Stepping Into the Light: May 2013 Work and Features

It’s been a while since I last blogged, if we exclude the giveaway posts. I don’t even consider them blog posts. I know you must be tired of me apologizing for the lack of posts, so I won’t (it doesn’t mean though that I’m unapologetic). I had lots of personal issues that needed immediate attention, and I’m not even done dealing with yet. I needed to get out of that situation, even for just a little while, that’s why I’ve come back. There’s nothing much happening in my life this month, but the previous one though was one heck of an emotional ride.

Chad went back to the USA, so we’re back to Skype dates. But before he left, the magazine jobs we did came out as well as some blogger features. I’m reserving the work we did for CLAVEL magazine for next week’s blog post though, as I still have to procure a copy.

Lydali Fashion+Travel Blogger Feature

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In April, Lydali, a retail brand from San Francisco California, stumbled upon one of our travel videos and interviewed me for their blog. You can check out the full interview here. I talked about my country, the Philippines, and its wonderful places. I’m going to Corregidor Island this year and I’m looking for a travel buddy. If you wanna join me, email me and let’s talk. Hihi 🙂

MadhouseMNL May 2013 Film Issue

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As you know, Chad and I were regular contributors for the online magazine, MadhouseMNL. MadhouseMNL is composed of (very) young individuals who share their passion for the arts through the online magazine. They released the film issue last month in which we shot our friend Marthe Olsen wearing Trunk Show Manila in legit film. Check out the full editorial here.

DDG Magazine Travel+Fashion Article

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Here’s what I’m really proud of. This is a travel+fashion article that Chad and I produced for DDG Magazine‘s April-May issue. Chad wrote the travel part while I wrote the style tips. Chad is a really good writer, while I am not really confident about mine. I let Chad review what I wrote before we submitted it for publishing, and he liked it. I was so happy. 🙂 We shot 5 layouts in two hours for this issue, it was very exhausting but totally worth it. Grab a copy of DDG Magazine April-May issue guys! National Bookstore branches have it, I’m sure.

DDG Magazine Blogger Feature

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And last but definitely not the least is our blogger feature for the same magazine. They know we’re bloggers as well so they featured us. Yay! Just seeing my photo placed side by side with the love of my life makes me happy. 🙂

So that’s what kept me busy the past months. ‘Will post more about our magazine work next week! 🙂

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MadHouse MNL January: Andro-Jenny

Hello! I apologize for being MIA for the past couple of weeks. I was stuck in the doldrums and nothing seemed to entice me to do stuff—until last night. Madhouse MNL, the online magazine where Chad and I regularly contribute, has just released their January issue dedicated to M-E-N.

Chad and I didn’t like the idea of using a male model wearing masculine clothes, because that’s what the magazine would have expected us to do—and we didn’t want that. While discussing the matter, I suddenly remembered Brittani Kline’s advertorial for Benetton published in Vogue Mexico. She looked really boyish in the pictures but they’ve decided to add a few feminine elements as well. Chad and I were like, “we can definitely do that.” 🙂

Pants and accessories from Trunk Show (6)

Finding a model proved to be difficult. We wanted someone with short hair and someone who can be pogi (handsome) but effeminate. Chad and I are novices in the field so we only know few people and none of them were androgynous enough, except for Ginelle, who was miles away from us. Fortunately, her dad allowed her to travel to Manila, et voilà we have a model!

Pants and accessories from Trunk Show

Ginelle reminds me a bit of Ann Ward, who imitated Alexander Wang in one of the ANTM episodes hehe. Like before, we did three layouts—smart casual, spring casual, and grunge.

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Grunge was my absolute fave. The look reminded me of Johnny Depp’s I-don’t-give-a-f*ck aura during the ’90s and Ginelle did an excellent job at owning the look.

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I love working with amazing people. They inspire me to think and do more, and do better of course. I’m actually excited for our next shoot; hopefully it’s as fun as this one.

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Thanks to Trunk Show, by the way, for the wonderful pants, accessories, and shoes. Do check out their stores in Trinoma and Powerplant Mall. In the meantime, like their Facebook page here.

Photographer: Chad Verzosa

Model: Ginelle Chavez

Hair and make-up artist: Elaine Silva

Stylist: Me 🙂

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Our editorial spread can be found on pages 296-313 at http://madhousemnl.com. Please check it out! What do you think of the photos? We hope you like it! 🙂

 

Profound Escape

Hello everyone! Below are some of the photos which made it to Madhouse Manila magazine’s vintage December issue. I styled 3 layouts, inspired by the medieval peasant life with hints of modern trends, of course. I teamed up with Chad (the photographer), Hennie Fortuin (the model), and Ms. Elle Lubigan (the hair and make-up artist). Chad used his Canon ae-1 film camera with a Kodak ColorPlus film.

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Supposedly, the first layout is about a farmer’s daughter who is young, playful, and carefree—hence the flowers, braids, and lace—but we kind of forgot about that so we ended up with these shots. I like the first photo because it reminds me of a child who is hopeful of the future, plus the light on Hennie’s face is just gorgeous.

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The second set represents the transition of the peasant’s child from innocence to maturity, that stage where children are introduced by their parents or by circumstance to the realities of life. So, I chose a a dark and checkered ensemble with a lace collar to add youth. Browns and maroons always remind me of farms.

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The last, but certainly not the least, set is my absolute favorite—not just because the Anne Boleyn hairdo suited the model nicely, but also because all the elements meshed together. I only came up with this look during the last minute, as I wasn’t quite sure if the heavy skirt will complement the printed top. And it did! The Scandinavian cross matched the top too! It was actually Chad’s idea to buy and use the cross. I love the fact that he knows a lot about history and whatnot. 😛

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This set represents a full-grown woman, who has been forced by unfortunate events to take care of her family. Innocence is now lost. However, I don’t really consider this as a sad ending to such a story. I’d like to call it ‘bravery’, instead. I deeply admire people who are driven, tough, and mature. A lot of us today do not like taking responsibilities, and people who do deserve so much respect.

So there you go. We really hope you liked the sets. Please check out Madhouse MNL, and you can find us on pages 137 to 149. Special thanks to ForMe clothing for providing the floral jacket and printed long-sleeves.

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Also, I told you last week that Chad and I went to this Vinyl Dump store in Cubao Expo to interview Joel Devicais, the owner. Chad wrote an article about it and took photos too. Read about it on pages 108 to 111.

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And apparently, Madhouse MNL decided to include the Feral Child pictures which I previously shared here. You can also see them in pages 128 to 135.

Thanks to everyone who supported us! Watch out for another Chad & Daphne collaboration! 😛

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Madhouse

Posting this quickly just to let everyone know that Chad and I have been featured in Madhouse Manila magazine’s November issue. Chad wants to become a photojournalist so we began working on his dream just a few months ago. We’ve been working hard and we’re very happy to see our efforts starting to pay off.

Chad wrote an article titled ‘Thank You for the Music Internet’, an interesting piece about the state of today’s music. I’m the one wearing the Union Jack shirt. You might remember me ranting about this shoot in this post. Fortunately, we were able to do damage control. 😛

Chad’s photos of his friend, Kimmie Fehr, also made it in the magazine’s November issue. Don’t they look amazing?

You can read the whole article and feature in Madhouse Manila magazine’s website here. Also, it’s Chad’s birthday today. It would be wonderful if you guys could check out his website here and share it to your friends and social networking sites. Thank you so much! 🙂

Models I Stalk

When I was kid, if I’m not watching foreign TV series or animes, I ogle at the models taking the catwalk at FashionTV (FTV). I clearly remember how envious I was of their lean bodies and legs that go on forever (for obvious reasons). From that same TV show I first saw Gemma Ward, who at the time was only a mere 16-year-old.

Gemma Ward

Ward in San Francisco, 15 March 2007

Ward debuted in Australia fashion week when she was only 15, and after a year, found herself walking in Prada, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and Calvin Klein. Her baby doll features inspired the fashion world so much, helping her become the youngest model to ever appear on Vogue alongside 2004 supermodels.

Currently, Gemma Ward, now 24, has taken an indefinite leave in the modeling scene and began pursuing an acting career. Three years ago, she became the talk of the town when she gained weight, which probably caused her to leave. I still love her, nonetheless.

Coco Rocha

I first heard of Coco Rocha when she modeled a Project Runway contestant’s winning jumpsuit. I was completely in awe at her poses as I have never actually seen anyone do those stuff in action. Her shots were featured in a Marie Claire billboard on Time Square:

Just look at those poses and faces, I mean, who does that? Apparently, Rocha, 23, does this quite often, which probably explains why she is so in demand at the moment. The industry refers to her as “The Queen of Poses.”

Sasha Pivovarova

When I first saw her, my initial thought was: “Gemma’s back!”

Apparently not, although Sasha and Gemma are always talked about online for looking like twins almost. Sasha, now 27, began her career about five years ago. Upon signing with IMG models, Prada immediately presented her with a three-year contract.

Along with Coco Rocha, Chanel Iman, and other models, this Russian model was featured in Vogue magazine cover titled “The World’s Next Top Models.”

Karlie Kloss

On the runway for Diane von Furstenberg, Spring 2009

Karlie Kloss became a legit model when she was only 14 years old (O.O). I know right. Currently 19 years old, Karlie has already walked for hundreds of high-fashion labels, among which are Givenchy, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Valentino, etc.

I like her for her quirky, fun attitude most especially when she walked for Victoria’s Secret last year. I didn’t exactly expect to see her there, but it was nice.

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P.S. I know I failed to update my blog again. I couldn’t fit this in my crazy schedule at the moment. I apologize. So I made this quick post just to let you guys know that I might be “off the radar” (sort of), until the end of the month. You can follow me on Twitter though, I sometimes type absurd things there. Hoho.

***Photos are not mine.

It’s finally out: Ann Ward for Vogue Italia!

Ann Ward, the extremely thin-waisted gal of ANTM Cycle 15’s controversial promo video, can be finally brought home! This stunner who stands 6 feet and 2 inches is currently gracing Beauty in Vogue’s March cover photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, the fashion photographer well known for her playful and high contrast style [source].

Having won five consecutive best photo during the cycle, it is a no-brainer that she totally deserved to be declared as America’s next top model.  She may be very shy, yes, but that trait could be mended. And by being on Vogue’s cover and pages, who wouldn’t gain confidence right? I’m pretty sure Ann’s timidness has diminished.

Styled by Shiela Single, Ann has definitely transformed from an awkward girl to a high-fashion model. Check out the behind-the-scenes video:

 

Photo credits go to Vogue.it.

Someday I’ll Be Alice and Fall Through the Rabbit Hole

I have loved Alice in Wonderland since I was a kid. The original novel, Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, is the first English novel I read. I still remember how I endured the holes and dust that ailed that book (because I only found it at our old mini-library at home) and how it tickled my imagination. Yes, even at such a young age I already wondered what Alice wore when she fell through that rabbit hole. It wasn’t ordinary of course. The best thing about fiction is that it’s open to many possibilities; even the most hideous and ridiculous images are allowed.

Going back to Alice, I was so thrilled when I saw that America’s Next Top Model have done an Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired shoot for their 3rd episode. They shot in groups of two (which is very hard to do). But the best part is, they wore couture dresses from Chanel, Galliano, among others. Perfect!

Below are the top 3 group shots which also happened to be my top 3 choices.

3rd: Brittani Kline and Hannah Jones

2nd: Kasia Pilewicz and Molly O'Connell

1st: Monique Weingart and Alexandria Everett

I specifically love Brittani’s, Kasia’s, and Alexandria’s looks and dresses. I want a photo shoot like this one (ANNOUNCING… lulz). Better keep these as pegs.

Alexandria is most of the time bitchy and bossy to everyone on the show, but she definitely delivers during photo shoots. She resembles Cameron Diaz like A LOT. I’m rooting for Brittani to win though. 🙂

Styled by Lori Goldstein (I adore her aesthetic!)

Photography by Pamela Hanson

All photos taken from America’s Next Top Model Flickr Photostream. Check other photos there.


 

October Target: Score an Invite for the 2011 Philippine Fashion Week

I have never seen a single show of the Philippine Fashion Week. I could say I’m a lot more “adept” in foreign collections. The Philippines is a rich country, not just in values and agriculture, but also in aesthetics. We’ve seen and heard about Filipinos taking the fashion industry by storm, such as Danica Magpantay who was recently crowned as Ford Supermodel of the World, besting approx 70 other contestants from all over the world, and Rajo Laurel whose cobweb dress landed the cover of  Womens Wear Daily, the fashion industry’s bible, on February 9, 2010 :

17-year-old Danica outshines over 70 models, winning $250,000 modeling contract with Ford Models.

Rajo Laurel, a Filipino designer whose cobweb dress landed the cover of the February 9 issue of Women's Wear Daily, the fashion industry’s bible read by millions of people worldwide (credits: thepoc.net)

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Preview No. 3: Liz Uy

Hurray! I was able to grab a copy of the Jan/Feb 2011 issue with no less than Liz Uy on the cover yesterday.

What is so special about her that made her land the cover of the No. 1 local fashion magazine? First of all, Liz Uy is just one of the most popular or, shall I say, best stylist in the country; she is a presidential and celebrity stylist. Moreover, she is also the fashion editor of the magazine  she posed for. Although some people raised their eyebrows upon seeing her on the cover (because it’s like a rule that magazine editors and staff should avoid featuring themselves), I think it’s quite a great idea having her. For one, Liz’s style is prodigious yet smooth. It’s like natural for her to look fashionable. Second, the buzz she unintentionally created last year is definitely something worth featuring. Aside from that, she handled all the rumors like how a real fashionista should handle them–with grace and poise. And third, as one reader said, it’s probably high time that magazines stop featuring actors. and instead present those people who helped those actors look beautiful.

Well that’s just about the cover, you haven’t seen anything yet. Unlike other magazines, Preview always comes up with creative ideas in every issue. Last December, they launched the augmented reality with Solenn Heussaff. In this month’s issue, Preview presents the best of S/S 2011 trends “in tune” with the greatest musical compilations:

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Dr. Lydia Venzon Celebrates Her 84th Birthday!

If you’re a nursing student in the Philippines and you do not know Dr. Lydia Venzon, I pity you. No, really. It’s like a must that you know her because she is just one of the founding members of the largest nursing associations in the country. Plus, her three books (which I helped edit, btw. Ehehe.) are most probably your textbooks at school. Are these familiar? (They may look a little bit different because the new editions just got released.)

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My Life as an Editor

I get iffy whenever people ask me what my job is. And when I say I’m an assistant editor, they wow at me like it’s super cool (I’m not saying it’s not though). I’m just really not the kind of person who announces to everyone (personally, at least) what my job is and the kind of work I do. There are cons when I do, and I want my “personal writing life” to be set apart from my job. Do you get what I mean? Read more.