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27 closets worth raiding

JACKIE O’ FLASH - Bea Ledesma - The Philippine Star

In 1922, a team of British explorers cracked the secret entrance to King Tutankhamun’s tomb, unearthing, in no particular order: a gold throne, gilt chariots, jars of perfume, overflowing baskets filled with gemstones and jewelry, a fleet of miniature ships (to lead him to the promised land in the afterlife), and numerous relics from childhood.

Today’s royals — or celebs, as tabloid mags anoint them — would probably settle for their walk-in closets, thousand-dollar construction marvels with floor to ceiling racks and temperature-controlled sealed cabinets, as their burial site, with a personal assistant curled humbly at their feet, an iPhone glued solidly to her manicured hands. Instead of hieroglyphs, OOTD images paper the walls. Loubs and Blahniks, their jewels. It bags, their mementos.

Pyramids, after all, are so last millennia.

In The Bling Ring, the Sofia Coppola flick chronicling the felonious pursuits of a group of enterprising teens bent on robbing celebs, the closet of Paris Hilton is the modern day shrine — complete with stripper pole, lights and sofa pillows embossed with her likeness.

We tasked today’s tastemakers to choose a closet worth raiding. Who has a closet worth a potential felony record? Read on and find out.

“Ryan Gosling’s closet! Not because he is super hot and I wanna smell and feel him from his clothes; it’s because I love wearing menswear. And he’s got that perfect style I like. Hoping to take home some of his stuff after the closet raid as my souvenir.”

— Jessica Yang, model

“I’d love to raid the closet of Gwen Stefani. She’s the ultimate cool chick in my book. She has two personas: rocker babe and now high fashion sophisticate.”

— Michelline Syjuco,


“Angelina Jolie because she melds glamorous classic and rock ‘n’ roll.”

—Rocio Olbes, designer

“Nick Wooster. I consider him a fashion icon. I would love to see his shoe collection and what other unique styling elements he has hidden in his closet.”

—Roy Macam, photographer

“I would like to raid the closet of the Olsen twins because two is better than one. From the fur, the vintage gowns, the beat-up Birkins and their to-die-for estate jewelry collection, I want it all!

—Janina Dizon, jewelry designer

“I’d love to raid Vince Uy’s closet! I saw his walk-in closet the other week and I wanted to steal everything! His shoe collection is amazing!”

—BJ Pascual, photographer

“Erin Wasson’s. I wanna count how many boots and hats she owns. I actually also wanna raid her home... Ha-ha!”

—Valerie delos Santos, model

“Tilda Swinton’s and Stella Tennant’s. These two are my ultimate style icons. Androgynous, minimal forever.”

—Jo Ann Bitagcol, photographer

“I wanna raid Eugene Tong’s closet, he’s the style director of Details magazine. Because I can relate to his personal style, mixing street wear and high-end pieces. Also maybe Pat’s, my partner in Proudrace, so I can get all my clothes back.”

—Rik Rasos, Proudrace designer

“Chris Evans’ closet is one I would like to raid because I love him. I want to smell his scent on the clothes. I want to take a lot of his shirts home because I am pretty sure it will fit me. I would probably wear his boxers every night. I can style his button-down shirts to make it look more feminine when I wear them to work. Eventually, when he starts looking for his things and finds me wearing them, we just might end up walking down the aisle. I am very confident this will happen.”

— Candy Dizon, jewelry designer

“If I were his size — Tom Ford. He is perfection.”

—Sidney Yap, stylist

“I would love to raid the closet of Iris Apfel in the ’60s. I have a high tolerance for mothball smell.”

—Joyce Makitalo, designer

“I would like to raid Park Soo Joo’s closet. Because she has this unique style of dressing: playful, weird but still genuine. I want to steal all her clothes! I hope it fits me. Ha-ha!”

—Chat Almarvez, Ford model

“Nigo/Tomoaki Nagao, founder and former creative director, BAPE. First, I will go to his closet, then on the way out, I will head on to his Warhol artworks and vintage tin can toys!”

—Ryan Vergara, photographer/Everywhere We Shoot

“The Vogue closet. Just because it’s bound to have the newest, hottest and latest in the fashion world.”

—Pauline Juan, Preview EIC

“I have many but my topmost is Anna dello Russo’s wild collection of luxury from her hats, jewelry to shoes. I can live in her closet and be happy doing inventory.”

—Lucille Dizon, jewelry designer

“Lauren Santo Domingo. Love the way she dresses. It’s a good balance between edgy, cool and easy.”

—TC Alvarez, designer

“I would love to raid the closet of Daphne Guinness. She’s not just a fashion icon, she is a curator.”

—Meryll Yan, Mega publisher

“I would love to raid the closet of Queen Raina of Jordan. I think she is so beautiful and her style is impeccable. Each time I see a photograph of her, I am intrigued and inspired.”

—Rajo Laurel, designer

“Victoria Beckham! I love her style and I love her husband even more! Ha-ha!”

—Jessica Tan Gan, designer

“Whose closet would I raid? If only to see what he has stashed from his travels, I would very much love to break down the wall of Eman Pineda’s closet. Or maybe Robbie Antonio’s, his collection of shoes, watches, portraits and all.”

—Dennis Lustico, designer

“Alonso Mateo’s closet. That kid has amassed so many clothes, shoes and sunnies, it’s mind-boggling. The clincher? He’s only five years old!”

—Agoo Bengzon, Preview beauty editor

“Anna Wintour’s. I want to see all the types of clothes she owned, the shoes and accessories. Her style is totally her own, is relevant then and especially now.”

—Ruby Gan, retailer

“Definitely Tony Stark’s closet! Who wouldn’t want to have several versions of the Iron-Man armor? That would rock!”

—Val Weigmann, model

“I really want to raid the shoe cabinet of Janina Dizon. I love her clothes too but my midsection is not at all suitable for peek-a-boos. I admire her taste and style sensibilities.”

—Patrice Ramos Diaz, designer

“I’d like to raid Celine Lopez’s closet and steal only one piece of clothing: her Madame Gres gown!”

—Maureen Disini, designer

“I’d like to raid my sister Liz’s closet. Not just so I can have some of my clothes back but because she has a lot of oversized pieces (and bags) that I can use and never, ever return. Plus it makes me feel happy thinking I’m still thin enough to be able to fit into her pieces.”

—Vince Uy, Preview creative director

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