Women all over the world are claiming March as our month, with March 8 as International Women’s Day and all 31 days as World Women’s Month. This global celebration honors the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.  

The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today I’ll support it by celebrating women of achievement.

In the fashion world, Sofie Borromeo and Criselda Lontok have made the local fashion scene more feminine and classy. Coincidentally, both chose March to launch new fashion collections.

Sofie is the creative director of womens fashion label, “Sofie.B” Sofie launched her fashion label in 2015 after her experience as a fashion buyer for both the women’s department store of SM Retail and for the franchise of British contemporary fashion label, Joseph.

Sofie gained her knowledge and technical skills in fashion design as an undergraduate student of The Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She earned a graduate degree in Luxury Fashion Management at the SCAD campus in Hong Kong in 2014.

Her brand, Sofie.B, looks to the future focused on highlighting exceptional Filipino craftsmanship. It’s signature, tailored aesthetic always has touches of local design elements for the modern and classic woman.

For this year’s fashion show, “Garden with Wings,” Sofie.B was inspired by the butterfly and its metamorphosis. So guests were thrilled to see transitions, as a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, and surprises, as the colors and designs transformed. Sophia told me that her fashion show was envisioned to be impactful and beautiful, yet leaving a memory in one’s heart  that will last a meaningful length of time.

“Garden with Wings” was held at Blackbird at the Nielson Tower last week. The 20-piece collection highlighted silhouettes inspired by the past and present, and the classic and modern, showcasing a range of botanical prints, bold textures and vibrant colors. Sofie included six muses to the show – Bernie Aboitiz,Jessica Kienle Maxwell, Alex Eduque, Florence Ko and Zelda Kienle. Charmaine Lagman was one of the beautiful muses but she was abroad.

After the show, Sofie thanked her sponsors, W17, SCAD, Molito, Volkswagen, Dunkin Donuts, and Linya Disenyo accessories. Furniture vignettes were sponsored by Philux, home decor by KASSA by Karen Santos, make-up by MAC cosmetics, hairstyling by Jing Monis Salon Botanicals, posters by Feliz Invitations, and lookbooks by The Write Impressions Paperie & Press.

After “Gardens with Wings,” I headed to Rustan’s Makati for the Spring / Summer 2019 fashion show of Criselda Lontok. In her pursuit to make sure rarity is still very much wearable, Criselda, Rustan’s in-house designer, presented elegant summer pieces that are at once dauntless and exquisite. 

The collection featured cruise wear with oversized bows and bell sleeves, classic silhouettes embellished with just the right amount of fringe and flounce, and an evening line perfect for everything from romantic beach jaunts to formal evening balls. These were exquisite pieces to captivate women of all ages, who are acquainted with the fact that summer is a style adventure, meant for everyone to enjoy.  

Some of Manila’s fashionable and influential set walked the runway as ambassadors for Criselda. Among the models were Linda Ley, who also co-hosted the event, Yoli Ayson, Lilibeth Campos, Suzette Hahn-Lopez, Ruth Rodriguez, and Gina Mohnani.

As Criselda boldly looked forward to the next generation of Criselda Women, she ushered in the summer with fresh new elements and pops of color without losing touch of her fashion dictum that style and comfort should never be a paradox but a fusion. Criselda Lontok is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-la, Alabang, Gateway, and Cebu.

Carroll & Chan is now in the Philippines. On February 28, lifestyle enthusiasts around Manila gathered to celebrate the launch of Carroll & Chan’s first store in the country. The event witnessed Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia as they shared their experiences in creating a better home with Carroll & Chan. Among the guests who shared this occasion were the family of Bing Loyzaga, with daughters Chi and Gabbs Gibbs, Pia Magalona, Vern and Verniece Encisco, Joy Sotto, Issa Pressman, Marga Bermudez, and TV anchor Gretchen Fullido.

Carroll & Chan is luxury of nature straight from hive to home. The brand uses only 100% beeswax in all of their candles. Unlike other types of wax, beeswax poses no harm to the environment as no rainforests are cut down and no natural animal habitats are destroyed in its making. It is sustainable, renewable, and contains no toxins, parabens, or other pollutants.

Choosing beeswax candles gives users the advantage of cleaner, brighter, and longer-burning candles without the worry of health and environmental risks. For a complete sensory experience, Carroll & Chan beeswax candles are made with wooden wicks that produce a cozy crackling sound when lit. They are poured by hand in Hong Kong to ensure top-quality and are adorned with unique and original hand-painted designs in the packaging. These candles, handmade using traditional candle-making methods, truly delight the senses.    

Carroll & Chan continues to grow with 25 fragrance collections, spread across a vast product range including beeswax candles, matching reed diffusers, fragrance oils, and other home fragrance accessories. Find your favorite scents and more, when you visit the Carroll & Chan store located in the third floor of The Podium.

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