Charity is always in fashion


Fashion, in certain voguish circles, is the center of one’s universe. For Kai Lim, LifestyleAsia’s September cover girl, family and fashion are the two heartbeats in her universe.

Kai recently flew to New York for the cover shoot, together with LA editor Anna Sobrepeña. She was photographed wearing the couture of Joey Samson, the featured designer of the Red Charity Gala 2017. The designer has been Kai’s favorite for many years, for his classic cuts with an edgy twist. In turn, Joey says his muse Kai is the epitome of prim, pretty and proper who exudes class and charm.

Check out the beautiful photos of the designer and his muse in the latest issue. The Art and Style issue also puts together a collection of auctions, art events and exhibits in Manila, Hong Kong and Venice. Fall in love with Istanbul, featured in the travel section, and read about one of the best places to stay in Manhattan.

At the Red Charity Gala, fashion is the avenue used to raise funds for two worthwhile causes: the Philippine Red Cross and the Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation. Now on its ninth year, RCG 2017 will be on October 14 at the Shangri-La at the Fort. Supported by Bench as part of the brand’s 30th anniversary, RCG brings to the runway the creative ingenuity of Joey Samson and his androgynous, gender fluid creations.

This year’s theme is PilgrimAge, a journey, a religious devotion, a voyage to a sacred place. For Joey, it is a depiction of one man’s journey to nostalgia. Co-chair Kaye Tinga and I are proud to have Joey join the league of world-renowned Filipino designers who have previously graced RCG: Dennis Lustico, Furne One, Michael Cinco, Cary Santiago, Ezra Santos, Jojie Lloren, Lesley Mobo, and Chito Vijandre.

RCG 2017 is presented by Bench in cooperation with Globe Platinum, Megaworld, and SunLife Financial together with Creamsilk, Emperor Watch and Jewellery, Fuentes Manila, Jewelmer, Moss Manila, Omega, Philippine Airlines, Remy Martin, Robert Blancaflor, and Shangri-la at the Fort.

Media sponsors are Inquirer Red, Lifestyle Asia, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Philippine Star, with additional support from Abitare Internazionale, Adworks, Air Asia, Bluewater Sumilon Resort Beach, Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay, Royal Gem, The Manila Hotel, Viking Range, W/17, World Travellers, Auro Chocolates, Gardenia, Goldilocks, and The Botanist.

To officially launch the RCG 2017, Kaye and I held an elegant press con at the beautiful Champagne Room of the Manila Hotel on my birthday. We had a mini fashion show featuring some of Joey’s pieces, followed by a parade of waiters presenting birthday cakes from the hotel and Hearts and Bells Bakeshop.

After the presentation, guests were invited to tour the Manila Hotel’s Presidential suite, the largest hotel suite in Asia. Emil Yap III of Manila Bulletin and Swatch grand dame Virgie Ramos so nicely gave me a three-layer birthday cake. Gardenia Bread’s Carlo and Digzy Umali were also among the early birds.

Jewelmer lent Kaye and I precious South Sea pearls for the affair, and displayed the gorgeous strand they are donating for auction. Jewelmer also partners with the ICANSERVE foundation to champion a universal cause: the fight for life itself. ICANSERVE advocates breast cancer awareness and provides hope and help to women with the condition.

On October 8, ICANSERVE will have their third annual fundraising fashion show, “FASHIONCANSERVE,” and Jewelmer will unveil the “Why We Fight” bracelet. Jewelmer will simultaneously gather five influential personalities to launch a campaign as a tribute to women’s unyielding spirit: fashion designer Mia Arcenas, principal ballerina Candice Adea, environmental advocate Anna Oposa, jewelry designer Wynn Wynn Ong, and Jewelmer’s pearl technician fighting cancer Lilibeth Perfecto-Destura. All come together in a video echoing what many women have long fought for: passion, freedom, empowerment, and life.

RCG’s main presentor Bench is not only our country’s leading clothing and lifestyle brand, it continues to create, promote, and love local this year with the holiday round of its biannual Bench Fashion Week. BFW is a style showcase that spotlights some of the country’s most recognized brands and designers, and builds on the brand’s presentations at New York Fashion Week and Tokyo Fashion Week.

BFW also featured the first Bench Design Awards, with ten, young, up-and-coming fashion designers showing off their collections for a chance to join Bench at the Asian Fashion Meets Tokyo show on October 19. Bench chairman Ben Chan was joined by Teresa Ortiz-Matera, Hideya Yokoi, Mitsugu Sudo and Akiko Shinoda for the selection of the winning designers, who turned out to be Jennifer Contreras, Jaggy Glarino, and RJ Santos.

Bench shared the Holiday 2017 stage with designers Rhett Eala and Jerome Lorico, and sustainable local brand PIOPIO. Also featured were favorites Bench, Human, and Kashieca, as well as intimate wear label Bench Body, the latter unveiling a collaboration with Fil-Canadian supermodel Paolo Roldan. Bench’s global partner brands American Eagle Outfitters, Cotton On, and Vero Moda also returned to the BFW runway.

Autostrada Motore recently celebrated its fifth anniversary by launching its campaign, “People of Passion,” at the Autostrada showroom in Bonifacio Global City. Long recognized as the motoring icon that inspires passion and excellence, Maserati hales from a fine tradition of automotive engineering excellence and devoted craftsmanship.

In this vein, Maserati honored Marc Nicdao, Paolo Soler, Marc Nelson and James Deakin, exemplary gentlemen of passion and caring for their communities. These “People of Passion” impel genuine change through building foundations needed for true excellence.

Maserati also supports Hope in a Bottle, a truly socially relevant cause that aims to build classrooms all over the country. Nanette Medved-Po, founder of Hope in a Bottle, was on hand for the anniversary, along with Maserati big bosses Willie Soong and his son, Jason.


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