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BEHIND THE RUNWAY- MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL F/W 2016

Its prep up time! Rayane Lopes being dolled up minutes before the show.

Fashion show goers are used to witnessing the actual runway show – models’ face all polished and clothes hanging gracefully on their slender frame. Whether standing on the peanut gallery; or seating on the front, the back, or the media row, we managed to swing through the energy of the collection. However, a trip to a part of the behind-the-scenes would make you appreciate the amount of work that has been put to create a visually arousing show.

Sam Lewis (left) and Carla Humphries (right) with their off the runway moment.

Backstage feels…

This short but memorable trip leads us to the lower ground of the show venue. I and my bff Rowell (from stylebyrandomguy.wordpress.com) were given the opportunity by the lovely people from Art Personas team to take a sneak peek of the hair and make-up room. We immediately rush inside the assigned room and saw how they get down to business. Forgive my amazement cause it was my first time witnessing the whole backstage thing live. Models sat down on a glam station while the hair and make-up artist preps them up to look flawless. An effortless skin with the designer’s desired look is a serious obligation to the team. Uniformity is the key point and as much as possible, the face should be concealed from imperfections.

Talk about #brushgoals for the make-up savvy

 

From L-R: Jhen Maica Valencia (Art Personas) and Hye Won Jang (PMAP) with the team

Asia’s Next Top Model C4 alum Gwendolyn Ruais (PMAP) looking sharp and edgy

Its just her second season but Mariah Jowett (Art Personas) will always channel Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Model Maria Rivera showing us how to be dreamy and sultry. You better work girl! 

While rooming around, some of models managed to say “hi with half eyes shut due to make-up application. With my camera flashing, they steadily gave that backstage bts look for my blog. We also manage to have small talks with them to check if how they are doing so far. My eyes tried not to blink seeing majority of my favourite models packed in one room. As they leave minutes before the show, I was lucky enough to snap some of them before they exit. It’s nice to see again some of the models whom I have established friendship through my blogging journey, as well as the new ones whom I’ve recently made friends with.

Since I was getting used to my new camera, I wasn’t able to take tons of after show moments like what we’ve been used to before. Then again, these few shots are really my favourite, especially the one I took with Julian Culas (in yellow)- the dude is super fierce you know! Cheers to them who are still cool to have their photos taken despite of their tiring day. Thanks also for the hugs! It was nice catchin’ up with you guys even for a short time. Till next show.

P.S. Big thanks to Sir Ronnie, Ms Sara Kae, Tito Jonel (Art Personas Management) and Sir Joshua (Yeoh Models).

Please credit me & my blog upon usage of the photos. All photos taken by Ben L. Ferrer

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
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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 
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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
Images from: Status Magazine Facebook page

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 2 OF MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL S/S 2016

2 shows opened!! Viva to Jullian Culas of PMAP. That rapunzel hair and death stare are blessed by the fashion Gods.

Thank God it’s Friday, or Thank God I made it here. Running from the office and chasing cabs, but ended up riding a motorcycle-back ride just to arrive on time. When the music was blasting all-over, my eyes were glued on the first faces smoothly gliding down as if I’ve missed them for months. Every step made me feel that I am carried away with their stomp and energetic presence – that feeling when you give that front row gaze ala Victoria Beckham (you know what I’m saying fashion fellas).

The cloud nine feeling became more intense when the show is over. Models with shimmers on their faces exited the backstage with perfect poise. Believe me, the feeling is more than better than seeing those popular kids in high school. Right now, it’s what we call J’ADORE. Enjoy!

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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.