MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL NOW 2016
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BACKSTAGE (HAIR & MAKE UP) – MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL NOW 2016

I need Anne!” The words that welcomed us upon entering this hectic environment with the never ending sound of blow dryer. Hours before the show proper, the clean-faced models are grilled in the hair and makeup chair. They submit themselves to the glamsquad and allow them to do their magic. Our short trip allowed us to witness the backstage grind that transforms models into the designer’s vision, with the use of color palette and hairstyling gears. Everyone is surrounded with bright lights and working in the swiftest possible way to accommodate each model.

To share what we’ve experienced, GEEKYBF is presenting you with the BTS photos to understand the process for that flawless and runway ready faces, catered for our fashion satisfaction.

Ben
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INSIDE THE CASTING CALL – MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL NOW

Model Compcards at the deliberation table.

The first day of October for 2016 is the day that will determine the who’s-who on the designers’ list of runway army. They have the responsibility of representing the story of the collection, and ensuring that every moment in the spotlight is translated into footsteps on gold. That is why a crucial casting process is part of the main ingredients that makes up a stellar show. My blog is spilling the beans on what happens within the casting process which is normally secluded to the majority of the industry’s followers in the country.

The Waiting Game

Upon arriving at the Art Personas office, a group of models, looking effortlessly flawless in the midst of the waiting game will welcome your sight. Some would scroll endlessly on their mobile phones, some would engage in small talks with model peers; some would carry a novel with them, and some center and gather their energy for the casting directors.

Welcoming rights

The models would first register on the agency’s lounge. Their measurements are taken by the assigned staff and a number They are quickly snapped for a digitals (soft copy of what we usually call as Model Polaroid) and assigned with a number for their batch line up.

The “Judgement Hour”

They are being called by batch for the eyes of top fashion Director – Jackie Aquino and the designers themselves. They are given few minutes to impress the panel with their presence and walk. Sometime in the middle, Dir. Jackie would take a moment to review the model digitals per batch to see how they look with in natural light without makeup. I was fully amazed and focused how good he indentify those who are runway ready and has that “bookable potential” from the group. He is very specific on the things that he points, showing how experienced he is on doing things like this.

The Casting Team carefully scrutinizing each model. 

On the other side of the table are the designers busy jotting down the names and numbers of the models that they think best embody their collection. Some of them shared their insights on their model criteria:

“ I’m looking for new faces from different races. They must look international.” – Rhett Eala.

“Someone who has a proportionate body. Not pretty, but appealing.” – Arleen Sipat-Sutton of AZUCAR.

“My current collection is about passion, love, woman and flamenco. It’s a celebration of diversity in womanhood.” – Cheetah Rivera.

Final Look Up

Day-end model check to complete their squad. 

As the day reached 6pm, the panel collated all compcards and checked whether they can still dig and find an undiscovered or overlooked potential from the number of model applicants. From the last minute, a few were selected as final addition to the designers’ model crew based on their cards. This is the point where we can really stress the importance of having a professional-looking compcard with strong-edgy images that is worthy of a second glance. Those who will make the cut will be notified accordingly and will be invited for fittings. I have noted some new face favorites that I’m truly dying to see walking the most coveted designer shows. In a few weeks, it will be another round of fresh-from-the cutting room pieces, parading to satisfy the editors and fashion people’s craving. For those who qualified, the runway is your next grilling room.

Ben
GeekyBF.com

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MODELS @ PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK HOLIDAY 2016

Shermaine (PMAP) and her freezing stare

Perhaps this is the most memorable of any fashion event I’ve ever been. Aside from being impressed from Jerome Salaya Ang’s collection, and seeing the comeback of one my early faves – Rodina Luspo on the runway, I almost lost my cool when I realized my camera bag is nowhere out of sight. The PHFW people and Discovery Primea security were very nice to help me until they cleared the venue. Unfortunately, my camera bag plus its accessory are already in the hands of someone else. Still, I’m very thankful that my PENTAX Q7 is with me when the bag became missing in action. I really don’t know how I will react if the camera was inside that bag? Maybe I’ll be sobbing till I don’t know when and I won’t be able to do some blog post for this season of PHFW.

Then again, the blog must go on. In between those moments, I managed to take some runway photos and after show model pics despite of what happened. Glad to know that seeing my beloved runway stars from different agencies could atleast cheer me up. Thank you also to Mr Tex and Mr Mito of PHFW for extending a helping hand, and to Jana Stuntz and Hye Won for calming my nerves down with our small talk 🙂

Click or hover the image to see model’s name and agency.

All photos are taken by me. Please credit me and my blog upon usage. 

Bless the models

Ben.

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MODEL SPOTLIGHT – JAKE VILLUMSEN

Photo from Art Personas Management

The local fashion scene in the Philippines is also a breeding ground for new faces. Joining the catwalk cliques of the established ones may be a tough challenge for an inexperienced one. Success doesn’t just rely on looks and hard work. Reality is, everything should happen on the right timing, demand and opportunities. For a newbie, the game is just get noticed and book more, or get lost and be forgotten. As one of the models would say – “You really have to hustle”.

Jake in action. Walking for Mark Tamayo on Manila Fashion Festival F/W 2016.
Photos from StyleBible.ph

From the pool of hundreds of models who attended the open call, one lucky guy who just recently signed up with Art Personas Management made us recap the meaning of the law of attraction. The Danish-Filipino mix gave birth to Jake, whose height and killer brows would speak as runway ready. He was welcomed by the agency heads (Mr Ronnie Cruz, CEO of Art Personas and his wife, Ms Sara Kae) and has easily made friends with the other models because of his friendly nature.

Look who’s working?
Photos from zalora.com.ph

Being lined with aircraft technology as his education, we have seen him applied the same theory of being fly when he walked the F/W 2016 season of Manila Fashion Festival. Due to his prior commitments, he only stayed for the first day despite other bookings. We even overheard someone saying “Please just stay here and do more shows”. Mr Villumsen was discovered by Casting Director –Junel Quinones and though having a new career, he has to juggle lots of stuff before catching his flight- fittings; Zalora lookbook shoot for Mark Tamayo & Chris Diaz; actual runway show, and the whole waiting game for the show preparation. Before he packed his bags, he shared some of his time for a quick chat.

No bad angle. He works that backstage photo like a pro.
Photo from megastyle.com.ph

B: What excites you about modelling?
J: The people in front of you, cause even though you can’t see them because of the lights, you just walk and focus on the cameras.

B: So how did you prepare for your first runway show?
J: Ms Sara, she thought me how to walk through a workshop in Art Personas. After that, wherever I go I just practice walking even just on the streets.

B: How does it feel walking on the runway?
J: Well, in the backstage I’m not yet nervous. I feel excited, but when I’m walking its like black out and go straight.

B: What do you think is your trademark as a model?
J: Maybe my right ear. It’s a bit smaller than the left one (laughs).

B: Do you have any dream job other than modelling?
J: It’s the course that I took – fixing aircraft. I also studied bar tending in Thailand. But that is just my hobby, I just want to learn.

B: How about your goals in modelling?
J: I never thought that I could be a ramp model til I was discovered. During wardrobe fitting I had a brief talk with Mr. Jackie Aquino, the shows Director and he welcomed me to the modelling world and to the Art Personas family also. With that, I am forever grateful to them. I realized that modelling is not only glamour, the lights, make up but also the hardworking and good people behind it. That inspires me to love and do my best at least to fit in to the industry and become one of the best male models around. (laughs)

B: What do you miss about your life before modelling?
J: Haircut. Before, you can do anything to your hair or something. Right now, you need to ask your agent first if it is okay. Like the past few weeks, I wanted to have my hair cut but my agent said no because you have a look book shoot, and i need to look the same on the runway.

B: Has walking Manila Fashion Festival changed your style?
J: Yeah. Before I don’t like colourful stuff. Now I managed to walk with it around. I feel comfortable now walking in any clothes.

B: Despite of your busy schedule lately, how do you find time for yourself?
J: If there is no show, I just ask my friends what’s the set up if you’re going out? I wanna’ join you guys. I’m also travelling back and forth in Denmark.

B: How do you see yourself here say after 5 years?
J: I want to see myself working in airlines and maybe as a model at the same time.

B: How do you manage stress whenever you are preparing or the actual show?
J: Just relax and do what I had prepared

B: What was your dream before becoming a model?
J: When I was a kid, I have a lot of dreams. Like becoming a doctor, being a pilot. Now I realized, I enjoy more on fixing stuff so I studied aircraft mechanics.

B: If you can trade your life with a fellow model? Who is that and why?
J: Maybe Daniel Matsunaga. Since he has good looks and is confident when walking on the runway, just having fun.

Bless the models!

Ben.

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PREVIEW MAGAZINE EDITORIAL FEAT. MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL S/S 2016

The Style Bible’s translation of the best runway pieces from Manila Fashion Festival S/S 2016 to a flower-power themed editorial got us all pollinated on a high.

The Arrangement – Preview Magazine February 2016
Models: Ana Pirlog (Elite Manila), Natalie Kuzmenko (Elite Manila), Hye Won Jang (PMAP), Jessica See (Art Personas), and Rose Joy Pinuela (Mercator)
Styling: Andre Chang
Photography: Jeanne Young

Note: Images are copyright from their owners

Bless the models!

Ben.

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ASIA’S NEXT TOP MODEL CYCLE 4 OFFICIAL CONTESTANTS

Image source: Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 Facebook fan page

The girls from the corners of the biggest continent in the world are ready to join the high fashion crusade as they battle it out to be Asia’s Next Top Model . From thousands of aspirants, 14 were selected to be under the expert’s hands to be groomed as the next Asian runway star.

Hong Kong – Jessica Lam
Indonesia – Aldilla Zahraa
Indonesia – Patricia Gunawan
Malaysia -Tuti Noor
Mongolia -Tugs Saruul
Myanmar – May Myat Noe
Philippines – Alaiza Malinao
Philippines – Gwendoline “Gwen” Ruais
Philippines – Julian Flores
Singapore – Angela “Angie” Watkins
South Korea – Sang-in Kim
Thailand – Jiratchaya “Tawan” Kedkong
Thailand – Wanvisa “Maya” Goldman
Vietnam – Thị Quỳnh Mai Ngô

Based on the promotional photos, our top 3 favorites with high fashion potential are Tuti Noor (Malaysia), Sang In Kim (S.Korea) and Alaiza Malinao (Philippines).

Asia’s Next Top Model will premiere on Star World on March 9. Gotta save those screams to cheer for your country and your favorites!

Images are from Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 Facebook fan page

 

Bless the models!

Ben.

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FACE OF THE PHILIPPINES SEASON 2 CONTESTANTS

After screening applicants for its second season comes the official candidates vying for that spot represent the country in Asia New Star Model Contest in Korea. The future faces of the runway had undergone workshops and series of test shoot. Meet the candidates in classic monochrome headshots as part of their start up portfolio.

Click/hover image to view names. Images from Face of The Philippines Facebook page.

This kind of shoot is one of the basics of their book, but it’s pretty much tricky knowing that a model can rely only their brows, eyes and lips to make angles. Majority of them gave an A+ for their connection with the camera and displaying diverse characters and narrative in their eyes.

Top picks (female)

Kathlyn Asuncion – From her headshot, we know that this girl does not rely on her beauty alone. She knows where her facial angles are rather than just sitting and looking pretty. Photos do not speak, but hers do command a “stare at me” presence without trying so hard. Did we also mention that she is perfect for the runway? That skyscraper height of 178cm is a runway craving.

Erika Narvaez – Immediately, I taught she is the imaginary sister of model Lu Ping Wang. Her look is very international and those eyes are very catchy. A true fresh face at 15, we can predict that she can do some editorial work in the future.

Elfrene Gammad – Those doe eyes and diamond-cut bone structure are made in heaven! You can think of her as an opener in a designer show, stealing the people’s attention; or starring on a beauty editorial with those exquisite features.

Top picks (male)

Josh Manoharan– A squarish jawline from a runway newbie is truly hard to resist. He knows how to give those perfect squint and relaxed pout. We can expect strong clockwork of tear sheets on his book that can get the approval of casters.

Charles Valenzuela – There’s a certain mystery in this model’s photo. He photographs really well and with a very nostalgic look from the 40s that can be bend into something current and fresh.

Miko Enriquez – Oozing with potential with that East Asian features perfect for both Asian and Western fashion. His expression is effervescent and a future irresistible face for designers knowing that the love for the yellow race is a fad in our country and beyond.

To witness the finale of the competition as part of Manila Fashion Festival, click here to sign up on their guest list.

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Bless the models!

Ben.