I lived nearby malls, thus every stroll I had it's almost impossible for me not to notice every bit of difference in it. One store, I've recognized a familiar album cover, and it's look like a Kpop group on its display, well, my reaction another copy cat.
Until last 2 months ago, after finishing my fashion styling course, Stylist Argie called and asked if I can collaborate styling XLR8, then I ask who? Who are they? Am I already that lost or so out? Then Arg explained, and discussed hurriedly. Why not? Right, This is my 3rd styling stint after graduation, and styling is a challenge this time.
I came then, and was quite surprised how very kind, and very respectful they are. Very mannered, and very energetic. We had 4 lay outs to prep, meaning thats 32 changes, 32 wardrobes, 32 headaches.... Wow, that is so challenging, I think, bring it on!
The 1st set is formal, very black and gray from their single inspired extension look. Then I thought, this could be not happening, I don't want them to look same, and very waiter-inspired look. Discussed with Argie, and with the organizer that maybe we can make it very hip and cool but very different from their usual looks. Agreed! next lay out is very clean, commercial, white look, very CK, very easy. Then off to the 3rd and to the 4th. 4th looks is my and Argie's favorite, where we played our own direction, and how we want to style this group, we called this free-styling. In the end, it made me realize, that they are not just a bunch of kids yeah maybe with talent, but with those looks, energy, and yes very raw talent that inspires others, fans, and want to emulate them... I say then, never never be to judgy again.
I'm so proud, and happy with the final lay outs. The shots are extremely to die for, and artistically done.
Check it guys, and I called this Reinvented - new, different looks with fierce!
Photography : Darrel Pobre
Styling : Jear De Mc Cuttac + Argie Salango
Grooming : Nanan Villalba + Anton Padtu + Mycke Summers
Assisted : Ronan Espadero
Logistics : Archie Crisologo