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Without Batting An Eyelash
Audiences wish for their own Giancarlo at screening of ‘The Last Emperor’

By Maurice Arcache
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:29:00 09/25/2009

Filed Under: Fashion

MANILA, Philippines ? It was truly a one-of-a-kind happening when ?Valentino, The Last Emperor? was privately screened for our town?s fashionable squad and social elite. The applause was thunderous at the end of the show. The film produced by Matt Tyrnauer was brought in through the efforts of Cebu?s awesome Zee Lifestyle Magazine?s publisher, brilliant Eva Gullas, with the help of Samsung Philippines, dahlings. It drew a lot of raves from the privileged movie watchers.

The strongest element in the film, palanggas, portrayed the ongoing love affair between giant players in international society namely, the elegant Valentino Garavani and his lifetime partner and lover, dashing Giancarlo Giammetti. As the film ended, Diana Jean Lopez was heard sighing: ?I wish we all had a Giancarlo in our lives,? which echoed everybody?s sentiments while watching the film. ?I had my own, and I truly miss him now,? Inno Sotto answered.

After the film screening, the party moved to the mezzanine of Shangri-La Makati to celebrate the film?s success, where Moët & Chandon?s Brut Imperial champagne flowed like the Trevi Fountain in Rome, thanks to Olga Azarcon, the ultimate secret weapon of Moët-Hennessy. Naturally, the most important fashion designers of the country flocked, starting with Asia?s fashion czar himself, Pitoy Moreno, as well as an enthused Inno and the rarely glimpsed Pepito Albert.

Needless to say, dahlings, the ultra glamour pack was led by Vicky Zubiri, who else, in a stunning red Herve Leger cocktail number.

Whisenhunt?s fab bibs

The night I was invited to Preview Magazine?s bash at the chic Members Only, where the talented designer Nicole Whisenhunt launched her ?bib collection? to an elbow-to-elbow crowd that witnessed her first bib inspired by divinity and art.

Her fabulous hand-made eye-catching bib pieces were worn with pride and confidence by her gorgeous muses, palanggas. They are all close pals of the designer like Monica Araneta, Kai Nakanishi-Lim, gorgeous Gianna Kessler Von Sprengeisen, artistic Chiqui Okol, Camille Ongpauco, feminine beauty Camille Villar, Bea Tantoco, Erica Concepcion, young mover and shaker Chicho Suarez, Clarissa Reyes, Sandra Rocha, Sara Azimi and Malou Romero of her famous brand Frangipani. The muses looked awesome in Frangipani dresses, dahlings, and Maco Custodio footwear.

Nicole told us she chose to collaborate with Frangipani and Maco Custodio ?because I am an advocate of Filipino designs and local materials. Malou?s Frangipani clothes are inspired by the intricate beauty of Philippine-made handwoven fabrics like piña, and other indigenous handcrafting techniques, such as embroidery, but designed and used in unexpectedly fresh, modern ways.?

All the invitees looked at mini-photo books that were displayed on the tables by Chiqui of Chroma Philippines, palanggas, while they sipped cool 42 Below and Bacardi cocktails like Falling Water, Summer Breeze, Bacardi Cuba and the refreshing mojito.

Lustico?s first solo show

Already a hot big name in fashion, the incredibly creative Dennis Lustico will present his latest masterpieces in his solo show, ?Lustico: A Fashion Presentation,? on (take note, palanggas) Oct. 1, 7 p.m., at the NBC Tent, The Fort.

The high-end The Establishment at The Fort was where the show launch took place. It was organized by Taguig City, popular brilliant First Lady Kaye Tinga and multifaceted 40-karat Tessa Prieto-Valdes. It will benefit the Philippine National Red Cross Rizal Chapter, Assumption High School Class 1981 Foundation and Tanging Yaman Foundation, dahlings.

Kaye articulated: ?Dennis has been wanting to do a fashion show for a cause, and this is a great opportunity for him to extend a helping hand to disadvantaged Filipinos.? While Tessa said: ?Dennis? artistic talent signifies his foray into the country?s circle of most sought-after fashion designers.?

?The Legionnaire will showcase 40 masculine-inspired creations that show off women?s femininity and sensuality,? said Dennis, palanggas.

The show will be directed by Ariel Lozada, fashion styling by Noel Manapat and hair and makeup by Patrick Rosas. It will be presented by Rustan?s the Beauty Source, in cooperation with Santa Maria Novella, Murad and Manuel Canovas Parfums, among others. For more info, call Margie Custorio at 897-7030 or Maggie Gineta at 0917-8325570.



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