Photos above by: BonBon Garbanzos
Photos below by: Ian Ramos
C’est La Vie: Rock D Runway, surpassed all our expecations! As Walking and Posing Stylist Kayako Asai posted on her Facebook wall: “今までで1番の感動ショー♡” (The most moving show ever).
I agree with her and here’s why:
1. WE RAISED CANCER AWARENESS. The show was for the benefit of Japan for Livestrong (JPLS). In the words of JPLS representative Manami Hirose: “Even if you suffer from cancer, it is very important that you each one live (life). This fashion show may teach (you) how splendid it is to shine like oneself.” Hopefully this event will further the foundation’s cause as it is still in its toddler stage (founded 2010). Please like their page here.
2. WE FINISHED STRONG. After everything that this show went through – production members leaving; new members (Hero and I) coming in few weeks before the show; and apparel sponsors backing out because models didn’t meet their requirements – everybody helped in any way they can to make sure that the audience will be given a memorable and entertaining show. Thank you to our sponsors who stayed and put their faith in us.
3. WE PUT ON A UNIQUE SHOW. It’s not your usual runway show that would last for 10-20 minutes. It lasted for 2 hours! It was a fusion of drama, live performances and runway show featuring models of all ages, shapes and sizes.
4. WE WITNESSED COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION. The models had complete transformation that day! They were dolled up, styled and they experienced what it feels like to be a ramp model for a day. But best of all, I myself had witnessed how their self-confidence sky-rocketed, especially the teenagers!
5. WE WALKED THE EXTRA MILE. Stretching one’s limit is victory for the 5 core members of the production team. They consisted of first time producer, first time director, first time model coordinator, first time fashion coordinator and first time stage manager. I am amazed as to how much we boosted each other’s strength and filled each other’s weaknesses. Normally, a big scaled fashion show requires a core group of atleast 20 people (with at least 50 models) but somehow we managed to pull it off despite being outnumbered.
The show is life changing! I have discovered skills I never knew I had. I have learned to be patient and to have faith in people. I have gained new acquaintances and I hope I get to meet them again in the future. I got to be their “fairy godmother” for a day. I will never forget this experience for the rest of my life.
Event Producer: Erlinda Isomura
Fashion Show Director: Guillaume Tauveron
Model Coordinator: Maria Cristina Colico
Backstage and Stage Manager: Hero Inaba
Fashion Coordinator: Yours Truly
Special Thanks to: Kayoko Asai, our Runway Manager; Shannon Jih, our Emcee; Risa Ono and Mina Takase, our Catwalk Teachers and Ashley Dy, our Guest Adviser
Watch out for C’est La Vie: Rock D’ Runway Part 2!