to visit this area last year and I wanted to see it again as the street art periodically changes.

This was the first street art I saw and I was like stunned.

 

The narrative and the brush work was just beautiful. I also loved the colours.

 

Then I turned the corner and saw this intricate painting, it's moving forward form graffiti but real fine art.

 

Almost everywhere I turned there was something so beautiful to see.

 

Inspiring.

 

Colouring inspiration.

 

It's like a live gallery.

 

I love how the area has been transformed by these artists.

 

Owls on repeat.

 

There was also a proper public gallery in the area.

 

I loved this.

 

Modern cat women.

 

Always look up.

 

I wanted to capture everything.

 

"advertising"

 

Brick lane.

 

The area is quite chill.

 

Space invaders.

 

COLOR!

 

Linear!

 

Capturing images that perhaps might lead to something in the future.

 

Public poetry.

 

Large scribbles.

 

Happy to be here.

 

This piece was popular.

 

LV Hudlom!

 

More street art.

 

Graphics!

 

In a gallery space!

 

I LOVE THIS.

 

Could be a great idea for a show?

 

This time the street art was better than ever, the variety and the skill that was on display was simply amazing and the technique was just so beautiful that I felt sad that at one point this will all be gone and painted over in a few months.  However I guess that is the beauty of this experience as it is fleeting and temporary. Do take a look at the area and be inspired.

HUGS,

RAJO!

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Manila Invades London!

It seems like Manilas most fashionable luminaries have descended in London.  I joined my darling Pam Quinones who is one of the most sought after fashion stylist in the Philippines in London to attend the Vogue Festival.  (That in itself is a deferent entry all together) I convinced the Talented Photographer BJ Pascual to join us and met up with bright young fashion stars like Angela Alarcon and Sasha Moyer.

When in London you gotta do a Selfridges run.

It was really such a treat to have everyone in London.   My London “connection” CJ  who gamely became our cool guide.  LOL!  I decided to have a welcome home cooked dinner in the flat that Pam rented out and we all had an amazing time!  The girls took care of styling the dining room and making it really chic and pretty with fresh flowers and brilliant flourishes of candles and what not.  While the boys took care of the kitchen CJ whipped out an amazing Potato mash while I did a salad and some grilled lambs with mushrooms.  Over all it was really such a treat.  We in one way or another work together in Manila and it is so rare to get the opportunity to just breathe and chill and take it all in and I for one am very grateful to have been able to be here with my friends and appreciated the pause.

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LONDON Escape!

Decided to try out the London direct flight from Manila via PAL and I must say it’s really cool!  It’s the fastest way to Europe now and in less than 16 hours your in England!  I was so eager to escape and get some inspiration in me and one of the best ways to do this is to put me on a plane and get me on an adventure.

Took the dawn flight out of Manila.

It was really cool as there is a Manila invasion happening now in London as there are several creative energies in the city now from Manila.  I landed with bright sunshine and I saw this as a sign that it’s going to be a fabulous trip. I met up with my  friend Pam Quinones who is one of the most talented stylist’s today.  She is here with her team to get their creative juices inspired and I am just so lucky to be able to tag along.  After dropping my bags it was all systems go and I was out the door ticking of things from my to do list.

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Yael and Karylle’s Wedding!

I love weddings!  Because of my line of work I practically attend weddings once a week. I love all the special tiny details that go into these memorable events.  Every now and then I get invited to  a wedding only as a guest and this for me is truly a pleasure as I get to enjoy the whole experience from a different point of view.   I love my job and I get immense satisfaction from it but every now and then I get the chance to just sit and enjoy the proceedings and I don’t need to worry about anything and just be there to express my love for the newly weds.

Robert Blancaflor did an excellent job in styling the wedding. I love these lamps, they reminded me of fresh berries

This recently happened when my friends Karylle and Yael got married.  The weather could not be any more glorious,  there was this nice breeze cooling the entire Angel fields near Tagaytay and it was just perfect. The theme was that Karylle wanted was “posh-picnic” with lots of colours and a relaxed and chill vibe permeating through the entire wedding.  It was really such a lovely evening filled with so much laughter and  love.  Karylle looked like a dream in her Furne One gown!  I loved her veil, although I missed the wedding ceremony I was able to catch up in the reception.  The Mother of the bride is my dear friend ZsaZsa Padilla  who looked absolutely breathtaking that evening wearing my blush pressed taffeta gown. I always love making clothes for her as she is one of the most gracious ladies you can ever meet.

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Manila Fame 2014!

For design lovers like myself it’s always a great idea to come and visit the Manila Fame.  Here in one roof we get to see the best of Philippine design and what our designers are doing in the realm of furniture, object and fashion design.

I had a huge smile when I saw Vito Selma's "Reyna" chair! It brought back so many wonderful childhood memories.

 

 

No matter how busy my schedule gets I always make time out and see Manila Fame.  It’s always so good to see my designer friends and see what they are doing and what new pieces they are showing.  I always leave inspired and refreshed.  This year I noticed a fresh perspective in colouring and a revival of iconic Filipino pieces that made me swoon and smile.  I immediately noticed Vito Selma’s Peacock chair aka The Miss Universe chair and I remember having something like this when we were young children and this nostalgia triggered many warm memories.

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