Lesley Mobo to Defy The Expectations for The Red Charity Gala 2015

A spectacular celebration of fashion and camaraderie for a cause is about to dazzle Manila once again as the Red Charity Gala, organized by society icon Tessa Prieto-Valdes and philanthropist Kaye Tinga, is set to happen on October 16 at the Makati Shangri-La.

The gathering aims to raise bigger funds for the Philippine Red Cross and Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation. “It is amazing how this vision that came to fruition several years ago is still burning with flames. We are very happy to partner with creative and world-class talents, feature their works, and give back to the community all at the same time,” said Tessa.

Known for featuring a league of world-renowned Filipino designers, such as Rajo Laurel, Dennis Lustico, Furne One, Michael Cinco, Cary Santiago, Ezra Santos, Jojie Lloren, the Red Charity Gala has indeed showcased a variety of design philosophies from edgy and futuristic, to swarovskis and flowy cloths, to collection inspired by paintings and many more. And now, the spotlight focuses on the works of highly acclaimed London-based designer Lesley Mobo.

This year, the Red Charity Gala runway is about to see “an orgy of “Tudor Romance” towards the culmination of the ‘War of the Roses’ and Dynasty kitchy glamour via Studio 54,” according to the designer.

Lesley, who spent his early years in Aklan before moving to England, is known for his mastery of designing and tailoring soft, feminine dresses with edgy, structural touch. Graduating from the prestigious Central St Martin’s in 2002 with a First Class B.A. Honours Degree in Fashion, Lesley also received Colin Barnes Award for fashion illustration from Central St Martin’s, a nomination in the Chartered Society of Designer Fashion Awards held in the British Natural History Museum. His works also took center stage in the ‘Fashion in Motion’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, from which his masterpieces were featured in the BBC News.

In 2005 he designed a sell-out capsule collection called Lesley Mobo by Diesel which was manufactured, distributed and sold by Diesel in its major flagship stores in London, Milan, Paris, New York, Antwerp, Berlin and Tokyo.

Four years after, he started wholesaling his MOBO womens wear line in Paris during Paris Fashion Week, and was featured in Italian Vogue. From 2012 – 2015, he consulted for both luxury and high street brands in the UK and became the design consultant for Ghost, and just recently he designed his top selling T-shirt line “MOBO Lesley Mobo” (Women, Men, Girls, Kids and Babies) for the Japanese Brand Uniqlo selling in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Australia and U.S.A. making it one of the biggest line products in Uniqlo Stores. Continue reading

Samsung Digital Appliances 7th Cooking Workshop

As Filipinos, family quality time is valued and is always prioritized. There’s no better way of catching up with the family than doing it over a sumptuous and healthy food. For this month, Samsung wanted to showcase Asian-inspired dishes which can be prepared for the next family food trip. With the theme “Asian-inspired Dishes for the Family Food Trip,” the participants learned how to make Singaporean Baked Prawns with Glass Noodles or Sotanghon and Thai Chicken on a Bed of Spinach with Peanut Sauce. These dishes are prepared in the most convenient and easy way through the Samsung Refrigerator and Samsung Smart Oven’s functions.

The Samsung Smart Oven will surely meet families’ on-the-go lifestyle as well as their need for healthy food. It has features that make it the all-in-one cooking solution, veering away from the usual only “reheating” feature of microwaves. It has the SLIM FRY Technology that allows oil-free frying and fuss-free frying and grilling. The convection mode, on the other hand, assures that the food is cooked evenly without the need of frequently opening the Smart Oven to rotate the food. Aside from upgrading the kitchen, cooking skills are about to level up with this appliance. Continue reading

Honda Philippines, Inc. Unveils All New Zoomer-X

Leading motorcycle manufacturer Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) has launched Generation S, a new breed of smart, responsible riders who choose and value Honda scooters for their revolutionary technology, innovative features and practicality.

“These Gen S smart riders appreciate how their Honda scooters, powered by Smart Technology, enhance their daily life by creating positive impacts on fuel savings, road safety and the environment, especially in the long term,” said HPI president Daiki Mihara.

The Generation S campaign was launched during the Honda Gen-S Scooter Parade and Festival at the Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City, to coincide with the unveiling of the all-new Zoomer-X, the third instalment in Honda’s Gen-S scooters which are all equipped with Smart Technology features.

“The Honda Gen-S scooters now include the BeAT-Fi ‘Scooter for All’, the Click125i ‘Premium Scooter’, and the Zoomer-X  ‘Unique Real Naked Scooter’ which all feature Enhance Smart Power, Idling Stop System and Combined Brake System. These are the perfect scooters for the varied lifestyle and personalities of our next generation smart riders,” HPI product planning manager Elie Salamangkit, Jr. said. Continue reading

Messi’s Boots Today, Recycled into Yours Tomorrow

adidas announced Sport Infinity, their plan for a new breed of sporting goods that will never be thrown away. Instead, football creators will be able to constantly reimagine and recycle their dream products using an inexhaustible 3-D super-material. Every gram of sportswear, including the boots of Leo Messi, will be broken down to be remoulded again in a waste-free, adhesive-free process that gives consumers more scope for personalisation than ever before.

Four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Leo Messi said: “I am proud that adidas is working to make sure that all of their boots, including mine, are being made in a way that protects the environment. For me, this is the future of football.” Continue reading

Select UNIQLO Stores Now Carry Special Collections

UNIQLO offers its special collection only in its large stores in Metro Manila SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Aura and SM Mall of Asia. These branches have the widest and most complete selection of apparels for women, men, kids and babies. The stores carry limited-edition pieces from international brands and designer collaborations such as DISNEY Magic for All, Ines De La Fressange, and UNIQLO’s most recent partnership with French fashion designer Christophe Lemaire.

The UNIQLO and Lemaire collection represents products that embody the LifeWear concept simple made better that is shared by both brands. Every item combines elegance with moderate relaxation and comfort, for modern and advanced wardrobe mainstays. Continue reading

Kaspersky Lab and iSecure Networks Announces Scratch and Win Promo

Secure your devices and get a chance to win up to PhP100,000 cash tax-free from Kaspersky Lab’s Scratch & Win Promo.

More than PhP400,000 worth of prizes await lucky loyal customers starting this month until December 10, 2015.

For every purchase of specially-marked Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2016 one-user and three-user bundles, Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 or Kaspersky Internet Security and Multi-Device 2016, customers will get a promotional scratch card which offers them two ways to win. Continue reading

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Unveils New Seasonal Colors

CONVERSE Inc. unveils two new seasonal colors of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II. Available in a bold grey Thunder and an eye-catching maroon Bordeaux, these new colors embrace the upcoming holiday season and are a perfect complement the original four colors. This marks the first seasonal collection for the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II since its debut on July 28. Continue reading

Snipe: The First-Ever Location-Based App that Shows You Deals at The Product Level, Right in The Mall You’re In, Instantly

Snipe is neither an online shopping app nor like any other shopping app out there today. It is a personal shopping companion that helps people quickly find and collect deals they like all in a gamified interface. “It’s like Tinder, but instead of matching people with each other, we match customers with bargains,” says Robert Suyom, Jr., one of Snipe’s creators. “Sale posters are everywhere, but we want to know what specific products are on sale. Snipe makes information available right when and where customers need it.” The app was launched on August 11, 2015 and can be downloaded for free on both the App Store and the Play Store.  A user can see deals using Snipe in selected malls in Metro Manila.

With Snipe, users can shop like never before. This app brings delight and surprise to the fore of shopping. Snipe distills the feeling of stumbling upon that perfect dress or pair of shoes and makes it easier for people to have exciting encounters like this again and again.

Snipe sample “Wallet”

Not only can customers save time and money with Snipe, but they can also discover bargains in a new and fun way. To help users discover deals, Snipe detects which mall the user is in and displays the deals available there, one-by-one in random order, on a digital coupon roll. The user can narrow down his search with a filter of bargain categories. (Note that Snipe displays deals only when the user is in a mall and during mall operating hours.) The randomly ordered coupons make users feel lucky when they see a deal they like, and the coupon-roll interface itself adds a tactile and visually quirky user experience. To help users save time and money, Snipe lets them swipe through bargains that would’ve taken users hours to sift through as well as take advantage of the promos featured in the app. Continue reading

Veloci Launches Camouflage Holiday Collection

When Valentino suited up Ben Stiller’s Derek Zoolander and Owen Wilson’s Hansel in custom fatigues for Paris Fashion Month earlier this year, the Italian fashion house undoubtedly heralded the comeback of the camo. The menswear favorite has also been spotted on superstars like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus.

True to form, Italian-inspired watch brand Veloci embraces the trend with the launch of its Holiday timepieces. The collection showcases the definitive botanic camouflage print, reworked in brighter colors and bolder designs.

Veloci Pulse Camo Rogue Red

The Veloci Holiday Collection comes in two styles. Taking design inspiration from their bestselling Pulse, the Camo contains the same power-packed features: with a dual-time display, stopwatch and alarm, illuminator, and water resist of up to 100 meters. Folks on the go can sport this watch to wherever their next getaway may be. Continue reading

An Exclusive Treat for PSBank Debit and Prepaid MasterCard Cardholders on the Bank’s 55th Anniversary

To mark Philippine Savings Bank’s (PSBank) 55th anniversary, the Bank, in partnership with Zalora, will treat all its PSBank Debit and Prepaid MasterCard cardholders to an exclusive flash sale good for 55 hours only.

PSBank wants to make shopping in Asia’s leading online fashion hub doubly fun and fabulous for you. From September 25 (11am) to September 27 (6pm), simply use your PSBank Debit and Prepaid MasterCard to avail of exclusive discounts during the 55-hour shopping spree in Zalora. Continue reading

Joanique Shares Smiles with Maskara Collection

Philippine-based accessories brand Joanique spreads literal smiles with a collection that embodies the festive Filipino spirit. Available across the world, with stores in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and America, Joanique and its Maskara jewelries and clutch bags take inspiration from a colorful fiesta in the city of Bacolod, aptly named the City of Smiles. Self-taught designer of Joanique, Malou Romero, aimed to share the symbol of the happy spirit crafted within the Maskara, or the smiling mask.

Joanique SS2016 Maskara Collection

The uniquely Filipino statements from Joanique began in 2011, when Malou decided to raise awareness on the archipelago’s colorful past and cultural traditions through artistic expressions that broke through to the fashion industry. Overtime, the brand became known for not only its premium quality in materials, but also its focus on beauty, and its ability to tell exciting and authentic stories that captures the heart of the Philippines.

Joanique designer, Malou Romero

Malou Romero has designed jewelry with ethnic designs that no one else can champion, always with eye-catching colors and a strong base of gold and silver. Hands-on, she oversees the design, material selection, and production of every piece. Each of her practical creations “must be worn in order to be understood,” with an elegant style catching the attention of publications like Vogue, Travelite, Le Mag Paris, and stores like Anthropologie.

The Maskara clutches consist of round-shaped bags with distinct and lively faces, carrying with it its own spirit. Designs range from the vibrant native Filipino masks to the dramatic ones influenced by the Carnival of Venice in Italy.

Marvel on the fine and intricate designs of their current and past collections, and get a hold of your own Joanique item through their online store by logging on to shop.joanique.com. Each photo presented on their website is beautifully landscaped and is perfectly viewable whether it would be on desktop or mobile.

You can catch Joanique at upcoming tradeshows in Pavilion 3 Fiera, Milan, Italy on September 26-28 and in Jardin des Tuileries, at Paris, France on October 2-5.