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We’ve been working backstage for the past couple of months on several fashion shows, but this was one of the few times I brought a camera. Anyway, Bench collaborated with designer Furne One to launch its newest fragrance, Unholy. And of course, in grand Bench fashion, it had to be launched with a show featuring the latest from Furne’s Amato Haute Couture. Dark, fantastical and put together with just the right amount of theatrics, it was held at the Rigodon Ballroom of The Peninsula Manila. You’ll know it’s Furne One because of its highly stylized and dramatic pieces. Raina Hein of ANTM was even chosen as the face of this new perfume. Here are some photos behind the scenes:
Red, gold and spikes are reoccurring themes
Furne is also known for his fiery mane, possibly the inspiration for the terrifying red wigs included in the show
Forever my partner-in-crime backstage, Nio Manzano
Shining black and gold fowl armor
Silver gray wings
Shoes by Nereku
Nio fixing the model sequencce
More intricate (and intimidating) Nereku shoes
Beast heads to be worn by the guys who also carried the perfume bottles
These are accessories, too. Not advisable Sunday mass wear.
More shoes by Nereku. Not advisable for the beach.
Statement shoes. Less is more. Wear this with nothing for more statements.
I think this is our national animal.
Rows and rows of red shoes
Furne and Ben Chan chika chika
Who wants to fly? Meee!
Listening intently to Director Ariel’s instructions
Birds of the same feather…
Furne with…I think that’s Emerald. I think.
That’s a…heart with a crown of thorns.
Owen…can buy out all the theatres in Glorietta with this dress. Block screening (ng Breaking Dawn?)
Krystal is enjoying her new feathers
Manuela is all covered up (in stark contrast with her video for Leslie Mobo)
Philippe without his mask
Christian and his horse head
Youngest in the roster so far…13 years old and 5’9″ or 5’10″