Sunday, September 18, 2011

Come Join Me at My VIP Seat, even if you're not one - The View is Better. Good Things are Meant to be Shared. Arts is Universal, shouldn't you be too?

Gettting ready for my close-up
View from my VIP seat

Day 2 - This time, I am more prepared. I dressed up nicely, and ready for any photographers who wants to take my pictures. Upon arrival, I was ushered to the VIP seat. Of course the time belt for my friend's fashion show is in the late afternoon, so it seems like I could be the only VIP in the seating. Eventually, more VIPs (some I don't recall, probably very reowned in their own industry, who knows right?) began to take their respective seats. The view from the centre is beautiful. If you are a follower of my blog, I always like to share my journey with all my readers. I don't consider myself as being exclusive or private, but when there are good things to share, why not? The VIP seat is also ideal for me to take pictures to share for my followers here, without the crew blocking my view.

Time to sow the seeds
I am so happy to know that there will be some Malay traditional dance performances. What a wonderful change from the usual catwalking and fashion display. As an artiste, I enjoy watching dancing. Even if I am not Malay, I still enjoy watching others dance. Art, to me, is universal, doesn't discriminate your race or religion. The first dance was called "Inang Capai". I enjoy interpreting the dance moves - it seems to me they are farm girls reaching to sow the seeds. Of course it helps to watch the gyrating hips of these girls. Who says tradtional dances are not sexy?

Here comes the men
For this joget dance performance, the men appeared in dazzling orange colour. From my keen observation, the performers are still the same from the last number. I love the way they twist their body to the side, and the men bending forward. There's much symbolism and background to tell, being that this piece has its roots in the farm life.

Legs Apart, Men
I am impressed by how quick the dancers changed their costumes. For example, the men was quick into tranforming to their blue outfit. For this men-only dance, I could sense how smooth and soft their hand movements were. Of course there's no hip gyrating. The men danced with giant steps forward and backward, with their legs apart.

Some Kicks and Receiving
For this joget number, I enjoy watching how harmonious the ladies and men dance with each other. The women are always dancing with their open cloth, as if to receive something. The men on the other hand were more acrobatic with their legs.

Hips Gyration and Delicate Hands Work
Love this piece of performance. The music accompanied for this dance has a nice tempo, that really puts me at least, in the dancing mood. The hips on these ladies were really outstanding, notice that they are wearing a tight sarung around their buttocks? The hand movements were also beautiful and exquisite.

Wait a minute, where's everybody?
As I sat there enjoying the traditional dance and singing, I suddenly noticed one by one the audience began to slip away. Compared to last night's show, where the performances were more contemporary and the artistes more glamorous, the audience were practically packed. But for this form of traditional performance, the audience, I suspect, were quick to get bored. Personally for me, I admire these traditional performers more, for they have to work in a group. The timing, choreography (no doubt it looks simple, but I feel they really do practise hard to make each piece flows seamlessly) and the costume change are simply more appealing. No wonder some VIPs were looking at their watches. It seems now the VIPs prefer the more fast tempo sort of shows nowadays.

Round and Round We Go
To end the traditional performances, the last dance was a fast tempo one. Notice how the ladies and men were dancing. It was a mixture of everything - hips gyrating, hands and arms works and body forward and side. Here come's my friend's fashion showcase...

Cloak and Mystery

I love the way the show started. The models are all foreigners, making this collection look more "international". When all the models are onstage, they let go of their cloaks to reveal the pieces inside. Stepping back, I do admire my friend's take on the cloak bit, giving the show some kind of drama. But as an audience, when I see the whole collection revealed already, even before the actual catwalk, I began to have some doubts....Could this be too soon to reveal? Again, the anticipation to enjoy each piece of her designs dissipate right there on the spot. Her first design possess that dramatic flair with the high back to cover the head. Almost like the Evil Queen in the Snow White fairy tale.

Sequins and Gold
This dress spells glamour. Truly amazing to see how the lights reflect on the dress. I noticed nearly all her dresses are long. I love the luxury feel to her dresses, reaching almost haute couture. But not all is perfect. The upcoming pieces are simply...

Vampire - in Red?
This dress is very sexy, and mimicks almost like the character Vampira. Of course the colour for this piece is orange. The neck covers and splits at the shoulder to reveal the skin just above the bosoms are very interesting to look at. But this dress may risk to be a bit costume-y.

Caped Crusaders
Craftsmanship is extremely important. For the purple dress (on bottom right), I'm afraid it might fell short on the cape intercrossing at the base of the neck and the bottom part of the dress, which comes off almost clownish. But I love the details on the middle part of the dress.  Again, how does one gets the cape off? For the green dress on the left, the details on it is simply beautiful. Guess which is the winner?

Pregnant Faux Fur
I love the faux fur bit, but it gets too much at the lower body. The bosom is revealed, hence defeating the purpose of the fur. This is a design question which seriously hurts the potential for this piece. More thought is needed to make the whole look plausible.

Falling off
When this dress hits the runway, it was the most revealing. Unexpectedly, I didn't know that shoulder sling that holds the dress together was coming off. Notice in the next picture, how the model tried to hold her dress together from slipping...

Pretty Lovely
Sumptuosly crafted. How the laces blend and covers the kebaya making this piece looked very layered, yet not to the point of being bulky. This piece looks very slimming and surely will made the wearer feels pretty, look at the flowery head cover. The details are evident - which speaks for itself.

Extravaganza to end the Night
Finally the event is coming to a close. First, we have the extravagant head gear (left) . The layering on the hips and waist are beautiful. The gold lace supporting the upper body suggests royalty. Next, we have the see-through dress. Notice the black undies and bra.

Extravagant Catwalk
This model walks quite awkwardly. Whether it is the dress or something in between her legs, she really knows how to steal attention on the runway. During the show, I noticed a majority of the models didn't stop long enough for the photographers to snap their pics. Some of the models almost trip from their long tresses. For different designers, the models would stop at different points at the runway, causing confusion for normal audiences (like myself) to fix a spot to snap their photos. Hopefully, all these pointers would help the organisers to create a better MASiF in the future. Thanks for wanting a Communications Strategy Coach's point of view. Maybe in the future, we can work together and I'll be able to trim the rough edges for your future events. Great job everybody!

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