Mesmerized by Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Elizabeth Clenci

I had quite a nice vacation and one of the highlights was being able to meet up with reigning Binibining Pilipinas Grand International, Elizabeth Clenci. Kagandahang Flores head Sir Rodgil Flores facilitated this meet up with Elizabeth (or Liz for short) and I can honestly say that I was floored with what I have observed in her.

What is most striking about Liz is how self-assured and confident she is in her own skin. I observed a lovely lady who is not afraid to show me photos her worst when she had severe eczema, and how she has lifted herself up from such predicament. Mesmerized at her story of how she became a vegan from her experience, I asked more and more about her healthy lifestyle choices. I am even more impressed that she can say that she could be a vegan for the rest of her life.
Liz is addictive to listen to, when she talks you just want her to go on and on. Smart, articulate, engaging  and fun, that is how she is when I met her… More importantly she knows who she is. She was talking to her go-to designer at that time on fashion choices (gown and national costume included) for the Miss Grand International competition in Vietnam. Liz was talking about her body type and how she wants emphasis on her best assets…coming from someone working in the fashion industry, she nails her style choices spot on.

While there are no confirmed dates on her departure or the MGI schedule of activities, we can assume that she would probably be the first to compete this year among her Bb. Pilipinas batch (the finals is on October 25th). With a rep as self-assured as she is, I have a feeling that she would perhaps equal or surpass the placement of her predecessors.

Announcement! Sashes&Scripts Blogbreak on August 12-20

Hello dear Sashes&Scripts readers!
This is your blogger, Jesson Capuchino signing off for a week to take a well-deserved blogbreak. Starting August 12 to 20, I won’t be posting anything new on the blog. That will give us all the time to revisit previous posts on my blog.

But don’t be alarmed or worried as I have a lot of things to talk about when I come back. I going to post the piece I wrote regarding Catriona Gray that was published on a Canadian paper, I will be sharing with you some illustrations I made on the wardrobe wishlist for Rachel Peters, and more! Plus write-ups on Paweensuda Drouin, Janela Joy Cuaton, Cynthia Thomalla, Laura Lehmann, Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren, Alicia Machado, Carolina Izsak, Gentlemen of the Philippines 2017, Mister Universal Ambassador, Miss International, Miss Earth and so much more! I will definitely be back with a bang!

Planning the Perfect Pageant Wardrobe Pt.2

By now you have an idea on your personal style. You know what works for you and your body type. It is now time to prepare for the type of clothes that you would be needing for your competition.
This post covers the most basic outfit items you need to plan out. It is probably not the most extensive list as some pageants require additional outfits for talent, preliminaries, outdoor activities, etc…

The Interview Outfit
In some pageants, the close-door interviews accounts for the biggest chunk of your preliminary scores. It is wise to make a good lasting impression during the interviews. Which makes the outfit you wear all the more important. Your interview outfit has to communicate you as a person. But it should be treated like interviewing like a job as this is exactly like a job interview. So make sure you do select the appropriate outfit and accessory: not too over bling-y, not too sexy or revealing, not too colorful, not too drab either. You are not required to wear a blazer. A dress or dressed-up separates would do. Prepare a couple of outfits just in case that there would be two separate interview sessions.
The Evening Gown
You might want to prepare at least 4-5 evening gowns for international pageants. Separate them by those that we call the “competition gown” versus the evening gown that you may be required to wear during the welcome dinner or a fancy party like the Governor’s Ball or the Charity Gala. What is a competition gown you say? The competition gown is usually the gown that has the ‘wow factor’ on stage. They are typically embellished or create movement… or they simply are the ones that would make the wearer get noticed during the evening gown competition.
The Swimsuit
Your swimsuit option should be made based on your body type. Some two piece bikinis are only flattering to a narrow range of body types, so you have to know what works for you. In cases where you can choose from a wide array of swimsuit styles, try to choose one that is monochromatic and doesn’t have a lot of patterns or prints so as it does not distract from the wearer.

The National Costume
Most international pageants require a national costume to be included in their wardrobe requirements. Most local pageants do not require this however. To really get the most out of your national costume, try to do research with your designer on the type of costume you want to wear. Try to make it authentic to your country. But you can be creative and over-the-top for this if you want.
Daily Wardrobe
This is the most difficult portion of the wardrobe to prepare because of the number of outfits you have to prepare. Try to get a picture of how many days there are in the pageant and that is the minimum number of day outfits you need to have. This number does not include rehearsal outfits, interview outfits, gowns and the like. So you need to know how much dresses vis-à-vis separates do you need to bring.
Rehearsal Outfits
Rehearsals are part of your pageant activities so you might want to come in prepared for this. While there is no clear-cut rules on what to wear, you might want to consider an option that is both comfortable and stylish. You want to be comfortable in rehearsals, but you can do that and still look like you are fashionably on point. Try to do research on sportswear brands (sportswear doesn’t necessarily mean athletic wear brands like Nike or Adidas) and imagine how they would fit to the activity.

Not all pageants have the same personalities and preparing outfits for the competition proper should include consideration on the activities you will be having. Each of your outfit should communicate something about you. Each outfit should offer a glimpse of your personality and taste. They say clothes makes the man, hence you should take into consideration how your clothes affect how you feel about yourself and how people see you in them.
In the end of the day your clothes should always enhance you and you should never wear anything that overpowers you or those that are not in sync with your personal style. Your clothes should reflect you, the best version of you…

Planning the Perfect Pageant Wardrobe Pt.1

How do you plan for your perfect pageant wardrobe? This is obviously something that all pageant girls have to think of. It may not be simple as you think but we can help out the planning stage to get into your best pageant wardrobe.

When planning for pageants, keep in mind that this is not your usual day-to-day outfit planning. This is a bit trickier than that. You have to know what you want and what image you want the world to know through your wardrobe. Most people do not necessary think about this but your pageant wardrobe should be a tool to communicate yourself to the world. It should be able to speak something about you without you having to verbalize it.
You have to consider carefully the following points before shopping for clothes.
1. Personal Brand/ Image – before discussing your personal style, you have to think first about your personal brand or the personal image. Are you: strong, empowered, confident… or empathetic, soft, approachable… or classy, sophisticated, reserved…or edgy, fun, energetic? You have to know who you are inside-out. Your personal brand should be true to your personality. You have to amplify this on your pageant wardrobe because it is one way of getting yourself noticed.
Your personal brand should be consistent in all aspects. Because this is the building blocks of how your wardrobe should be. This will dictate the fabric, color, silhouette and embellishments that your pageant wardrobe will be.

2. Body Type & Skin Tone – crucial to your wardrobe is figuring out your body type. You really need to assess whether you are top or bottom heavy, an apple shape, or an inverted triangle. You need to figure out if you have a long torso with short legs or wide hips with small bust. Because if your body is not the ideal proportions, you should use your wardrobe to make you look taller, leaner and stylish. Use fashion to create the image of a fuller bust, leaner legs, smaller waist, etc… You also need to know your skin tone because honestly no one skin color can pull off all colors. Blue, the most flattering color for all skin types, have hundreds of shades that will look differently on different skin color. Not all whites can flatter every complexion…warm whites have different effect as optic whites on a variety of skin types.
So, pageant girls you really have to invest time on pre-planning your wardrobes. Dress according to your body type to minimize your flaws and maximize your assets. This is where a good image consultant/ stylist slash friend can come in handy.
3. Personal Style – your personal style will be defined by combining your personal brand with consideration for your body type…because every wardrobe decision would have to be consistent with your brand. This makes building up your wardrobe easy, because you can easily put in those that reflect your image or the image you want to project. Once you have streamlined what pieces you would want to include in your wardrobe, it would be easy to tie them all up with accessories (earrings, belts, neck-pieces, arm bands and bracelets, shoes, bags, etc…) that complement your style. This would entail investing on pieces that you can use and re-use in varying mix-and-matches to keep your over-all look always adhering to your personal brand.

One of the most common mistake in planning pageant wardrobes is that pageant girls jump immediately to the selection of the gowns, national costumes and the dresses. This would only result to an incoherent personal style. Try to build your wardrobe by working on your personal brand and style to achieve a consistent look throughout the pageant proper.
Part 2 of this 2-part blogpost focuses on the items you need to think and plan for.

Sash Factor’s Miss Universe Thailand Final SashPicks

I was tasked to do the Miss Universe Thailand final SashPick artwork and here below is what I came up with. It features the candidates’ portraits in traditional glamoured up costumes set up on a background of gold filigree with Thai borders. I believe its good to set off the entire graphic layout to highlight the girls with a super-imposed border using the same glamshot… And the result is an homage to the rich cultural heritage of the Land of Smiles.

Sash Factor’s Final SashPick selection are:
1. Maria Poonlertlarp Ehren
2. Paweensuda Saetan Drouin
3. Baitong Jareerat Petsom
4. Thanaporn Soranun
5. Anna Nilson
6. Dala Naksook
7. Ratchanok Naowaset
8. Uchuta Praditponsaen
9. Sirirat Kalaboot
10. Pisoottha Nuntaworavech

Should Maureen Wroblewitz Join Beauty Pageants?

With a face that is made to sell beauty products and a good girl attitude, Maureen Wroblewitz endeared herself to fans and supporters alike. Despite the criticism that she is inexperienced, short (she is only 5’6″ tall comparatively short by modeling standards), and only has a good face as a strong point, she managed to score a win at a reality-tv modeling competition.

Even after her win, she is still facing criticisms for it. Granted that she still is inexperienced and still lacks the strong character, she could be molded to a viable commercial model. Yet her eyes still searches for more growth and maturity. This is why I think that she should give pageants a try.
Pageant coaches and pageant training would enhance what is already there. Her potential is enormous but it still needs to be polished. Her youth so far is a weakness in terms of being unexposed to the world, so to speak. The confidence may be there but it does not outwardly show just yet. Personality development is also something that pageant hopefuls would need to go under. She would be developed to speak not just with confidence but with conviction. She would be taught what works best for her skin type, what poses she needs to use to look taller and slimmer, what she needs to amp up and what she needs to minimize. If she is trained in pageants, she would be coached extensively in pasarela. Something that is clearly lacking in the reality-tv competition. She would have to get training on walking and show strength on the ramp. Every stride and every pose or turn would be a tool to showcase her personality. 

This is something that would help mold her better into a confidently beautiful Filipina. Maureen, as I see it, still is raw. Very raw. But if she manages to get a good team surrounding her and train her properly, she would far more be effective not only as a model but also as a future beauty queen…

Denisse Franco: Full Steam Ahead with/ without Televisa Backing

Starting next year the Miss Universe Mexico will no longer be in partnership with Mexican television station Televisa. And while the partnership has broken down, reigning Nuestra Belleza Mexico Denisse Franco isn’t about to let that issue stop her preparations for Miss Universe 2017!

Determination and true grit. Those are currently the two qualities that the 19 year old possess. “I’m taking personal classes; I was attending classes at the CEA (Centro de Educación Artística de Televisa) but now they are personal classes. I joined in another type of preparation, since there have been some changes that we need to adjust. I have verbal expression classes, gym and diet. I go with the dermatologist because obviously it is very important to have healthy skin. “
“I am taking English classes because it is fundamental to know that language and I also have body language classes to get more, to be more authentic, and general culture classes to be aware of my country and the problems that are happening today.

Denisse with or without the backing of a television station is still in good hands under National Directress Lupita Jones. She is hands-on regarding Denisse’s training and communicates often with her. If all goes well with her training and preparations, Denisse is shaping up to be a formidable competition come Miss Universe 2017.