FASHION, MODELS TALK

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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SHOW STOPPERS – MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL S/S 2016

As I was finalizing this post, some of my friends would ask me, “Is she really a model?”After a thorough explanation, they just slowly nod their head. No matter how hard the elaboration is, a high fashion model would only end up in question mark or as an object of desire (male models in particular) for the general crowd.

But that’s what we like about it. There’s a certain exclusivity in their beauty that only the fashion people would grasp. These beings have the ability to tag the word “expensive” to the clothing and items hanging on their form. This sort of lengthy post is created to honor the break out stars and the existing ones in the recent Manila Fashion Festival, who in their puzzling characteristics have made love and interpreted the designers’ vision in their best footsteps.

Note: The names below are in no particular order.  

(From L to R) Justin Smaby and Mabelle Corpus
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JUSTIN SMABY (ART PERSONAS)

The runway boy wonder yield present to all 4 days in Manila Fashion Festival S/S 2016. His good looks and alluring presence are well received by designers and the crowd. When he carries the clothes, he makes sure that he makes that connection of being remembered. As he passed by the crowd, I took his photo and he brightly said “Kamusta (how are you)” in American accent. Aside from his gifted face, what caught my attention is when the flocking audience started to stare and hush from the background. A guy like him was once being catch in our dreams. But now, he is an existing eye catcher.

MABELLE CORPUS (ART PERSONAS)

“You look like Jasmine Maierhoffer” The first five words I uttered the first time I met her with rosy cheeks at the elevator. She replied “Sabi din nila (they said so).” With a high expectation in mind, Mabelle strut her best and even exceeded our initial impression to her. Her ability to morph into an immaculate creature and to a glamour girl gets our consent that she is going to propel for greater opportunities. Her roster of shows goes on for days, and a top-tier face is the support to call her a catwalk rookie.

(From L to R) Karl David Santos and Lou Yanong
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KARL DAVID SANTOS (ART PERSONAS)

Mr perfect bone structure isn’t he? Despite his dentistry profession outside the modelling world, he is still finding an amount of time to show his swag and drill the catwalk in full force. His best performance goes to his participation with Project Runway winner Joy Chicano. This is when he emotively stares at the audience and slowly tilted his head. Another notable runway work of his is during the Odelon Simpao show, radiating a true aplomb gained from runway show fixtures. Other female models may put him as their prospect and along with a blush or two, he is stuck to be our most wanted.

LOU YANONG (PMAP)

The forever bubbly and effervescent model rocked the runway with bookings for blue-chip designers this season. It’s not just us who find her persona endearing. Heard from a backstage whispers that a male model got his eyes on her, and it has been approved by her PMAP girl pals. Her runway walk, innocent face and svelte figure are equivalent to two thumbs up. The steady bookings is pretty much the evidence.

(From L to R) Jack De Mesa and Ria Bolivar
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JACK DE MESA

As he age, he gets better. It’s no feat for him to join the newest crop of male models. He still got the charm and the good looks that the early generation has witnessed. Time ticks but not his established career. After all, he is the boss and is not yet giving up his title.

RIA BOLIVAR

We always savor the moment when she open and closes a show – a serious title to be entrusted with. It’s no longer the designers’ faith that earns her this position, but it’s her name that catapults her prowess to this level. Even a candid backstage photo of her can pass as a beauty editorial in a fashion magazine.

(From L to R) Tyson Kraft and Skye Redden
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TYSON KRAFT

Growing up with novels would make you think of that prince saving that damsel in distress. He’s no longer in the pages of the paperback and is now under the lights of Manila Fashion Festival. Sizzling with a boyish hair; smoldering eyes and broad shoulders, casting directors would fawn over to have him in their shows. Luckily for us, the day we saw him made us high by the runway.

SKYE REDDEN (ART PERSONAS)

The freshly picked 13 year-old teen joining the model crew is a recent discovery of Art Personas. The expensive looking Amerasian sends us a Sofia Mechetner counterpart in brown locks. The opener slash bell ringer in Chris Diaz S/S 2016 line up walks with so much power centering the audience energy in her. Not bad for the youngest girl on the runway who just learned how to walk on heels. She is youthful and beautiful with a great future ahead. Not to mention, we are envious of her pristine beauty.

(From L to R) Adrian Meyers and Mariah Jowett
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ADRIAN MEYERS (ART PERSONAS)

The 16 year-old male grand winner of the Face of the Philippines (season 2) is a high school student who is standing at a sky scrapper height. Booking a decent number of shows, you would never believe that he is the same person on the runway. He awkwardly smiles and waves his hand upon stumbling at him before the final rehearsals. It amazes me how he look solid while strutting down. His innate talent to model is admirable, and we want to see him flourish in his own expertise.

MARIAH JOWETT (ART PERSONAS)

Maybe she travelled from the past? Everything about this girl screams model. A pale skin matching a 60s aura gives me chills thinking that this Pinay-British girl is the reincarnation of iconic actress Audrey Hepburn. The close resemblance got us all colonized with her exquisiteness. That strong walk? Hmmm… We surrender.

(From L to R) Erie Obsena and Kathlyn Asuncion 
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ERIE OBSENA (PMAP)

Talk about a demi-god who is fit for the Abercrombie and Fitch masculine spirit. The doll-like face with doe eyes and manly pout, plus an athletic figure – we vow to constantly put him in our watch out list.

KATHLYN ASUNCION (ART PERSONAS)

My female prediction is right. Rooting for her to win Face of the Philippines in my previous post became a reality. Hailing from a family with a background in modelling, the long-legged student decided to take a leap and finally wear the heels along with her academics. The Filipina-aristocrat presence that she gives is truly priceless, especially when she shows off that tilted eye gaze. Standing at 178 cm, this girl is a well favoured model in the making,

(From L to R) Allan Nuguid and Irene Sandig
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ALLAN NUGUID (ART PERSONAS)

He is the dashingly handsome model that despite his overwhelmingly physique serves uniqueness behind the charismatic lure. Behind the backstage chaos happening is a calm, collected walk and a noble expression. Trust that he’ll do more and stir more.

IRENE SANDIG (ART PERSONAS)

An all-natural good look is only the baseline of what makes her a soaring face in Manila Fashion Festival. She has a face of an angel that can transform into a dark temptress when situation calls. With her performance in Milka Quinn, she has proven that she is interesting not just for one sight. For now, a touch down is not an option for her.

(From L to R) Jullian Culas and Brandi Branfuhr
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JULIAN CULAS (PMAP)

The bizarrely beautiful male model has made his foot prints towards the PMAP door. Opening Renan Pacson show last season is just the beginning. He was entitled to open 2 among the three shows that he participated in. You know it’s Julian when there is a rapunzel-like mane swinging with powerful piercing eyes and pounding march. Surprisingly quirky, everything that we see defines regularization on the PMAP main board.

BRANDI BRANFUHR (YEOH)

Yeoh Models just introduce a new recruit from their hauntingly beautiful squad. With an obvious high fashion potential, she made a pounding debut at the Via Valencia S/S 2016 collection. Her big eyes and strange qualities are taking us in new heights on how we define a model in our country. Looking for her name is a challenge until someone posted the show list on Instagram and voila, there goes the name of this promising new comer. We give her a big hand for her editorial look that will unquestionably bring a handful of credentials.

(From L to R) Howell Medina and Zarah Padilla-Lim
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HOWELL MEDINA (ART PERSONAS)

He is one of the few androgynous beings flocking the modelling scene. The long haired Howell is out of the ordinary but he is just being himself. Cool is the word that can describe his walk. He is just chill and flamboyant that designer Renan Pacson fell in love with his persona. Without a word, his mysterious appearance gave life to that blur on the designers’ and artistic imagination.

ZARAH PADILLA-LIM (ART PERSONAS)

The girl is more than her middle name. Mastering her jaw dropping face and flawless walk is far by her fascinating girl-next-door self. She could easily be mistaken as the sister of Chinese top model Sui He, but as her instagram headline says “She moves in her own way”. We first saw her as a newbie walking for John Hererra. Seeing her in fashion spreads and in action will never make you doubt that she is one of the gems of the local fashion scene.

(From L to R) Vin Lee and Hana Dy
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VIN LEE (PMAP)

Aside from his front-of-the-camera stint, what makes me remember him a lot is whenever I took a photo of him, he always ask me if I want a selfie with him. The Korean male model secured a spot on the show lists upon entering the scene as a proud PMAP member. He is nothing but productively fierce set for jampack and top of the line shows.

HANA DY (ART PERSONAS)

The living porcelain doll continues her journey as a legit fashion model for S/S 2016. It seems that the stage is her world, complementing all the dramatic façade and camera flashes. From a Preview magazine editorial up to her latest runway gigs, it is indisputable that Hana takes charge of the moment straight out from her God-given potential. Anticipation for her career is there. By the looks of it, you know it’s meant to be.

(From L to R) Lawrence Cervantes and Jhen Maica Valencia
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LAWRENCE CERVANTES (ART PERSONAS)

After taking part on the most awaited fashion event in the Philippines, this Art professor may consider doing this job as a full time. He took his passion for art in a different translation and discovered that he had a great start blending with the pros. He can make a good painting outside fashion, but he is on a sure bet that he can swing bookings in the coming months.

JHEN MAICA VALENCIA (ART PERSONAS)

Sharing the Naomi Campbell genes (she has a Jamaican blood) earned her a reputable S/S 2016 season. The unbelievable height, perfect tan and exotic appearance has been endeared by her agency and designers alike. The graceful runway stint for this fresh face is an introduction to an endearing future.

(From L to R) Raphael Kiefer and Ann Casas
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RAPHAEL KIEFER (PMAP)

The PMAP president shows that he is a true role model to the male model nation. Standing at 6’2” tall, the handsome and esteemed stunner is a Psychology degree holder who had come a long way since winning at the MTV Fashionista. He represented the country in the Best Model of the World Competition in Instanbul, Turkey. Progressively booking jobs under his model belt, he still continues to spark the runway as a fashion demand.

ANN CASAS

A runway veteran that impressed us since joining FORD Supermodel of the World – Philippines 2007. She always give some extra whenever she is present on the catwalk. At Banggo Niu show, she paraded and projected sensuality, caressing her God-given curves and feeling the moment behind the revolving lights. The statuesque built and the breathtaking face is a key player for our meaning of the word fascination.

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.

Click/hover the image to view name and agency.

Bless the models!

Ben.