“Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now”—The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
The sensational Off-Broadway show, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, written by sistersNora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle) and Delia Ephron (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up), vividly recounts a selection of comic and heartwarming stories from different women who remember key moments in their lives through the clothes they wore. The show is based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman, and has featured notable actresses such as Jane Lynch (Glee), Rosie O’Donnell, Brooke Shields (Blue Lagoon, Grease), Betty White (Golden Girls), Rita Wilson, Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Jamie Lynn Siegler (The Sopranos and Entourage), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Kathy Najimy (Sister Act movie series), Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked), to name just a few. Since its debut in 2009 at New York’s Westside Theater, Love, Loss and What I Wore has never failed to garner praise from critics and delight audience members who saw themselves or someone they knew in each funny and poignant tale. The show won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience as well as the 2010 Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite New Off-Broadway Play. It has since then been staged in France, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Scandinavia, Los Angeles, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Australia, and Paris. Now, it’s the Filipina’s turn to be charmed and moved by these tales of life and fashion as CTE Productions brings the acclaimed off-Broadway hit to Manila with some of the best female artists in the scene today. The Asian premiere cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore includes theater luminary and current Associate Artistic Director of Repertory Philippines, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, veteran theater actress, writer, and emerging director Cathy Azanza-Dy, TV host, model, performer, and creative visionary Teresa Herrera, thespian and music sensation Bituin Escalante, and acclaimed classical vocalist, theater performer, and executive director for Music Artes Philippines, Jay Valencia-Glorioso. The show is directed by Theater Down South’s Artistic Director Michael Williams and Cathy Azanza-Dy. Set design is by recent Gawad Buhay awardee Denis Lagdameo and lighting design is by acclaimed and sought after lighting designer John Batalla.
Jay Valencia-Glorioso Love, Loss, and What I Wore will have a one-weekend run only on July 14, 15, 16 and 17 at the RCBC Theater in Makati, Shows are at 8pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:30pm. Tickets are at Php1,500 for orchestra center, Php1,200 for orchestra side, Php1,000 for loge, and Php500 for balcony. Tickets are available at Ticketworld at 8919999 or log on atwww.ticketworld.com.ph. You may also call 2150788 or 09175378313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Join CTE Productions on Facebook for updates about Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Join us in the theater for one memorable night filled with laughter, tears, and a whole lot of style!!!
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”—John Lennon
As we walk into this basement soho industrial building, one can’t help but wonder what Yohji Yamamoto has in store for us when he presents is Y-3 collection. Always known to incorporate an avant-garde spirit in his clothing, he creates designs far removed from current trends. His signature oversized silhouettes and unisex drapery has made him the leading brand worldwide.
That day, we came to view his latest Y-3 collection for Adidas during New York Fashion (A/W11). We were granted pre-show viewing so we had a chance to watch Mr. Yamamoto as he views the dress rehersal before the show. Still, like a Zen monk… observing, thinking, and then communicating his message.
The show was full house with all the fashion editors on the front row. Ready, set, go…
Stillness… Models… Looks… Travel… He took me on a journey in 15minutes.
One word… AMAZING!
After the show, we were invited back stage for a celebratory toast with the designer himself. I was so nervous because I have admired this man my entire fashion career and now i was coming face to face with my inspiration.
Walking towards Mr. Yamamoto was intimidating as it is. Not because of the man himself, but because of his bodyguard, Hiro, who was the main gate keeper. It was he who determines who is allowed to have some time to interview/speak to him. I gathered all the Japanese i learned in school and politely gestured with a pleading look on my face, “May I ?” It was a Zen moment indeed when he noded , Yes.
As I approached Mr. Yamamoto, it felt like the red sea parting. I’m walking through and have been granted divine access and all i could say was… “May i take a picture with you?” STARSTRUCK!!! Hello!!!
He smiled and said, “Dozo” ( “please..” in Japanese)