How does the model always look so great, both on and off the runway? Hint: it all boils down to the details
Amongst models off-duty, Bella Hadid is a street style goddess. She’s regularly snapped walking around Paris, New York, and Milan in looks that have been ripped right off the runway. Sometimes, it will even go the other way around: you’ll see her wearing something way before the rest of the fashion world picks it up. In fact, you can credit her with popularizing those narrow The Matrix-style wraparound sunnies that are now all over your local mall.
Naturally, it’s really in the accessories that the younger Hadid sister always gets it right, whether it’s lace-up stilettos, clunky trainers, or corset belts. And when it comes to her arm candy, you can be sure it’s on point. It’s one of the reasons why she’s the perfect face for Bulgari’s 2018 Spring/Summer collection, and this time around, the highly luxe leather pieces get a heavy dose of rock-and-roll edge.
Here, Bella wears a studded Serpenti Forever Pop Heart flap bag with the signature snakehead enamel closure. Two serpents nearly intertwine to form a heart, with studs punctuating their sinuous forms. The two-tone look is achieved by layering one strip of laser-cut calf leather over another, while the hexagonal arrow points echo the the shape of snake scales.
She offsets an all-white ensemble with the Serpenti Forever Neon in flame coral, the studded snake making an appearance across the front before making way for the word “Forever” inscribed like a neon sign at the back. And she gives a knitted form-fitting dress an upscale touch with a classic Divas’ Dream quilted bag, made more playful with studs scattered all throughout. Followers of Bulgari will also recognize the fan-shaped enclosure from the Divas’ Dream line, the perfect tribute to the Roman jewelry brand.
Of course, with her high-fashion-meets-streetwear look, Bella pulls all of these off with ease—not too big a stretch for a girl who developed her own sense of style by mixing designer pieces with vintage finds, the way a true trailblazing fashion rebel would.
Nana Caragay is a magazine editor, writer, voice over talent, and former gymnast. When she's not stalking cute dogs on social media, she's most likely shopping, working out, watching E!, or drinking iced tea. She's on Instagram @nanacaragay.
Watch: Anti-bullying campaign rally voices from around the world
A slew of local and international names—from Kaia Gerber and Mario Maurer to Ronnie Alonte and Jimmy Alapag—celebrate differences
According to studies, bullying usually starts when you are perceived to be different, and that one out of two Filipinos have experienced or witnessed this in schools. With the advent social media, this harsh behavior has taken a more contemporary, relentless form. “Our society—especially today’s youth—faces this harsh reality,” says Jeff Bascon, Penshoppe’s brand director. “But being different is something to celebrate and be proud of.” That’s why the clothing brand launched its first public CSR project, #IAmDifferent, aiming to get more people to love their individuality. “We believe that there is a need for us to use our voices and influence everyone to take a stand,” he says.
A video campaign was launched featuring ClubPenshoppePH members, ambassadors of the homegrown label, and other well-known personalities. These include Kaia Gerber, Mario Maurer, Lucky Blue Smith, Bella Hadid, Sandara Park, Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte, Sofia Andres, Tanner Mata, Maria Fabiana, Emilio Perez, Alab Pilipinas’ Jimmy Alapag, SheTalks Asia co-founder Vicky Herrera, Denise Lazaro, Airess Padda, Patti Grandidge, and Keika Necesario, who all wore their uniqueness on their sleeves.
A collection of tees (marked by unique serial numbers) and caps with the campaign statements “I Am Different,” and “Different Is Good” launched alongside this. Proceeds from this limited edition line will go to developing a module with Teach For The Philippines that addresses bullying and encourages acceptance among public school children. “We know we have a long way to go, but we hope that this campaign will start a movement, educate and encourage many Filipinos to be involved and to do their part,” Bascon says.
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