Princess Bride Urduja

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I first saw Ulysses King’s Princess Urduja hand painted gown in the 2018 Mister and Miss Republic of the Philippines gala night.  Over the years, there was a wave of Filipiniana fashion with designers interpreting the terno complete with detachable or built in butterfly sleeves.  Ulysses King took another direction by bringing in hand-painted design on a seemingly naive pink long tube gown.

 

 

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The Princess Urduja Gown gown is inspired by the paintings created by National Artist, Fernando Amorsolo depicting Princess Urduja , a legendary warrior princess who is recognized as a heroine in Pangasinan from the 14th century Philippines. Most of the details of the clothing and weaponry came from the designer’s imagination. The main material is mikado silk with handpainted image of Princess Urduja, accentuated with crystal beads.

For our fashion editorial, we supposed, what if we turn Urduja into a princess bride? She would probably break stereotypes of a white wedding gown an with strong features, the real fierce warrior that she was.  And pink to bring in the contradictions that strong as she is, there must be a feminine side to her.  Wearing the gown is Cindy Marriah Dumol, Miss Republic of the Philippines 2018.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Presented by Rene Mouris Watch Designer: Ulysses King Photography: Sensei Miyaki Photography Art Direction: Nomer Yuzon Hair & Make up : La Provence Team Earrings : Christopher Munar Style coordination: Bernard Saligao Production assistance: JC Flotildes Model: Cindy Marriah Dumol  Special thanks: Mister & Miss Republic of the Philippines Dr. Rom Aromin & Lynette Padolina Frank Ong & Kris Garcia Therese Heather Ong Mehdi Moussaoui Location: Residence of Architect Dan Lichauco

The gown is available at Vatican Cinderella,2F Glorietta 3 Mall, Makati City, Philippines

 

 

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Fun Wedding Entourage

5001How to shoot a fun wedding entourage group photo?  The bride and groom should be synchronized.  The groom wears a Pintados Barong Tagalog while the bride wears a hand painted Princess Urduja gown both by Ulysses King.  The grooms men and the bridesmaid should follow the wedding motif, modern Filipiniana.  Throw in a sports car, tilt the angle to mimic motion, rehearse every jump and running shot and make sure every person in the photo has his moment to tell a story that this is probably the most fun wedding event of the year, except that this is a fashion editorial for Ulysses King Spring Summer 2018 which are all available at Vatican Cinderella, Glorietta 3 Mall, Makati City, Philippines.

This was also the last set in our photoshoot set for the golden hour when the afternoon sun gives a soft but warm tone and the cast and crew have already formed new bonds of friendships.  Hence, making them smile, jump and scream and mimic a fun moment was but natural because indeed this is one memorable shoot with the cast and crew of Ulysses King’s Spring Summer formal wear 2018.

And really how to shoot this one? I just leave it with one BTS photo courtesy of Vatican Fashion Museum staff.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Presented by Rene Mouris Watch Designer: Ulysses King Photography: Sensei Miyaki Photography Art Direction: Nomer Yuzon Hair & Make up : La Provence Team Earrings : Christopher Munar Style coordination: Bernard Saligao Production assistance: JC Flotildes Models: Cindy Marriah Dumol, Thamara Alexandria Pacursa, Dennis Malones, Jay Lester Abrenica Jedryk Costes, Jerome Vasquez, John Carlo Morales, Richard Gadiaza, and Shido Roxas

Special thanks: Mister & Miss Republic of the Philippines Dr. Rom Aromin & Lynette Padolina Frank Ong & Kris Garcia Therese Heather Ong Mehdi Moussaoui Location: Residence of Architect Dan Lichauco The collection is now available at Vatican Cinderella, 2F Glorietta 3 Mall, Makati City, Philippines.

Here is the complete gallery of the wedding entourage set.

Pintados ala Barong Tagalog

 

It was the year-end holidays 2017 when Ulysses King sent me sketches of his Barong Tagalogs with lots of hand painted Alibata inscriptions and I wondered, why not? The barong has been traditionally pristine like a blank canvas ready to be painted with symbols and images that best represent Filipino culture.  Imagine wearing one to an event which will not just draw attention but make an excellent piece of conversation.  Just be ready to bring your cheat note of Alibata alphabetization to be able to make quick names and words as to how you would want to personalize your national costume.

  • Alibata Barong Inspired by ancient Philippine script and first recorded in the 16th century. Alibata or baybayin is considered the oldest script of the Filipino language. A new take of modern barong using pina jusi fabric with handpainted ancient script in monochromatic colors of the Philippine flag available in red, yellow and blue.
  • Pintados barong Embroidery designs are inspired by ethnic pintados from southern part of the Philippines. Materials are pina jusi with embroidery on sleeves ,longer hem at the back.

This is not the first time Ulysses King broke fashion boundaries, in 2011, he pioneered digital printing on his Narcosis collection and airbrush painting on his 2012 Rock & Soil collection for suit and casual wear.  So this innovation is a continuation of Ulysses King’s vision to move men’s fashion forward.

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Originally worn by Mister Republic of the Philippines candidates, these pieces are available at Cinderella, 2nd floor, Glorietta 3 Mall, Makati City.  Catch them before they get sold out.  The staff from Vatican Cinderella, can tailor make the barong in one week, or better yet, schedule an appointment with Ulysses King on weekends.  I had the pleasure of inspecting / admiring these pieces before eventually shooting them the week after.  As a visual artist, I am a fan of sketches, transformed into fashion pieces, and interpreted further into a photograph.  That is why collaboration with the designer has always been pure pleasure for me.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Presented by Rene Mouris Watch

Designer: Ulysses King

Photography: Sensei Miyaki Photography

Art Direction: Nomer Yuzon

Hair & Make up : La Provence Team

Earrings : Christopher Munar

Style coordination: Bernard Saligao

Production assistance: JC Flotildes

Models: Cindy Marriah Dumol, Thamara Alexandria Pacursa, Dennis Malones, Jay Lester Abrenica, Jedryk Costes, Jerome Vasquez, John Carlo Morales

Richard Gadiaza and Shido Roxas

Special thanks: Mister & Miss Republic of the Philippines

Dr. Rom Aromin & Lynette Padolina

Frank Ong & Kris Garcia Therese Heather Ong Mehdi Moussaoui

Location: Residence of Architect Dan Lichauco

The collection is now available at Vatican Cinderella, 2F Glorietta 3 .

 

Vatican Spring Summer 2018

This is probably the coolest summer for fashion with bouts of cool winds and occasional rising temperatures.  It is April and we still enjoy the best summer weather, a striking balance between comfort and enjoying the outdoors, such as Ulysses King’s Spring Summer 2018 collection.  The menswear is made of cool linen and easy breezy fabrics for ladies’ cocktail and maxi dresses.  These are now available at Cinderella, Glorietta 3 Mall, Makati City, Philippines.

I had the privilege of shooting Ulysses King’s S/S 2018 collection consisting primarily of resort wear for men and hand painted floral dresses for ladies.  Featuring the winners of Mister and Miss Republic of the Philippines, we shot the summer catalog at the residence of our good friend Dan Lichauco in New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines.

Sponsored by René Mouris watches, our first set features resort and casual wear on the winners and some candidates from Mister and Miss Republic of the Philippines 2018.    See gallery below.  The second set which I will share in my next blog post features formal  Filipiniana and wedding entourage

I missed the finals night but planned this photoshoot with art direction by Nomer Yuzon, styling coordination by Bernard Saligao, earrings by Christopher Munar, hair and makeup by La Provence and of course, with the help of the staff from Vatican Fashion Museum of Cinderella, Makati City.  After getting everyone on board, Dan Lichauco graciously agreed to have it at his residence.

A Haligi ng Dangal awardeee for his contributions on architecture, Dan Lichauco’s residence was the perfect venue for luscious gardens, modern resort living, and glass architecture.  Every corner and nook are designed with natural light in mind.  The result, numerous photography backgrounds and sets depending on the time of day.

Vatican Spring Summer 2018 Presented by Rene Mouris

Designer: Ulysses King

Photography: Sensei Miyaki

Photography Art Direction: Nomer Yuzon

Hair & Make up : La Provence Team

Earrings : Chris Munar

Watches by Rene Mouris

Style coordination: Bernard Saligao

Production assistance: JC Flotildes

Models: 2018 Mister Republic of the Philippines

Winners: Dennis Malones Jay Lester Abrenica Jedryk Costes Jerome Vasquez John Carlo Morales 2018 Miss Republic of the Philippines

Winners: Cindy Marriah Dumol Thamara Alexandria Pacursa

Models:  Dr. Richard Gadiaza and Shido Roxas

Acknowledgments:

Mister & Miss Republic of the Philippines Dr. Rom Aromin & Lynette Padolina

Frank Ong & Kris Garcia Therese Heather Ong

Mehdi Moussaoui

Host location: Residence of Architect Dan Lichauco

Galerie de Prêt-à-Porter

Here it is the gallery of Vatican Fashion Museum’s Holiday 2017 collection – Prêt-à-Porter.  Fun, easy, festive looks from the Philippines’ topnotch designers Ulysses King and Arnold Galang.

 

Vatican Prêt-à-Porter
2017 Holiday Collection
Available at Cinderella , 2F Glorietta Mall, Makati City, Philippines

Fashion Designers: Arnold Galang & Ulysses King
Photography: Sensei Miyaki
HMUP: Chris Delfin & Bernard Saligao
Accessories: Toni & Berne
Style direction: Nio Manzano

Models : Shido Roxas, Jerome Vasquez and SMMA Models Alexis Sale, Camille Manalo, Diano Bugay, Jasmine Eaton, Patrick Rogando

Modern Business Barong

Simple Elegance.

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Business Barong Tagalogs have evolved from the embroidered linen and crunchy white to jet black enabling versatility from office wear to formal evening look.

Ulysses King infused fun element of long back reminiscent of sporty polos to break the monotony of darkness.  A semi-three fourth sleeves provide for work functionality while the perfect fit shows gentlemanly character.

Check these out and have them custom made according to your body type.  Visit Vatican Fashion Museum’s outlet at Cinderella, 2/F Glorietta Mall for a closer look and feel of this versatile modern business getup.

*Prêt-à-Porter Holiday 2017 Collection

Photography by yours truly, designed by Ulysses King, styling by Nio Manzano, hair and makeup by Bernard Saligao on model Shido Roxas.

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