That James Dean-day dream look in his eyes.

The rising model slash social media superstar (with 2.5M followers on Instagram ATM) jet set to the Philippines to promote his endorsement with Penshoppe, a top RTW brand here in our country. As for us who didn’t score those prestigious tix for the runway show and the meet-and-greet, we patiently waited and joined the swarm of fans in SM AURA atrium just to catch a glimpse of this boy wonder.

Some small talk session with VJ Aryanna

The excited teens and teens-at-heart screamed their vocal chords when Lucky Blue and VJ Aryanna took the stage. With his few minutes in our eyes, he sat down and spins simultaneously on his chair and ended up with a big smile, thus creating an uproar cheer from the people. The quirky model interacted with his fans by answering twitter questions, and taking 360 clips of the wild crowd.

The boy got some serious bangin’ talent there

He also showed an extension of his talent outside the runway. Lucky hit the drums and started banging a beat. We are so falling over with that James Dean gaze, and that boy-next-door charm that is killing us softly!

Please come back soon Lucky! You’re always welcome here.


It was a few moments with a future top model, but our Saturday felt like one of the luckiest days of our lives. Thanks Penshoppe for this memorable experience.

All Photos taken by me. Kindly credit properly upon usage. 

Bless the models!


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Photo from Art Personas Management

Scribbling with colors is Lawrence’s main hobby. This has shaped mostly the direction of his life – translating his deep emotions into something visual. Come an unexpected turn, the master becomes the “object” on someone’s eye. He was left with no choice but to morph into that subject that was once a part of his usual grind. Just as we are sipping some drinks on Ysobel Gallery, he discussed the concept behind his art works. As an art lover myself, I was hooked by the way he pulled his inspiration for his works, knowing that I got in touch with my artsy side before. Surrounded by works of art, the environment is just perfect to get to know not just the masterpiece, but this handsome being tickling our eyes. Within our interview, he openly speaks how modelling became a learned behaviour for him, and how he transcended to the other form of imagery.


Photo from Status Magazine Facebook

Since when did you become interested with art?

Even before when I was 5. My father is not an artist but he draws. I tried copying some of his human sketches. Animes started to follow like Ghost Fighter then evolved into painting. I never really painted until I entered college

What goes into your mind when you draw?

Base it on feelings. My mentor said just be honest with what you do and what you feel. Cause that’s the real you. Before I don’t have some heavy emotions and that became my weakness. When I experienced broken moments, that when it all started.

With all your background in art, how did you ventured into modelling?

I was discovered by Tito Junel Quinones and introduced me to Ms Sara and Sir Ronnie Cruz of Art Personas, who happened to be the people behind Manila Fashion Festival. I easily connected the two (art and modelling) since fashion designers and all of them are artists as well. I easily became interested since it’s also a form of art that became an inspiration on my artwork and future studies.

Did you ever consider this profession when you were a kid?

(Laughs) I never expected it. I have fantasized being a model, but I’m really shy in person. After signing up with Art Personas Management and doing my first fashion show, I realized I have a future here.

Photo from Preen Online (left) and Style Bible (right)

What was then your first impression of models before?

They seem to be high profile since you see them in magazines and photoshoots. Looks like it is hard to reach them. But when you’re there, you’ll realize that they are just like us.

How do you manage to incorporate your love for art into modelling?

It’s just the same, only different in approach. Fashion is also in the field of performing arts then my love for visual art is just there. Modelling and art meets somewhere in the middle. Fashion is inspired mostly on artworks and it goes from there.

Is it an advantage for you that you are an artist in the fashion industry?

I think so when it comes to taste. As an artist I look into beauty – same with modelling.

Do artist tend to be OC as a models?

I’m really concerned actually because I was the one who told my subject / model to pose. Before I was art directing and now someone else is doing the art direction. Then again I’m open to that because I didn’t start as a model. If ever I make a mistake, I tend to accept it and apply correctives.

Photo from Status Magazine

Let’s talk about your style. How did art and fashion affect how you dress and present yourself?

If you have met me before and saw my fashion statement, it’s very “artist” in kind of way, like very basic in nature. Now, it seems that my clothing has evolved. But I still prefer simple, clean and low key.

In your career as a model, what is the most artistic thing that you have done?

Everything I did is something I consider as artistic. Fashion is always like that. When you present clothes, it’s some sort of art.

Any dream job you have in mind?

For me, for as long as I am working I’m good. But I always dream of seeing myself in a magazine, not just my name unlike before in a contemporary Art magazine.

What are the struggles that you have encountered as a model?

It’s the adjustment. I was never familiar at first, especially on dealing with people. You never know what goes into their head. I tend to over think how they see me as a model.

Photo by from Art Personas Management

What can a millennial model can do to make it in fashion?

Give the industry a brave heart cause the business is a fierce world. There’s a lot of competition. You really have to work hard and attend castings diligently because it all starts there.

As you have booked a number of shows during the previous seasons, can you let us know how did you managed to get the “yes” of the designers?

(Laughs) Well, it’s a matter of confidence and as for me, all just fall into place.

Photo by Junel Quinones of Art Personas Management

Some of Lawrence’s art works. Earth tones is his signature aesthetic.

Bless the models!


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Shermaine (PMAP) and her freezing stare

Perhaps this is the most memorable of any fashion event I’ve ever been. Aside from being impressed from Jerome Salaya Ang’s collection, and seeing the comeback of one my early faves – Rodina Luspo on the runway, I almost lost my cool when I realized my camera bag is nowhere out of sight. The PHFW people and Discovery Primea security were very nice to help me until they cleared the venue. Unfortunately, my camera bag plus its accessory are already in the hands of someone else. Still, I’m very thankful that my PENTAX Q7 is with me when the bag became missing in action. I really don’t know how I will react if the camera was inside that bag? Maybe I’ll be sobbing till I don’t know when and I won’t be able to do some blog post for this season of PHFW.

Then again, the blog must go on. In between those moments, I managed to take some runway photos and after show model pics despite of what happened. Glad to know that seeing my beloved runway stars from different agencies could atleast cheer me up. Thank you also to Mr Tex and Mr Mito of PHFW for extending a helping hand, and to Jana Stuntz and Hye Won for calming my nerves down with our small talk🙂

Click or hover the image to see model’s name and agency.

All photos are taken by me. Please credit me and my blog upon usage. 

Bless the models


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Photo by yours truly. Posted on @ebencipe.

Surprised! Just got my invites for Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2016. Go check your email friends, especially on the Promotion folder (for gmail users like me) and print your golden ticket(s). FYI,print the attached invite on  8.5 x 11 inches paper (US Letter). I printed mine on a smaller size for flat lay purposes🙂 I hope I can meet you guys there.

Bless the models!


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Image Source: @tinaherrera_ Instagram

For every fashion nerds’ reference. Be sure to get your kits and eyes ready to witness the latest collection from some of our country’s top designers.

Screenshot of the registration form sent via link on email

Some designers have already sent their e-invite link that will lead to the registration. As a common practice, the actual e-invite is being received after submitting the completely filled-out form. But up to now, it seems that the e-invite is not yet available in my inbox and its subfolders (tears).Not so sure, but it seems some folks are also experiencing the same since   Hoping that just like last season, the tickets will be sent days before the show. Regardless, we will never hesitate to confirm those and wait through long lines just to watch the fresh creations and witness our favorite models.

Bless the models!


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