Went to Quiapo a few weeks ago and look at what I found:
I came with my mom who knows the place by heart. This is where she goes to buy clothes and fruits (I know, I know, what an odd combination. Think of it as Target na pinalengke!). And while she gets titillated by the sight of atis, santol and papaya fruit piles, my fashion-addled brain and bargain-wired body was magnetized to a Php25 cardboard sign propped atop a pile of used clothes.
Now I didn't do much scouting. In fact, I only checked out one vendor, but amidst the hangers of dasters and granny florals from the '80s, I found the above ruby red gem of a beaded frock. The bodice and trims feature beadwork and gold embroidery, while the sleeves are slightly puffed, a detail which I like very much.
It's reminiscent of Santo Niño...
|Image from Manilenio|
...and the Asian Peoples display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
|While everyone read Asian culture and history, I was snapping photos of embroidered dresses and gilt acessories, haha!|
Wore it with an old pair of Celine gold sandals, and a mannish tan envelope clutch discovered at a Boracay ukay.
I accessorized with a medley of metal arm candy.
Do you like the rose cuff? And the sly snake bracelet peeking out underneath? Me too, I'm enamored with them! As for where I got these, I'm keeping it a secret for now. It's from a project I'm working on that I will unveil to everyone very soon! Exciting!