“Modista”

A very rich and very fashionable lady friend threw a party at her newly-redone Kelly Wearstleresque “Hollywood Regency Chic” house [ ala “Domicilium Decoratus” by ReganBooks ] in the poshest enclave.  For her less than one hundred intimate friends,  “Dom Perignon,” “Taittinger,” Mouton Rothschild, Beluga caviar, fresh French foie gras, Wagyu beef, a Valrhona chocolate fountain, and a Spanish buffet of “tapas” and dishes which included exorbitantly expensive versions of “Jabugo” and “Belota” hams [ in consideration of her affluent Spanish mestizo friends ] flowed endlessly in generous quantities throughout the night.  For the household staff, the catering staff, and the drivers of her guests, there was a separate but similarly luxurious Filipino buffet near the service area.  The party set-up, without the food and spirits, was said to have cost well more than Php 1 million because She had summoned the city’s best production designer, best costume designer, best lighting designer, best choreographer, and best production manager to stage and oversee her “small party.”  Indeed, she had even ordered that her garden be “airconditioned” no matter what, no matter how!!!      

Very fashionable lady friend is one of the very, very, very few Filipinas to really have dresses by Zac Posen, Nicholas Ghesquiere, Olivier Theyskens, and Monique Lhuillier in her “Manila closet.”  Which means that those are apart from those in her “New York closet.”  She has 8 Hermes Birkins in Manila, with even more in New York.  Her Shoe Closet could kill Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Sex and the City” character Carrie Bradshaw with Shoe Envy [ and Imelda Marcos as well??? ]:  dozens of Alessandro dell’ Acqua, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, and several pairs of limited edition Roger Vivier starting from USD $ 5,000 up.  At an important charity gala, She dressed in a stunning Zac Posen evening dress which she liberally, casually, and shockingly accented with a slew of modern diamond jewelry.

Very fashionable lady friend lives a most luxurious life.  Her idea of “water” is “Taittinger” champagne; the cases are piled high.  The world’s most expensive comestibles from New York, Paris, and London are daily fare in her home.  A visitor is always received with an elegant yet dazzling array of delicious teatime fare, served on Hermes china and linens.  Her Filipina housekeeper is perhaps the only one in the city who is conversant in English, Spanish, and French [ beat that!!! ].       

Several friends and I complimented her on her very chic short dress made out of the iciest lavender silk taffeta which she — eschewing fabulous haute jewelry of which she had so much — stylishly accessorized with one of the currently fashionable “baroque baroque” B*a V*ldes neckpieces and wore with Christian Louboutin stilettos.  She was the very picture of New York chic.

“You like it???  It was made by my ‘modista’…”  she acknowledged in her breathy cosmopolitan voice, in an expensive accent that hovered somewhere between New York, London, and Paris.  She smiled sweetly and raised her Riedel stem to sip her “water.”

“Oh, but it’s so well done!!!”  We complimented it nonetheless because it was of really nice fabric and so well-executed.

A few days later, a friend and I were talking about her party — how fabulous it was — and we got to reviewing the dresses, shoes, and bags of the ladies that night…

“I thought her dress was so nice.  And those shoes which ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ would die for!!!”  I said.

“Yes, that was by **** *****.”  my friend recalled.

“**** *****???  Hah???  She said it was by her ‘modista’…!!!???  Well, no wonder it was so nice!!!”  I wondered, confused by the origins of that chic short dress.

“Darling, HE is her idea of a ‘modista’…!!!”  my friend — no stranger to haute couture — blurted out.

*GULP*

OMG.  The most expensive and the most prestigious…

As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote:  “The Rich are different from You and Me…”

Really.   😛   😛   😛

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21 Comments

  1. Andres T. said,

    November 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    few months ago, In*o used to live in this hotel in Makati…
    he rarely visited his unit in Syq*ia…

    i don’t know where he lives now…

    I’m a fan of his works…

  2. dok said,

    October 3, 2008 at 3:18 am

    vera wang? omg!

  3. abc said,

    September 25, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Baka si Isabel P.

  4. zippo said,

    August 14, 2008 at 2:28 am

    The last time I saw him was last year at one of the La Salle-Ateneo basketball games at Araneta. He looked good.

  5. L*ding said,

    August 13, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    have you guys seen in*o sot*o lately? he looks sick. what happened? i’m a big fan! is he still in depression mode because of his partner’s untimely death? is he still in his syq*ia apartment? i like his style: totally above all pinoy designers. he looks like a vampire though — very vampire lestat. very classy!

  6. divina said,

    August 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    “V” is for Victory.

  7. Garganta Inflamada said,

    August 7, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Toto Gonzalez wrote:

    I don’t know what arrangement she has with the “society” media, but She has NEVER been photographed…

    *****************************

    Really not my subject, but…. baka naman she can ‘not’ photograph…u know what I mean?

    Altho vampires 🙂 and ectoplasms now supposedly cannot hide from digital photography whereas they were previously immune from the old ‘negative’-style photography.

    Just a thought…

  8. August 6, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    HRH:

    The very rich and very fashionable lady is a very attractive woman in her mid-40s who could easily be an image model for the top international designers. You could have put her in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” alongside Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway and she would have fit in perfectly. She looks spectacular even by New York, London, and Paris standards, quite a feat for a Filipina.

    I don’t know what arrangement she has with the “society” media, but She has NEVER been photographed, needless to say featured, in any social rag.

    Toto Gonzalez

  9. HRH said,

    August 6, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    is the lady no other than MC-H?

  10. spendaholic said,

    July 31, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Elsa is now back in her native australia. writing suspense novels with a fashion world setting.

  11. zippo said,

    July 31, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Come to think of it, where IS Elsa?

  12. getitright said,

    July 31, 2008 at 3:42 am

    jabugo is just a town…
    it’s bellota…to specify that it’s the iberico pig fed primarily on acorns.

  13. periphery said,

    July 30, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Babblefish said: “‘ang-walang-kamatayang’ Elsa Klensch interview”

    LOL. Funny.

  14. divina said,

    July 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    the mich*el j*ckson look-alike?

  15. la gitana said,

    July 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    P*pito Alb*rt?

  16. Babblefish said,

    July 28, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    The Zob*l women are his frequent customers. Although when he makes small talk, he never fails to mention “ang-walang-kamatayang” Elsa Klensch interview. I cannot help but detect false modesty.

  17. charlie said,

    July 28, 2008 at 11:26 am

    is this lady currently embroiled in a family squabble? 😀

  18. MeSoHorny said,

    July 28, 2008 at 2:45 am

    BTW, it’s BELLOTA not belota.

  19. spendaholic said,

    July 28, 2008 at 2:22 am

    In*o Sot*o???

  20. divina said,

    July 27, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    this cannot be pitash again!?

  21. periphery said,

    July 27, 2008 at 8:54 am

    If it’s who I think it is, the “modista” actually refers to himself as such during relaxed, unguarded moments of levity. I heard it on at least two occasions when I was dragged by my mom to fittings.


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