Like any profession, fashion design involves extremely stressful days and endless deadlines. Designing a full collection, you literally die a thousand deaths sketching and editing. Months before my first solo gala, I spent sleepless nights putting on paper ideas and visions that pop out of my bedroom ceiling while I listen to strains of Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Weeks after, the clothes are sewn and fitted to the models. Time was ticking, some ten days before the big day, I needed to edit two suites, everything else turned out as I saw them in my mind.
As I am left alone in my thoughts after a full day of fittings, I am warmed by an immense feeling of gratitude for being able to do what I do, creating beautiful clothes and making people happy.
|The best time to sketch was from 12 midnight to 4 in the morning.|
|I was inspired by my favorite heroines.|
|First model fittings.|
|Jackie Aquino is a walking Google box, a trove of knowledge.|
|Two of my favorite models, Jessica Yang and Anne Barker.|
|Perfect proportions, Valerie de los Santos and James Zablan.|
|The Atelier, three nights before the big day.|
|The stage design was inspired by a quote from Victor Hugo - "Each man should frame life so that at some future hour, fact and his dreaming meet."|
|Two gentlemen I truly admire who made this dream show happen, Phillip Cu-Unjieng and Raul Manzano.|
|Real life models, Matteo Cu-Unjieng, EJ Trinidad, Nico Yabut and Rich Lopa.|
|Many thanks to Chris Lopez for believing in my talent and loving my humor.|
|Rhiana Matera during dress rehearsals.|
|The "Jeune Fille" suite, circle skirts, billowy sleeves and perky bows.|
|The "Sakura" suite, inspired by cherry blossoms and the twists of the Obi sash.|
|Watching the rehearsals with Raul Manzano and Vic Barba.|
|I didn't want to just show clothes, I also wanted to tell my story. We did just that through quotes.|
|"In my parallel Universe, it rains cherry blossoms."|
|The pearl encrusted coat.|
|A dear friend and fellow Francophile Vic Barba offered to be a backstage hand.|
|Another good friend who offered an extra hand, Tonichi Nocom.|
|Backstage banter with Angel Agustin and Valerie de los Santos.|
|Many thanks TRESemme for making us well tressed!|
|Silk flowers from El Arte Filipino.|
|Metal cuffs from SM Accessories.|
|Last minute adjustments on Ria Bolivar's gown.|
|Bone patent leather pumps from Janylin.|
|TRESemme ambassador, the Jing Monis!|
|"JC, are we ready?"|
Special thanks to Franco Laurel for the rehearsal and backstage photographs.