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CATS WHO RULED THE WALK – DAY 3 OF MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL S/S 2016

Queen of the runway – Eriko Malaban (Yeoh Models) knows how to work it with or without the brows.

Never thought that wearing different hats can drain tons of my energy. From my banking job to updating my blog for the event – sure it’s a tough task yet very rewarding. I’ve realized that this kind of opportunity is unbelievable. Watching runway shows on tv is different from actually seeing it happen right in front of you. Aside from the mind blowing collection, the new faces from Art Personas are truly impressive. Yes, they look fresh and young, but it’s their ability to live the story of the collection that makes me a true fan.

It’s already 3am and while doing some minor cropping on the pics, a gaze on my favorite beings can compensate my lack of sleep. Imagine if you would see them marching with their cliques? #Squadgoals be like…

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Bless the models!

Ben.

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CATS WHO RULED THE WALK – DAY 1 OF MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL S/S 2016

Fresh face Erika Narvaez (Art Personas) who obviously own the catwalk! A new favorite among the neophytes. 

First things first! Kudos to all the models that made the cut and managed to score some bookings for the S/S 2016 of Manila Fashion Festival. Think how crucial it is for them to stand in line for hours and compete with beings bearing the same proportions, fighting to get that 5 minutes of runway time with the whole day of waiting backstage for preparations. They’ve gone from fittings to the runway and boom! It’s like magic when they drop the “dead beat” and look effortlessly chic on the runway. .

Even after shows, they never come undone even with an undone hair and staged make up. While my pals are busy taking filtered selfies with them, it’s a privilege for me to see my runway heroes captured within the frame of my camera. In the name of my blog and my passion, it’s time to take a snap of their final glow from day one of Manila Fashion Festival.

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Bless the models!

Ben.

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RUNWAY SLAYERS (HOMME) – MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL F/W 2015

Images from: Manila Fashion Festival. Marco Poli photo from statusmagonline.com

Who says that the boys are only the accessory to the female models? The runway slayer title does not only apply to the divas, but also to the hustlers. You name it and they’re ready to pull the trigger for that gentleman flamboyance.

They come in many forms – spartan, gender-bender, boy-next-door and artistically evil. Regardless, all of them can replace our traditional bed time stories into instant sweet dreams.

(From L to R) Justin Smaby and Jullian Culas
Images from: Manila Fashion Festival

JUSTIN SMABY (ART PERSONAS)

Best runway moment: Renan Pacson / Mark Tamayo

Choosing the Philippines as the avenue for his modelling career brought him the recognition that he needed. Walking a number of shows for Manila Fashion Festival F/W 2015 is only the beginning for this Fil-Am hottie. We won’t argue that his center stage appeal is a buzz worthy material, and it doesn’t end here. A California-dark horse like him will always have a next phase whether in product commercials or high fashion.

JULLIAN CULAS

Best runway moment: Renan Pacson

An editorial being with a face bordering both genders. A total opposite from the accustomed surfer boy model. He is the new take on masculinity that we are currently obsessed with, reminding us of a male version of Filipina model Eriko Malabanan.

(From L to R) Karl David Santos and Philippe Escalambre
Images from: Manila Fashion Festival

KARL DAVID SANTOS (ART PERSONAS)

Best runway moment: Ziggy Savella

Yes, he is Mr. Smartypants slash cute-as-a-button. It won’t take rocket science for Karl to turn his boyfriend image into a bankable model as he can effortlessly sell any designer pieces. And initially, we are sold with no return policy.

PHILIPPE ESCALAMBRE (MERCATOR)

Best runway moment: Ziggy Savella

The six footer’s goth appearance wins our thumbs up. Fortunately, the Shakesperean era has allowed this beautiful being to exist in our present times, and yes we don’t want to send it back. “Supreme” is the right word to label his performance, stomping like a noble and making every clothes look expensive.

(From L to R) Marco Poli and Ciege Kilvan
Images from: Status Magazine and Manila Fashion Festival

MARCO POLI (ART PERSONAS)

Best runway moment: Rhett Eala

Did Art Personas pulled this dude out from the book of Stephanie Meyer? He is hauntingly beautiful, commanding a bloodsucker aura from the medieval period. A cheeky swag married to his tempting façade is truly the right formula to victimize the audience in awe.

CIEGE KILVAN (ART PERSONAS)

Best runway moment: Ziggy Savella

The runway will never be completed without the presence of this hippie kid. A daring and free personality is evident through his long hair and attitude that would turn heads in any second. Jobs like this may require playing it cool. But to this dude, it all comes naturally.

(From L to R) Bruce Venida and Sam Adjani
Images from: Status Magazine and Manila Fashion Festival

BRUCE VENIDA (IM AGENCY)

Best runway moment: Renan Pacson

The encylopedia may have secretly defined the meaning of the word “androgyny” under the name of this model. His signature unruly hair and slender frame is what sets him apart. In person, he is polite and somehow shy. On the runway, he shifts gears and plays the villain bearing a dangerous gaze. It’s true, we don’t want a fly guy, we just want a shy guy!

SAM ADJANI (PMAP)

Best runway moment: Rhett Eala

The Japanese-Persian model has unexpectedly found our fashion tickles for that Demi-God that we’ve been searching for. That manly perfection, oozing with a Gladiator-like face has become a favorite. We want to ask why he didn’t come with the word “caution”? At the very least, most of us are drawn to his suave gaze. The best part is, the Mr Adjani is here, there and everywhere.

(From L to R) Vin Lee and Allan Nuguid
Images from: Manila Fashion Festival

VIN LEE (PMAP)

Best runway moment: Ziggy Savella

The fascination with East Asian face became a fashion trend including here in our country. Bearing that advantage is only the beginning for the big L.O.V.E. His image was playing all over the background when he opened the Ziggy Savella show, resonating a romantic approach and walks with full angst. Not to mention, that body is a killer.

ALLAN NUGUID (ART PERSONAS)

Best runway moment: Odelon Simpao

Our eyes adore him! It’s all about the clothes, and he pretty did a good job on it. But it’s his ladies man charm that we are diggin’. We would hold our breath seeing him on the spotlight. That few minutes of turn are equivalent to a whole week of #MCM (Man Candy Monday).

(From L to R) Diego Harmuch and Manu Parslow
Images from: Manila Fashion Festival

DIEGO HARMUCH (IDEAL PEOPLE MANAGEMENT)

Best runway moment: Chris Diaz

Why can’t we stop looking at this guy? Modern grunge seems to be his thing and the added quirky attitude is playfully attractive. Seeing him on Chris Diaz in Peter Parker-styling is an unanticipated but well accepted sight. It made us playfully smirk knowing that the geeky boy on the runway has an all-year summer physique that you can call “envy”.

MANU PARSLOW (TYCOON)

Best runway moment: Renan Pacson

This equally handsome stranger has attracted both observers and fashion Gods. Manu a.k.a the eye candy reminds us of how sexy a Caucasian man can be. Even he is drenched in blood on the runway, our heart will never lose the desire to take him home.

Bless the models!

Ben.

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MODELS AFTER SHOW, PART 2 – MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL F/W 2015

Second day! Models are not seen rooming around the venue before the show, or maybe it’s just me so focus in catching up with my blogger friends? When the show was about to end, I made it a point to stand next to the exit. Holding my phone in vain, I’ve waited for the runway cast to walk by and stop them for a second. Photos are not HD as expected, but having snaps for this second post is mission accomplished.

New names were also added in my model dictionary, particularly those from Art Personas namely – Mabelle Corpus, Shane Homan and Zarah Lim.

All photos are taken by me. Kindly credit me and my blog whenever you wish to use the images.Click/hover the image to see the model’s name and agency.

Bless the models!

Ben.

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MODELS AFTER SHOW, PART 1 – MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL F/W 2015

Being surrounded by the celebrities of my life (models) is like the best feeling that I’m always looking forward before, during and after shows. Some of them are restless and drenched in thick makeup, but I’m glad they are still in the mood for a quick photo moment for my blog :). I was on a major panic attack because my trusted digicam (Pentax Optio VS20) has some focus and lens issue. Thank God my mobile phone was able to took over my digicam’s duties. Guess I need to save some for a new camera, or hopefully a DSLR for the next shows?

At the meantime, enjoy the rest of the pics. Click/hover the image to see the model’s name and agency.

All photos are taken by me. Kindly credit me and my blog whenever you wish to use the images.

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MODELS AFTER SHOW – DAY 1 OF PHILIPPINE FASHION WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2015

Lets call it a day! The first day of Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 is tiring as hell that I just want to wash my face and plank on my bed. But then again, before I visit never land and prepare for the 2nd day, I will share the few after show snaps that I have taken from my victims. Enjoy the rest of the cut.

(Name and agency below the image. Please credit me whenever you wish to post the images).

Chanel Olive Thomas / IM Agency

Hye Won Jang / PMAP

Kelsey Meritt / PMAP

(L-R)Kelsey Meritt and Hye Won Jang / Both @ PMAP

Jana Stuntz / Cal Carrie’s PH

Jasmine Maeirhofer / Mercator

Michelle Panemanglor / Cal Carrie’s PH

Giselle Paqueo / Cal Carrie’s PH

(L-R) Samatha Lewis, Irish Ong (both @ PMAP) and Samantha Gomez (Cal Carrie’s PH)

Bless the models!

Ben.