I was working on a little collaboration with Manila’s top designer Rajo Laurel, which I had shared with you a few months ago, and after deliberation, and going back and forth from New York to Manila with phone pictures and lengthy e-mails, we went for the first choice: a breezy lapel-less jacket in overdyed dark gray pineapple fabric, lined in soft washed silk, and decorated with traditional Ivatan “chicken-scratch” embroidery. I’d say it embodies modern Filipiniana in the way it showcases Philippine fabrics and embroidery, and Rajo’s refined finishing, while seamlessly working with my wardrobe of relaxed dark clothes. Somebody please throw a dinner party, I can’t wait to wear it out and let you touch it.
My warmest thank-you’s to Rajo Laurel and Martin Yambao.
photographs by Mikee Tuason