Philippine Fashion Week is finally here! And beyond planning what I’ll be wearing to watch my favourite designers, I’ve also made a checklist of the essentials to bring along. I can’t be caught unprepared for a major event like this one.
1. Portable charger
When it comes to watching fashion shows, it’s all about the photos. Everyone wants to see the hottest looks off the runway (ASAP!) and the stand-out fashionistas. I’ll be busy snapping away and sharing on social media. I need my phone and camera fully charged – running out of batt is not an option! Look out for my updates on Facebook and Twitter.
2. Roll-up ballet flats
I can’t go to fashion week without looking fierce – and that usually means sky-high heels. However, I will definitely need to take breaks and rest my feet. I’ll have a pair of these roll-up flats from Yosi Samra secretly packed in my handbag so I can rest my feet in between shows.
3. Brightening mist
There is just no winning with the weather in Manila – my skin will always feel dehydrated whether or not I choose to stay indoors the whole day. I need to keep a brightening mist on hand so I can freshen up, keep the oil at bay, and be confident to face the fashionable crowd any time.
4. Dry shampoo
This is a must have when you’re going to be out and about the whole day. It keeps my hair smelling fresh and prolongs my blowout; just spray and go.
5. Lip cream
My lips are prone to dryness, so I am never without a lip cream. I like to keep a formula that I can pat over my lip colour like Aesop’s Rosehip lip cream.
Breath mints are a MUST – I might run into unexpected tête-à-têtes with any fashionable personage, and bad breath is a big no-no.
7. Ticket and ID
I never, ever leave the house without these in tow! All shows have guest lists, but just to avoid the rare unfortunate circumstance when these turn out unreliable, I’m always ready with my tickets and ID.
8. Business cards
Fashion week also means non-stop socialising with the industry’s cream of the crop and Manila’s best-dressed. Business cards are a must!