ZANG TOI. The powerhouse Malaysian designer creating American fashion history.

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For over 25 years, Zang Toi has been a renowned fashion designer in the United States who built an empire marked by a tradition of elegance.  A living testament on the American dream, he continues to build on his dreams and monumental successes with ferocious hard work, keen business acumen, and heart for philanthropy to give back to society.

Born and raised in Malaysia, he remains rooted to his heritage and proclaims the richness of Malaysian culture in any media opportunity.

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JONATHAN LIANG. Sparks fly as Malaysian hot talent blaze through Paris.

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The designer for the modern woman, Jonathan Liang has captivated Kuala Lumpur and Paris since 2012 with his rebellious yet sophisticated style. This young and inspirational 27 year old has grown in popularity and is now a must-know designer in Asia and Europe for his innovations and fierce talent. Continue reading

5 Garden Wedding Styles That Will Leave You Lovestruck

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5 of the most brilliant Filipino bridal designers are featured here today, known for their exquisite designs that capture the heart and fancy of illustrious couples for the most opulent garden weddings in the Philippines.  They are favoured by celebrities and elites of Manila’s society for their stylish, embellished, and contemporary creations with modern classic and distinct elements of Spanish-Filipino heritage. Continue reading

AVEL BACUDIO. Filipino fashion mogul turning promising young designers into stars.

Winning and hailed as Asia’s Most Influential Designer 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Stylo Asian Fashion Week, Avel Bacudio solidified his position as a leader in his generation of cutting edge designers.

Awarded by the world famous designer, Jimmy Choo, who was in the panel that bestowed this prestigious recognition, Avel has finally been put in the industry spotlight that he much deserved.

From his numerous achievements since 2000, he is not resting on his laurels and continues to set new trends on the global platform with fresh bold ideas and design innovations.  And that’s just the tip of the fabulous iceberg of a story that’s Avel Bacudio. Continue reading

Wedding Style Inspirations for the Modern Romantic

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Its wedding season and bridal inspirations are everywhere.  It’s filled with romance and inspired by fairy tale that can enchant even the most cynical.  Its takes months to prepare for the big day, and the bridal gown has to be perfect for the bride and planned for with a keen eye for style.

VANIA ROMOFF of the Philippines is one of the hottest designers in Asia.  Aside from her uptown chic fashion line, she is one of the most exquisite bridal couturiers with her sensational take on modern classics, brimming with romance and charm for the blushing brides to be.   Continue reading

Summer’s Hottest Looks from Manila – Spring Summer 2015

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Creation by Anthony Ramirez SS15. Photo courtesy of Art Personas Inc.

Summer hits Toronto and I could only think of the tropics to ease up and put on some light & relaxed outfits.  What better way to get some style inspirations than from the forever-summer countries like the Philippines where fashion is nothing short of fabulous.

Last Fall, Manila Fashion Festival ushered in a number of young guns with impressive takes for the looks of Spring Summer 2015.  Let’s have a closer look on Manila’s runway with its hottest designers in these videos. Continue reading

EMIR YAMAMOTO. Filipino-Japanese couture sets funky designer to the stars.

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Emir Yamamoto is known for his most exquisite creations combining bold elements with supple details like a masculine frame with a feminine soul. These savvy contradictions illuminates his technical skills and natural flair for design and execution.

As he develops and explores his creative ideas, he muses on McQueen, Rodarte, and Lanvin, as well as, arts, music, and historical events.  His designs exude femme fatale appeal with a modern kick.

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(Lookbook 2013-2014. Photos courtesy of Emir Y.)

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JOANA ALMAGRO. Young Filipina designer soaring high in UK fashion.

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Joana Almagro has been synonymous to provocative power dressing marked by heavy embellishments, textures, and architectural lines for that body-contouring silhouettes.

I love the way her style & designs have that robust and avant-garde appeal combined with industrial elements and electric colors yet polished with clean lines creating a delightful urbane statement.

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Coming Forward

I would browse through catalogues of couture styles for working women from Bangkok, Barcelona, Quebec, Cologne, etc. that my mom brought home from her trips then sketch my own version in my spiral notebook. I would tell myself, when I grow up I will wear that and be chic.

I got inspired to cultivate a sense of self-expression through fashion and personal style at an early age.  As a child, mornings were fascinating as I hear my mom getting ready for work. The scent of her sweet perfumed talc would wake me up like coffee: its gonna be a fabulous day! Continue reading