Did you have to face any challenges along the way?
This may sound silly, but really, the high heels were torture. Wearing them, running in them, from 10:00am to 10:00pm everyday for almost 10 days...I would literally go to bed at night with tears in my eyes. So I decided to stand up for myself, and am sticking to flats from now on; unless I'm miraculously compelled to break out the stilettos by sheer inspiration from an outfit. This past Fashion Week was, in turn, the most stress-free and pleasant one so far. Really though, fashion isn't supposed to make you miserable.
What was your schedule like during PFW?
I feel like I'm double booked, 12 hours a day, for one week straight. It's this endless sprinting to get from one show to the other, plus shooting additional footage and interviews before the day even starts. Anybody that's seen me at Fashion Week knows what I'm talking about. I've haphazardly air kissed hundreds of people, with promises to catch up later, while holding the train of my dress, and bounding down the escalator, because so-and-so show started twenty minutes ago, and so-and-so is sitting in front row and is waiting for me.
Who were some of the most interesting people you talked to?
Imelda Marcos is always fun. The Princess of Brunei, the US Ambassador, and other foreign guests are interesting as well, because I like getting an outsider's perspective on the progress of fashion in our country. Other than that, the local fashion editors are always brutally honest, which I love, and then you have characters that just come dressed to the nines consistently throughout the week.
Share your most memorable PFW moment.
I can't remember what show it was, but I remember looking around and feeling an overwhelming sense of pride. I've seen Philippine Fashion Week grow from its infant stages into this amazing production, and platform for our local talents. I saw the faces of celebrities, industry bigwigs, and regular fashion fans, all gazing adoringly at the pieces being shown, and the hearty applause afterwards. I remember feeling a little melancholy, thinking Charo and Chat and Meki and Ram were missing, but then sitting there realizing that these homegrown models were out in New York, Paris, etc. showing the world what the Philippines has to offer. My heart just swelled.
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