Resident bon vivant Maurice Arcache celebrates Philippine Tatler’s 17th anniversary by rattling off some of the juiciest titbits from years gone by
Our resident Social Editor Maurice Arcache dishes on memorable weddings and fashion faux pas as he reminisces 17 years with Tatler
Has it really been 17 years? How time fl ies, dahlings! ! Fabulously,
Philippine Tatler is still going strong, and gets even stronger as the years go by. There are so many stories and memories I’ve featured in the past, dear palanggas. . But there are several more which are worth remembering—and and have grown even more enjoyable in the retelling!
MATTERS OF THE HEART Love affairs are always the sort of thing that interest people even long after everyone involved has either moved on or grown old together.
Let’s start with what everyone thought was the wedding of that year. Lo and behold: it barely lasted two years and high society jaws dropped in shock when it ended. Ah, c’est la vie, mes amies…
Then, I remember the perfect couple who had been together for several years, until a trés charmant foreigner came into the picture. The gentleman from overseas became a good friend to the happy couple—and, alors, became madame’s lover! Needless to say that the lovebirds fled to his home country before anyone could bat an eyelash. Last I heard of them, they are still very much in love with each other. Don’t you just love happy endings, palanggas?
Nowadays, how does anyone keep a marriage or relationship in one piece? There is so much temptation all around: young and beautiful Aphrodites swanning about, as well as strapping Adonises with their gym-toned physiques.
Mon Dieu, what a time to be alive! But I do know people who have kept together—and happily, at that—despite all the trials that came their way. FASHION DISASTERS So many high society doyennes are always striving to be in style and they’re lucky to be able to call on the services of talented designers—local and otherwise—to achieve the perfect look. My question though: Is it still stylish if it borders on the ridiculous? I’ve never understood why a lot of couturiers insist on crafting gowns that are so long that the models have to lift them up lest they trip and embarrass themselves. One particular designer proudly showed off several flowing creations at the last Fashion Week. The dresses were gorgeous, but they were so long that two of the models had to lurch like zombies on the runway. Alors, one of the girls tripped and landed on her behind! She was so embarrassed that she fled the ramp with the skirt of the dratted gown bunched up to her knees—ouch! We all remember that haste makes waste—which explains the case of this well-known couturier who was such in a rush to finish his collection that not one, not two, but three of his pieces were held together by safety pins! There was also another famous couturier who rushed to finish a strapless gown for a socialite. Unfortunately, he rushed it a bit too much and left the strapless gown so loose that the poor woman kept pulling it up to keep herself decent. It was such a nerve-wracking experience that she left the dinner to go home and change into another eye-catching gown gown—this time done by an up-and-coming designer. In fashion, bigger doesn’t always mean better. By that, dahlings, I mean that big designers aren’t exactly the best. Consider the festive carnival that precedes the president’s State of the Nation Address every year. Lady politicians and politicians’ ladies are always trying to outdo each other on the red carpet with their magnificent ternos, gowns, or beautifully curated (and sometimes themed) outfits. Believe me, palanggas, nine out of 10, it’s a young, unknown designer who gets the public’s attention. Many of these youngsters are giving older designers a run for their money! Much as I would love to go on reminiscing, I’m afraid that there won’t be enough pages for all of the memories I have in mind. That said, let us raise a glass to Philippine Tatler, dahlings, for many more successful successful—and memorable—years. Salut!