9.20.2014

PRESS FEATURE: LIVING IN MONO

Yesterday I was featured on YStyle alongside other personalities who practically live in black and white garb. Entitled "Living in Mono", the article examined my ongoing affair with the dark side. In fact, black comprises more than 90 percent of my wardrobe. No wonder sometimes it takes me forever to find that one black shirt or trousers to complete my #OOTD. 
For those who didn't get a chance to get a copy of YStyle's Black and White issue, here's my edited tête-â- tête with YStyle contributor Martin Yambao after the fun photo shoot we did with photographer Koji Arboleda. Thanks Martin and YStyle for the feature! 

When did you start to develop your personal style?

My love for fashion began at a rather personal point in my life, when I broke up with an ex back in 2007. I was living in San Francisco and I was immersed in a rather conservative style environment. Fashion was a means for me to cope and I took the breakup as an opportunity to delve deeper into what I really loved. It was a form of rebellion for me.

Have you always dressed in a monochromatic palette? From where did you draw your influences?
This was around the time a lot of labels were cross-collaborating with High Street brands. My awareness was piqued specifically when Comme des Garçons did a collection with H&M. It became a jumping-off point for me to get into all of these Western and Japanese designers of a certain aesthetic—Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, and so on.

How do you feel about color? 
At that point in time, I really didn’t want any color in my life and it reflected in what I wore. But of course, things change and right now I’m starting to inject more and more color into my wardrobe. Similar to how I used to run my store Unisex Rewind, in the beginning the entirety of my stock would be a range of black and white pieces. But as time went on, as my style evolved, my store evolved with me.

Is it safe to say JP on Fashion Speed is evolving to a lot of brights soon? 
Nothing too crazy. Maybe a colored clutch or an accessory here or there.
Top - Comme des Garcçons Homme Plus SS14 runway tuxedo jacket + Rick Owens tee / Bottom - Cedric Jacquemyn trousers
Accessories - Damir Doma fez hat + Ann Demeulemeester orb leather pendant + Rigards eyewear
Footwear - Ann Demeulemeester combat boots

Photos by Koji Arboleda

For the complete article head to www.philstar.com.