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MODELS TO WATCH (FEMALE) – MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL, THE NEXT

Runway photos from Manila Fashion Festival. Credits to the owner.
Digital art by yours truly. 

There are a lot of serious potential on the girls booked for the latest Manila Fashion Festival. Short listing the models is indeed a tough job. In a season flooded with newbies and rising stars, we pick the top contenders who commanded the fast phased runway, and impressed our selective eyes. We firmly believe that their hard work plus whole package can lead them to the ranks of catwalk supremacy in the Philippines.

Note: List is arranged in alphabetical order.
Runway photos are from Manila Fashion Festival. Credits to the owner. 

Anna Bradborn/ CalCarrie’s/ @bossbradborn

The runway and camera lens can’t get enough of her beauty. Anna is a bankable muse with an excellent track record from the respected people in Filipino fashion business. She simultaneously brushes us with her elegant aura, plus an immensely gorgeous face that won’t let you blink an eye.

Anne De Mesa/ Art Personas/ @annedemesa

Anne is a brilliant student who juggles the calling of academe and high heels. Outside her world of calculator and books, she is known to be the sophisticated girl, with a face made for beauty plus a physique sculpted for fashion. This beautiful geek may have found the formula to be that bookworm in high heels, and I hope she won’t mind giving us a cheat sheet of her modelling prowess. She has made repeated appearances on the runway each season. For the latest MFF, participation with Veejay Floresca, SOFA Graduation show and Azucar has got Anne gracefully marching in full control. She also scored a campaign with beauty brand – Garnier, making her a true runway home girl and the model with the bright future.

Baina Tan/ PW Models/ @bainatan

With the strong commercial nature of the market in Philippines, there will always be a soft spot to love a quirky beauty. The MFF runway is no stranger for Baina. She has graced its runway before and she made a towering comeback for Cheetah Rivera. Baina’s Asian features complimented the clean and minimalist collection, bearing an ethereal touch to her edgy aesthetic. If we have someone we are rooting to see more on catwalk and top glossies, it would definitely be her

Ella Tejana/ Yeoh Models/ @ellatejana

Coming from an agency with a strong reputation of producing caliber models, Ella is surely an asset on their board and the runway. From her introduction on the catwalk, Ella surely got that standout ticket on-hand. Her Asian features mixed with a hint of a Lily Aldridge resemblance is very interesting, thus making her a clear choice to show up in the right places.

Erika Narvaez / Art Personas/ @ikaynarvaez

People may perceive Erika as a timid beauty because of her calm nature. Her recognition of being among the strongest models is credited thanks to her quirky girl-editorial presence which truly works. Favored with a look that is hyped in fashion, this young model has the complete package to soar and create a mark as top model.

Geisha Naganuma/ Art Personas/ @geishacamille

That something that we truly love about Geisha is the mood she brings on the show. She is the real deal when it comes to being classic and edgy. It was nothing but a runway dream, seeing her carve her strut into perfection. The MFF season has wrapped up, but the musings for this Japanese rookie will keep on going.

Joma Bernardo/ PW Models/ @jo.majesty

Having a dark and shaggy bob as a weapon of choice, Joma declared that she is one of the owners of the spotlight. The intensity of her expression and bouncy walked could’ve passed to be the evil twin of top model Tanya Dyagileva. Joma’s stint has seduced the runway with an all-androgynous experience, leaving us with firm admiration.

Kevin Cusi / @imkevincusi

From the time she dipped her baby steps, we instantly became a fan. Kevin is a newcomer, who is obviously gifted with sensual curves; legs that stretch for days; and hypnotizing eyes. There is this tropical exoticism she delivers which puts her above others. No wonder she became one of the most wanted, for her presence will say that there’s no dull moment.

Kira Manansala/ PMAP/ @kiraeowyn

The youthful and sweet newbie of PMAP snaps as a head turner this season. Out of the pool of master walkers, Kira is synonymous to a breath of fresh air, gifted with long legs following the path of the big leagues. Her innocent-doll face and flowing mane only speaks her undeniable potential.

Ksenia Zambon/ Reign Models

When a model’s presence is enough to call it a day, you know she is a hot commodity. Ksenia’s stint in the Philippines is truly a memorable one. She strutted down 14 shows with her piercing expression, commanding the theatrics with her stomp. Her best performance is on her appearance for Veejay Floresca. She set the bar in providing a great amount of energy on such a dreamy collection.  As she explores the globe for modelling gigs, we only hope to see her back again for good in the seasons to come.

Leila Ibanez/ Art Personas/ @leilaibanez

A favorite among local designers, Leila stretches beyond the ordinary and has proven her worth. This model is an alumnus from Face of the Philippines who keeps on getting better each season. She radiates a traditional Filipina aesthetic that is synonymous to opulence and refinement. When it’s her turn on the catwalk, she can surely guarantee to end her turn on a high note. She was truly an exceptional selection on Vic Barba’s collection, winning not just the eye of the designer, but also the hearts of the audience.

Maria Fabiana/ IM Agency/ @mariafabiana_

She is the feistiest import that sweeps us off our feet. Since her appearance, Maria up her game to the nth level, going beyond the initial awe from the on-lookers. Behind that obvious beauty is a fire and energy that she keeps in tune. The good thing about Maria is her versatility. She can easily fit mainstream and crossover to bold- editorial.  We have witnessed her prowess on the spotlight, and we can give her a capital A plus for an effortless breakout star moment.

Maria Rivera/ @immariarivera

An excellent model never bores an audience, whether it’s her looks or her presence. This is the reason why we always have Maria in our mind. Last season, she fearlessly carried a bob cut and booked top tier shows. This time, she flaunts a long-wavy hair, with a strut that punctures our heartbeat. She is mile-high from the day she started, and her chameleon beauty will always welcome a strong following.

Martin Tuanquin/ @martintii

Martin’s feline-like face is something that leaves us all in amazement. Her ever-toned body aligned for swimwear and avant garde is something immaculate that most of us would die for. Our runway star has already taken part of previous seasons of Manila Fashion Festival, but the unsolicited attention will continue as it is. As one of the representation of redefining the modelling business, Martin will always deliver beyond recognition.

Wanda Chen/ @wandachen_

It appears that someone is spreading pink positive all over. Wanda has been fearlessly swapping her looks from time-to-time and always getting positive response. Rocking a not-so-typical hair color is huge risk for models. But Wanda made her color choices as part of her DNA, which blossoms into steady runway bookings and a campaign for Mosimmo clothing. Shying away from that usual baby face-Asian stereotype is unarguably her best move.

Ben
GeekyBF.com

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MODELS TO WATCH (MALE) – MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL, THE NEXT

Runway photos from Manila Fashion Festival. Credits to the owner.
Digital art by yours truly. 

There is this unexplained rush they send while walking, and the sensation they left behind from their footsteps have been burned to our fashion memories.  Aside from worshiping the latest collections from the designers, our eyes our also glued on the living mannequins who were true stand outs. A model’s performance on the spotlight is deeper than the minutes spent on the runway. It’s an assessment of whether their attendance can give us a big check on that make-or-break moment. To mix it up a bit, we’ll start counting down the boys first. Note that the models are arranged in alphabetical order.

Runway photos are from Manila Fashion Festival. Credits to the owner. 

Dayal Chowdhary/ @dayalchowdhary

Having an unruly mane with an overgrown facial hair makes Dayal a smoldering commodity to appear this season. As his good looks separate him from the rest, he tends to promote an inexhaustible force on the catwalk that would surely welcome admiration and bookings under his cv.

Diogo Zambon

His Barbaric and rugged visage strides the runways of Darirue, Chris Diaz and Jun Jun Alblaza in overflowing intensity. A memorable performance has cemented an inevitable and charismatic following for this Brazilian. Living his trademark of messy hair and piercing eyes only says that he is destined to join the runway honor roll.

Elys Lim/ @project.el

Who would have thought that the delicate and gentle features of this Asian boy would work through dark and edgy styling? Elys is flexible enough to contradict his cherub-like charm and work well with the designers’ vision, which he also incorporated for the editorial spread he recently booked. We just discovered a fresh talent  who is a “sought-after” in the long run.

Howel Medina/ Art Personas

Howell’s projection alone tells a lot of story. He was promising from his start, and has seen him grow until these days. As an artist himself, he carries his skills to the runway, and turns himself into a walking work of art through his otherworldly features. He is surely someone who ends his appearance with a high note, and we are keeping that in mind.

Iago Faria/ @iagofaria13

The irresistible Brazilian is showing us that blondes really have more fun. It was all natural for him when he commands the runway with an easy-feel good spirit. Possessing a perfect bone structure; god-like height; and eyes that pierce through someone’s soul – guess we found a new buzz generator.

Jake Villumsen / Art Personas/ @jakevillumsen

His gentleman face has appeals between the classic and mainstream market. Mr. Villumsen has a quality that always brought a lasting impression which was requested by the runway royalty. Despite his frequent runway appearances and travels, this handsome Danish secured the passport to land as a marvelous model.

Johannes Rissler/ @superjohans

When we saw him on the runway, he is just too hot for words to describe. His perfectly sculpted jawline, and mesmerizing eyes made him a strong contender on the roll. From that point, we knew that we fell in love with this eye-catching demi-god with a body made for war.

Juan Carlos Schubert/ @schubert.jace

The youthful and refined aura of Mr.Schubert have paved way to becoming a runway distinction this season. He proved his modelling abilities by standing out, and executing an elegant walk behind the theatrical creations of Ablaza. This performance only says that he is more than just a product of a gifted DNA.

Ken Bosch / PMAP/ @kennbosch

You can always see him flashing his bright smile backstage. However, this model means business when it’s his time to shine on the spotlight. Putting his magnetically striking features upfront, and turning that cute charm into a slaying power, he found himself a secured spot and it’s not hard to see why.

Lawrence Cervantes / Art Personas/ @mr.walecner

Artist/ Art Professor/ Model – Seems a lot but a handsome multitasker carries these titles effortlessly. He initially existed in the art world. An almost similar industry, where his deep affection with something beyond normal is cultivated. Crossing borders to fashion seems to be natural for Lawrence. Possessing bold facial features and a lean physique to match made him a vital part of Manila Fashion Festival. He is pretty much successful in his early endeavors, and the fashion world seems to have more in-store for this man-for-all-seasons and reasons.

Mark Jason Go / Yeoh Models/ @markasongo

The relax yet exaggerated features of this model goes along with his strong and remarkable presence in Manila Fashion Festival TheNext. He made an impression as a stand out in SOFA Graduation show owning not just his perfect jaw line and orient looks, but the aesthetic of the pieces he is wearing. We now understand that having him on shows would tell us that he is unintentionally meant to be noticed.

Maverick Lacson / @mavericklacson

He set the runway in heat as he made his stint this season for Manila Fashion Festival. Maverick is the epitome of “individuality” on his stride and absorbs all the attention on the catwalk.  The quirkiness maybe unusual for the commoners, but who cares if you are a citizen built for the runway?

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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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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PREVIEW MAGAZINE EDITORIAL – IN THE NUDE

Better be nude than naked. Our baby top model Kelsey Merritt stars in a beauty editorial, sporting bare to basic colors with a not so basic expression.

In the Nude– Preview Magazine February 2016
Models: Kelsey Merritt (PMAP)
Makeup: Felix Nguyen
Hair: Gerald Magtibay
Styling: Belle Rodolfo
Photography: Jeanne Young

Note: Images are copyright from their owners

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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THE (RUMORED) PINAY BEAUTIES ON ASIA’S NEXT TOP MODEL CYCLE 4 – POSSIBLE SPOILER

Image Source: Facebook

A facebook spoiler post that was shared by a friend of mine made my eyes popped like crazy. The post contains the beauty shots of the possible contenders on the 4th cycle of Asia’s Next Top Model. I immediately opened the unofficial  fan page that posted the spoiler teaser. One of their previous post shows the three girls representing the Philippines. They have already made a name in The local pageant scene and have dipped their stilettos on some modelling gigs. Please take note that the Asia’s Next Top Model has not yet released the official models for this cycle.

ALAIZA MALINAO / MERCATOR MODELS / BB. PILIPINAS 2015 TOP 15 FINALIST
Image Source: Facebook

GWENDOLINE RUAIS / PMAP / MISS WORLD 2011 1ST RUNNER UP
Image Source: Facebook

JULIAN AURINE FLORES / BB. PILIPINAS 2014 TOP 15 FINALIST
Image Source: Facebook

By analyzing their background, If they are indeed the official rep from the Philippines, I am crossing my fingers that their pageant background will not hinder their chances on being edgy and editorial. Hopefully, they can shed their pageant skin and reveal a true model self behind all the glitz that they’ve been known for.

Official premiere date of the 4th cycle on Star World Asia on March 9, 2015.

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Update: The three Filipina beauties are the official representative of the Philippines Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4. 

Bless the models!

Ben.