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Turning creative vision into reality: Two young Filipino fashion designers reveal their reliable partner

Aimee Morales –

February 28, 2023 | 11:30am

MANILA, Philippines — See the dress, but focus on the woman. That came from Vera Wang and, indeed, it’s true at least for Filipino fashion designers Gavin Ruffy and Glyn Allen Magtibay. Rather than designing great dresses to be popular, they put more importance on comfort, fit, authenticity and beauty.

Brother helps them do this through versatile products like the Brother A150 sewing machine. Like Gavin and Glyn Allen, fashion designers consider Brother machines as a reliable partner in turning their creative vision into reality.

Gavin Ruffy: Chic is subtle, simple and silent

Gavin Ruffy has been designing for almost 10 years now. He remembers his first sewing machine, a Brother that was given to him as a gift in high school. “That’s what I used when I learned how to use a sewing machine,” he recalls, “I don’t remember having a hard time using it even if there was no one guiding me aside from the manual—YouTube tutorials weren’t a thing back then!”

Today, Gavin Ruffy uses the A150 Brother sewing machine. “I like that it has many kinds of stitches in one machine. It has all the functions I need so I don’t have to buy different kinds of machines,” he explains.

“It’s also portable so I can bring my work with me so when there are days I can’t visit my studio, I can work from home. I also like that it’s computerized—so easy to adjust the settings I need to get a precise and good quality stitch.”

In college, Gavin studied Fashion Design and Merchandising at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde. After working for five years in fashion retail, he started designing full-time back in 2018.

Today, Gavin Ruffy’s name has been creating

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  • June 15, 2023

Jewellery Trends to Look Out for in 2023

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Karolina Grabowska via

If you’re searching for the hottest trends in jewellery, 2023 has an abundance of fashionable and customisable options that are sure to be a hit. If you want to stay ahead of the curve this year, check out these trendsetting pieces!

Despite an unclear future, one thing is certain: eco-friendly and upcycled jewellery will continue dominating many collections. Particularly, be on the lookout for rings crafted from precious recycled metals such as silver or gold, plus necklaces with repurposed stones or beads.

Here are the top five jewellery trends to look out for in 2023, put together by the team from PRYA Jewellery.

From customisable necklaces to one-of-a-kind bracelets, we have something for everyone. So don’t hesitate any longer – start accessorising today and express your unique style!

Zodiac jewellery

What’s your zodiac sign? Let the stars decide your next jewellery purchase for 2023 with zodiac jewellery. These zodiac constellation necklaces are designed with intricate details and come in a variety of different materials, making them perfect for personalising any look.

Showcase your zodiac sign this year with zodiac jewellery! These constellation necklaces are detailed and come in a range of materials, making them ideal for adding personal flair to any outfit. The intricate details that come with zodiac jewellery make them an excellent fit for personalising your look.

This year, zodiac jewellery is expected to be more popular than ever before. With a range of options, from gold-plated birthstone pendant necklaces to delicate rings that feature the stars and planets in subtle detail – you can create a unique look all your own!

You can be to spice up your wardrobe with a zodiac necklace and express yourself through the cosmos.

Arabic name necklaces

These name necklaces are ideal for

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  • April 22, 2023

The cultural impact of luxury fashion: How certain brands and designers have influenced art, music, and pop culture

Fashion promotes innovation, influencing how we live and represent ourselves. Powerful brands can bring awareness to social issues, promoting cultural awareness and respect. The younger generations are born in a society with a variety of sets of beliefs, and fashion brands can represent the bridge between the past and the present, redesigning historical clothing with contemporary designs.

Luxury is an art form in and of itself, as many fashion experts would agree. Artists serve as a source of inspiration for creative directors and designers, and fashion houses consistently feature their artwork in their stores and collections. The concept of artification is used as a tool to strengthen their brand. Consequently, luxury brands must stand out as high-quality and distinctive. Luxury imitates life, as does art.

Fashion and Art

Fashion designers have been known to take inspiration from art trends and showcase it on the runways. As early as in the 1930′, the Italian fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, created a line of clothing together with her friend, the Spanish Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. The famous artist created the lobster pattern that would be embroidered on Schiaparelli’s silk evening gown. The “lobster dress” is an authentic piece of art, as the Philadelphia Museum of Art acquired the dress.

Fast forward to nowadays, in 2021, the brand Louis Vuitton produced a trademark bag series that was modeled after Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” The “Masters” capsule also included Vincent van Gogh’s “Wheat Fields and Cypresses” and Peter Paul Rubens’ “Tiger Hunt.”

By incorporating art into fashion, the brands develop a deep connection with people with the same core values: passion, imagination, creativity, and inspiration.

Fashion and Music

Over the years, fashion has developed into a distinctive aspect of music culture. It is crucial to the branding of musicians, as they can advertise their

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  • April 1, 2023

Make your workwear work: Celebrity stylist gives summer tips at Iloilo style talks

Dolly Dy-Zulueta –

February 28, 2023 | 10:32am

MANILA, Philippines — Who says workwear has to be so formal, predictable, uninteresting, sometimes downright boring?

With the advent of hip and chic fashion brands that offer rosters of comfortable work pieces, you can stay fashionable, look elegantly classic yet contemporary, and feel comfy and confident, too.

Recently in Iloilo to stage a series of “Style Talks,” Japanese global apparel retailer Uniqlo got to share tips on how to style the brand’s latest comfort work pieces and fit any type of workplace setting, from smart to business casual.

The first leg of the Style Talks Series was hosted by Angela Tan, who was joined by celebrity stylist Bea Constantino and entrepreneur Vanessa Caro, as well as content creator and model Joaquin Tiu. They highlighted their own work styles and fashion needs, and how they utilized their favorite LifeWear pieces by mixing and matching.

“Your style is definitely something that you can build on over time. Invest in quality pieces that you feel good in, as well as don’t be afraid to bend the rules. Experiment with color, different shapes and silhouettes,” said Constantino.

Celebrity stylist Bea Constantino showing how to style and layer clothes

Caro added: “I think the most important thing is feeling good in what you wear. Comfort and style can definitely go hand in hand. With my favorite pieces, I always feel stylish and confident when I go about my everyday activities.”

“In my line of work, I want my outfits to represent my style and who I am as a content creator. Uniqlo allows me to sport stylish but comfy everyday attire that I can bring from shoots to events, to going out on my off time with my friends and family,” said Tiu.

The brand’s 2023

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  • March 15, 2023

Cincinnati designer to appear on Netflix’s ‘Next In Fashion’

CINCINNATI — An up-and-coming designer from Cincinnati gets the chance to compete for $200,000 in season two of Netflix’s hit show “Next In Fashion.”

“I wouldn’t say I’m the best sewer on the planet, like technical-wise,” Eliana Batsakis said.

You don’t expect those words from a 25-year-old who’s been recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Or who’s been chosen as “next up” in the industry.

“Sometimes I definitely don’t give myself enough credit,” she said.

Originally Batsakis went to college for furniture design, then switched to fashion after a professor urged her to pivot.

“[She said] you’re meant to do this and you should,” Batsakis said. “No one had ever said that to me before.”

Fast forward a few years later, and the opportunity of a lifetime falls into her lap. Casting directors chose Batsakis to compete in Netflix’s hit competition show, “Next in Fashion.” It was an offer she couldn’t refuse, but she almost did.

“I was so terrified I almost didn’t go,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh no chance, like, I’m going to look stupid. I’m going to ruin my career before it even starts.”

But Batsakis ended up joining the cast, showing the judges what she describes as her “unconventional party girl” designs. With filming over, this is the time when people with potential pick up and move. Batsakis said her friends told her to move to New York or Los Angeles, but she wants to stay in Cincinnati training up whoever is next in fashion.

“I really believe in Cincinnati as a creative community, so however I can uplift it is amazing,” Batsakis said.

Other than the cash prize, the winner will also get a chance to showcase their designs on the rental retail site “Rent the Runway.”

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  • March 9, 2023

Foot Locker Comeback Hangs on Woman Who Rewrote Beauty Playbook

(Bloomberg) — When Mary Dillon joined Ulta Beauty Inc. almost a decade ago, the personal-care company had around 675 stores across the US, made less than 5% of its sales online and generated around $2.7 billion in annual revenue.

After Dillon stepped down in June 2021 following eight years as chief executive officer, Ulta had around 1,300 stores, sold roughly one-quarter of its items online and reported $8.6 billion in sales.

While some of that success can be attributed to a surge in spending on personal-care products during the pandemic, a lot of the growth is Dillon’s doing. Now, Foot Locker Inc., which on Friday named the 61-year-old executive as its next CEO, is betting she can deliver the same magic at its struggling operations.

The athletic retailer has been foundering amid supply-chain disruptions and a pullback in business from Nike Inc., its biggest brand partner, earlier this year.

Dillon’s appointment generated excitement on Wall Street, sending Foot Locker shares up 20% for their biggest gain in more than two years. At least six analysts upgraded their ratings on the stock.

“If you’re a retailer looking for a new CEO, she’s almost the best announcement that you can make,” Evercore ISI analyst Warren Cheng said in an interview. He sees Dillon’s acceptance of the job as “a ringing endorsement that there’s still a spot for Foot Locker” in the sporting-goods landscape.

That spot has been in question as shopping malls lose favor and inventory piles up across the retail industry. Then in February, Foot Locker said that Nike was pivoting to sell more of its products on its own website rather than in other retailers’ stores.

“Nike has gotten so good at direct to consumer that there’s been a constant overhang thesis on Foot Locker that they’re not really needed

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  • October 6, 2022