Arts & Leisure

Runway haircuts and girly clothes

Posted on October 24, 2016

MANILA FASHION FESTIVAL ended this season with a great final show, and thank goodness it comes back next season, and we hope it will be even better.

Models get haircuts by Lourd Ramos on the runway. -- Joseph L. Garcia
It’s going to be hard to top the opening act of the final show on Oct. 21, which featured wig company Aderans. Music from 2001: A Space Odyssey gave way to Madonna’s “Vogue,” after which two fellows with bowl-cut wigs start “voguing” on stage, followed by hairstylist Lourd Ramos who couldn’t help but vogue himself, all while snipping away chunks of hair.

Other surprises included a large brimmed hat made of strands of hair, covering the model’s face, complete with a whirring toy on top.

Lastly, and I doubt this audience will ever forget this, a girl with horn-shaped braids came out on the runway with a sort of red-haired rotor attached to her head -- which spun, to the audience’s wide-eyed surprise and delight.

And then we could breathe again from the intensity of the first segment, to be saved by Rhett Eala’s vibrantly feminine collection, featuring lasercut dark-colored lace in simple shift silhouettes, providing a balance for the dramatic material. Other pieces featured flounces, feminine prints of plants, and pastel colors, resulting in a collection that is definitely feminine, but not girly.

The same could be said of JC Buendia’s collection, which featured mostly black outfits, accented by tiny prints of leaves and white buds. Peter Pan collars made an appearance here, accented by dainty little pearl brooches. Avel Bacudio went on before JC Buendia, and his collection featured clean lines for a young, but definitely smart set: think tuxedos with large lapels that unfold to become hoodies, the use of always chic black and white, and houndstooth.

Art Personas, which organized the shows, has come a long way from its first show in 2014 in Green Sun in Makati City. This year, it held its shows in the Edsa Shangri-La, formed collaborations with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Dutch embassy, along with Samsung and online store Zalora. “I’m in love. I’m in love with this industry, okay? If you’re in love with something, there’s nothing much you can do but be passionate about it, continue to love it, and hopefully things will change,” said Ronnie Cruz, CEO of Art Personas. -- JL Garcia