Sunday, July 6, 2008

Paris Day 2-3 + Cosfest

Feels like I can finally breathe after weeks of 24/7 of non-stop working and days out. I really don't like getting out of the house much (my room really).

Long post ahead, catching up a little with the past week. Felt like it's been a long time...

Sat night I packed up before STCC ended to catch my flight to Paris, I only received the confirmation for the job on Friday, so it was really a hell lot of trouble trying to reschedule everything just so I can leave.

Day1 is in the previous entry.



Paris Day2: Christian Dior Fall 2008 Couture

The reason I was there.


The show was set for 2.30pm. We reached musée Rodin at 9.30, targeted time to finish setup was 11am.

There were 4 of us, the photographer, a producer, a photo assistant and myself as an assistant and coordinator. No I don't speak French, it was more for getting things done during the setup and pulling models from their racks and directing them.

The security refused to let us in for a good half an hour, but when we finally went in it's nothing but epicness that greeted us.

44 looks, 44 girls.


While waiting for ladders and similar things to arrive I sneaked around to the makeup area.

Mostly makeup and hair people waiting around for the models to arrive. The looks and Polaroids already pinned up everywhere.

More setup, and more waiting. More photos in between~

Michaela opened the show. During our shoot I saw her up close, this look was so beautiful I would sell my camera to buy it, just that I think 12000 doesn't quite buy me a even a portion of the piece.

Sasha P.

I really looked forward to seeing her and Coco Rocha, but they both gained so much weight I simply can't post the pics I took backstage later on =_=

Just a few, before you get bored with the same pics. XD

Caroline T's. I realllly love this one.

And close-up of some details on a piece that has renewed my love for John Galliano.

And finally our setup complete~! I think that's like, 6 meters. Yeah. *_*

I think this was really funny, but anyway, that's just me.

By the time we finished setting up it was already 12+, the waiting was really painful. Each time we required some sort of technical support it'd take 15-30min to come. =_=

But now that's out of the way, it's time to sneak back to the makeup area again~!! It was sooooo crowded getting around was really a pain. And with all the makeup assistants holding plates with foundation on them you really had to watch you didn't knock into anyone.

Beautiful beautiful beautiful makeup. So flawless I could cry.

Beautiful beautiful hair.

Caroline Trentini chatting with someone.

Ahh so much love. However here ends my little tour, time to get ready as models start streaming into the backstage to change.

Last minute touching up on the garments.

And then it was just a lot of shouting and screaming. People dressing the girls while makeup artists tried to touch up the makeup and nail people tried to touch up the nails and hair stylists tried to spray the hair even more and we tried to not let the camera and tripods fall in the midst of all that madness.

Madnesssssss.

We had 44 girls, we managed to shoot 4 before the show started, about 20 close to 30 as the show ran on while the girls waited for the finale.

And the show was only some 13+ minutes, we had less than 20seconds per girl on average. I'm ultra proud of myself (even though I wasn't the photographer, there were still a hell lot of responsibilities and things to do, I had to shout so much I was really losing my voice).

As we were no longer able to shoot after the girls were called back into their lines for the finale I picked up the camera again.

Nothing but beautiful.

The exit list.

After the girls returned from the finale they walked in front of the curtains between the backstage and the makeup area again for photos for the press. We were just standing there, like celebrities. The others said we should just buy all the fashion mags next month and we'd probably see our faces in there. Lmao.

Ahh even though I didn't get to eat lunch for 2 days and was tired as hell, nothing could match up to the experience which I'm so grateful to have been given.

And on our way out of musée Rodin.





Paris Day3: To Home

Met up with my cousin and walked to Avenue des Champs-Élysées for lunch.

Looks awfully unhealthy huh. Hahahhaa.

We talked about how lazy the French are, and how she felt living in Paris has made her lazy. And about the X Japan concert (she had a friend who really wanted to go), and the Iron Maiden gig they were going to watch that night *jealous*.

After walking around for a while we decided it was way too crowded so she suggested we go to La Défense's mall which was probably not as bad.

Area map at the station.

And La Défense:
So spacey. XD

Well then I shopped for some gifts, I cleared out enough chocolates from Jeff de Bruges for the guy to tell me if I wanted more I could return back next week when they'll stock again. Hahahhaa it was so hilarious.

Ok back to the hotel at 5 because she had to go meet her friend for the concert, and I had retouching to finish to meet deadlines. The timing was so tight I had to time myself in minutes and seconds to divide per picture. And I finished pretty much exactly on the dot. *is proud of herself*

One last look at the hotel lobby while I waited for my taxi to the airport.

And the street right outside.

And from the car.

Well that about sums up the trip.



For the misc after that you may be interested in knowing, I reached back in Singapore on Wednesday around 6 or so. Then headed straight for an outdoor shoot (yes at night) that ended around 11+. Thursday was 8am-6 for one mag and 6pm-11+pm for another. Friday another full day. Sat and Sunday Cosfest.

So I haven't really intentionally disappeared anywhere, it's just been too much, way too much to do. Jet lagging or rest weren't even something to think of, much less the luxury of blogging or updating my (much update-lacking) website.



Cosfest VII

Cosfest's response really exceeded my expectations, thank you so much for the support everyone, and for coming down. ;_;

It really really surprised me that a few of my works sold out since mine are just photographs and not artworks like noah's. *is really really touched*

Thank you thank you thank you.



Back to the event.

For the nth time, my booth faced the wall.

While recollecting the past with Takahan I told him if I face the wall again next year I'm going to protest (toounit had made fun of how unlucky I am, because last year he saw that I was facing the wall with terrible traffic too).

I think I only missed cosfest 1 year out of the 7 (when I was in Milan for competition). Which actually means that I'd been doing this for quite a while *feels old*.

And oh oh. Someone turned up and passed me a photo with me in it from Cosfest 2003. I was cosplaying as Joan from War of Genesis III Part2. It was the only time I ever cosplayed, so unreal man. And oh don't bother trying to dig for the pics, I looked really fugly and totally butchered the character. ^^;

o_o.. that took more than 2 hours to write, it's almost 4 now and I haven't exactly been having much rest so forgive any incoherent lines and bad grammar and vocab usage. I hope you enjoyed the pictures~~ n_n

10 comments :

Otaku-chan said...

Worry not. Reading this post was nice. I knew you weren't slacking around and were probably ultra busy, haha.
It might not mean much, but I'm pretty proud of you too.

The pictures are GREAT. Love them.

I'm glad Cosfest was er-...manageable. Too bad about where your booth ended up on though.
Even though you might have put the character to shame with your cosplaying I'm sure you did your best..or at least tried.

Haha, well take care and please get some rest.

riverstyx said...

wow, ah i'm so jealous! that must've been incredible at that show. how did u get into that?

dante direnç said...

I still think you should find a day to sleep.
But beyond that...
1)use your diaphragmmmmmmm (is shot for being a performance person)
2)i didn't go for cosfest T-T ah well.
3)the dior pictures are 0_0
4)it's alright to butcher characters as long as you cosplay them for the purpose of showing your love for them. (though it's a plus if you do resemble them ^^')

rong said...

The Dior Couture show is awesomeness!

Wolf Schröder said...

Wow.

I am incredibly jealous.

Squee said...

The makeup of the models at the Dior show was awsum!

I was actually kinda surprised that you recognized me in Cosfest ^^;
extra surprised when you asked me to help take a pic lol I was afraid I'll mess it up

xJAYMANx said...

Wow.

Thanx for sharing (and 2 hours writing), lol! Can't wait for more... ^.^

P.S. Thanx again for the "Midnight Game" photo. ^_~

Layfan said...

Wooooow! Awesome!
Sooooo epic!
You are super cool!
Congrats!

P said...

Glad to see that you are still alive!
I was a little worried to be honest :)

P-A

=::~+Reiko+~::= said...

Wow~ get to see the backstage and working with them must be a very very lovely experience I think...