Her name was Salvacion Lim Higgins a.k.a. Slim: the Queen Mother of the modern terno and founder of the most prestigious and well-known fashion and dressmaking school in the Philippines. Ever heard of her? Not to worry, not a lot of people have.
With an androgenous name like Salvacion (and a badass nickname like “Slim”), those who have heard of her, but have never seen her face, may have mistaken “Slim” for a male designer — admittedly, us included. Amidst a sea of men working to reclaim the terno in the Philippines, Slim was able to pave her own path and create a name for herself — while looking so damn good.
“Astrology is a reflection of you and your life. The whole thing can be seen through the lens of what makes you beautiful and what makes this life of yours beautiful.” — Chani Nicholas
We’ve mentioned this a few times before, but here at VINTA, we’re all about horoscopes, astrology and all that birth chart business. So when our woman crush/astrologer Chani Nicholas launched her new app, The CHANI App, we got inspired to write up our own little star sign-related fashion guide. (Btw, if you don’t already know who Chani Nicolas is, check her out ASAP. She weaves progressive politics, social justice, queer identity — not to mention amazing Spotify Cosmic Playlists — into her work. We’re obsessed.)
But back to VINTA — it’s a new year, and 2021 is the year for us to begin a new cycle, a new journey of creativity, exploration and discovery. Of hard resets. Of being the boss of our own lives. Of expressing ourselves. Of feeling good. Of rocking a sweet new look — no matter what the current situation.
So we’ve put together these VINTA outfit ideas for every star sign to hopefully inspire your wardrobe for the new year ahead.
It’s safe to say that we, every single person, on the VINTA team has been on a roller coaster ride all year.
We started this year so READY and excited. After I came back to Toronto from Manila, after finishing the details of the Spring/Summer 2020 collection, I worked on an elaborate strategic plan and a huge new marketing plan, and literally one day before our big strategic planning meeting with the whole team, the world shut down. It was like the rug was pulled out from underneath me. So many questions that I could not answer. All I could think of was, I have 12 people relying on the full time employment VINTA provided to feed their families.