The Reluctant Stylista

This post has been severely delayed, but I’m sharing it nonetheless!  I only got the pictures recently.  It was my first time to actually style for a fashion show last November, and it was for Shangri-La’s annual holiday collection called Razzle Dazzle.  I was still under Luis Espiritu’s supervision, so he also edited some of the stuff that I prepared for him.  I was actually pretty nervous when the whole styling class drew lots and I got Escada Sport.

Escada Sport was under the theme Brights for 2009′s Razzle Dazzle.  It was a real challenge because personally, I thought they had so few items in their holiday collection.  Lots of them were preppy t-shirts and jeans.  And the colors were mostly aqua and bright pink!  Suffice it to say, it wasn’t my personal style, but isn’t the whole point of being a stylist just that?  To be able to deviate from your personal style and still create fashionable looks?

The sales representatives helped me calm down somewhat, though.  They got me a clothes rack immediately, and began laying down the items from the collection on a table.  I tried hard not to think about the mannequins on display, since it had a pre-arranged style already.  At the same time, I was worried that maybe that kind of styling was the only way to deal with the limited pieces.  After a while though, I got to work.  Luis instructed us to style 6 looks, but only 4 were going to make it on the runway.

I had fun layering the clothes!  I was adamant that none of my looks would replicate the store’s display (and I was so sure I’d do better than it, anyway, haha!).  I ended up the first among my classmates to finish all 6 looks, and then called Luis to have him edit it.  He helped me pull off some belts and gloves from the old collections and add it to the bunch.

When I checked out my other classmates working with the other stores, it was then that I realized how lucky I was to get a pretty limited holiday collection.  With too many choices, you get really confused and you wouldn’t know where to start!

Anyway, here are the 4 looks I styled that made it to that runway:

Razzle Dazzle Escada Sport

Possibly my favorite of the lot. It had a chic, Parisian feel, as Luis said. He loved it, too!

Razzle Dazzle Escada Sport

I liked this one, too, but I don’t see this happening on Manila streets anytime. Haha!

Razzle Dazzle Escada Sport

Just had to have a skirt in there, after all the bright aqua and pink pants!

Razzle Dazzle Escada Sport

Casual and chic

Razzle Dazzle Escada Sport

All together now!


Read more about the Razzle Dazzle Shangri-La Fashion show Philippine Star.

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