Although not as wild as the previous African collection, but perhaps as chimerical as the City Series in the Plains and Prints holiday collection 2012, Rhett Eala arrived and left Sunshine City on the same day yesterday.
Setting foot in Norte for the very first time, Rhett made the Plains and Prints loyalists like myself and Red Dot happy. Being the Creative Director of the clothing company, he has personally been to Cebu before Laoag for a meet-and-greet. He was cool, no kiyeme at all whatsoever. Like Marianne, Vince and me, nagka-cam o nagi-Instagram every now and then, just as normal as anyone else who’d photograph every dish on the table.
Red Dot’s big boss and ever gracious host, Mary Ann Cua-Macaraeg, squeezed in a whirlwind tour after a scrumptious Ilocano lunch, which included poque-poque (he must have liked it so much ‘coz I saw him reaching for more), and before going to Red Dot to handpick outfits for the Red Dot contest winners.
Asked Rhett what made him say yes to the Farillas couple behind Plains and Prints and accept the position of Creative Director and he said, “It’s different. I wanted to go back to ladies’, where I stated.” If you remember, his first line was Due at Rustan’s. There was also Wink, popular with the it girls at that time.
The new energy of Plains and Prints is perceptible like its fresh vibrant prints and tones.
-The two deserving winners of the Plains and Prints contest. Makeup guru Mara Manuel (in white, below) also gave the winners a makeover as part of their prize.
-Two of my blogger friends Christine Alejandro and Marianne G. Pasion. Marianne’s wearing a skirt from the City Series/Manila. In the next photo is Mary Ann Ang also a P and P regular patron.
-My favorite Red Dot crew. There’s the Ashley (center) that I get to mention a lot. And what do you see below? A whole mix and match wardrobe that centers around an offbeat print on print skirt and top that Rhett handpicked, which I tried on and liked. Btw, the digital (as I’d like to call it) animal print mullet dress is from a previous collection. I so love the new ladylike cut of the new P and P blouses, sort of retro Brit, imo.
Rhett’s picks. You have to check out the Manila city light and bokeh -inspired prints.
photo by Marianne Pasion.
-The spanking new Saramsam restaurant inside Balay da Blas Pensionne House, baptized via this luncheon. The place is shabby-gorgeous, Sammy Blas’ signature.
We had spanner crabs locally known as kusimay, bagnet with KBL (kamatis, baggoong, lasona), poque-poque (tangy eggplant with egg salad), marunggay (moringa) ice cream and saba, kamote, and bilo-bilo inkalti (fondue). (Thanks Me-Ann and Bernard!)
-Me-Ann with Mafe and Mylene.
-As fierce as Mulawin, Visionaire’s Ace Rumbaoa. Took a macro shot of his wings, and they looked like they were his earrings:) Ajo makes his own fab, unique accessories and I adore his oversize, as in enormous, flower pins.
The next 3 shots are by in-demand photographer Marianne Pasion. (Thanks,Marianne!)
-The Sammy Blas of the famed Saramsam. He sort of triggered why I went back to blogging and started Blauearth.
-The retro vibe of the new wing of Balay da Blas
Below was the quick spontaneous tour around the Malacañang of the North, built by former president Ferdinand Marcos and used as a vacation house whenever he was in town.
– Super museum-material, a Joe Salazar terno for former first lady Imelda Marcos. The superb craftsmanship of Joe Salazar is renowned.
-Mary Ann’s own wedding gown was partly done by Rhett in collaboration with his good friend Patrice Ramos-Diaz.
There goes the red-letter day. A blessed Sunday to everyone.
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