Justin Bieber + Lara Stone = Marky Mark + Kate Moss

Music meets fashion in Calvin Klein’s latest multi-media global ad campaign, featuring Justin Bieber along with Dutch model Lara Stone.

The latest ad campaign echoes one of Calvin Klein’s most iconic campaigns in the ’90s, which featured Mark “Marky-Mark” Wahlberg and Kate Moss.

1992: Marky Mark and Kate Moss

Marky Mark and Kate Moss

2015: Justin Bieber and Lara Stone

Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear u00A9 Mert Alas    and Marcus Piggott (4)

Shot by fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in New York City, the campaign will roll out worldwide in 20 countries spanning digital, outdoor and print advertising, as well as exciting experiential components, timed to coincide with March 2015 magazine issues.

Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear u00A9 Mert Alas    and Marcus Piggott (1)

Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear u00A9 Mert Alas    and Marcus Piggott (7)

The Spring 2015 global media campaign was produced under the creative direction of Calvin Klein, Inc.’s in-house ad agency and creative studio, working with creative agency Wednesday London.

In the Philippines, Calvin Klein Jeans is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. with stores at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing, Bonifacio High Street Central, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, Robinson’s Place Midtown, Magnolia Town Center, Megamall, Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Fairview Terraces, and Abreeza Mall Davao City.

Calvin Klein Underwear is located at Greenbelt 5, The Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Bonifacio High Street, The Podium, Rustan’s Makati, 158 Designer’s Boulevard Alabang Town Center, Robinson’s Place Midtown, Rustan’s Cebu, Inside CK Jeans Store in Century City Mall, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, Mall of Asia, and Abreeza Mall Davao City.


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Louis Vuitton's tribute to Christopher Nemeth

I was probably 20 years old when I met Christopher Nemeth at his first shop in Tokyo called Sector.

It was the late ’80s. He apologized for having a bad cold as he sneezed into a tissue.

I remember being overwhelmed by the unpolished store and the Japanese kids that trickled in.

I bought John Moore shoes, a Judy Blame hat, a John Galliano dress, and a complete Nemeth suit—jacket, shirt, vest and pants, which Christopher helped me choose.

Through the years I made it a point to visit the shop whenever I was in Tokyo.

Nemeth store, Tokyo

Christopher Nemeth, Tokyo

Nemeth store, 2008



Nemeth store, 2009

Nemeth under renovation

Renovation, 2014

Christopher Nemeth

His wife Keiko has always been the shopgirl and their baby whom I saw as a baby, is all grown up.

That’s how old I am.

Mrs. Nemeth at Christopher Nemeth, Aoyama

Keiko Nemeth in 2012

Now Louis Vuitton pays tribute to Christopher Nemeth in its Men’s Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection.

Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth

Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth

“I think Christopher Nemeth is the most important designer to come out of London alongside Vivienne Westwood,” said Kim Jones, Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton.

“He is Savile Row, he is the street, he is the club. His designs define London. He trained as a fine artist and came into fashion from being an illustrator. I can see the influence of his work in so many collections, and yet it is not often acknowledged and still seems unknown to many. That’s why, as we approach the fifth anniversary of his death, I wanted to openly celebrate Christopher Nemeth’s life and work this season at Louis Vuitton.”

Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth

Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth

Christopher Louis Nemeth was born in 1959 in Birmingham, England. In 1979 he moved to London to study painting at Camberwell College of Arts. It was after college that Nemeth began making clothing for himself.

Self-taught in pattern cutting, he made use of use canvas he would paint on, as well as discarded sacks and old suiting. Each became distinct signatures of his ‘deconstructed’ style.

Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth

Louis Vuitton tribute to Christopher Nemeth

He was ‘discovered’ by photographer Mark Lebon who had seen the young artist riding his bicycle, wearing his self-made clothes. Mark Lebon was already a fixture in i-D and The Face, which were our ’80s bibles.

By this time, Christopher had started selling his clothes at Kensington Market.

In 1986 he moved to Tokyo, where his spirit of creativity and craftsmanship remain uncompromised until his death in 2010. He was 51.

Nemeth sewing

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New store openings: What's coming in 2015

“All these new store openings are slowly removing the thrill of traveling,” my friend Ginggay noted.

“Wala pang Ikea,” I said.

“Ikea would be the game changer,” Ginggay said.

“We would no longer be third world,” I said.

While waiting for Ikea to come here, here are ten stores you can look forward to in 2015:

1) Ladurée

What: French luxury bakery and sweets maker known world-famous double-decker macarons

Where and when: May 15 at Lopez Tower, Rockwell

Owner: H&F Retail Concepts, Inc.


Laduree, Paris - new favourite munchies

2) PB Teen

What: Teen version of Pottery Barn offering an entire collection of furniture and decor just for teens. Expect an exclusive range of furniture, bedding, lighting, accessories and gifts for every teen’s bedroom, study area, lounge space and more.

Where and when: Mid 2015 at Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig

Owner: Stores Specialists Inc.


PB Teen

3) West Elm

What: Launched in Brooklyn NY in 2002, West Elm offers a complete assortment of products for the home including furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, curtains, lighting, decorative accessories, dinnerware, kitchen essentials, and gifts.

Where and when: Between second and third quarter of 2015 at Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig

Owner: Stores Specialists Inc.


West Elm

4) Maisen

What: Old school tonkatsu restaurant close to my heart because it is in the heart of Aoyama (walking distance from my friend Sayoko Hokazono’s store. Known for its deep-fried pork cutlets and sandwiches, the Aoyama restaurant has a variety of rooms including Japanese rooms, bars, and high-ceilinged western-style rooms.

Where and when: Opening third quarter of 2015 at SM Megamall, followed by SM North Edsa and Bonifacio High Street

Owner: Suyen Corporation/Bench group



5) Pablo

What: Originally from Osaka, people line up for its Baked Cheese Tart, which has a gooey creamy center. Choose your preferred firmness—medium or rare.

Where and when: Opening third quarter of 2015 at SM Megamall, followed by Robinsons Ermita and Greenbelt

Owner: Suyen Corporation/Bench group


Pablo cheesecake

6) Danish Bar

What: Founded in Japan in 2010, it is known for its baked goods—either cigar-shaped dough or balls that come in different variants—with apples, sugar, maple, hotdog, macadamia, chocolate, cinammon, and more.

Where: Opened this January at SM Mall of Asia’s Main Mall, near National Bookstore

Owners: Andrew and Beryl Ong


Danish Bar

7) Dean & Deluca

What: First opened in 1977 in SoHo, New York, the specialty food store has evolved into a café setting with additional locations in the US, as well as Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea and The Middle East.

Where: Opening this February in Rockwell

Owner: Caroline Tanchay


Dean & Deluca at Rockwell

8) Linda Farrow

What: Luxury eyewear brand established in 1970, known for its cutting-edge designs and collaborations with some of the world’s most acclaimed designers (Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, The Row, Matthew Williamson, Kris van Assche, Jeremy Scott among them).

Where: February 2015 at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell

Owners: Simon Jablon and Tracy Sedino


Linda Farrow

9) The Halal Guys

What: Started in 1990 as a hot dog cart in New York, the founders quickly switched to serving halal food when they saw a huge demand among Muslim cab drivers. Known for chicken, lamb, gyros, and falafel served with rice and that special magic white or fiery hot sauce.

Where and when: Mega Food Hall, 5th floor, SM Megamall Fashion Hall



The Halal Guys

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Wednesday Movie Nights at the Goethe-Institut

I’ve always wanted to go inside the Goethe-Institut in Salcedo Village because it looks so pretty from the outside


Photo: Grace Velasco

And now I have a reason to, as they screen German movies for free every Wednesday night.

Their current film series is called A Visual Tour Through German Literature, featuring film adaptations of various German literary works by authors such Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Erich Kaestner, and Daniel Kehlmann.

Just like their novels, many of these adaptations are highly acclaimed in the German cultural scene.

Wednesday Movie Nights are a permanent feature of the Goethe-Institut Philippinen.

The 6 PM screenings are free and open to public.

January 28, 2015 — Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)

The Blue Angel

February 4, 2015 — Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer (The Flying Classroom)

The Flying Classroom

February 11, 2015 — Nikolaikirche (Nikolai Church)

Nikolai Church

February 18, 2015 — Die Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World)


February 25, 2015 — Der Turm (Part 1), (The Tower)

March 4, 2015 — Der Turm (Part 2), (The Tower)

Der Turm

Goethe-Institut Philippinen

121 LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati

Tel. +63 2 840-5723 • 840-5724 • 817-0978 • 817-0979

Email: program@manila.goethe.org


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The waiting game: an exercise in regret

Sorry to lay this on you, but I’ve been feeling bad ever since the Pope left the country.

Not because I miss him but because I had a horrible time waiting for him outside Villamor Airbase.

Obviously it is not the Pope’s fault. I have only myself to blame because I went there on my own free will.

When I heard the Pope was coming to Manila, I wished and prayed with all my heart that I would get to see him, that by some miracle a ticket would land on my lap or I would get an invitation somewhere.

Since none of that happened, I knew on the last day I couldn’t let him leave without saying goodbye.

So the night before he left, my friends Patrice, Grace and I decided to take a chance.

Grace slept over and I didn’t. I spent the night thinking and praying in the dark.

At 3:30 AM we got up, showered, dressed and picked up Patrice.

We had a nice breakfast at a 24-hour McDonald’s before proceeding to Villamor Airbase.

At some point the road was closed, so we got dropped off in front of Resorts World and walked on mud to find a good vantage point.

Our poor shoes, covered in mud.

Waiting for the Pope

Waiting for the Pope

We were there at 5 AM and I didn’t know how a restless person like me could stand staying put for the next 4.5 hours. We brought stools, so luckily we could sit down. It was fairly spacious at 5 AM.

Waiting for the Pope

But as time passed, more people came and tried squeeze in front of us and we didn’t like that.

They pushed and made us feel bad by saying hurtful words, when we were just protecting our right to our space, having been there hours before them.

The whole exercise made me feel scared and bad. I felt unsafe among my countrymen. But I couldn’t walk away because my driver wasn’t there and I had friends. I closed my eyes and prayed for strength and patience.

Some people dared to cross the water, not us.

Waiting for the Pope

Despite all our efforts to protect our space, look at all the people that managed to squeeze in front of us.

Waiting for the Pope

Around 9:30 AM—four and a half hours later—Pope Francis passed by in the Pope mobile. He was a sight to behold in white. He really looked like an angel. I tried to capture it on camera but didn’t want to stop looking at him.

So the footage I got was really shaky—a total of three seconds.

Pope Francis

Was it worth it? No. Because I was so scared the whole time trying to protect our spot from people who do not respect private space and who was there first.

Waiting for the Pope

If there were a crisis, like a war, a riot or a looting, I would not survive because I don’t have the strength or will to fight or steal.

After the Pope was out of sight, my friends and I walked to the Marriott Hotel. We were starving. Luckily there was a table for us at the buffet. Maybe I was just hungry or the food was really good!

Waiting for the Pope

Safe haven: The Marriott

Would I do it again? No. I would just watch it on TV. I was never good with large crowds. I don’t like crowded events. I don’t like queueing for hours. I’m just not built to last.

As my friend Miguel said, “Just go to the Vatican.”

Maybe I will. Or so I heard he is going to New York next year. But for now I am done chasing the Pope. I’m happy he was here, but I’m also glad it’s over. I’m so tired, exhausted and disappointed. I need to get my energy back and go to work.

P.S. I do hope when the Pope blessed the crowd, it reached me, cause I sure need it. Thank you Pope Francis.

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Top 6 hot men during Pope Francis visit

Bless me Father for I have sinned….

Sorry but my eyes can’t help it. I’ve been spotting good looking men throughout the papal visit.

My friend Grace and I have been talking about it, causing Teddyboy Locsin to tell us to shush on Twitter.

In no particular order, here are the Top 5:

1) The parish priest.

Fr. Luciano Felloni has been very visible on TV these past few days due to personal recollections about fellow Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, whom he encountered even before the latter became Pope Francis.

Fr. Felloni has a deep love for the Philippines and said he will die here. Not only does he speak Filipino like a native, he also dresses well in my color scheme! Wish we had more priests like him. I would go to Mass more often.


2) The Seminarian.

Okay so my jaw slightly dropped when Kenneth Ray Persad sang during Mass at the Manila Cathedral. Not my type because he is less than half my age. Just saying he has showbiz looks and really good hair. Let us suppress immoral thoughts about 1 and 2.

RTV Malcananf

3) The Bodyguard.

Whitney Houston had Kevin Costner, and the Pope has this guy who could pass for George Clooney x Clive Owen’s borta brother.

If he lost 20 lbs. he might even look perfect.

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4) The other bodyguard.

I really like good-looking AFAMs* in dark suits and a smart rain coat. And you?


jayson cayabyab

Photo: Jayson Cayabyab

And you’ll forgive me because the only bodyguards we see in Manila look like this:


5) The camera man.

It was Atty. Mahal who pointed him out to me on Twitter:

Ah yes. If only his right eye weren’t perpetually stuck on the camera lens, we might be able to confirm it.

camera man

6) The driver.

Eek. If my driver looked like this, it would be sinful. He could pass for Antonio Banderas’s baby brother.



Well, Kat, as you can see, he is in very good hands. Don’t worry!

*AFAM = A foreigner assigned in Manila

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Dying of envy: Pope Francis visits Malacañan

I lost track of time last night while watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and playing Candy Crush Soda (I’m a multi-tasker). When I checked, it was already 4:23 AM. Time to sleep.

I woke up at 9:15 AM just in time to watch Pope Francis en route to Malacañan for a courtesy visit.

I have never been to Malacañan and it looked so retro beautiful on TV with the sprawling lawn and the retro marching band.

Pope Francis at Malacañan

The Pope looked happy and refreshed, even with the 21-gun salute. It went smoothly.

The politicians and bishops were all lined up. All the politicians and epals kissed the ring and all the bishops just shook hands.

Pope Francis at Malacañan

He kissed and blessed some very lucky children

Pope Francis at Malacañan

Pope Francis at Malacañan

Pope Francis at Malacañan

Upon entering the palace he was offered a cold towel, which he used to wipe his face, and a drink of water. Klazzz!

Pope Francis at Malacañan

I love him na. I wonder who ended up with the towel!!!

Pope Francis at Malacañan

He was led to a room where he signed a giant guestbook

Pope Francis at Malacañan

And wrote down a message, copying from a cheat sheet, according to Catholic News Service

Pope Francis signs the guest book

He exchanged gifts with President Aquino who gave him a sculpture of Our Lady carved out of a tree felled by Yolanda

Exchange of gifts between Pope Francis and President Aquino

An Atlas from the Vatical library was presented to President Aquino in return

Exchange of gifts between Pope Francis and President Aquino

There were speeches—a strong one by President Aquino that was delivered so fast, I don’t remember. Something about someone insulting his hair….

My friend Anthony was lucky to have been at Malacañan as part of Margarita Fores’ catering team.

Anthony got up at 2:30 AM and was there by 4 AM to prepare brunch for the guests before the Pope arrived.

He was able to see the Pope up close and take this amazing photo.

Pope Francis at Malacañan

I died of jealousy after that and spent the rest of the day eating, sleeping, watching TV and crying.

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Pope Francis arrives to a painless, smooth reception in Manila

Even though foreigners think we’re crazy (so I’ve heard), I think it’s great that President Aquino gave us non-working holidays to enjoy Pope Francis’ five-day visit to the Philippines.

I woke up to a household of boys destroying my bedroom until (thank God) Markus decided they would swim at the condo and eat at Pepper Lunch. Peace & quiet.

When they came back, that was my cue to go to Megamall to pick up some “odds and ends” (as Tito Rocky used to say).

Made sure I was home by 5 PM to watch the Pope’s arrival on TV.

I have vague memories of being at the airport when Pope John Paul II visited 20 years ago.

Life was easier then. There were less Filipinos and somehow we had connections. I think I went with my Tita.

The reason I am sure I was there instead of watching his arrival on TV, is because I distinctly remember picking a fight with the security guard who told me I was not allowed to bring my water inside the premises.

The guard told me to dump my water. It made me so mad because back then, I didn’t know the connection between liquids and bomb making.

I remember being among the school children doing their mechanical dance moves as the Pope arrived.

I wrote about it in my newspaper column in 1995 but I don’t have a copy.

This is how the Pope looked when he arrived in Sri Lanka a few days ago.

Pope Francis

No offence, but he looked kind of miserable. The event was painful to watch. It was so long, sober, and boring with the military fanfare and 21-gun salute.

I’m so thankful the Filipino welcome was much, much easier and warmer than that.

Minutes before the Pope arrived, there was a countdown on the ANC screen. For us, it was a family affair, with all the boys and I watching TV from the bed.

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

I started to cry. Seriously. Painful tears. I think it has something to do with my eye makeup or foundation, cause my crying stings. I was just overflowing with emotions. At that moment I envied everybody at Villamor Airbase.

Soon I could hear Herve Villechaize saying, “De plane! De plane!”

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

The Pope landed safely in a Sri Lankan Airbus. As they taxied, two flags were waved from the captain’s windows.

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

At last we could see the Pope from the window and wondered what was taking so long. Somebody tweeted he was probably just following captain’s orders: “Your Holiness, the seatbelt sign is still on.”

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

A few officials entered the plane before the Pope came out and cuteness happened.

Eek, somebody forgot to brief the President about the ring kissing.

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

One thing I can say, the Pope looked really, really happy. Much happier than his arrival at Sri Lanka (no offence).

I think it’s great that God granted us great weather, not just for the Pope but for everybody waiting and in the days to come. (I’ve been asking God to make this weather permanent for the entire year, possibly forever. Think of its positive effects on tourism and local fashion.)

Overall I think everyone did a great job. What they expected to be a three-hour trip from arrival to nunciature where Pope is staying turned out to be a painless 37 minutes.

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

Thank God for the painless welcome ceremony

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

A brief stopover somewhere at Villamor

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

Security galore

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

So festive and well-planned

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

Safely arriving at the nunciature

Pope Francis arrives in Manila

PS. Thank God no epals at the airport.

Good job to everyone involved. We’re proud of you.

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A stalker's guide to Pope Francis visit to the Philippines

In 1995 I was one of one million people that went to Luneta to see Pope John Paul II in person.

I was 20 years younger and had the energy to get up early in the morning, trek there, and have a view of the Pope the size a rice grain. That small.

It was also around this time of month and the weather was cool—that was a great comfort to the masses.

Twenty years later, I really do love Pope Francis, but hearing the word “portalet” on TV is enough to convince me to watch the events on TV, at home.

Besides, as my friend Miguel says, “If you really wanna see the Pope, just go to Rome.” Oo nga naman.

Meawnhile, for those who are planning to stalk or catch a glimpse of the Pope either on TV or on the road, here’s an infographic on what his schedule will be like in the next few days.

Pope intinerary

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City of Dreams promo: may budget!

Three of the biggest names in Hollywood—Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese—come together in this trailer for City of Dreams Manila, a new casino in Manila Bay, which had a soft opening in December and is scheduled to have a grand launch before Chinese New Year (which falls on February 19, 2015).

The rumored total budget for the project is $70 million (not pesos) with DiCaprio and De Niro reportedly snagging $13 million each for the series of ads directed by not Jerry Lopez Sineneng (may budget!). Based on this trailer, it looks like Brad Pitt may also make an appearance.

City of Dreams Manila is being developed by Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corporation, a joint venture of Macau casino giant Melco and SM-led Belle Corp.

It will have three hotels—Crown Towers hotel, the first-ever Nobu Hotel (Robert de Niro is co-founder of Nobu), and a Hyatt hotel—as well as ultra-luxe nightclubs Pangaea and Chaos.

It will also house DreamWorks Animation’s first education-inspired play center called DreamPlay by DreamWorks.

The new casino is expected to boost Entertainment City, which is envisioned as Manila’s version of the Las Vegas Strip.

Source: Vanity Fair and ABS-CBN.

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