14 November 2009

Manila's Most Fashionable Pick the Ultimate Wardrobe

They set the trends, penalize fashion les faux pas and basically rule Manila 's style scene with an iron -- albeit manicured -- hand. Yes, they're the undisputed headliners of fashion-- but did you ever stop to think of what the country's top fashion editors and columnists would come up with if they were to assemble one wardrobe?

Yes, you got that right. They would come up with no less than the Ultimate Wardrobe.

Kate Torralba. “Fun and quirky, her playful designs remind us to have fun with fashion,” Donna Cuna Pita.

But the Ultimate Wardrobe can’t be bought—and no, maxed out credit cards won’t cut it either—it can only be won in NESTLÉ FITNESSE’s Show off Your Shape promo.

Here’s a sneak peek at the Ultimate Wardrobe, as chosen by Audrey Carpio, Donna Cuna Pita, Bianca Consunji, Jenni Epperson, Joyce Fernandez, Rissa Mananquil, Pauline Juan and Isabel Roces:

Channeling an Icon

Chanel. “A Chanel dress is not just a dress. Owning one is a sartorial rite of passage into the history of couture and a statement that says you are serious about fashion,” --Audrey Carpio.

‘In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” – or so said Coco Chanel, the legendary woman behind the iconic Chanel brand.

And all 8 editors agree that ‘different’ will be the least of what the owner of the coveted Chanel dress will be once she wears the said piece. Bianca Consunji considers Chanel to be the ultimate symbol of luxury. “Chanel’s a classy, globally known brand that just shouts ‘status symbol.’ While Audrey Carpio considers it to be a right of passage for every fashionista: “A Chanel dress is not just a dress. Owning one is a sartorial rite of passage into the history of couture and a statement that says you are serious about fashion.”

From Fashionista to Fashionalista

Rhett Eala. “Their collection carries reasonably priced clothes designed with elegance and flawless quality in mind,” Jenni Epperson.”
Would you have thought of the Philippine map as fashionable? Maybe—if you were Rhett Eala, that is.

And it is exactly this unique ingenuity which elevated a Rhett Eala creation into the Ultimate Wardrobe. “He’s one of my favorite designers,” shares Rissa Mananquil. “He’s fashion’s big innovator, thinker and provocateur. Isabel Roces, on the other hand echoes the sentiments of Rissa. “Rhett has always been my favorite local designer. His style is feminine, elegant and comfortable. His designs are always a hit, as proven by his widely popular My Pilipinas shirt.”

Aside from Michi Calica, Hermès, Rhett Eala and Michi Calica, other items included in the Ultimate Wardrobe come from Kate Torralba, Jun Escario, Religioso and 7 For All Mankind.

The Nestle Fitnesse 14 Days to Show off Your Shape will kick off on November 14, Saturday, from 9am, at Greenbelt Park, Makati, with the voting period lasting from Nov. 15 to Dec. 3. And as adjudged by Manila ’s top style icons, the winners of the Ultimate Wardrobe will be announced on December 10, 2009.

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