Friday, 7 March 2008

Sweet Dreams in DREAMERS

Skipping our usual office lunch hours my friend Connie and I headed off to DREAMERS last Wednesday to take a first look and get a first hand info from owner Michael and designer Ali, on what’s happening and what to look forward to as the mythical club re-open its doors once more to receive the fabulous Costa De Sol.

Welcome back, DREAMERS!

I thought it was more of PACHA in IBIZA while my friend said it was more of New York. Ali, Dreamer’s interior designer said it was actually a fusion of the club culture and style that he has acquired from his
globetrotting. From the biggest club scenes in NY, Paris, London to the party islands of Greece, St. Tropez and Ibiza to name a few, Ali has definitely acquired a taste for club style which seemed like cocktail of elegance and class without losing the fun factor.

The interiors were breathtaking (and we are talking here on daylight where nothing was still draped by colorful strobe lights) from the entrance, you will be greeted with a massive dancefloor which is expected to be packed especially come summertime. Ushered by Michael, DREAMERS’ owner, we were toured on VIP lounges which were all sponsored by topclass spirits like Moet Chardon, among others. I personally love how they thought of putting pink matte sofa on the second floor instead of the usual boring black furniture. Ali raved about the lights and the priceless sound system they used for this season and oh, how can we miss the fabulous DJ booth---the gigantic half-cut disco ball! It reminded me of Madonna's dramatic entrance on her Confessions tour last year. Very cool.
(from l to r: Michael,Ali and Norma. Owner and organizers of the event)

The Party

We expected it to be busy but we didn't expected it to be massive! Press people and collaborators filled the skylounge and the booze flowed for free til about two in the morning. Downstairs, the dancefloor was heating up as one of Spain's best Djs , Wally Lopez, prepared himself to the beautiful havoc that was expected of him. Soon enough, he spanned the discs and everybody's jumping all over like mad! His repertoire was brilliant and as the disco ball booth captured and flashed the lights through we joined the crowd in an endless gyration.

Here are some of the pics we've taken during the party. I was on the look out for the most stylish people but as usual, the vodka tonic impaired my visuals.

Best dressed of the night--Norma and friend.

Winners of MarbellaStyle's invites raffle

Connie and friend

Dj Tiesto! Carl Cox! Eric Morillo! They've all been here!

Cristal, not meth.

This guy was dancing in front of me. Bulges in all the right places.Picture perfect. :)

Cute Kimono Girl

Love the red tie

My favorite character of the night: The Disco Ball Man! Ohhh, he was so lovely. I'm thinking of wearing one of those in Halloween.

DREAMERS is back in town. With the summer season just a few months ahead, tourists and residents will be served with some heavenly clubbing time once more. This is the place to dream...a sweet one.

Besos and have a good weekend everyone!

Special Thanks to Julia Giraudo, DREAMERS' admin. dept. Cheers, girl!

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Because I'm sick and tired of Flowers...

...I've opted for patterns for this spring.

Even the grand dame of fashion journalism, Suzy Menkes believes that there's just a lot of blossoming floral patterns for this spring. From Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Missoni to Rodarte, Prada and Cavalli. Just too much, I'm having an allergy right now and I'd rather happily put my printed frocks splashed with different colours which is a must, must, must this season.

I love specifically the crazy but elegant patterns from Dries Van Noten (left), Vera Wang, Chaiken, Badgley Mischka and Pollini which is totally different from the religious use (or mis-use) of flowers whenever spring season comes along.

"There were so many flowery, sweet-tooth patterns, from hibiscus to rose, in the new season’s clothes that even I — raised on the herbaceous prettiness of an English country garden — longed to reduce the sugar quotient." ---Suzy Menkes on This year's Spring Collection.

We all know it's spring and we don't have to be reminded of flowers same as in the summer, we don't have to be reminded of the sun.


Yohji Yamamoto

Vera Wang


Badgley Mischka
Alexander McQueen

Alexander MacQueen

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

A Different Tone for Bryan Adams

Artists shifting gears into something quite different always receive mix reviews and acceptance from the public. Take , for example, Irish Musician Glen Hansard whose film debut garnered him an Oscar for Best Song while Mariah Carey’s Glitter didn’t glitter at all in the box office but instead marked a long lasting eclipse in her attempt to invade the big screen.
Arnold Schwarzenegger switched from terminator to governor while actors struggling to become accomplished directors like Antonio Banderas still have got to make a massive hit to be able to be in the ranks of Spielberg and Lucas.
The list of this artist trying to make a mark in a totally different facet of art is endless. Some of them succeed, a lot of them don’t. That’s why we are just so happy to know that Bryan Adams, yes, the 90’s heartthrob whose songs, in one way, or another melted our hearts, is doing well in his shift from doing musical tones, to color tones.
Proof that he is doing well is his latest project, the GUESS campaign which is obviously a homage to Sophia Lauren ( I wonder why didn't get Penelope Cruz to do the campaign. Everyone is saying that she is the new Sophia Lauren, she even posed for Pirelli calendar with her to boot. I guess because she models and designs :( for MANGO).

Bryan's strength in my view is his genius use of light and shade. His ability to use these two brilliantly shows in every black and white photos which for me are better than his coloured ones. This doesn't lessen his talent as a photographer though. His celebrity shots in colours are equally astounding including my favourite photographs of Lindsay Lohan, Tilda Swinton, Amy Winehouse amongst others.
feast your eyes for a moment:
Lindsay Lohan

Tilda Swinton
Kate Moss
Victoria Beckham
Amy Winehouse

every photographer's dream subject/model: The Queen.

If you think that bryan only does celebrity and fashion shots, think again. He also dabbles into photojournalism and the results are intriguingly interesting.

To view Bryan Adams' complete portfolio, click HERE.

I've been thinking of switching careers lately as well but I figured out being a diva is enough.


Manolo Blahnik, Model.

To interview an icon must be difficult for any journalist. One should choose the right questions, calculate the tone, and articulate himself in a way that would not sound intimidating or submissive to the interviewee. As a journalist myself in my heydays, I confronted different kinds of people above and under social hierarchies and believe me sweating palms, manic heartbeats and loss of concentration are the last things that you want to suffer with especially when you are faced with the famous and sometimes, the infamous.

That is why, hats off to Vogue España’s Sara Fernandez Castro who--- having faced with two prominent figures in the country, one of which is an icon and a myth--- has delivered a fantastic interview in this month’s edition on Maribel Verdú, one of Spain’s top actresses, and The Manolo Blahnik.

Ms. Verdú, beautifully dressed and accessorized with some of the best names you can think of---Chanel, Bvlgari, Cartier, Gucci, Cavalli, Dior and Dolce and Gabbana amongst others---shares her triumph in the recently concluded GOYA awards (Spain’s version of The Oscars) having bagged the Best Actress Category For Siete Mesas del Billar Francés (Seven French Billard Tables). For non-Spanish moviegoers, you must have seen her in award winning films like Y tu Mamá Tambien with Gael Garcia Bernal and Mexico’s official entry for Best Foreign Film in last year’s Oscars, Pan’s Labyrinth (Laberinto Del Fauno).

The interview on the Spanish actress was just the tip of the iceberg though; in a five course meal, the appetizer. The real star of the feature (which he rightfully deserve anyway), was Manolo himself. The rare interview shows another face of the mythical designer that I’m sure Carrie Bradshaw doesn’t know about. He candidly talks about his love and respect for fellow artists such as Galliano among others and his passion for Spanish films, well, the film industry and its stars, as I may say.. He talks about Greta Garbo (which he described as very Swedish, very dry) and his surreal encounter with her in New York over breakfast and croissants. He also shares his admiration to French film actress Anouk Aimee and Italian diva, Claudia Cardinale, both of which have been screen goddesses in their years and hailed as icons in their own respective countries.

Having worked with Sophia Copolla in the screen adaptation of Marie Antoinette’s life (the film was a total disappointment by the way) Mr. Blahnik was pleased to know that the Spanish actress Verdu is currently doing a film for the older Copolla. He only had good words for the family and quite excited to see Verdu's appearance on the said project.

Here are some of the shots In Vogue España's March issue shot at The Gore Hotel in London:

“ I like to collaborate with people like Galliano or Christopher Kane; they have passion, fire and we speak the same language.”

Speaking of THE Blahnik, his latest collection is as a kaleidoscopic fierceness and I'm sure Carrie Bradshaw will be pleased to know that the shoes, as always, boast glam, more straps and buttons and yes, more and more inches to boot. Here are the sketches of the collection from his website,

My take on the shoes: The fierceness and the sophistication is truly fit for the red carpet and because the shoes range from a thousand dollars and up, only a fitting star or starlet can get these coveted gems. We can only dream...and I want a purple, strappy pair to cuddle with.



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