On a beautiful spring morning at the gated community full of lush greenery, three young girls congregate at the residence of fashion photographer, Doc Marlon Pecjo. The three supermodels in-training descend upon the stairs of a spacious studio—the venue to a gamut of career-making milestones in fashion. In their casual-cool off-duty style, the girls quietly await their turn in the makeup room. Amidst the bustling activity, they gingerly share stories characteristically of their generation. Once made up, they change into the glamorous couture concoctions of high-acclaimed designer Cesar Gaupo, helping one another zip up outfits like little girls playing dress up. As the shoot commences and the chill mood changes with the upbeat pop rock playlist, the unassuming ingénues instantly transform into ferocious glamazons fully decked in the best designer wares and precariously teetering in sky high statement heels.
Leading the pack of the new breed of mannequins is 17-year-old Danica Magpantay, the Philippine representative for the Ford Models Supermodel of the World 2011. It’s been a long time coming seeing as she practically grew up with an all-access view of the industry, being the daughter of former supermodel and now renowned makeup artist Lala Flores. Industry insiders have been urging the 5’9” morena beauty to try out modeling for years but, together with her family, she wisely had the foresight of waiting until she was mature enough to handle the demands of the career. Just a few months ago, she finally decided to take the leap and joined the search for the local representative for the prestigious modeling competition that her mother won two decades ago. Blessed with excellent bone structure and through rigorous training, she won the title and is now following in her mother’s footsteps. As of press time, she’s currently in New York embarking on a new chapter in her promising career and competing for the much-coveted international acclaim.
Interestingly enough, Danica’s older sister Danielle also joined the contest and finished in the top eight. Despite inheriting the mesmerizing beauty of their mother, both girls exude their own individualistic allure. The 19-year-old Danielle boasts a sexy curvy frame—a decidedly more mature contrast to her young sibling’s svelte figure. Danielle also has a noticeably sunny deposition, complete with a warm beautiful smile reminiscent of her mother, who was awarded Crest Best Smile in Ford Models Supermodel of the World back in 1990. Danielle was inspired to take on modeling after watching an archived video of her mother on the runway in Paris. Left in awe, she longed to achieve the same. Even with starting out modeling side by side with sister Danica, there is no competition between the girls. Danielle finds comfort in knowing that she’s experiencing the same journey as her sister is. They consider themselves partners in their budding careers and completely support each other’s accomplishments.
Being the youngest amongst the new crop of potential top models isn’t an easy task, but 14-year-old Sam Gomez manages to stand out from her peers with her doll-like feature and statuesque 5’10” frame. She was discovered in her hometown of Pampanga by fashion director Cata Figueroa and encouraged her to travel to Manila for go-sees—a surprising turn of events for a girl who used to just watch America’s Next Top Model and wanted to do the same. In mere months after starting modeling, with her mesmerizing mile-long legs, she raked in serious runway mileage with big ticket designers such as Michael Cinco, Furne One, Cesar Gaupo and Inno Sotto. Even with the long-hours of shuttling back and forth from Pampanga to Manila for work, Sam positively pursues her career seriously and have established industry figures as mentors.
As Danica, Danielle and Sam showcase 15 of the best collections from Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011, we witness their rise up on the pantheon of fashion with their exquisite faces, svelte bodies and youthful exuberance, all poised to be the next generation of supermodels.
Monochromatic minimalism redefines couture confections.
Rumpled smocks evoke relaxed child-like innocence.
Bold contrasting panels add a fresh take on the severe bodysuit.
New age patchwork injects visual interest to artistic folds.
Sand dune hued tailoring tames the wild graphics of zebra print.
Counter woolen power dressing with a flash of silky satin.
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Dark fringe projects a sexy edge to punk-rock day-glo.
Dip-dye techniques edge out frothy debutante frocks.
Renew seductive transparency with curvilinear patterns.
Intricate craftwork lends tonal-depth to languid jersey.
Plum toned blooms soften rough textiles and decorative hardware.
Sharp cuts and aerodynamic lines set a fresh take on ivory numbers.
Modernize beach-ready brights with nomadic bondage wraps.
Grayscale panels apply restrained futurism to utilitarian streetwear.
Summer blooms with demure details of patrician lace and floral bouquets.