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Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010: M Barretto

The menswear designer's surprisingly different show.
Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2010: M Barretto The menswear designer's surprisingly different show.

Between the absence of seats in the venue and the earthquake scare that only the Preview and Style Bible editors seemed to notice, M Barretto's show was off to an unusual start. And then all the male models walked onto the U-shaped ramp and just stood there, staring out into the crowd. Everyone in the room was stumped.

It took a good five minutes until the crowd caught on to what was supposed to happen: the models were to stay put and the audience was tasked to do the rounds instead. Some women tried to chat up the stone-faced male muses (one gal even pulled out a kerchief to wipe the sweat of a chiseled face) while others stepped onto the ramp to take side-by-side photos with the M Barretto clad men.

Knowing that it would be near impossible to get a clear shot in the crowd, an impromptu backstage photo session was imperative (special thanks to the good folks at Philippine Fashion Week and Nico of Buensalido and Associates for permission to shoot!). After all, how better to appreciate the designer's tailoring skills with it's subtle nuances—a diagonal button-fly on skinny trousers, or an abbreviated shirt collar paired with equally narrow suit lapels—than with a private viewing.

Lo and behold, the biggest surprises for the crowd were waiting behind the scenes. Piolo Pascual, Zanjoe Marudo, and John Avila were well-suited and watching from the wings. Shrieking commenced as each one made their entrance. It's impossible to resist a good-looking man in a good-looking suit.

Continue to the photo gallery to view M Barretto's complete Holiday 2010 collection.

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