It was Gianni Versace who said, “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you.” Fast-paced and impersonal, the ever-shifting landscape of social media has made beauty more digestible but also disposable. Trends have been circulating at shorter and shorter intervals, thus the loss of substance in the way we view fashion and beauty.
Here in the Philippines, our unapologetic colonialism makes it easy for international brands to march in and overshadow various local industries. But within the past decade, there has been a revolution; a more conscious consumer mindset towards homegrown and sustainable brands has risen. This month, we spotlight those at the helm of this transformation: model and self-made entrepreneur Rissa Mananquil-Trillo of Happy Skin who offers her take on social media’s equalizing power; a cartographer who maps out what other map makers will not; and a marine conservationist who highlights the benefits of jumping on the environmental bandwagon. Also inside: a young vegan’s woes with purism in the community, a potter whose sense of humor is yielding profit, and a healthy hack to an alltime favorite, pizza.