There’s no two ways about it– I love fashion shows. If I could attend fashion shows everyday for the rest of my life, believe me I would. But since the world is not an ideal place, and I can’t spend my every waking moment gawking at gorgeous runway designs, I’ll just have to make the most out of every chance I get to do just that.
This season, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Bench Fashion Week Holiday 2019. Eclectic, diverse, and original– the 3-day event was every style enthusiast’s dream come true with no two collections exhibiting the same kind of narrative. Every designer brought in their own stories to tell, and whether it was the anecdotes about your everyday Parisian woman (as seen in Lucy Torres Gomez x Kashieka) or a statement on the paradox of gendered-genderless clothing (as seen in Bench Design Award winner Han Sen Studios’ PAGKAHARI), there was always a conversation waiting to be shared after every segment.
In the world of fashion, a designer’s ability to shock their audience to the point of guilty interest turned widespread bandwagon is a mark of just how far you can push the envelope before people eventually claim the mail and celebrate all its contents.
It goes without saying that for an avid fashion enthusiast like myself, the best part about traveling is definitely the shopping. The way I see it, shopping in itself is a whole other cultural experience. A brand’s collections and styles vary per country in order to cater to the interests of the locals, so it’s always amazing getting to see what each area offers.
Anyone who’s ever had trouble with their Instagram account has undoubtedly attempted to get in touch with their customer support team and, much to their dismay, discovered that for an app that values interpersonal relationships, there is ironically no human-to-human customer service line.
You know that saying “you never realize what you have until its gone”? That’s been the tagline of my week so far.
Spending a day in the beautiful French Quarters of New Orleans called for an equally exciting outfit. Among the many I had planned for my month-long stay here in America, I decided to go for a monochromatic stitch and stripes combination that I felt would perfectly stand out among the gorgeous colored walls of NOLA.
Nothing is ever in its final form— that’s my mantra when it comes to anything related to clothes. With a few snips here and there, a boring shirt can be transformed into a dupe for that trendy top you’ve been seeing all over Instagram. Personally, I’m a huge fan of drawing outfit inspo from celebrity street style looks and Pinterest boards, so I’m always searching for ways to give my hundred-peso clothes that thousand-peso remake.
It’s always been a long time goal of mine to experience the thrifting culture around here, given its relatively newfound buzz in Manila’s recent years. Challenging my styling environment by shopping somewhere outside of my comfort zone is definitely a personal project I’ve been waiting to try out, so when my Social Studies class was given the assignment to spend a day someplace unfamiliar to us, I knew this would be the perfect experience to do just that.
While some little girls may have spent their childhood dreaming of going to Disneyland and meeting Cinderella, I spent majority of my pre-pubescent years fantasizing over another kind of world where fairy godmothers whipped up, not just one, but hundreds of gorgeous attires for a few lucky ladies and gentlemen to wear and walk as royalty for a night. This mystical place was none other than the urban wonderland of a fashion show.
With May coming to a close in just a few days, it’s crazy to think that yet another month from my glorious summer vacation is reaching its end. 2 down, 3 more to go.