MANGO, Spain’s most international fashion brand, presented its Spring/Summer 2013 collections at the Bonifacio High Street Central Amphitheater in Taguig, at a catwalk and cocktails party dubbed as MANGO MAGNIFIED.

Notable personalities in the Philippine fashion scene attended the event in their glamorous ‘summer gold’ attire as the brand also formally launched its new concept stores in the country and the new look of the MANGO RCBC-Bankard MasterCard, alongside the new collection.

This season, whites dominate over soft cama├»eux in a single silhouette, while blacks are used to create a timeless graphic. Rigidity and fluidity are employed to achieve volume and proportion through exaggerated sashes which, accentuating the silhouette, give way to volumes of oriental inspiration. In menswear, these whites co-exist with soft indigos to create a smart and casual style fresco.

On this occasion, the catwalk featured over 80 outfits from MANGO, H.E. by MANGO, and MANGO Touch.

MANGO Touch, the brand’s premium line of accessories, opened the show with a vibrant display of gypsy-inspired pieces and on-trend tribal patterns and embellishments to amp up any look.

H.E. by MANGO followed suit with a gorgeous collection of classic and urban menswear. With smart and preppy checks and stripes shirts and casual trousers mixed with modern takes on outerwear such as cotton-washed trenches or jersey varsity jackets and accessories like skull-printed ties, the collection is a fresh juxtaposition of both classic and contemporary styles for modern men.

MANGO capped off the show with a three-part style segment of women’s fashion. The first collection featured a soft and cool tropical palette where pink, light peach and menthol were used on soft and fluid folky lines, re-embellished with crafty elements like crochets, guipures and laces. Then, vibrant colour combinations of aqua, blue, and yellow with ocean motifs in prints took the stage. Closing the show, natural fabrics in tone-to-tone summer whites with gold lurex for light and texture rocked the runway.

Guests were able to sample the delights of Bizu and Tous Les Jours and dance to the rhythms of Synima. The event was staged by SAGA events.


This March, Stores Specialists, Inc. brings a fresh and contemporary fashion brand to Manila as they launch LACOSTE L!ve in the New Glorietta. Since 1933, LACOSTE has been the most beloved crocodile, outfitting generations of tennis athletes, prep boys and country-club girls. The brand has been singularly responsible for skyrocketing the preppy trend during the 80’s, filling the world with pastel pique shirts, sweaters, and chinos, and ever since then, LACOSTE has been a household name. But now that the brand is 80 years old, LACOSTE decides to live on the edge, with the younger, hipper, and so much cooler, LACOSTE L!VE. 

Opening its first boutique, 102 square-meter store at the New Glorietta, and its second shop in the country—the first being a well-designed corner in Rustan’s Tower — LACOSTE L!VE brings in the energy of the young and the restless in its gravity-defying store interiors. With merchandise suspended in magnetic hang-bars, colorful and quirky touches complementing the clothes, and wooden flooring that waxes nostalgia of your old high school gym, the store’s layout makes for a groundbreaking retail experience. LACOSTE L!VE’s clothing and accessories take on the direction of the street, cuing vintage references, hip-to-death details, quirky mix of color-ways and materials, and an irreverent twist to the classics, definitely LACOSTE’s rebellious offspring.

Its Spring Summer 2013 collection mixes the florals of the wild, untamed beaches, and off-the radar destinations for a look that is well into the underground yet brimming with the energy of
the now.

Its Spring Summer 2013 Women’s Collection is divided into three categories: Acid Coral, Wild Flowers, and La Piscine. With acid washed denims paired with the hues of the psychedelic sunset, Acid Coral presents summer essentials like white bikinis, low-cut cotton tees, hot pants and tube dresses, in color-ways that are a trip in its own. Get lost in a garden of vintage botanical prints juxtaposed with traditional Indian motifs, and you’d know, LACOSTE L!VE’s Wild Flowers Collection celebrates the vibe of folk and indie music found in their feather-light shirts, sweaters, skinny jeans, loose mini-skirts, and, of course, the quintessential polo shirt. Surprising details find their way in cable-knit sweaters and checked shirts, perhaps LACOSTE L!VE’s way of reminding us that there is more than meets the eye. Send the right signals when hitting the beach or the poolside, with LACOSTE L!VE’s La Piscine collection. Inspired by maritime flags, its crimson bathing suits, chlorine blue tees, yellow skirts and vintage sailor shirts make that commanding drop for the attention anchor this summer.

The Men’s Spring Summer 2013 LACOSTE L!VE Collection remixes the old-school with thefuturistic for a rocking collection built on wanderlust and hedonism—for really bad boys with really good style! LACOSTE L!VE’s Sabali Collection takes the men to Africa where ochres, rusts, oranges, and reds collide with geometric tribal prints for a collection grounded by an excellently tailored khaki bomber. Vintage surfer prints and Hawaiian florals find their way in button-downs for the heady Beach Burner collection. Inspired by the wild and colorful Venice Beach, LACOSTE L!VE puts eclecticism in full-throttle with tie-dyes in acid colors brought back to earth by blue chinos and black jacket for a look that is at once retro and revolutionary. And lastly, largely motivated by Manga, sumo wrestling, island surfing, and perhaps a bit of sushi on the side, LACOSTE L!VE’s Aloha from Japan collection features wave-printed polo shirts and Hawaiian shorts for a collection that brings the best of both island worlds.

LACOSTE L!VE’s accessories offer a perfect match to the men and women’s collection with its versatility and contrasting color-scheme. The small or medium satchel for the ladies takes on a space-age sheen in patent pumpkin orange or naval blue, a perfect punctuation when colorblocking. The tie-dye cotton tote, on the other hand makes the perfect beach companion and nothing else. The Dutch blue backpack for the guys is an instant classic; with its Delft color, and sturdy cotton material, it is these simple touches that finish the seamless look. The men’s messenger in deep red, however, makes a statement that is never too serious, never too mediocre either, just the right punch of color in an outfit. And finally, wallets and tablet sleeves in
coral and saffron make your cash-carrying and gadget-keeping summer-appropriate.

Oh, to grow up to be young again, LACOSTE L!VE shows us how to live in the now—not minding the mix or the match, the clash or the complements of colors and inspirations, nothing too serious and oftentimes a tad too playful—because, after all, clothes are made for us to enjoy, and fashion is all about having fun!

In the Philippines, Lacoste L!ve is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and is located at New Glorietta & Rustan’s Tower Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

New Glorietta Store

Rustan’s Tower Shangri-La Plaza Mall Store

Regatta welcomes summer with style and scent.

Regatta, the leading fashion brand known for its easy feel and relaxed fashion, once again pushes the boundaries of style and scent with a launch that welcomes two new additions to their portfolio – a fresh new scent, Leisure and the Preppy Resort summer collection.
The introduction of a new fragrance is sure to capture the season for both men and women. Regatta’s latest scent, aptly named Leisure, represents the casual and comfy experience that the fashion brand offers.
Leisure is what a Regatta summer smells like: A light combination of freshness for women or an outdoorsy combination of musk for men. 
The summer bouquet evokes a memory of summer that perfectly complements the brands’ summer collection wear. To match the new scent is the brand’s latest summer collection: Preppy Resort continues the tradition of relaxed leisure fashion with a burst of bright and fun summer colors in its key pieces. The collection boasts of classic tops and bottoms in vivid and seemingly contrasting shades.

The collection also includes a wide variety of prints, from colorful surf boards, and bicycles to floral paintings. What make the clothes interesting is the repetition of prints that puts a twist on basic tees, shirts and accessories.
For men, basic polo shirts and simple flat-front tailored pants are given a fashion makeover through the use of summer shades. It highlights the clean and fresh expression of summer fun with a dash of preppiness. New for the brand are multi-striped tank tops which are perfectly paired with the colorful and lightweight, drawstring summer shorts.

For women, feminine dress shirts, flattering tops and comfortable skirts are given new life with adorable hues. Additionally, colorful tees, cotton blouses, colored jeans and nautical prints aim to awaken one’s summer beach cravings. One of the key components in this collection is the use of chambray fabric that is lighter and softer than linen. 
The fabric provides a relaxed look but also highlights the preppy essentials on bright polos, printed woven shirts, dresses and chinos. Adding to your summer getaway is a Mix and Match collection of swimsuit tops and bottoms that stand out. These swimsuit pieces are perfect while sailing, sunbathing, and surfing or any beach activity the day might bring. A loosely knitted white cover up complements the women’s swimwear well. With this collection, Regatta makes the most out of the season’s theme with designs that certainly up the fun fashion and easy vibe the brand is known for.