Behind The Glitz And Glam Of The Catwalk | Clozette
Beyond the bright lights, the elevated catwalk, the glamorous hair and makeup, and the outstanding collections, one can't help but wonder what lies behind the scenes of a runway show. We imagine that it's just as fancy as what we see on the catwalk, so it comes as a surprise when we lift the veil and see actual human beings behind the illustrious displays.

It can seem a little ridiculous, to be fair, to expect anything more. But because we've been so exposed to seeing the amazing facade of a fashion show, just like Manila Fashion Festival, going behind the scenes felt ordinary — but that doesn't mean it's less beautiful. So we decided to share a fragment of our experience from beyond what the audience came to see. 

From the models to the designers to the stage directors, there was a certain rawness that exuded as soon as we entered the backstage. We tried as much as possible to blend in and not to be of inconvenience to anyone, trying to hide how overwhelming everything was. 

There were no fancy dressing rooms, no Hollywood-esque vanity mirrors; everyone was hustling to psych themselves for what was to become yet another important night in showcasing the craft and passion they all share. We see models chit-chatting and laughing, joking around to calm nerves, some even dancing to get 'in the zone', nothing curated or stoic in their expressions. 

Even in the grandest and most avant garde of garbs, you can still separate the person from the fabric, but as soon as the stage director called their attention to standby as they were to make their way into the eyes of the audience, they transformed, the air of professionalism and weeks of rehearsals written across their faces. 

We also got to briefly chat with one of the designers, Brit Tripudio, and we got a glimpse that beyond the magnificent display of pieces currently being showcased on the other side of the wall we were leaning in, anxiety, excitement, and overwhelming gratitude still overflows no matter how many runways and backstage preps he and his team have been in.

Overall, it turned out to be an amazing show. People clapped, cheered, and took home a feeling of awe. But knowing what we know now, the image of the imperfectly perfect image of what lies behind the catwalk is, without a doubt, as equally wondrous.


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Last Saturday, our stylish community gathered at our annual tea party get-together to celebrate the launch of our new look. Of course, our fashion and beauty lovin' crowd were all dressed up to the nines in shades of black, white, fuchsia and blush. Needless to say, our guests were ready to party, mingle and indulge in the fun activities we've prepared.

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Left: Best Dressed Award winner Suhina (@LuxITGirl), Right: Smita de Souza (SmitaDeSouza)

Left: Star Clozetter Sarah Atiq (sarahatiq), Right: Winter Chee (winterchee)



Aside from the well-known names and labels in the Philippine fashion scene, one of the most anticipated collections to be featured at the Manila Fashion Festival are from designers that bring young blood to the the arena. Going for a very fitting theme — Compelling Visions: The Next Generation — graduates of the SoFA Design Institute blew the audience away with their outstanding collections that illustrate existentialism devoid of belief, telling stories and sharing ideals in the form of fabrics and prints. 

Ahead, we share some of the event's highlights.

It exuded a whimsical vibe

Just like an artist's relationship with their muse, these young designers shaped their collections according to various themes and let them translate the message vibrantly on the catwalk. The entire show felt like it was telling a much deeper story, sending you deep into this rabbit hole of awe and wonder. 

The designers touched on subjects that are relevant to today's youth

Making bold statements in the runway, the collections such as Catharsis by Jema Gamer and Beauty of Darkness by Tifanny Soriano were also a manifestation of the designers' hearts, touching on topics including mental anxiety, overcoming clinical bipolarity, and exploring one's identity.
It celebrated Filipino culture

Some of the collections, including that of Rea Biscocho, used the rich culture of the Philippines. Biscocho's Dugo translated stories and struggles of celestial beings from Visayan Mythology in each piece. It meshed the avant garde and futuristic take on today's fashion and traditional heritage and folklore by making use of distinct cuts and patterns. 

It gave us a preview of how the Philippines fashion scene continues to beautifully grow and evolve

Overall, the main takeaway we have from the show is that these young designers tell their stories through fabrics and prints boldly to define what the future of Philippine fashion is and should be.