Monday, November 13, 2006

miss monique's show

it took like four years for this to happen and last night, it finally did: the monique lhuillier gala benefit dinner and fashion show. with special guest ms. lea salonga. to benefit the asia society and bantay bata 163 education program. the invite said cocktails at 5:30pm, dinner at 7pm. we thought 5:30 sounded kinda early to be walking around in a gown, so we showed up at 6:15pm, and by then, the second-floor lobby of the makati shangri-la was packed with manila's—and cebu's!—beautiful people. it was so packed, people kept stepping on our train, and we kept stepping on others'. damn these gowns! by 7pm, these statues, which were all over the place, started ringing bells, a signal for guests to be ushered into the rizal ballroom. (statue?? they moved! and blinked!) the scene inside as people looked for their table numbers (it was like a palengke! only the palengkeras were well-dressed...): by about 7:20, the speeches began: doris magsaysay-ho (our sponsor—thanks, do ho!), gina lopez, jaime augusto zobel de ayala III (just call him JAZA), some guy from nokia, rico tantoco, amparito lhuillier (mother of the bride, este, of the bridal-gown designer). then dinner, which was pretty good. by about 8:45pm, the prez arrived. even if we were sitting on the elevated section, we couldn't see her—she's THAT tiny. here's a glimpse of her walking out after the show in her monique lhuillier gown (escorted by boy abunda): then the show began 9-ish. now don't expect anything from our pix because we were seated in a platform far, far away, and our digi cam doesn't have x10 zoom power. pang-ambience lang ang pictures namin. the ready-to-wear collection: then lea salonga came out in a monique gown and sang all of three songs: then the bridal collection: monique lhuillier taking her bow and getting a standing ovation from her proud kababayans: by 9:45pm, it was all over. we just have to make a comment on the models. we couldn't really tell who they were because we were sitting so far and our eyesight doesn't have x10 zoom power either, but man, someone should teach those girls how to walk when they're modeling gowns that cost thousands of dollars! most of them were swaggering down the catwalk like they were in jeans, swinging their arms wildly like baboons. and since this wasn't a fashion show for industry people, but rather a show-show, and of gorgeous gowns with exquisite details, they should have been instructed to pause at the end of the runway so the audience could better appreciate the dress, then pause again as they turn because most of the bridal gowns had beautiful details in the back (as any wedding gown should since you only see the bride's back in church). but noooo, those girls looked like they were always in a hurry, and they were walking with a catch-me-if-you-can speed. there was no elegance or sophistication to their catwalk style, they just WALKED. just our two cents. that's all!

4 comments:

tintin said...

great blog entry! thanks for sharing. hope you can post more pics? hehe! i really love lea salonga, and i'm also a fan of fashion and i adore monique lhuillier's creations. and looking forward to her future not-just-in-fashion creations i've read about.

i'm so sad/angry/resentful i didn't get to go to this event.

cecile said...

kris aquino walks around in a gown before 4 pm. lol

Cecilia Dean Gdorf said...

The models would stop and pose if they were asked to. The models chosen for that show were the best ones in the Philippines, and they were asked to walk that way. Monique's lineup last September at the Atelier, Bryant Park had models like Fabiana Semprebom, Camilla Finn, and Nataliya Gotsiy, and that's really how they are asked to portray Monique's collection.

fuchsiaboy said...

i agree with cecilia. ive got friends who modeled for monique that night (ria b., melissa, etc.) they were asked to walk that way. i heard robbie c. and his team suggested a different approach but the team from ny wouldn't have it another way. team manila vs team new york?