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Rhythm and Blues (R&B), enjoys a rich history, which combines soulful singing and a strong backbeat. It was created by African-Americans in the 1940s and gained popularity in the ’60s with musical legends like Ray Charles, Little Richard, and James Brown as among the most influential and innovative R&B performers.

R&B has served as the foundation for everything from rock to pop to hip hop. The late greats paved the way for the talented superstars you see and hear today. Today’s music icons  easily combine the street edge of hip hop with the soul of R&B  – Jay Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams even Justin Bieber.

The Tokyo Music Jazz and Arts Festival celebrates the timeless genre of R&B and its tradition of breaking musical boundaries with a new concert open to all music fans.

“Rhythm and Blues Remake at Central Square” is a musical collaboration between stalwarts of jazz like Charito, Yuki Arimasa from Japan, Colby Dela Calzada and Alvin Cornista and young musicians like Bratpack, hosted by Cris Villonco, July 15, 2016, Friday, 7:30 pm.

TMJAF Executive Producer, Maja Olivares-Co and Co-Founder, states “We support not only jazz but the promotion of bilateral collaborations between Japan and the Philippines in all creative forms… Design, Art, Cuisine, Architecture… No boundaries.”

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“The dream goes on for TMJAF as we again bring together two countries through a bridge called jazz.  We hope that musicians and audience alike, especially the young, will experience a great sense of artistic value and continue to be part of our global music network,” adds Charito, TMJAF, Co-Producer and Founder and a highly renowned jazz artist in Japan.

The show will be held at Central Square, a premiere retail destination located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 30th Street, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.  Central Square is the perfect site to house this music collaboration – as it is home to an eclectic mix of apparel, footwear, home and lifestyle brands such as Kate Spade New York, Gap, Marks & Spencer, Dune London, Pottery Barn, Charming Charlie and Beauty Bar to name a few.  Central Square is owned and operated by SSI Group, Inc., the leading specialty retailer in the Philippines with the exclusive franchise rights to some of the biggest international lifestyle brands.

So head on over to Central Square on July 15, Friday at 7:30 pm and be part of this creative and passionate “musical meeting of minds.” Entrance is free.


Address:             5th Avenue cor. 30th St., Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC Taguig

Mall Hours:         11am-10pm, Sunday – Thursday

                          11am-11pm, Friday – Saturday

Trunkline:           9585660

Find us online:     Instagram @centralsquareph |

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Michael Kors Collection at the CFDA

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Michael Kors is pleased to announce that the following women wore Michael Kors Collection to the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday, June 6, 2016, in New York, NY.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore a custom mint beaded georgette godet gown from Michael Kors Collection and a silver Yasmeen metallic leather clutch from the Transeason 2016 Michael Kors Collection.

2016 CFDA Fashion Awards - ArrivalsJulianne Hough wore a silver metallic embroidered stretch-tulle dress from the Fall 2016 Michael Kors Collection, a silver python barrel clutch and silver Jacqueline python sandals.

2016 CFDA Fashion Awards - ArrivalsAlessandra Ambrosio wore a custom amethyst sequin-embroidered one-shoulder gown from Michael Kors Collection.

2016 CFDA Fashion Awards - ArrivalsAshley Graham wore a black matte-jersey halter gown from the Spring 2016 Michael Kors Collection.

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*Note for brand credit: The products in this release are under the “Michael Kors Collection” line.

In the Philippines, Michael Kors is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, Greenbelt 5, Newport Mall, Power Plant Mall, Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.

Joe Fresh Philippines

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Loblaw Companies Limited and its affiliates, the owners of the Joe Fresh brand, in partnership with Stores Specialists, Inc., a division of SSI Group, Inc., recently opened the 1st Joe Fresh store in the Philippines. The opening ceremony was led by Chairman Emeritus of Rustan Group of Companies Amb. Bienvenido Tantoco Sr.,SSI Group President Anton Huang, Joe Fresh VP of National Retail Operations Tom Cario, Joe Fresh Senior Director for Global Communications  Kari Talley, Joe Fresh Marketing Manager Crickette Tantoco and influencers Rissa Mananquil – Trillo, Mikael Daez, Kianna Valenciano, Tricia Centenera – Valenciano, Camille Co and Maggie Wilson – Consunji.

Joe Fresh From Store (2) The first Joe Fresh store in the Shangri-La Plaza mall in Manila encompasses 674 square meters (7,255 square feet) and offers a complete lifestyle range of Joe Fresh women’s, men’s and children’s collections. A second store, located in the Trinoma Mall, also in Manila, will open in August 2016.
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Founded in 2006, Joe Fresh offers accessible, modern design in lifestyle collections for women, men and children. Today one of Canada’s leading fashion retailers, Joe Fresh brings a value-driven point of view to everyday wardrobe favorites full of color, polish and thoughtful details. In categories spanning apparel, accessories, footwear and beauty, Joe Fresh provides quality and style for the entire family.

Joe Fresh“We are pleased to introduce Joe Fresh to the Philippines, a dynamic new market for the brand. I believe our spirited, modern designs and exceptional value for the entire family will resonate with fashion consumers here. Leveraging SSI Group’s unparalleled expertise in the region, we look forward to providing an exciting and accessible new style choice in the Philippines,” said Mario Grauso, President of Joe Fresh.

Joe Fresh launched at Shangri-La Plaza with a spring collection alive with pretty prints, from fanciful butterfly and bird motifs to ornamental floral and mosaic patterns. With signature Joe Fresh details, shoppers will find a freshtake on essentials designs like the city trench, classic oxford shirt and the perfect pencil skirt. Faded denim and utility styles ground the collection in time-tested favorites while the shirtdress adds a key silhouette to spring wardrobes. Completing the season is an expanded active range in lightweight fabrics perfect for exercising in the warmer months ahead.

Joe Fresh From Store (1)Joe Fresh From Store (6)Joe Fresh From Store (5)Joe Fresh From Store (7)“We are very excited for the addition of Joe Fresh to our portfolio of brands. Joe Fresh further strengthens our lineup of value brands, allowing us to tap and delight an even broader base of Philippine consumers,” said Anthony Huang, President of SSI Group, Inc.

The new Philippines stores are designed to mirror existing Joe Fresh locations around the world. The stores are clean, modern and uncluttered, creating an easy-to-shop environment that showcases the colorful and contemporary Joe Fresh collections.

Kevin Love for Banana Republic

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Banana Republic is excited to announce that power forward and gold medalist Kevin Love will be the brand’s inaugural style ambassador. The partnership marks the first time Banana Republic has teamed up with a pro basketball player.

Banana RepublicThe three time NBA All-Star first posted a teaser across his social channels, @KevinLove, inviting fans to guess about his newest project. Forty eight hours later, he revealed the exciting news, featuring a behind-the-scenes snapshot on set at Banana Republic’s spring campaign shoot. In 2016, Love will continue to bring an energetic perspective to Banana Republic, offering a fresh way to engage with customers and his fans.

“Kevin embodies the confidence and optimism our customers find inspiring,” said Aimee Lapic, SVP and General Manager of Customer Experience, Banana Republic. “He expresses the best version of himself with everything he does, which makes Kevin a natural brand ambassador for fans and customers alike.”

As a style ambassador, Love will showcase the versatility and quality of Banana Republic’s men’s collection–fitting as both qualities are reflected in his everyday life. Throughout the year, Love will engage with consumers through surprise and delight moments across multiple channels, so fans should tune in for what’s in store.

“Banana Republic is such a classic brand and I am excited to be chosen as the first athlete ambassador for the brand,” said Love. “Since I am always on the move, it is important that my clothes are not only stylish, but are functional as well. Banana Republic absolutely hits the mark on both.”

To kick off the partnership, Love will be featured in Banana Republic’s Spring campaign, which debuts across all brand channels when the Spring 2016 collection will be available in stores and on


Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering versatile, contemporary classics, designed for today with style that endures. Through thoughtful design, Banana Republic provides a wardrobe of favorites to style and wear time and time again in new ways. Banana Republic offers fragrances, clothing, eyewear, jewelry, shoes and handbags with detailed craftsmanship and luxurious materials. Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is a division of leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS). Customers may shop Banana Republic in more than 750 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide and online. For more information about Banana Republic, its products and stores, please visit

About Kevin Love (@KevinLove)

A double-double machine with a deadly long-range shot, Kevin Love is in his second season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now in his eighth NBA season, Love is a three time NBA All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist, an NBA Three-Point Shootout champion and was named the 2011 NBA Most Improved Player. Son of former NBA player Stan Love, Kevin grew up around basketball and had a dominant high school and college career earning awards at all levels. Kevin has had as big an impact in the community as he has in the paint through his SpreadLove community platform. You can learn more about Kevin Love by following him on Twitter @kevinlove.

In the Philippines, Banana Republic is located at C1 Bonifacio High Street Central, Greenbelt 5 and Shangri-La Plaza. Follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.

Jimmy Choo announced the 2016 “25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood”

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The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo announced the 2016 “25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood” in an exclusive dinner recognizing the top stylists in entertainment. The Stylist Dinner, which coincides with the publication of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Most Powerful Stylists” issue, took place at The Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel (8358 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA) on March 15.

The Hollywood Reporter’s “25 Most Powerful Stylists List” each year ranks the most influential stylists working in Hollywood based on factors like their red carpet showing, the awards shows nominees they dressed, new styles they’ve innovated and the development of their own personal brands. Jimmy Choo announced the 2016 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood (2)This year at the Stylist Dinner, celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Monaghan, Alison Brie, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Bella Heathcote, Tessa Thompson, Aja Naomi King attended, along with stylists like Cristina Ehrlich, Elizabeth Saltzman, Jeff K. Kim, Brandon Maxwell, Karla Welch, and many more.

Jimmy Choo announced the 2016 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood (1)An exclusive, invite-only event, the Stylist Dinner is co-hosted by The Hollywood Reporter’s Style Editor, Carol McColgin, Senior Style Writer Merle Ginsberg, and Jimmy Choo Creative Director Sandra Choi.

Jimmy Choo announced the 2016 "25 Most Powerful Stylists in HollywoodAt the dinner, a glamourous shoe trunk with 20 shoes and accessories from the MEMENTO collection were displayed. In celebration of the brand’s 20th anniversary in 2016, Jimmy Choo is launching the capsule collection of shoes and accessories that pays tribute to the brand’s iconic red carpet legacy as well as the limited edition shoes & accessories trunk for a final celebratory nod to exceptional glamour.

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About The Hollywood Reporter:

The Hollywood Reporter is the entertainment industry’s flagship media brand. With in-depth reporting, analysis, unprecedented access, world-class photography and video, and feature exclusives, The Hollywood Reporter is the definitive source for breaking entertainment and business news.

Founded in 1930 as a trade-only publication, The Hollywood Reporter reached an all-time high of 17.1 million individuals worldwide online at in August 2014, and over 236,000 readers in its weekly magazine, delivering news to an audience of industry power players and consumers deeply invested in entertainment content. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter staff won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street. The Hollywood Reporter‘s platforms include an award-winning weekly magazine, dynamic web and mobile sites, festival and awards season apps, tablet, iPad editions, social media, and branded events. The Hollywood Reporter and A&E Network partnered together in 2014 to co-produce and broadcast The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables, an in-depth look at the contenders for the Emmys and Awards season. Follow The Hollywood Reporter on Twitter @thr and on Facebook at 


Jimmy Choo encompasses a complete luxury accessories brand. Women’s shoes remain the core of the product offer, alongside handbags, small leather goods, scarves, sunglasses, eyewear, belts, fragrance and men’s shoes. CEO Pierre Denis and Creative Director Sandra Choi together share a vision to create one of the world’s most treasured luxury brands. Jimmy Choo has a global store network encompassing more than 140 stores and is present in the most prestigious department and specialty stores worldwide. Jimmy Choo PLC is publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange with the ticker CHOO.

In the Philippines, Jimmy Choo is located at Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Plaza East Wing. Follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.

Get Your Ticket to Travel in Sixteen ways at Central Square

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From April 27 to July 26, treat yourself and your loved one to a memorable vacation and prepare for an unforgettable trip this year as SSI Group, Inc. and MasterCard,

ticket to travel ssi Central squaretogether with The Discovery Leisure Company and Marketplace by Rustan’s. Sixteen vacation packages are up for grabs when you  shop with your MasterCard at participating Central Square and Bonifacio High Street Central stores and Marketplace by Rustan’s BGC and get raffle tickets to win the vacation of your choice!


Karlie Kloss for Kurt Geirger

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“I loved being part of the Kurt Geiger spring/summer campaign. I’ve always been a fan of this iconic brand not only for being a perfect red carpet look, but also, now, for every day running from the gym to work and everything in between! Rebecca’s vision for this collection brilliantly works for women who do it all.”

Karlie Kloss for Kurt Geiger (2) Karlie Kloss for Kurt Geiger (3)“As a someone who is constantly in transit, finding the perfect bag that is stylish and has everything you need, is key! I love how the sporty, energetic vibe of the collection is combined with chic style. “

Karlie Kloss for Kurt Geiger (1)Kurt Geiger is exclusively available in Rustan’s Makati.      

Michelle and Sasha Obama wear Tory Burch in Cuba

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 The First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama was wearing the Tory Burch Silk Wrap Dress while daughter Sasha Obama was wearing the Tory Burch Textured Burlap Skirt in Cuba to a ceremony near the Ruben Martinez Villena Public Library to dedicate two magnolia trees and an inscribed bench. They continued their day and headed off to the MLB Exhibition Game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team.

Michelle and Sasha Obama wear Tory Burch in CubaThe Silk Wrap Dress and Textured Burlap Skirt are currently available at Tory Burch boutiques nationwide and

Twitter: @ToryBurch

Instagram: @ToryBurch

In the Philippines, Tory Burch is located at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Shangri-La. Follow @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.

Dune Summer 2016

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The Dune Men’s collection embraces the eclectic this season, bringing textures and palettes together to create a diverse range for Spring/Summer 2016.

This season, sleek formals take on a new direction with an emphasis on polished and hi-shine polido leathers. Croc and reptile embossing also feature, with woven detailing adding an extra element to texture for SS16. Hues of brown, navy and grey run throughout the collection.

Always a classic wardrobe staple, the loafer dominates the men’s collection for this season, produced in a variety of finishes and colours. Whole-cut profiles feature flat waxed laces, giving them a premium finish, while the ever-popular monk-strap features once again.

The soft focus trend brings texture, with suede as the key fabric running throughout the collection, featuring on many profiles including desert boots and perforated trainers. Neutral shades work alongside muted brights in a multitude of styles, from casual to sporty, with the core colours being sand, grey and navy with pops of teal and cobalt.

For high summer, the collection takes on the feel of a transatlantic traveller, with the focus falling on lightweight profiles of sandals, espadrilles, drivers and sporty cupsoles. These styles reflect the sartorial confidence of a transatlantic man who is seasoned and sophisticated in his style, someone who is not afraid to be bolder with his wardrobe choices. A colour palette of rich chocolate brown, red, orange and bright blue elevate this trend. Mesh espadrilles sit alongside snake embossed sneakers and premium leather sandals, whilst a lightweight soft brogue provides a pop of colour in cobalt blue and a contrasting sporty white sole.

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A true sense of femininity is embraced for Spring/Summer 2016, elegant silhouettes and softly washed pastels make for a timeless accessories collection. 

Moving into the new season, structured silhouettes in muted colours bring a sophisticated aesthetic to the modern working wardrobe. A palette of mink, navy and dove grey drive a clean, understated transition into spring. Key profiles include top-handle totes, multi-gusset crossbody bags and fold over saddle styles.

Pastel suede fringing, laser cut florals and delicate lace fabrics in white and blush tones offer a decidedly more feminine touch to an era-less season. Rose golds and mirror silvers are introduced to clean shapes with minimal hardware, continuing the fluidity of the spring collection.

In contrast, Spring’s prints are bold and varied, vertical patchwork stripes sit alongside multi-coloured bubble print designs and monochromatic woven textures for maximum graphic impact. Intricate metallic beading seen on oversized envelope clutches make for flirtatious evening options, whilst futuristic-inspired perspex totes paired with bold jewel embellishment offer daring daywear pieces.

Dune Spring Summer 2016 (5) Dune Spring Summer 2016 (8) Dune Spring Summer 2016 (11)Moving further into summer, a burst of saturated colour is introduced to an otherwise neutral palette. Bright, bold hues such as lime, lemon, fuchsia and tangerine orange are visible on large, unlined shopper totes, mini crossbody bags and fun faux-fur pom-pom keyrings. High summer takes inspiration from a sense of ‘wanderlust’, where colourful, striped raffia materials are sourced from markets in the Far East to create an exclusive collection of shoppers, bucket bags and envelope clutches. Artisanship is championed, where embroidered raffia beach bags and hand-braided crossbody bags encapsulate the spirit of a summer traveller.

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A limited edition luxury leather line is also introduced for Spring/Summer 2016, drawing focus on handmade craftsmanship and quality materials exclusively sourced in Europe. Simple profiles are enhanced through interesting elements including embossed reptile textures and brushed suedes in dove grey, cobalt blue and matte black. Trio-gusset crossbody bags, trapeze holdalls and classic hobo styles make for a capsule collection of versatile, luxury inspired pieces to carry you through the season.

Following the industry’s recent yearning for delicate femininity, an era less collection is introduced through elegant silhouettes and minimalistic details.

Easing into the new season, clean lines and soothing pale tones bring a romantic aesthetic to the modern working wardrobe. Court and flat shoe profiles are versatile and compliment spring dressing.

Delicate details are worked in, adding an element of interest; pastel chains, metal trims, laser cut fabrics and tie-up fastenings reflect the collection’s fluidity.

Soft powder shades of blue, blush and lemon, mixed back with mirrored metallic play into the feminine feel. A burst of spring colour drops later in the season, citrine and coral orange saturate a mostly muted palette.

Inspired by futuristic trends and transparent textures, perspex is paired with wood on block heels and in a solid formation. Heel interest is key this season, with new developments including flare and platform structures.

Dune Spring Summer 2016 (1) Dune Spring Summer 2016 (6) Dune Spring Summer 2016 (12) Dune Spring Summer 2016 (15) Dune Spring Summer 2016 (3) Dune Spring Summer 2016 (4)Crafted texture based sandals in smooth leathers, focus on the free spirit of a summer traveller, high summer see’s backless sandals with bright embroidery and woven straps to reflect inspiration from ‘wanderlust’.

Dune Spring Summer 2016 (2) Dune Spring Summer 2016 (9)In the Philippines, Dune London is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, Ayala Center Cebu, Bonifacio High Street, Estancia in Capitol Commons, Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing and SM Megamall Fashion Hall. Follow @dune_london_ph and @ssilifeph on Instagram for more information.