Truth: Philippine Fashion Week is getting more star-studded by the season.
Following in the footsteps of fellow America’s Next Top Model alum, Claire Unabia, Allison Harvard and Dominique Reighard arrived on our shores to walk for one of the hottest tickets in Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2012: Michael Cinco for Bench.
Of her trip to our tropical country, Dominique told us, “It’s more fun in the Philippines! Everyone is so warm and inviting, as soon as I stepped off the plane, you could feel the love and the energy. I’m very excited to be here.”
Both standing tall at 5'9 (take note, without heels), the two models met with the press a day after arriving already decked out in the latest from Bench apparel. Dominique wore a black jersey jumpsuit from the Randy Ortiz X Bench collection while Allison stayed true to her quirky style in a patchwork denim button down and jeans. On the garments, Dominique commented, “I love their clothes, theyre super comfortable and you can still be fierce in an effortless way! And as you can see, between my personality and [Allison’s] personality, you can find literally something for everyone at that store.”
Gaining their first impression of Bench and Michael while filming an episode in Greece, Allison shared what led her to agreeing to come to Manila to not only walk in the show, but to become the face of the designer's newest fragrance, Impalpable. “Everyone that worked on that particular episode was really, really sweet and while it was a strange introduction to [Bench] sitting in a salad bowl, the lingerie itself was really adorable and really sweet and I definitely jumped at the opportunity to work with Michael Cinco again. That was really exciting.”
Another large part of their trip to Manila was to finally meet and greet the fans that have sent them support throughout their initial seasons and the All Star cycle.
“I just want to reiterate how thankful I am to the fans and the people. Absolutely without a doubt, the number one place I get mail from anywhere I get in the world is the Philippines. So it was really special to come here for that reason alone. I’m really really grateful for that," Allison told us. Dominique likewise felt the love from the local fans. “It’s great to work with both Michael Cinco and Bench. I had a ball in Top Model and I got so much love from all the fans here in the Philippines and I couldn’t wait to come, and to come with Bench is a once in a lifetime opportunity.“