19 February 2011


Style School is turning out to be ONE. FABULOUS. EXPERIENCE.

Spent my Saturday afternoon with no less than the country's premiere photographer Jun de Leon! He generously gave our Fashion Styling class two hours of his precious time (For free!) -- sharing stories about his career, giving photography tips, talking about the creative collaboration of photographers and stylists, giving us words of wisdom on life, love and career.

As our styling mentor, Ms. Millet, pointed out we're so blessed. Too blessed. WE. SO. KNOW.

It was an honor to see him in another light -- different from his uber terror image while at work. He was so generous with his knowledge. He was so patient with us. He even pointed out my best angle, hehe. =) Admittedly he said, "Hindi ako ganito kabait pag trabaho."

Among his priceless quotables, I'll share one that I will forever take to heart if I do plan to make a career out of styling -- "Don't be a stylist who simply pulls out clothes, who simply dresses up the talent. The measure of a good stylist is when she can tell a story. As a stylist you have to tell a story."

The Master suggested we do a "leg story"
hence the tangled legs.
Our Styling Class with Mr. Jun de Leon
at his studio in Bonifacio Global City

Me: Robot?

Photo: not his (hehe);
it was taken by someone from our school,
not a classmate.

Hindi namin afford ang "photo by Jun de Leon."
Abuso na 'yun if kuhanan pa niya kami!

Ms. Millet suggested that we prepare tokens for him. Halos sumakit ulo ko sa kakaisip -- "What do you give Jun de Leon?!" But you know what? He was so sweet when he received our humble gifts (mostly sweets). I got him truffles. I know they're not enough Thank You pero wala namang regalong tatapat sa priceless experience we had this afternoon.

Thank you, Sir. You've inspired us all. We hope we could style for you / work with you one day soon.

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