ED­I­TOR’S NOTE

Northern Living - - CONTENTS -

Trend­set­ting

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.

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