Quantcast
Latest Stories

With Bench–and Paolo Roldan–underwear fashion becomes high fashion

By

Bench Body couldn’t wait another year more, and went ahead with an underwear show featuring its newest and hottest endorser, Filipino-Canadian model Paolo Roldan.

In contrast to its much-awaited biennial underwear shows, the most recent of which was staged last year at the Arena, the one held recently at SMX in Pasay City was  smaller and more intimate.

Devoid of showy and over-the-top costumes and sets, the show directed by Robby Carmona allowed guests to focus more on the models and the underwear. Except for Roldan and singer-actress Jennylyn Mercardo, the hardbodies who paraded down the ramp were relatively nameless mannequins and athletes.

There was good use of lighting and visual and graphic effects. The opening act was inspired—featuring dancers swinging and bending their bodies to echo lines and patterns projected on screen.

The same could be said of Roldan’s visual clones, which heralded the model’s grand entrance in the show’s finale.

Unlike in past shows, Bench’s in-house stylist Noel Manapat didn’t tap Middle East-based Filipino designers. This time he collaborated with Joey Samson and Ivarluski Aseron, who played with such materials as neoprene, lace and tightly woven nylon mesh to produce jackets, hoodies and overlays that complemented the underwear collection.

In the hands of Samson and Aseron, underwear fashion became high fashion. The show, which was divided into three segments such as street, urban and sports culture, had wearable separates.

The last segment easily stood out for its black-and-white oversized jackets with quilted and beaded details reminiscent of Balenciaga, with a touch or two of Chanel.

 

Free-flowing collaboration

Since the collaboration, as Samson put it, was quite free-flowing, it was hard to pinpoint the person responsible for a look. On the two weeks the designers worked on the pieces based on Manapat’s directives, Manapat would constantly check on their progress.

On one visit, Manapat saw a piece Samson was working on for Roldan, a jacket with the model’s last name and assigned numbers spelled in beadwork. He liked the idea, and told the designer “to take it to the next level” by replicating the look for other models.

Thus, the beaded and sparkly detail found its way on the back of several black briefs.

“The effort wasn’t about our individual aesthetics as designers, but more about what Bench was trying to push based on its current underwear collection.” said Samson. “As always, it was fun working with Noel because he’s the kind who doesn’t limit what you should do.”

Samson considers Roldan as one of the “easiest models I’ve dealt with.”  Samson and his collaborators enjoyed their photo-ops with Roldan.

“He’s very quiet,” he said. “And he has the right proportions as a model. I’m not at all surprised that he was able to make a name for himself abroad.”

PHOTOS BY ALANAH TORRALBA


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Bench , fashion , High Fashion , Paolo Roldan



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. How to enjoy Buntod
  2. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  3. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  4. No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  5. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  6. The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  7. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  8. Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  9. What has happened to Barrio Fiesta and Singing Cooks & Waiters?
  10. Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. How to enjoy Buntod
  3. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  4. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  5. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  6. Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  7. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  8. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  9. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  10. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  3. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  10. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer

News

  • Smooth Edsa ride up in 2 years, but…
  • Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  • Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Name names, Lacson told
  • Ukraine FM: We are ready to fight Russia
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Denims that keep you cool–literally
  • Entertainment

  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • OMB exec’s assurance: We work 24/7
  • Business

  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Gaming stocks gain, PSEi eases on profit-taking
  • Cebu Pacific flew 3.74M passengers as of March
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
  • Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  • US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  • Complex health care system for California’s elderly and poor explained
    Marketplace