I was over the top excited when Chuvaness (Cecile Van Straten) invited Tita Patty and I to watch the JAG origins fashion show including a talk by Nina Garcia. I’ve been watching project runway since way back, so meeting Nina was such a delight. Aside from Nina being in town, I was able to take a glimpse at a wide variety of jeans that surely made me want to buy a pair of my own. Just as promised, JAG Jeans 2013 wasn’t your ordinary fashion show.
Before going to SMX we attended the private cocktail party held at the Solaire Resort and Casino. I was able to meet fashion celebrities like Rajo Laurel, Tweetie de leon- Gonzales, Apples Aberin and even Apples’ daughter, Sam. I also met the head of SM-youth Ms. Marielle, Edd Fuentes the PR consultant for jag. I saw my boss Ms. Jo, VP of SM Kids Fashion and my print modeling teacher from SoFA, Rissa Mananquil. As I was casually eating a piece of bread, came in Nina looking as happy as ever. Even though we were a small number, everyone crowded her wanting to take loads of pictures. But what do you expect, she is THE Nina Garcia, and there I was hiding as I was too short to be seen. Luckily, Tita Patty and I were able to take a picture with Nina, and as Tita Patty says, “mission accomplished’. Soon after, we headed to SMX to watch the fashion show.
Opening the fashion show, were 6 binibining pilipinas winners including Janine Tungon, the first runner up for Ms Universe 2012. What I loved about them was that they all came out fierce just like their outfits. I’ve seen leather and acid wash jeans paired before but leather on leather is new to me and I might try that out some time (if it’s not too hot!) Next came the JAG collection. Now I know exactly where to go when I am looking for more edgy pieces or simply, plain denim pants. I adored them and it was certainly something different. Hopefully when I have time, I can go there and buy acid wash jeans.
Jerome Salaya Ang
The show also featured 3 young designers: Norman Noriega, Jeffrey Rogador and Jerome Salaya Ang. I was creeped out by the presentation of Normans collection, as it played frightening music; beams of light were surrounding the models; they wore make up with pale faces and dark lip shades and their hair was dead straight, kind of like sadako haha :). I like how he chose fierce colors for those long gowns. They are actually wearable, but maybe not for me as I think I would look a lot older if I wore them. Jerome’s collection was high-fashion if you ask me. Seeing the garments I immediately thought of victorian clothing like gold embellishments with a twist of metal details. It’s different how he decided to make the models come out in french braids. Out of all the three, I liked Jefferey’s the best. There was just something about those metal anklets around the sneakers I liked! As well as my addiction to thick clothes, especially jackets. Too bad we can’t wear them here in the Philippines as often as we want to.
And of course, came the talk we were all waiting for. I wanted to write lots of answers down to be able to learn about conquering the world of fashion. Fortunately, my two friends Alex and Alexa were sitting beside me and they were there to help me jot down sentences that I missed. I can honestly say I learned so much and writing about everything she said would be heaps of pages long! She shared with us that “From the beginning, it was the dream. The idea of fashion for me was really being a designer.” Surprisingly, Nina was inspired by none other than her mom. She told us that if you want to be a designer, you must have the passion, desire and drive for it. She believes that people should go to school as it creates a background and once you have graduated, it won’t hurt to try out and internship and see what you liked. Luckily for Nina, one of her internships was with Marc Jacobs, and it showed that she had the passion for it because she enjoyed every minute of her experience as an intern, even if it was just zipping and unzipping bags. About business as a designer, her advice to us is to be focused, unique and authentic. Designers try to imitate others but its about being yourself and being unique.
She also mentioned about us bloggers as well, “Competition is good.” I remember her saying pleasantly. She appreciates what we do, she likes bloggers and follows them. Nina told us the difference between editors and bloggers is that editors provide a service while bloggers have a personal point of view, and it just shows how the industry is changing so much. Other things she talked about were about how to get your label out there, that filipinos do have a chance of making it globally, the good match between television and fashion, the reason why you should consider partner ships and how she was inspired to write all her books.
I know that i’m only in middle school and it’s five more years until I graduate high school, but if I ever do pursue any job relating to fashion in the future, this has helped me a lot. I identified the pro’s and con’s of being in the fashion world. How the industry is fiercely competitive creating insecure and vulnerable people, so I have to be mentally prepared if I want to make it; I have to be original; when it comes to thinking of ideas and I need to have the passion and always convince myself to strive harder. My once in a lifetime experience was incredible and I not only enjoyed every minute but every second of it. Both the fashion show and the talk was spectacular and I think everyone agrees with me. I can’t thank Chuvaness enough for inviting me and Tita Patty to watch the show 🙂