Ahead of a busy Milan Fashion Week, Anna Vitiello recalls her day in Manila, when time constraints were less of a challenge and more of the fun of it all.
When the Filipino-Italian editor-turned-content creator Anna Vitiello was in Manila for a midsummer retreat, the majority of her visit was dedicated to reconnecting with family. But as she was bound to take on her new role as Vogue Philippines‘ contributing fashion editor for Europe, she was ever keen to discover all the sartorial offerings of the city—even if she only had 24 hours left on the clock.
Employing the help of none other thanVogue Philippines‘ fashion director Pam Quiñones and photographer Shaira Luna, Vitiello set out to see the best of the city, from a visit to designer Rajo Laurel’s studio to a nightcap at Auro Chocolate Cafe. See Vitiello’s eventful day spent in Metro Manila, morning to night, below.
First stop: Rajo Laurel’s studio
I loved meeting the iconic Rajo Laurel and delving into not only his collections but his inspirational archive.
We got such amazing insight into his creative mind.
I felt such a connection to his reworking of the Barong Tagalog into dresses (and hope to one day do the same with our family barongs) and have so much respect for the way in which he interprets Filipiniana dress.
Trying on a gorgeous fringed terno
Sharing a laugh as we go through Rajo’s archive
Next, the Vestido showroom! I’ve been following Vestido for a while on Instagram and couldn’t wait to get into their showroom to see all the amazing pieces they have.
It was the best mix of eclectic and timeless and I wanted to rent it all, and I just love the environment they have created and the way they are championing rental in Manila.
Pam with Maica Tady, Roxelle Cortes, and Krystal Kane of the Vestido team.
Perusing everything on display in the Whisenhunt Fine Jewelry boutique
Each piece is vintage and unique
Pam and I with Nicole Whisenhunt. I got my love of jewellery from my Lola, so it felt special to come and meet such an amazing designer and collector in Manila.
Of course, I couldn’t leave Manila without checking out some of the vintage stores I’ve heard so much about from my friends.
Fed Pua of It’s Vintage Vintage
I had the best time delving into the eclectic mix with the Vogue Philippines team. Needless to say, we all came away with a few gems!
Pam and I heading to our final destination of the day…
…A nightcap at Auro Chocolate Cafe with the Vogue Philippines team!
Pam, Shaira and I.