A Trip Down The Runway At #MNLFashionFest | Clozette

It has been more than two weeks since Manila Fashion Festival but the rave about it is still alive amongst us Clozetters. We couldn't stop talking about our favourite collections, which were a toss between designers that resembled our personal styles and designers with looks we've only dreamed of wearing. 



(Photo from Manila Fashion Festival) 


Overall, it was 4 consecutive nights of runway elegance and fashion innovations--and the best part was that the Clozette Team got to share it with our dear Clozetters in the Philippines!


So we caught up with the Clozetters we spotted at #MNLFashionFest to get the low-down on what they wore and who their favourite designers are. 


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Lystra Aranal

(clozette.co/lystraaaa)



On her look: "I wanted to wear black but at the same time didn't want to stick to the usual black & white mix. So I opted for a brown top to go with my black skirt and vest ensemble. I also like adding texture in my outfits, so the lace top kept the outfit from looking too plain and flat." 


Her favourite Designer/Collection: "I loved how the collections were pretty diverse so it's pretty hard to pick one favourite. But aside from the standouts, I also really enjoyed Banggo Niu's collection. He definitely impressed with his high energy display and edgy I'm-a-cool-girl clothes."

Alex Lapa 

(clozette.co/alexlapa)




On her look: "I almost always wear heels, but I wanted to try my hand at this sports luxe trend.  So I wore my gold LZD sneakers with a velvet cutout top by designer John Chan to achieve the look."


Her favourite Designer/Collection: "There were lots of collections that I liked, but I'll go with Michael Leyva because his creations were ultra glamorous but still wearable."





On her look: "Monochrome is my go-to colour scheme. I think it's perfect for special occasions because it's timeless."

Her favourite Designer/Collection: "Vania Romoff's F/W 2015 Collection was the best for me because it reminded me of one of my favourite books when I was a kid - 'The Secret Garden!' "


Rochelle Abella





On her look: "I wore Bottomline crop top, MDS Collection skirt, Pedro heels, & Charles Keith sling bag. I chose to wear this during the event because of the skirt. I find the print really cute and unique."

Her favourite Designer/Collection: "Happy Andrada & Jot Losa."



Jean Dalida

(clozette.co/The SkinniestJean)




On her look: "I believe that tropical print doesn't require jetting off to an exotic island. It makes a cool statement as the temperature heats up. I simply re-worked the Tropical printed crop-top into a stylish outfit. I paired it with my green textured high-waisted short to let the pattern be the focus of my ensemble. I added a textured blazer to add an empowered vibe and finished it off with my go-to stiletto."


Her favourite Designer/Collection: "I like Banggo Niu. I'm so attracted to his fresh and playful designs. His creations centred on the sporty chic look with an 80's vibe. Shimmers and leather plus jersey letterings dominated his collection and I loved it. I find it elegant. With Banggo Niu's creations, you'll definitely DRESS with a BANG."



Jamilla Castillo

(clozette.co/JamillaJoyce)




On her look: "My top was from designer Alexander J. Bitong, Maxi skirt from online shop www.rosegal.com, heels from Kenneth Cole, and bag from Coach. Obviously in fashion shows, black and white ensembles stands out the most so I wore something monochromatic. Black can really make you look sophisticated. With my top, I opted to wear a top from a designer--it's always a classic choice."


Her favourite Designer/Collection: "My favourite designer was Vania Romoff as she is one of the leading designers of today's generation and I just love her collections! It's very classic and feminine from her soft flows and classic silhouettes. She always creates beautiful designs. Her collection was to die for!"



Chesca De mesa

(clozette.co/chescademesa)





On her look: "I wore a sheer top from Zalora, lace bandage skirt I got from a bazaar, flats from Alberto Asumague, and bag form Zalora. As I am always dressed so dark, I dolled up myself with pastel colours. With spring/summer upon us, it is time to lighten up our wardrobe and jump into a pastel wonderland!"


Her favourite Designer/Collection: "My favourite designer is Vania Romoff"



Liam Mendoza

(clozette.co/allaboutliam)




On her look: "Sundays are always casual days for me. So I thought of wearing black shorts and black tops. However, knowing that it is an event, I wouldn't want to go too casual. So I've picked a flowery blazer and black shoes to finish my entire ensemble."


Her favourite Designer/Collection: "I loved Vania Romoff's collection. The dresses simply spoke to me of ethereal elegance. Of all the designers there, hers was the ones I would really love to wear. It reflected my personal style--simple, classic, and clean colours. "



Christina Advincula

(clozette.com/tinadvincula)



Sharnie Hung and I


On my look: "I always play on the safe side, especially during events like this. I opted for my no-fail black, white, and gold pieces and played it out with the structure. A crop top and sheer jogger pants, paired with snakeskin heels and LV bag is the perfect classy look for me since I had to make my look comfortable enough for taking photos of the event."

My favourite Designer/Collection: "It's actually a toss between Vania Romoff and Cheetah Rivera's collections. Both used quality fabrics and feminine silhouettes--which I always dream of wearing someday in a very glam event. Very classy and wearable."



Nicole Torres

(clozette.co/MaryNicoleTorres)




On her look: "Manila Fashion Festival is the perfect event to take fashion risks! I tried to go out of my comfort zone by wearing something different than what I usually wear (mainly black & white). With that in mind, I decided to pair contrasting colours & bold patterns from my wardrobe together with some chunky accessories to complement each other. The look was definitely new to me but Manila Fashion Festival was definitely the time to make a fashion statement so I dared to be a little different." 


Her favourite Designer/Collection: "My favourite designer would definitely be Cheetah Rivera. The beautiful Swallow embroidery on her dresses really caught my eye, plus the tailoring and fit was impeccable. Not only that but her use of bold primary colours and edgy modern cuts gave her designs the right amount of edge & sophistication which perfectly embodies the modern day woman. Second favourite collection of mine would be Mark Bumgarner. I loved how he elevated the evening gowns by giving each one a unique look--may it be a different cut or an embellished collar. His most memorable design for me would be the tailored slacks with the embellished turtle-neck top that trickled down back with a trail or a long cape of sorts. It wasn't necessarily an evening gown but the combination was fresh and new which made it as equally jaw-dropping as his other designs."



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The first week of April got us all warmed-up for the summer and colour is definitely IN! There were still a few loyals to the minimalist and monochrome trend, but they were able to adapt to the hot and sunny weather. Nonetheless, we love this week's roundup because of the bountiful colours and prints, and the versatility of the community's style as a whole. 


Here are the top 5 looks we spotted and loved this week!


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Cat_jiajia

(clozette.co/Cat_jiajia)




Starting off with Clozette Ambassador Cat_jiajia is this feminine rockstar look. She broke the flow of blacks and whites with her Marsala cropped top. This look may be simple but it's big on style and edge.

hannatantoco

(clozette.co/hannatantoco)




Clozette Ambassador hannatantoco sure knows how to ace her rompers on sunny days. Everything in this look is casual chic and the laced Pink onesie is our absolute favourite. She kept it effortlessly bold with a floppy hat, statement necklace, and a pair of metallic sandals.  



claudiaxtong

(clozette.co/claudiaxtong)




Moving on with the colours of summer is claudiaxtong's abstract-print dress. We love how this dress managed to be funky without losing its class. And oh, were you able to spot those goofy eyes on her bag? Adorable! 



jouatotherescue

(clozette.co/jouatotherescue)




Star Clozetter jouatotherescue makes it to our list with her vintage-print jacket, striped skirt, and sneaker ensemble. The patterns don't clash at all because she styled it according to one dominant colour--navy blue. To add to that, the accents of her look are a treat to the eye. 



christyfrisbee

(clozette.co/christyfrisbee)




To finish this list is a look from minimalist and monochrome loyal, Clozette Ambassador christyfrisbee. What makes this look standout is the ensemble of a white ruffled tube top, statement necklace, and patent boots. The colours may be black and white but the textures of each piece are definitely scene-stealers. 



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We're kicking off the first weekend of April with these videos from the top Makeup and Style gurus on Youtube that we haven't featured yet. Check out our list to see where all our excitement is coming from. Here are the top 5 videos for the week: 


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Cinderella Glam Makeup Tutorial

By: Carli Bybel 




MAC launched their Cinderella collaboration collection with Disney and though we've been quiet about it, we're actually really excited in getting our hands on one, particularly that eyeshadow palette. The packaging is simple yet very dreamy and everything has a dash of sparkle for that magical princess-y look. If you want to know how to put the collection to use, check out this tutorial from top vlogger Carli Bybel and finally nail that before-midnight ball look.  

Spring Festival Lookbook 2015

By: TheLineUp





This is TheLineUp's way of celebrating April Fool's day in style. This video is hella hilarious! Don't let the cover photo fool you, this lookbook video is actually modeled by 2 guys in cool monochrome looks and girly poses. Enjoy! 


How To Cover Up Acne

By: Clozette TV



Of course we can't forget Clozette TV's useful tutorials. What this clip shows is how to cover up your acne with makeup without it looking cakey. This is a must-watch, since its also the season of sweat and oily skin, so you can keep these tips handy for zit-days.


Outfit Ideas For Vacation + Spring Break Lookbook! 

By: Mylifeaseva 




The bubbly Youtuber Mylifeaseva dropped a video on her channel with her bright summer looks with a beach background that made us want to book the next plane ticket to Maui. Her looks are handy for vacationers who won't just be lounging around inside their hotel room as these outfits are for those with an adventurous agenda. Our favourites were the one with a denim jacket and the one with bright rashguard overalls. How about you?



Best Drugstore Skincare Under £15! 

By: Essie Button




Our favourite Canadian Youtuber Essie Button reminds us that good skin can be achieved with cheap drugstore products. She went through drugstores, tried out a few ones, and rounded up the best products that worked for her. We can't wait to get our hands on that blue tin of magic, do you know where we can get one? 



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