An early Christmas shopping spree


THE first of the “-ber” months is
peeking around the corner. Be a smart shopper or an even smarter gift-giver by
doing your early holiday shopping and wrapping. Ideas for gifts can induce
head-spins, so avoid the panic-buying by considering these stylish—and
thoughtful—selections.

Ayala Malls’ Stylist’s Closet

THE upscale chain of malls’
series of styling-related activities, Stylist’s Closet 2019 will culminate at
the Bonifacio High Street from August 16 to 18, with a roundtable on August 17.
It started on July 4 at Greenbelt and Glorietta with a fashion parade, style
talks and pop-ups.

The running theme is “Fashion is
universal, trends are geographical and style is personal,” with celebrity (and
controversial) stylist Pam Quiñones imparting tips on how to shop smart and how
to cultivate your own personal style.

Quiñones’s Qurator Studio curated
about a hundred brands present at Ayala Malls, including Mango, Topshop, GAP,
Springfield, Joe Fresh, Tory Burch, Lacoste, Banana Republic, Marks &
Spencer, Steve Madden, Rustan’s private labels, such as Oleg Cassini, and
homegrown labels like Penshoppe, Kamiseta, Plains & Prints, Apple & Eve
and Maldita.

“This year, Stylist’s Closet
packs a stronger punch by bringing more displays, runway preview show and talks
closer to the stylish folks across several cities,” says Eunice Velasco, Ayala
Malls marketing group manager. “Pam and our lineup of speakers are not only
pushing people to shop, but urging them to shop smart. Curated pieces from
curated brands, they are not teaching fashion, they are teaching style.”

McJim Classic Leather

FOR the corporate male, something
sturdy yet stylish is appropriate. McJim, the 40-year-old leather goods label,
carries quality accessories, such as belts, bags and wallets.

The belts, with distinct metal
buckles, come in basic dark brown, basic modernist black and reversible
minimalist. There are messenger bags, body bags and gadget bags. The wallets,
meanwhile, are in leather and canvass.

Look professional, stylish and
smart at the same time with the leather selections that you desire, as you
climb up that corporate ladder.

Longchamp La Voyageuse

THE chic French brand recently
unveiled its fall/winter 2019 collection of bags, mounted on stalls and draped
over mannequins wearing its in-season dresses. The accessories and the bags are
inspired by a Parisian en route to New York, and what she would wear and bring
from the City of Lights to the City That Never Sleeps.

The new handbag collection,
called La Voyageuse, are emblazoned with LGP, Longchamp’s new signature print
in bold graphics, inspired by Bauhaus artists and New York’s maze-like grid
city streets.  It’s for the wandering
woman, so the design is modeled after portable vanity cases. There are compact,
foldable sizes, as well as large ones for long journeys.

Coming in a myriad colors, the
bags are also made of leopard-printed calf hair, crocodile-printed leather and
smooth leather all embossed with the now-familiar LPG logo. The bags are
exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Cebu
and Greenbelt 5.

Lacoste Tennis Remix

TENNIS as the most stylish sport
was reinforced as this brand served a collection inspired by Roland-Garros.
Incorporating the dress codes of tennis and fashion, the pieces can go from the
court to the streets. Mannequins and models wore the brand’s key looks, such as
its timeless stripes, the structured lines of a tennis court and prints of
tennis balls, all in splashy colors and with the ubiquitous crocodile icon.

Score style points with this
French brand’s men’s polo shirts, jackets, pants and caps, as well as its
women’s line of pleated skirts, striped collared shirts and color-blocked
jackets.

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