Metrowear Fantasy: Twelve Days of Christmas by John Herrera

Maybe this post is long overdue, maybe it’s not. I’ll stick with the latter since posting it right after the fashion show would give me a blog post about Christmas NOT in the Christmas month. HA! k fine, maybe I just didn’t have time to post it earlier. But better late than never! :D

You’ve probably seen blog posts about this Metrowear Fantasy/Christmas gala everywhere! But I can assure you, it’s none like what you’re about to see here simply because I wasn’t just a spectator. I was involved in the creation of the fourth and final collection showcased in the fashion show: John Herrera’s “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

*The photos I took during the show are in a friend’s camera so forgive the camera-phone shots, and that these are from the rehearsal or back stage :( here’s a video clip of John’s collection during the rehearsal, without hair and makeup yet, but still breathtaking!

One of the most important things I’ve learned from interning for John Herrera is RESOURCEFULNESS. Since this Metrowear collection came just one month after PFW and we only had TWENTY days to make the WHOLE collection, we used some basic patterns from PFW, even deconstructed his old garments, and sir John created whole new garments out of those! I love how he can make something entirely new from something already existing, and no one even noticed! I’ve always believed fashion design isn’t about extravagance and just showing how rich and popular a designer is. (I think it’s a sickness in the Philippine fashion industry, untalented socialites being looked up to as “designers.”) Fashion design is about having inimitable vision and making it come to life despite how limited your time or even resources are.

John Herrera for Metrowear Fantasy

My favorite piece, and a product of a visionary’s resourcefulness and creativity is this white dress with TWO TURTLE DOVES (yup, I sang that line in my head!)

*next 4 photos taken by my sister, Jilli

John Herrera for Metrowear Fantasy

John Herrera for Metrowear Fantasy

John Herrera for Metrowear Fantasy

John Herrera for Metrowear Fantasy

This white blazer and ribbon skirt number is another one close to my heart because i sewed on all its too-thick ribbons on the blazer for one whole day! (I work slow, okay?!) But another lesson from my amazing mentor is that haute couture is hard work, if not painful. Having experienced shedding blood, sweat, tears, and skin (literally!) firsthand made me appreciate even more how the best designers don’t sacrifice fashion and art for convenience. 

John Herrera for Metrowear Fantasy

Don’t you just adore the draping on this garment? John Herrera’s mentor—the one and only Cary Santiago—was exceedingly proud of his remarkable avant garde collection. And so was I! Who but John Herrera could ever think of a gift-wrapping-detailed collection inspired by a Christmas song we all know? No one.

John Herrera for Metrowear Fantasy 

He even had a number inspired by gift-wrapping wine bottles! Just look at those sleeves and collar! Truly FANTASTIC, just as the entire gala called for. He truly out-fantasized everyone is this Fantasy gala, don’t you agree? He really went all out, what with the hair and makeup, and the shoes to boot!

Das Shoes

Heel-less Das Shoes without the ribbons we added for the show…

Das Shoes

We all tried walking in them and all I can say is I applaud those 10 models who worked them on the runway like nothing! Boy, was it a feat! lol

And if you were wondering who was responsible for the HAIR ART for John Herrera’s collection, here he is! Meet stylist and headpiece-maker/hair artist, Austeen Soriano!

Metrowear Fantasy

Presents! Yay! Thank you Metrowear! And thank you Sir John for the Mac eye shadow and lipstick! #earlychristmasgifts

John Herrera at Metrowear Fantasy

CONGRATULATIONS, Sir John! You’re the big winner ;)

Poison Collection 2012 by Jessi Gomez

Poison Collection 2012 by Jessi Gomez

GRACE CODDINGTON
Photographer: Mark Dizon at www.markmyphotography.blogspot.com
Styling: Jessi Gomez, Trizia Lim, Marco Malaca
HMUA: Jacky Pante
Model: Stephanie Retuya at Julius Uy Models
Special thanks to About A Chair!

GRACE CODDINGTON

Photographer: Mark Dizon at www.markmyphotography.blogspot.com

Styling: Jessi Gomez, Trizia Lim, Marco Malaca

HMUA: Jacky Pante

Model: Stephanie Retuya at Julius Uy Models

Special thanks to About A Chair!

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Anonymous said: how long have you been illustrating/drawing?i really love your work!im not the best at drawing but i love design so much i kinda just go into it like last year,do you have any advice to someone who doesnt have great drawing abilities?

Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words! I’ve been illustrating for about 5 years when I first went to fashion school but it’s only recently that I learned the techniques I use now. I took basic fashion design back in 2008, developed myself before taking the advanced course earlier this year. What really helped me was a drawing class (not in fashion) where I learned grading (lights and shadow) techniques as well as different strokes. If you wanna study on your own, hit the public library, I always find awesome drawing books that teach you techniques you’d learn if you enrolled in a class. Hope that helped! Good luck!:)

As uncomfortable as I am showing my {mediocre} work--whether it be in fashion design/illustration, styling, photography, or hair and makeup--I think it's about time I gain a little confidence and share the little things I love to whoever wishes to look, see, and feel.
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