Nice Drip, Dude: 10 Content Creators Who Prove That Guys Can Serve Looks Too

Drip game on lock.

While we traditionally look to the streets of Paris and Milan during Fashion Week for the latest style, there’s no need to search further than the Instagram feeds of these local content creators.

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Fashion has always been synonymous with women, our style magazines, and those trends we’re tirelessly obsessing over. Within the industry that’s all about giving women what they want, male interest in fashion has been considered feminine or not-so-manly—we were conditioned to think that way, after all. That said, most men stick to the same tried-and-tested ‘masculine‘ formulas: just jeans with everything. Or so we thought.

These days, more men are getting into the groove of exploring and experimenting with their personal style. We’re talking about accessorizing, choosing fabrics beyond cotton and dri-fit, and nailing color coordination. Maybe they’re embracing self-expression or it’s that undeniable urge to break free from the norm—who knows? Now, if you’re in need of a fashion boost, don’t miss out on these 13 fashion content creators you should follow ASAP.

Alvin Liwanag + John Paul Arrieta

While we traditionally look to the streets of Paris and Milan during Fashion Week for the latest street style, there’s no need to search further than the Instagram feeds of Alvin Liwanag and John Paul Arrieta. You might have seen them featured by brands like DBTK, but their Instagram feeds are statements in themselves. From preppy, street, and colorful casuals, acquire pointers from their haul videos and ‘how-to style’ tutorials.

David Guison

In the world of Instagram influencers, OG influencer David Guison stands out as a true trendsetter. His Instagram feed is a curated collection of IG-worthy cafes, date ideas with Angelique Manto, and David’s dapper style. In contrast with this content creator’s playful persona, his personal style remains contemporary, minimalist, and structured. More often than not, David deals with earth tones, monochromes, and accessories.

Jeff Ong

What kind of content creator roundup would this be without Jeff Ong on the list? With his covetable collection of sneakers, graphic tees, and baseball caps, it’s impossible not to obsess over his street style. Alongside IG-worthy couple fitspos featuring his wife, Rhea Bue, look no further than his interests in travel, photography, and fitness if you need more reasons to hit that follow button.

Lharby Policarpio

With #WanderLarbs, Lharby Policarpio highlights his adventurous life through a fashion-forward lens, proving that travel and style are usually hand in hand. This content creator effortlessly combines urban aesthetics and high-end fashion, seamlessly switching from formal suits to chic casuals. What we love about Lharb’s personal picks? The pop of blues, greens, yellows, and pinks in his wardrobe essentials.

Joaquin Tiu

As a model, anything looks casually chic on Joaquin Tiu. And if you’re snagging his off-duty staples, they include a leather jacket, tank tops, and pleated pants from Uniqlo—crisp, clean, and minimalist. Speaking of content creation, modeling, and hosting Miss Universe 2023 All Access, you might think that Joaquin Tiu is all about fashion. However, his personality goes beyond that. From balancing college life with work to recreating challenges with friends, he also shares glimpses of his daily life through TikTok and Instagram.

Justin Bangsil

There’s no niche when we’re talking about Justin Bangsil’s personal style, which proves that fashion holds endless possibilities—even for guys. But if I were to describe it, this content creator’s picks are a blend of island boy meets LA dude. Whether you’re going for something streetwear, tropical, or preppy, head over to his Instagram for fitspos.

Mellan Bernardino

While he straddles the line between streetwear and minimalism, Mellan Bernardino takes inspiration from his K-pop idols. As seen in his mini fashion films and fit checks, this content creator’s go-to staples include black trousers, white tanks, leather jackets, and platform boots. If you need another reason to stan Mellan, he also does dance covers—and he’s amazing at it.

André Bamba

If you’re an aspiring content creator, André Bamba is the person you’re looking for. Alongside GRWMs and fit checks, he’s all about style tricks and posing tips. When asked about his personal style, Bamba sticks with easy everyday looks—leaning towards a neutral palette and simple staples. Why? “If you feel good, you look good,’ and that’s the kind of message I’m trying to convey to everyone,” the content creator says.

Dan Yotoko

Dan Yotoko’s personal style is surprisingly soft and preppy. If you’ve been following him, you’ll know that he has two wardrobe staples: a cardigan and a quarter-zip polo. Besides fashion, followers can tune in for tips on how to romanticize life. According to the content creator, “I’m a Gen Z believer in the importance of living your life as if you are the main character, because you only have one life to live, so why not be the star in your own life, right?”

Migo Austria

Besides lifestyle and sports content, Migo Austria shares his love for fashion through GRWM vlogs and storytime videos. With a clean, minimalist, and athletic look, this content creator’s style is serving golfer boyfriend. That said, his wardrobe essentials include a silver watch and a lot of polo shirts!

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How BYS Philippines Is Putting Filipino Talent, Beauty, And Creativity Front And Center

Empowering the Filipino through beauty.

In taking up space in the local beauty and fashion market, global brand BYS Cosmetics puts the Filipino in the spotlight, first and foremost.

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When Australian cosmetics brand BYS Cosmetics came to the Philippines in 2012, they wanted to harness the power of cosmetics to encourage Filipinos to be authentically themselves. Now over a decade as a staple in shelves and makeup bags, they continue to champion Filipino talent, beauty, and creativity with every product, partnership, and initiative.

It’s great when brands—especially big global brands—don’t just bring their products to local shelves, but actually try to understand what their audience needs and wants. It’s not enough to simply encourage Filipinos to consume their products, but a brand has to be intentional in diving deep into our culture and identity to be able to connect with their audience.

BYS Cosmetics Philippines’ efforts to celebrate the Filipino is exhibited in empowering women, showcasing diversity and local artistry in beauty and fashion, and advocating for a wide range of relevant issues.


BYS has partnered with and sponsored pageants Miss World Philippines and Miss Universe to empower Filipinas through beauty. In 2017, they provided the Miss World Philippines 2017 candidates a makeup starter kit for all their glam needs. In 2018, they once again collaborated with Miss World to host the BYS Holiday Presentation, an intimate fashion show to show off an array of fashion and makeup looks—complete with extravagant floral headpieces—on the Miss World PH candidates.

They also partnered with Miss Universe for a campaign that encourages Filipinos to be bold and unafraid to show the world who they are; furthermore, Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi walked the first-ever BYS Fashion Week runway in a show of Filipino beauty, inside and out. And to celebrate their 10th anniversary in the Philippines, BYS also released a collection of palettes inspired by Philippine places: Manila, Boracay, and Siargao.

Besides giving a chance to local artists, designers, and brands to showcase their craft, BYS also advocates for the overall well-being of Filipinos. In 2021, they launched a mental health campaign, Break Your Stigma, dedicated to connecting Filipinos with mental health professionals and providing assistance to navigate mental health journeys. It’s an initiative meant to address the rampant issues involving mental health in the Philippines, such as lack of access and support, and the breaking of stigmas.


This year, BYS is taking their advocacies to the runway once more as they embark on BYS Fashion Week 2023, titled The Filipino Palette: Same Same But Different. The fashion week will be held on October 5 to 8 and features a roster of Filipino artisans and designers drawing from local culture, textile, and environment.

Established and emerging talent will exemplify the Filipino Palette in a mix of modern and classic looks that are woven with the stories of our people and nation. As BYS’ initiatives involve the inherent connection between self and the world, and as the identity of each local artist is intertwined in their creations, each BYS fashion show puts the spotlight on Filipino identity and craftsmanship.

Aside from local artistry, the event endeavors to celebrate the diversity of Filipinos and our culture—how our differences are rooted, still, in shared history and identity. Those differences are further explored in the various advocacies that the Filipino designers fight for. For instance, in last year’s BYS Fashion Week, sustainability and mental health were highlighted in designer collections that were made with purpose and a message that’s shared the moment it hits the runway.

Armed with an intent to empower Filipinos, BYS Philippines continues to champion talent, creativity, and authenticity in all the ways they can.

BYS Fashion Week 2023: The Filipino Palette: Same Same But Different will start on October 5. Follow along on Instagram here!

You can find BYS Cosmetics in all Watsons and SM Beauty stores, as well as on Shopee, Lazada, and Amorfia.

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Prepare For A Celebration Of Filipino Identity With BYS Fashion Week

Championing Filipino identity on the runway.

From October 5 to 8, BYS will showcase local talent and creativity in The Filipino Palette: Same Same But Different, a week-long fashion show featuring local designers and the unwavering Filipino spirit.

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Inspired by the multifaceted nature of a makeup palette, BYS Fashion Week 2023 is a testament to grounded adaptability and the Filipino spirit. A makeup palette is a tool that can be made up of different colors and finishes, and can yield a myriad of looks. In bringing together unique, individual products, a palette is able to be at its best—versatile, effective, and a medium for human creativity.

On October 5 to 8, BYS Fashion Week will channel the Filipino Palette as it embraces a distinct blend of individuality and commonality. As our history and our nation is rooted in diversity and often division, local artistry rooted in culture and identity is one thing we can come together to celebrate.

BYS Fashion Week Poster 3

Filipino fashion has always been diverse, but often draws from our deep cultures and traditions. Our identity, itself a convergence of voices, cultures, and influences, is encapsulated in the creations of the designers and artists featured in the second year of BYS Fashion Week.

In this exploration of art, fashion, and beauty, and the common palette that binds us, this event seeks to answer the question: in this world of difference, what brings us together?


BYS Fashion Week Poster 4

In highlighting local artists and artistry, The Filipino Palette: Same Same But Different emphasizes the strength of our collective identity and the possibilities of our creative spirit. As with anything in our culture, the Filipino Palette offers diverse perspectives and ways to carry our history and culture with every step forward.

BYS Fashion week is a tribute to BYS Philippines’ connection to its “diverse, discerning” Filipino audience. It’s a space to “celebrate the beauty of our differences, the strength of our shared identity, and the endless possibilities that arise when we come together as a community of creatives,” says Angie Goyena, president of iFace, Inc., the distributor of Australian brand BYS Cosmetics in the Philippines.

Same Same But Different, a statement of contrast and juxtaposition, signals a confluence of differences that marks the Philippine landscape and captures the essence of Filipino identity—an essence that local artisans used to breathe life to their creations.


BYS Fashion Week Poster 1

All week, Filipino designers will showcase how they’ve woven together narratives of tradition and innovation, heritage and modernity, with their unique interpretations of fashion and beauty. From ready-to-wear pieces to extravagant collections, contemporary edge to enchanting whimsy, there’s something for everyone on this runway.

The four-day affair will open with bold designs from, Antonina, Rafa Worldwide, and Randolf Clothing on Day 1. On Day 2, designers Neric Beltran and Chris Nick will bring their innovative fashions to the runway. Then, the stage is set for visionaries Vin Orias and Cheetah Rivera on Day 3. Finally, Vania Romoff will close the show with her timeless, feminine pieces on Day 4. Models will walk down the runway wearing these designers’ creations and in beauty looks orchestrated by makeup artist Gery Penaso.

As contemporary art and fashion move toward highlighting identity and the freedom to express who you are through clothing as well as to create art however you see fit, BYS Fashion Week’s message rings loud and clear: be yourself.

Stay tuned to BYS Fashion Week 2023 on Instagram, and follow BYS Cosmetics on Facebook, Instagram, X, and Tiktok.

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These Filipino Youth Activists Used A Fashion Show To Highlight Climate and Social Justice

Fast, fair, forever.

Young environmentalists and activists brought art and politics to the runway as they held a fashion show highlighting calls for climate justice, social justice, and the end of fossil fuels. Read all about Fashion Against Fascism and Fossil Fuels 2023 below!

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When we think of fashion shows, we often think of cosmopolitan elegance, glittering sophistication, and high-speed, high-intensity glamour. We think of extravaganzas, publicity stunts à la America’s Next Top Model challenges, Victoria’s Secret Angel wings, or questionable avant garde fashions. Fashion shows are often criticized for catering to the privileged, negatively affecting body image, or being wasteful and pointless.

And while critical discourse on the current state of fashion is much needed, what is woven through the very essence of fashion is the human desire to communicate through art. Given its deep roots in human and social experience, art and fashion are inherently political. As such, in fashion there is space for creativity, artistry, and expression. It is an avenue by which humanity can speak out, influence, criticize, and amplify calls for justice.

Fashion Against Fascism and Fossil Fuels is an annual fashion show hosted by the Youth Advocates For Climate Action Philippines (YACAP), a nationwide alliance of youth organizations and individuals fighting for climate justice. This year’s show was held on September 15 and had the theme Empire of the Son: Drought & Deluge, an effort to highlight the calls of those impacted the most by systemic issues and shed light on how the current system has failed to address environmental and human rights concerns in the Philippines.


Reclamation at fashion against fascism and fossil fuels

Photo courtesy of Angela Kyla/AGHAM National

The fashion show was divided into two sections: Part 1 – Drought, and Part 2 – Deluge. Drought focused on the environmental issues that plague the nation, featuring themes surrounding reclamation, El Nino, and environmental plunder.

Deluge focused on socio-political injustices experienced by Filipinos, such as disinformation, the mental health epidemic, and impunity.

The show featured pieces from Filipino brands Himaya, For Elimari, Pinsel, Regina Villanueva, Season Pass, Worn Expressions; partner designers Alaga, bice crafts, Joanna Rizza David, Santi Obcena, Cha Reyes, and XCA; and shirt designs by artists Bry Barrios, Kill Joy, Rusty Flores, Tokwa Peñaflorida, and The Sinner Collective. Instead of focusing on singular designs and designers like regular fashion shows, FAFFF put pieces together to represent each theme.

Alaga designs at FAFFF 2023

Photo courtesy of Angela Kyla/AGHAM National

For instance, outerwear pieces in the finale—jackets with the backs cut out to make elaborate “windows”—represented shields as they are worn over shirts featuring environmental and human rights defenders. The outfits showcased designs by Joanna Rizza David, Season Pass, and Worn Expressions.

Denim at fashion against fascism and fossil fuels

All pieces were ready-to-wear designs by Filipino designers from different sectors, and styles varied, ranging from casual-wear to more extravagant Filipiniana-inspired ternos. Each outfit conveyed strong messages of resistance, unwavering pride in identity, and rootedness in environment and humanity.


Sarah Elago modeling at fashion against fascism and fossil fuels

Photo courtesy of 350 Pilipinas

Fashion has long been a medium not just for creative expression, but also political expression. From using fabric and weaving techniques by indigenous peoples facing threats of violence and displacement, to having people from marginalized sectors model the clothing, FAFF 2023 brought together art and fashion in a show of solidarity and resistance.

Models walked barefoot, slow and solemn, every aspect of their presentation from makeup to demeanor indicating the gravity of why this fashion show was happening. The final walk saw all the models come out with signs and placards calling for action to address environmental and human rights issues and calling attention to their inherent interconnectedness.

Photo courtesy of Angela Kyla/AGHAM National

Sustainability, for instance, is not just an environmental issue. Sustainability involves not just an ethical and environmentally-conscious acquisition of material, but also an ethical process of creation and consumption. FAFFF and YACAP endeavored to foster a collective understanding of such interconnectedness, and build solidarity founded on a desire for change.


Photo courtesy of 350 Pilipinas

There’s no doubt that the youth is passionate and steadfast in their participation to combat environmental and social injustice.

Upon entering Studio 72, I heard an usher remark to another, “Mukhang mapupuno, noh?” It hit me at that moment how many people gathered to watch the show—whether they were merely fashion enthusiasts or activists or both.

The line to enter was long, winding around twice in the parking lot, and the seats were full. Students, designers, artists, and advocates of all ages were decked out in the encouraged black attire, marveling at the clothing, internalizing the messages, and reflecting on what the entire night truly meant.

YACAP itself is a youth-led organization, the Philippine chapter of Fridays For Future. A global movement sparked by young environmental activist Greta Thunberg, Fridays For Future helms the Global Climate Strike, in which students joining the movement across the globe skip Friday classes to strike and protest for swift action against the worsening climate crisis.

Fashion Against Fascism and Fossil Fuels is part of the Global Climate Strike, which, according to YACAP, “registers [a] call for immediate climate action.” The call to end fossil fuels is a priority of the movement, as fossil fuels cause environmental damage and the industry is said to hinder actions to address the climate crisis.

As the youth and marginalized sectors are growing more aware—and more discontent—at the lack of action to address the climate crisis, they emphasize the need to “come together and put pressure on national and international bodies to address the crisis by putting an end to fossil fuels, and spearheading a transition to a more just, more sustainable future.”

In using art, performance, and fashion as a medium, Fashion Against Fascism and Fossil Fuels illuminated the intersectionality of environmental, social, and political issues and amplified the call to put an end to fossil fuels and injustice fast, fair, and forever.

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These Stars Brought The Glitz And Glamour To Gucci’s After Party

Gucci Gang.

The celebration of the grand opening of Gucci’s Greenbelt 4 flagship store continued with an epic afterparty whose guest list had us feeling major FOMO.

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If the TikTok videos and posts on X didn’t tip you off, Italian luxury fashion house Gucci successfully celebrated the grand opening of its flagship boutique in Greenbelt 4, Makati last September 8. With a guest list as bright as the stars of the night sky, the opening (and not to mention the celeb interactions) was a moment. But the party didn’t stop there! Gucci continued its celebration well into the night with an afterparty brimming with good music, great vibes, and stellar fashion. A-list celebrities, top influencers, members of the press, and Gucci’s valued clients were in attendance, and they were decked out in the latest Gucci collections—as you’ll see below!


James Reid in Gucci
James Reid at Gucci afterparty

James Reid brought denim-on-denim to a whole new level. Sporting a Gucci Men’s Fall/Winter 2023 denim jacket and washed denim jeans with the signature interlocked G’s, the singer-songwriter and producer took the stage in a surprise performance to sing his singles U and I, So Fire, Always Been You, as well as an unreleased track titled Jacuzzi.


Anne Curtis Smith at Gucci afterparty

Anne Curtis-Smith was a vision in sheer black and sparkles as she wore a Gucci Women’s Fall/Winter 2023 Look 41 sleeveless mock-neck tulle midi dress with sunburst glass bezels embroidered at the neckline and the armholes. Under it, she sported a black slip dress with a slit at the back. The icon also carried a Gucci Bamboo 1947 mini top handle bag.


Liza Soberano at Gucci afterparty
Liza in Gucci

Best believe she’s bejeweled when she walked into the room! Liza Soberano showed up in full glitz and glam as she paired her slicked-back updo with a bejeweled Gucci Women’s Fall/Winter 2023 long-sleeved top and black jeans. She topped the outfit off with a silver Gucci Horsebit Chain. 


Nadine Lustre Gucci afterparty
Nadine in Gucci

Make way for the internet’s president! Mother Nadine channeled her inner Taylor Momsen as she shone like a star in a sparkly, bejeweled Gucci Women’s Fall/Winter 2023 dress, black patterned tights, and a clear Plexiglass Jackie 1961 bag with a piston closure and removable shoulder strap. 

Needless to say, the night was all glitz, all glamour, all Gucci. Signature Gucci emblems, patterns, and pieces were styled to perfection by all of the attendees, which also included Tim Yap, Laureen Uy, Camille Co Koro, Patricia Prieto, Issa Pressman, Gabs Gibbs, and Karraminah del Rosario. And to top it all off, the evening was soundtracked by DJ Nix Damn P. Manifesting those invites for the next afterparty.

Liza, Anne, James at Gucci afterparty
Laureen, Patricia, and Camille at Gucci afterparty

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5 Local Brands To Shop For The Perfect Cozy Preppy-Casual Outfit

Casual prep is in.

Browse these local brands to score stylish, cozy, preppy-casual pieces to add to your closet!

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What’s in in fashion, especially for the new generation? A subtle mix of the classics, athleisure, graphic streetwear, old-money, and academia, that’s what. Whether you follow Western influencers or K-Pop idols, whether you call it “tenniscore” or Korean preppy academia, you would definitely recognize the rising popularity of the modern preppy, casual-cool aesthetic seen on the likes of Hailey Bieber and Kelsey Merritt.

The trend may or may not have enticed you to cop sweaters, tennis skirts, vests, collared knits, and subtly graphic pieces. If it hasn’t, then let these local brands, some of which are founded by Gen Z entrepreneurs, convince you to hop on.


East Prep Club puts a spin on old-school prep with subtly stunning graphic detail and an air of collegiate sophistication. Their pieces are inspired by varsity sports, classic charm, and stylish comfort. The brand also started a youth-led non-profit organization, The East Prep Project, that advocates for youth education, empowerment, and transformation.


Simple and sporty, Anakainoo Club boasts hoodies, shirts, caps, and giant neverfull tote bags all in their signature colorways perfect for the laid back individual. The lifestyle brand not just champions athleisure, but also being “healthier and happier.”


The Cloudnine Studios’ half-zips are classic, simple, and perfect to pair with anything. The brand also sells unique tsuno bags with their signature logo to complete an effortlessly stylish ‘fit.


A pioneer in the urban streetwear scene, Charlotte Folk’s pieces are statements in and of themselves. Their wide selection showcases the brand’s growth and creativity over the last few years, and their designs boast rich colors, aesthetically-pleasing detail, and an old-school feel the brand is now iconic for.


Prettiest also offers more casual and graphic pieces in colorful designs, but their collections all carry an air of youthfulness and laid-back fun. Their catalogue is often sold out, so always keep an eye out for new drops and restocks.

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H&M Brings Philippine Contemporary Art to Streetwear in an Exciting Triple Collaboration

Street art meets fashion

H&M joins forces with streetwear brand DBTK and renowned artist behind Garapata, Dex Fernandez, for an exciting new collection drop

Local artistry is undoubtedly filled to the brim with creatives that deserve to be celebrated in mainstream media with the same passion and gusto as international names. From people of different walks of life, the creative landscape in the Philippines is nothing short of excellent. This is why H&M is excited to announce their partnership with not one, but two powerhouses in the local art scene that boasts a whimsical and playful take on streetwear.

Following the success of the first-ever Filipino-designed collaboration with Don’t Blame The Kids the previous year, H&M invited the streetwear brand once more for a thrilling triple collaboration with Dex Fernandez, a widely known and respected figure in the industry and the creator of Garapata.

Three worlds colliding

An interdisciplinary artist based in Manila, Dex Fernandez’s works have been presented in numerous exhibitions both locally and internationally including Taiwan, New York, and Paris, to name a few. Akin to Stan Lee’s clever cameos during Marvel movies, Garapata also embodies that same scavenger hunt-esque vibe as Dex’s creation is known for its unexpected and cheeky appearances wherever the artist may have been. 

Garapata is a whimsical representation of social psychedelic landscape that observes the intertwined experiences of human behavior influenced by the other with bizarre context in which it occurs. In other words, a socio-political mind trip,” Dex Fernandez explains. 

His addition to the collaboration amplifies H&M’s commitment to inclusivity and DBTK’s mission to celebrate all walks of life. He also believes that streetwear is an expression of individuality with no rules to stick by.

“You can wear whatever you feel like, mix and match and feel satisfied about it. It gives the wearer a sense of freedom.”

Dex Fernandez on the significance of streetwear in the industry

“[Art] is an artist’s expression through making visual objects. Both streetwear and art are extensions of our DNA, it manifests our style, taste, narrative, culture, background, and the way we think in life. Our body is like a blank canvas, and the blank canvas is like ourselves,” Fernandez says passionately.

Through this collaboration, H&M aims to unfold a sense of unity and inclusivity with the community. “While DBTK and Garapata took the reins design-wise, H&M worked closely together to make sure this collection would be a visual representation of our shared philosophy. Its ambition is to connect with the community and bring this essence to the pieces, hence creating an exciting blend of fashion and innovation,” says Dan Mejia, Regional Head of Communications and PR of H&M.

For artists and streetwear enthusiasts alike, a collaboration this holds deeper magnitude especially with the inclusion of two of the most respected names in streetwear and street art. 

“Collaborating with a renowned artist creates a sense of pressure for us to create something distinct and original that will deeply connect with the people. Working with H&M as our platform adds excitement to the prospect of creating a collection with Garapata as it brings together two influential names in art and fashion. Incorporating DBTK adds a vibrant and meaningful narrative that resonates with young audiences,” DBTK brothers Emil and Vince thoughtfully shares.

The scope of this collection ranges from simple to ultra-dynamic design that concentrates on a more spirited market. By bringing together local street art and fashion, this H&M collection is poised to attract a diverse audience as every piece serves as a wearable canvas for self-expression and storytelling.

The streetwear collection featuring exclusive designs from DBTK and Grapata drops in select H&M stores starting September 21. Get to know the amazing artists featured in this exciting collection by visiting DBTK’s and Dex Fernandez’s Instagram. For other future releases from H&M, you may check out their Instagram.

Here’s Why Rei Germar Wore A Beige Dress To Vogue Philippines’s Black And White Formal

The dress is almost as old as her.

Don’t worry, she had her reasons.

Champagne, carpet glamour, and a star-studded guestlist are anticipated pillars of every gala affair. Yet, one element is often overlooked—the theme. Whether it’s the Met Gala 2023 or the Barbie Movie Pink Carpet, the theme will make-or-break the night. After all, it will be tomorrow’s talk of the town.

Speaking of the most significant evenings in the fashion scene, the Vogue Philippines Anniversary Gala is finally here. Last night, the theme is ‘Rewear/ Rework,’ which celebrates creativity and sustainability. That said, celebrities and content creators like Bretman Rock, Liza Soberano, and Nadine Lustre re-wore ensembles that had a story to tell. If you’re feeling FOMO, you’re not all alone—Rei Germar donned a beige-y dress for the black and white formal. But before you say anything, she had her reasons that make her one of the best-dressed personalities. After all, the content creator understood the assignment.

A Moment for Rei Germar’s Gala Dress

Photo by Gelo Quijencio

Rei Germar has always been a showstopper, and at the Vogue Philippines Anniversary Gala, she selected an architectural ensemble that looked stunning from all angles. The beauty, fashion, and lifestyle content creator arrived at the black carpet in an archival couture piece from Rajo Laurel. The beautiful beige dress was then paired with a clutch crafted by Cebuano designer Neil Felipp.

The real question is: why was Rei Germar wearing a beige-y dress if the theme was black and white?

The Truth is…

@nylonmanila #ReiGermar wore a beautiful dress that’s nearly as old as her for Vogue Philippines's Anniversary Gala, and she looked amazing, as she should.⚡️ #TiktokFashion ♬ original sound – NYLON Manila

Here’s the thing: the Rajo Laurel archival piece is already in its twenties—imagine, it’s nearly the same age as Rei Germar. When asked about the infamous dress, Rei told us that the dress was originally ivory and had transformed into this beautiful beige over time. “I was five years old when this dress was created. I know the theme is black and white, but this dress started as an ivory color. It’s just that it’s an archive piece— it changed into this beautiful beige color,” she says.

In conclusion, Rei Germar grasped the importance of ‘Rewear/Rework.’ And regardless of the color she chooses to wear, we can all agree that the content creator effortlessly serves every single outfit.

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These Personalities Understood The Assignment At The Vogue Philippines Anniversary Gala

These looks vogued the house down.

These ensembles at the Vogue Philippines Anniversary Gala have a story to tell.

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Turning the pages of one issue after another, Vogue Philippines has revolutionized the Filipino fashion landscape by championing the beauty of our people, culture, and craftsmanship. So, as Vogue Philippines celebrates its first anniversary, it was a moment to champion Filipino fashion.

The Vogue Philippines Anniversary Gala went with the theme of ‘Rewear/ Rework’, which celebrates creativity and sustainability in the fashion scene. With the theme’s remarkable flexibility, celebrities, content creators, and creatives had the freedom to interpret it however they wanted. Whether by repurposing old outfits, reconstructing pieces, or incorporating thrifted finds, these personalities genuinely captured the essence of the event’s meaning.

Bretman Rock

Bretman Rock wore an architectural ensemble by Filipino fashion designer Rajo Laurel. The social media superstar strolled down the black carpet in an all-ivory garment that surged like a wave, with a statement shoulder transitioning into an asymmetric hem. To honor the theme, the head-to-toe piece was made with reused piña. Styled by Brian Meller, one of the night’s best looks was accessorized with South Sea Pearls and a clutch sourced from the Artefino Fair. According to Bretman Rock, he’s serving Perlas ng Silanganan, and we definitely agree with this one.

When asked about ‘Rewear/Rework,’ Bretman leaves a message for every Gen Z. “I mean, we’re already thrifting and reworking everything. So, my message is to keep going. I honestly think we should continue rethinking fashion in a sustainable way. What I love about Gen Z is that we’re also blurring the line when it comes to gender. Not only are we sustainably aware, but we’re also genderless now.”

Liza Soberano

Liza Soberano has always been one to turn heads, and the Vogue Philippines Anniversary Gala was no exception. The actress arrived in a couture piece from Rajo Laurel. Similar to Bretman Rock’s architectural attire, this sculptural beauty was repurposed and reworn. Styled by Perry Tabora, the ensemble was then accessorized with Tiffany & Co.’s classic jewelry. 

Nadine Lustre

There’s just something about Nadine Lustre. She embodied the true essence of dark femininity in an all-black custom piece by Mark Bumgarner. While the actress admits to opting for something subtle for the evening, her beaded bodice and stunning set of jewelry continues to stand out as a statement itself.

When asked about the carpet affair, Nadine elaborates on the significance of rewearing garments. “You know, clothing is one of the biggest polluting industries. It’s important that we understand the value of the clothes, the pieces that you have. For me, if it’s something I could wear again, I would,” she says.

Angelique Manto and David Guison

While this couple never missed out on color-coordinating outfits, David Guison and Angelique Manto have also gravitated toward pieces that match their personal style. Following the theme, Angelique walked down the black carpet in an archive piece from Neric Beltran. By now, we’re noticing a trend as she paired the top with a reworked structured skirt. In another reworked creation by Neric Beltran, David wore an all-white ensemble. As always, we’re loving the perfect pair.

Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos

Gabbi Garcia and Khalil Ramos had a monochrome moment at the Vogue Philippines Anniversary Gala. Personally loving the theme’s significance, the actress re-wore an archival piece from Vania Romoff. With a see-through bodice and finished with Tiffany & Co. jewelry, the look was both subtle and sultry. Khalil, meanwhile, killed it with a dashing Dior suit and styling by David Milan.

Kyline Alcantara and Mavy Legaspi

We’re always on the lookout for Kyline Alcantara and Mavy Legaspi’s carpet looks, and last night was no exception. Kyline served an all-black Coperni piece—haute couture, no less. While we’re already envious of the ensemble, the actress reveals that she also has it in pink! Meanwhile, Mavy wore an all-white suit from Good American.

Pat Cortez

While Pat Cortez slays in the beauty space, she’s also recognized for her creative approach to fashion. The model and content creator reconstructed ‘old clothes’ and transformed them into an all-white ensemble. Handling all the work herself, she finished the look with tropical flowers—yes, it’s serving fairycore.

Shaira Luna

If the theme were tailor-made for someone, it would specifically be for Shaira Luna. Like a throwback to a moment in Gen Z culture, the Filipina photographer and ‘Thrift Queen’ graced the black carpet wearing a vintage dress sourced from the thrift market. Serving Dalagang Filipina realness, Shaira Luna’s Filipiniana features puff-sleeves adorned with embroidered flowers, complemented by a plain black choker.

Of course, we had to ask for her thoughts regarding the Vogue Philippines Anniversary Gala theme. “I don’t think I could be more proud. I remember starting in the industry and thrifting wasn’t really a big thing. It’s just so nice to see the younger generations embracing thrifting, vintage, and reworking clothes in a celebrated way,” she shares.

Image by Gelo Quijencio

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Breaking New Ground: A-Team Is Highlighting Filipino Excellence Through Dance

They're making bold moves.

“We believe in this saying: by the community and for the community.”

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For elite dance crew A-Team, pushing the boundaries of dance means learning from every experience and offering their very best selves to the world—and not just as performers.

We got the chance to talk to MJ Arda, one-half of The Ardas—the founders, choreographers, and directors of the multi-awarded dance crew. With him and his sister Angelica Arda, the duo are leading a team of driven, talented dancers to take on the world, one step at a time.

Arda talks all about how A-Team has grown over the last decade and how they’re using everything they’ve learned to give back to the community that’s uplifted them from the very beginning.


A-Team Dance Crew

Founded and led by MJ and Angelica Arda, A-Team is an independent street dance and hip-hop group known for their explosive, artistic, meticulously-curated, and impactful performances. Beginning as a small group of young dancers in 2011, A-Team has grown to be a community of dancers championing dance and movement in the Philippines.

As the first ever Filipinos to win the gold medal in the Megacrew division at the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in 2014, A-Team has earned renown and respect from participating and winning competitions all over the world throughout the years.

While they immediately started off participating in international competitions as early as their founding year, it was a long road to get to where they are.

Arda muses that dancing wasn’t celebrated before the way it is now. But as appreciation for the arts and movement grows and as pioneers make their marks, showing the world the value of what they do, it’s clear that much has changed.

“We really started from the bottom,” Arda shares. From small studios and a handful of members, to international titles and opening FIBA World Cup 2023, the team has grown so much not just in reputation, but in terms of who they are and what their role is in the community. They’ve learned from each competition, each performance, and each other.

In the international scene, “There’s so much more you can improve on. You’re not the best. There’s so many ‘bests,’ and you’re competing with all of them.” Constant improvement is a principle they strive to abide by. The global stage isn’t easy to step on, but it does provide an avenue for learning, discipline, and improvement.

Challenging themselves every day not just sharpens their skill, but also strengthens their own idea of who they are as individuals, as a team, and as dancers representing their nation.


A-Team Dance Crew

As time passed, A-Team was able to form a stronger, more cohesive idea of who they are and who they want to be. By telling stories through each performance, they also tell their own.

Because before each story is shared to audiences through movement, there’s also everything else—music, direction, mentality, style, and all of the other pieces of the puzzle.

Music and style are important aspects of a performance. For Arda, he refers to music as the most important thing. It is the “water” while the dancers are the “boat”. They ride the waves, letting their movements intertwine with the music to make a piece nothing short of magical.

And not only does the crew feel the movement magic in the music and steps, they also channel it through their looks. Watch any A-Team performance, and you’ll quickly see that fashion and styling are distinct essentials to their identity. 

“Fashion, styling, clothing…that’s our bread and butter. It’s who we are.” The team, known to always be decked out in cohesive, well-put-together outfits, takes pride in what they wear. It’s an extension of their performance, and an extension of themselves. Their style is an outward expression of their identity and pride at being dancers.

The influence they’ve earned now paves the way for them to help develop the mentality that dance is more than just a form of entertainment. Their members also aren’t just dancers—their roles have also shifted and changed along with the freedom and creativity that a change in mindset allows. They’re leaders and teachers, coaches, artists with a future.

It’s important to A-Team, and to Arda, that the identity they forge with their dancing isn’t just about them. Sure, going out to chase outside experience is good, but he asks a very relevant question: “why do we keep chasing the opportunity or the talent when we have it here?”

Several Filipino dance teams have won renowned global dance competitions—A-Team’s Megacrew division gold medal win, for one. And just recently, Filipino teams HQ and Legit Status brought home gold medals in the Adult and Megacrew divisions, respectively, in this year’s World Hip Hop Dance Championship.

Given the heaps of talent we have in the Philippines, from well-established crews to independent dancers, the world should be acknowledging that we could learn so much from local Filipino dancers and choreographers. Clearly there is no lack of talent nor opportunity for Filipino dancers to tell their own stories and to share their gifts with the world.


A-Team Dance Crew

Every A-Team performance is eclectic, meticulously designed with much consideration in mind regarding each one’s purpose. Preparation for a performance is fraught with having to make difficult creative decisions to exhausting conditioning sessions. There are “a lot of ups and downs,” Arda admits, and preparing both physically and mentally is a mountain to be climbed.

“The stronger the body, the stronger the mind. The stronger the mind, the stronger the body.”

And while producing, choreographing, and directing a dance piece for a large-member crew is a long, painful process, he admits it’s very fulfilling.

Their recent large-scale dance showcase DEMO Vol. 9 required a lot of patience and preparation. The DEMO is one of A-Team’s biggest projects, and it’s also one of their favorites, because it’s not done to win anything, but to express who they are and why they dance.

“You’re exhausted after that, but at the same time it’s full of emotion.” The emotional rollercoaster that is a performance, tied with the physical toll it takes, could get dancers to reach a sort-of “Nirvana” state that Arda refers to, where they realize just exactly why they do what they do.

“Because of these things, these experiences, that make you feel something.”

What makes A-Team is the artistry, athleticism, mentality, and community behind every performance. It takes so much out of every dancer mentally, emotionally, and physically, and it takes a village to create something electric, something wonderful to share with the world.

At the end of the day, dancing is not just about the creative process or how excellent a piece is technically. “At the end of the day, dance is a feeling. You get to feel something and you get to share that to a lot of people.”


A-Team Dance Crew

Today, A-Team strives to “create newer paths” in the world of Filipino dancing. Their new era is marked by endeavors that will—more than just bring home more trophies—empower the dance community and inspire aspiring athletes and creatives. They own Zero Studio PH, where they host classes and workshops, and they constantly try to uplift the dance community and celebrate local artists.

“We believe in this saying: by the community and for the community.” Arda shares that the strengths of the members of A-Team is that they’re able to connect with the community on a daily basis. They encourage their members to create their own paths and build communities that love and appreciate the art of dance.

So when they announced the Ultimate Dance Cup, a dance competition to be held in October 2023 to highlight Filipino dance teams, they brought together everything they’ve learned to give back to the community.

The Ultimate Dance Cup is the third in their line of competitions meant to, literally and figuratively, put the spotlight on members of the local dance community. They began with the Choreographer’s Cup for local choreographers and the Freedom’s Cup for freestylers.

“The whole concept behind the ‘cups’ is for us to have a space and platform where everybody is given the equal opportunity to be seen.” UDC gives opportunities to teams who just want to try, those who may not have the infrastructure, support, or visibility in the dance scene. Dancers, established or new, young or old, have the opportunity to sign up to compete in the Cup.

The Ultimate Dance Cup ties together what A-Team was, is, and what it could be as it showcases their efforts to empower Filipino dancers and highlight dance excellence in the Philippines.

Grounded and driven by passion, a commitment to the craft, and a love for the community, A-Team is steadily pioneering a new era that brings performance art to a whole new level.

A-Team Dance Crew

Outfit Credits: MJ: Revibe Culture Reworked Jacket, Paxon Pants, Jordan Boxer Shorts/APES: Reworked Zara Top, Miss Sixty Mini Skirt, Nike Boxers/JAJA: Neric Beltran Bralette/NICA: Nike Skirt/ANGEL: Paxon Pants, Stone River Body Jewelry/YSAI: Blackbough Swim Belly Chain worn as Necklace/SHAWN: Toqa Tank Top, Give Me the Loot Vest/KOBE: MM6 Oversized Tee, Give Me the Loot Pants/JOSH: Revibe Culture Reworked Jacket/CHAEL: Revibe Culture Reworked Jacket

Photographer JAN MAYO

Assistant Photographer ENNUH TIU 



Assistant Stylist RAF VILLAS 

Special thanks to MUD Studio Manila

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