From Japan, with love of color and textures

Published January 14, 2018, 12:05 AM

by Noreen Jazul

By Tina Hidalgo Jacinto

In the fashion spotlight recently was Japanese-American designer Tadashi Shoji, presented in a gala show in line with Rustan’s 65th anniversary celebration. Tadashi’s collection imparted modern sensibility and luxury, exemplary of the Tadashi brand and which were crafted exclusively for Rustan’s. Rustan’s top honcho and society doyenne, Nedy Tantoco, said, “Tadashi Shoji is a truly talented designer and a visionary who understands the needs and wants of his discerning clientele, and Rustan’s is honored to have him join us as we celebrate 65 years of creativity, innovation, and luxury, all of which he embodies.”

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Standouts from the collection were his lace dresses with sheer panels, embroidery, velvet dresses, floral brocade coats, velvet gowns in royal blue, forest green, cardinal red, as well as his sequined draped gowns. The man clearly showed a penchant for opulent textures and rich color palettes. Tadashi‘s inspiration was the youth’s revolutions of the late ’60s and ’70s from Tokyo, Paris, and New York. His is a lifestyle brand that embraces luxury for the everyday life and designs for the new, dynamic woman.

Tadashi welcomed guests and clients in an intimate “meet and greet” reception at Rustan’s Makati and shared his expertise in style, recommending pieces from his collection. “Rustan’s has paved the way for me to share my designs with the Southeast Asian market, particularly the Filipinos,” he said.


Swipe to travel

The recent holidays brought in a whole host of schedule-worthy promos and experiences to keep shopping exciting.  Shoppers across the nation elevated their shopping with a chance to win trips around the world as well as indulge in shopping sprees. The SSI Group, Inc. (SSI) retail luxury leader, partnered with Mastercard and Singapore Airlines, on the “ Swipe to Travel “ promo, a destination raffle where three lucky winners enjoyed P200,000 shopping sprees in London, Paris, or Singapore. Just one swipe and with just one card came the joyful discovery of newer and more amazing ways to shop. At the recent media launch, president of SSI Group, Inc. Anton Huang said, “We at SSI wanted to make sure that we give our loyal patrons something new and exciting to make the holidays more memorable. And what better way than to bring together all that they love—travel, raffles, perks, and privileges.” or follow Instagram/@ssilifeph