TRESemme Biggest Casting Call

Posted on Monday, 21 July 2014

Last May 15, 2014, seasoned and aspiring models got the chance to show that they had what it took to be a part of TRESemme’s 2014 Runway Show. 

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I swear by TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner! Who wouldn’t try out the one and only brand used and trusted by professionals?

Unfortunately, I was in the US during the actual/main show, but I’m glad I was still able to attend the biggest casting call in the country as their official event correspondent.

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I’m no professional host, but I tried my best to get the inside scoop on what it was like to get tressed-up with the latest hair trends to hit the runway. Here at TRESemme’s pop-up salon, I asked Victor Ortega different questions, including what TRESemme hair products we should use to achieve that salon-smooth effect!

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With Lourd Ramos outside the TRESemme Style Bus! Inside was a pimped out functioning salon! Who would’ve guessed?

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Me, Lourd Ramos and Jing Monis with TRESemme Brand Manager Ann Esteves.

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My bb Samantha Gomez! 

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The show was hosted by Raymond Gutierrez and Kelly Misa. Really loved Kelly’s outfit! I finally got to meet her in person and I was so starstruck! I pretty much grew up seeing her in all my local teen magazines!

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The judges - TRESetter, stylist and author Liz Uy, sought-after fashion show director Robby Carmona, and supermodel, PR maven (and one of my ultimate life pegs) Apples Aberin. They were on the lookout for those with looks that can adjust to various fashion styles, as well as those who can emulate high street glam and couture styles for the main fashion show.

Over 700 hopefuls tried out for this event, but only 200 were chosen! Here were some of my personal faves. Not sure if they were all able to make it to the final show, but I seriously caught a bad case of hair envy when I saw these models walk the runway!

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With all the TRESemme ambassadors on stage. L-R: Raymond Gutierrez, Kelly Misa, Liz Uy, Lourd Ramos, Victor Ortega, me, Jing Monis

Overall, it was a fun event that only made me want to stop cutting my hair shorter! One day, I’ll really get my super long hair back! In the meantime, I’ll take care of what I already have with my favorite TRESemme hair products.

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(TRIWA Peach Thelma sunglasses and Sort of Black Chrono watch, Lowry’s Farm top, Just G skirt, Michael Kors bag, Le Bunny Bleu Simplicia oxfords) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Wore casual summer brights and shiny gold accents on that one sunny day before the typhoon came. I haven’t done print on print in so long, but I’ve always loved the effect of pairing stripes and florals together! Makes for a fun, youthful look.

Thanks to Swedish watch brand TRIWA for my new favorite sunnies and watch! I don’t accessorize heavily, but when I do, I make sure I throw in a classy watch that can double as both an accessory and as a functional timepiece. 

MURUA TouchMe Collection A/W 2014

Posted on Friday, 18 July 2014

touchMe Collection is an invitation-only fashion show organized by Japanese apparel company, MARKSTYLER. Their brands include dazzlin, EMODA, MURUA, MERCURYDUO, to name a few. I’m a huge fan of these brands so it’s always an honor to be invited to their fashion shows, let alone be allowed to take pictures and share the beauty of Japanese fashion to the world.

Third season’s the charm! This time, I was invited to Tokyo by MURUA to cover their upcoming fall/winter collection. I covered this year’s dazzlin show too, which you can read about here

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Red lips twins! Much thanks to MURUA’s PR girl Asami Kotake-san! This trip wouldn’t have been possible without her.

She was wearing all MURUA A/W 2014! I need to have this collared velvet shift dress in my life. It’s always fun to see what the brand people are wearing during touchME shows. More often than not, they’re already wearing the next season’s collection, but of course, styled with a personal flair. Such a tease for die-hard fans of the brand.

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Front row with these girls! I brought Ashley to watch with me because I had an extra ticket, plus I’ve always known how big of a MURUA fan she was. I couldn’t think of anyone better to enjoy the show with!

MURUA’s theme for this year’s A/W collection is “LADY TAP 1958”, and the show started with someone actually tapdancing! It was a very dramatic introduction to a collection that did not disappoint or fall too far from the brand’s vision. It was still typical MURUA - edgy, chic, feminine, and sophisticated.

Their shoes have always played a central part in creating that whole “MURUA look”, so they went all out with highlighting their trademark shoes with sheer socks that looked like thick ankle straps. 

There was also a short segment in the show where they closed all the lights in the venue, and let a single spotlight follow all the models’ shoes. Sadly, I couldn’t catch that on camera, but that was *the* highlight of the show for me. Also, as you guessed, they played tap dance shoes sounds while the models were walking down the runway. 

Short, flippy hair and lots of focus on the eyes for MURUA A/W 2014 hair and make. The balance was nothing short of perfect - the details and the colors of the clothes were rich and bold enough to make a statement. I particularly loved their use of forest green and navy, and I think I have MURUA to blame for my newfound love for black alternatives.

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MURUA producer Momoko Ogihara-san! Let me take this opportunity to formally congratulate the creative team behind MURUA for the beautiful show. I really felt like they took it to the next level with this one. They’re definitely one global brand to watch out for!

I can’t wait for these items to be sold in stores already! MURUA stores can be found all over Japan, but they also have stores in Hong Kong (The One mall, IT, etc), China, Taiwan (FAVVI Party), and Hawaii. You can see the specific list here.

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(Motel Rocks Savannah Cold Shoulder dress in Dahlia Navy, EMODA shoes and earrings3.1 Phillip Lim bag) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Navy is the definitely the new black. Blue has always been my favorite color, but sadly, I only really got to build my navy wardrobe this year. All this time, I’ve been so fixated on black that I haven’t been able to pay any attention to any other alternative. Until now! I find that navy is a lot less harsh than black, yet still manages to give off a similar whiff of sophistication. I’m obsessed. I need more of it in my life.

To be honest, navy used to irk me a bit whenever I’d go shopping. Store lighting makes it so difficult to differentiate the two sometimes, and of course, the last thing I want to bring home is an item in the wrong color. I’ve been consciously looking for it nowadays, but I guess I have to wait until the F/W collections are available before I can go out and splurge on all things navy. It’s already July anyway? Just a little longer!

(Kate-Katy top and skirt, Kate Spade clutch, Sleeh heels) Hype this look on Lookbook here.

Happy 5th anniversary to Tricia Will Go Places! Who would’ve thought I would last this long? I updated my deviantART last week and also found out that I’ve actually been on the platform for 10 whole years. Which means I’ve spent about half of my conscious life on the Internet. Crazy stuff.

For Candy magazine July 2014. Photography by Tricia Gosingtian / Styling by Nina Almoradie / Special thanks to Elaine Natividad Reyes / Make-up by Cherry Pacheco / Hair by Renz Pangilinan / Models: Nikita McElroy and Hye Won Jang