I’m a terribly vain person. I appreciate beautiful things in life. This may sound superficial but I like to dress up and feeling good about myself. I like dresses that flatters me and make me stands out in the crowd, and therefore, I appreciate designer’s clothing much more than branded clothing that you can easily obtain in retail stores. There is something about designer’s clothing that brings out such an enigma out of you.
Being in the media industry for almost a decade, I’ve been invited to countless fashion shows, and I enjoyed each and every one of it immensely, especially the presentation of each designer’s masterpiece. In my opinion, all of them are wonderfully unique in their own ways.
Whenever I get invites for fashion shows, I will always be given media seats or VIP seats with unobstructed views. It is an honour and I’ve always been happy with the arrangement but a bigger honour would be the most recent one I’ve been invited to, during MaTic Street Art Festival 2015, where there is a fashion show that features Mr.Planet Malaysia 2016 finalists showcasing street wear collections by four renowned local designers was showcased.
As mentioned earlier, MaTic Street Art Festival 2015 is an effort done by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to introduce street art culture to the public and at the same time, endorse artists from all walks of life as undeniably remarkable talents that should be appreciate by all, be it locally or internationally. Part of the things that MaTic Street Art Festival 2015 offers to the visitors was street fashion.
I’ve been to plenty of fashion show, mostly are classy and glamorous ones but this time around, instead of media or VIP seat, I was given an exclusive insight on what happened behind the scene, at the dressing room before the fashion show commence. Best part of it all? Everything was so pleasing on the eyes. And yes. I was literally talking about the models.
It is indeed an interesting experience, to be able to get an insight of what went on behind the scene before a fashion show and I come to realize that to make even a 15 minutes fashion showcase successful, it takes a lot of efforts and preparation beforehand.
Here’s what actually happens behind the scene. Models don’t always look photo ready for photographers to shoot when they are strutting their stuff on stage. A make up artist always have a hand in that. Here’s MUA Kahoo of Kahoo image, prepping lecturer cum model, Fareez Vincent Amos before the show.
Stripping in and out of clothing. All of these needs to be swiftly done to ensure time is well managed.
Discipline is well enforced and adhered at all times. Instructions by organizers, coaches and designers are followed closely to ensure perfect chereography on stage. What you see here is models who are lining up and listening to instructions on what they are supposed to do and how they should choreograph themselves on stage in order to captivate the audience.
Sometimes, there can be changes on showtimes due to weathers and whatnot, so the models have to keep their patience in check at all times and not throw temper tantrums.
Entertaining adoring fans who swing by is also part of the package, and I’m pleased to report that these models are not just models, but gentlemen in the truest sense as well.
Sure, things can be a little frenzy in the dressing room, but there is always time for fun before business. Here’s the models having some fun group picture time with each other.
Some eye candies for you ladies, and gentlemen too if you swing that way. These men are not only looks but with brains too. Not all of them are full time models. Most of them have day job and are professionals.There’s an editor, doctor, lecturer and university student over here in the picture. Can you make a guess which one is which?
After hours of prepping, here’s the highlight of the night; the showcasing of street wear collections for men, by talented local designers, Kos Serani, Qif Alvarez, Qamel Ayub and Butik UA. Models are finalists for Mr.Planet Malaysia 2016.
Bold, daring and unique by Kos Serani
Modern and versatile
Shockingly sexy and outstanding outfits by Qif Avarez.
Quite hot and seductive designs, don’t you think?
Flashy, but versatile enough to be worn at formals.
Smart and classy, definitely for those who wants to appear charming.
One design that caught my eyes. Modern with a touch of tradition.
Undeniably sporty and futuristic.
And here’s one for the album. In my humble opinion, while Malaysians tend to look West whenever fashion brands is concerned, both our local models and designers are like diamonds in the rough. They are talented and have a lot to offer to the fashion and tourism industry at an international level. All we need to is just give them some recognition that they deserve and you’ll discover that you have actually been missing a lot.