When I go to the sea she is water, and the sun shinning above lighting up my heart in flames. You could tell she is made of thunder, and blood and air, yet sometimes she crawls in my dream and holds my head. Wearing a sinnful allure of red. The color that is inside all of us from birth to death.
— la interpretación de un sueño. Traumarbeit by Patricia Narbón
… and with these words above, spanish-born female designer Patricia Narbón started off her collection ‘Candelaria’, which I was honored to model and walk on the runway.
NARBON is a demi-couture label focused on handmade embroidery and embellishments. Founded by spanish-born designer Patricia Narbón, the label is based in Vienna. Recognized by the use of traditional techniques such as tambour beading and contemporary ones like 3D printing or laser cutting. Source: www.narbonpatricia.com
On June 5th this year, I was able to run my very first real fashion show. The Angewandte Show 2018 – under the direction of Hussein Chalayan. For me, an experience of a lifetime and one of my inner biggest dream come true.
I would love to say a couple of words up front, so you can understand how much this show meant to me. Not only as a job but also on a personal level.
A FEW WORDS IN ADVANCE
As most of you know, I’ve been modeling for about 3 years now. My passion and interest in modeling fashion, beauty and lifestyle photo shoots was always a big secret desire I was never pursuing, because I had a million reasons why I am not a fit for this business. Read more about my thoughts on it, in one of my previous blog posts called ‘Dreams & Ends’.
When I started working as a freelance ‘model (with tattoos)’, I immediately set my goals very high on setting myself apart and seeing modeling as a way of expressing myself differently, which is all a part of me. I always wanted to do beauty and fashion photo shootings and I am more than grateful to everyone in this business supporting me and walking this path with me.
Enough of all the words up front – let’s get to the fun and interesting part of this blog post. I met the designer Patricia Narbón over instagram. Patricia found me over another profile and texted me immediately if I wanted to be part of her show in June.
I always put great valuation to how someone is asking me to model for them because as a freelance artist I need to handle everything on my own if it’s a tfp photo shooting or if it’s a bigger job (like a campaigns or collection shootings), I like my agency MMOODDEELL to handle it for me. Patricia was so enthusiastic and cooperative and suggested to meet in person and I thought that was not only a statement for putting great value in getting to know me first (if you think about how much time and work she put in her diploma collection), but also very respectful to talk about the details in person.
Patricia and I clicked immediately, and for me, it felt like I knew her much longer than those 30 minutes we got to talk about everything and anything. I was super excited for the fittings to happen.
THE FIRST FITTING
The first fitting happened in March this year and Patricia was already so far done with her collection, although seeing the whole collection in the end, I was wondering ‘How on earth did this lady do ALL THIS in that short amount of time?’. Seeing her collection (collection pieces) for the very first time was so great! I got so very excited! Carefully chosen textiles and super excitingly tailored fashion pieces with hand-stitched beading. I was impressed!
THE COLLECTION ‘CANDELARIA’
Patricia Narbón’s collection is called ‘Candelaria’ and it’s so crazy beautiful. Patricia did so much by hand and it is how she likes to call it a ‘Demi-Cotoure’ collection – a prêt-à-porter interpretation of Haute Couture (high-dressmaking). Every single outfit is a piece of art by itself with an own name to it telling its own story. Each piece goes together with all the other pieces designed. If you look closely you can see similar tailoring and finishing techniques and touches as well as similar textiles used explicitly and consciously in other fashion pieces of her collection. For me seeing the whole collection was like reading a book where all comes together in the end.
THE FINAL FITTING
Most models got final fitted the day before and a short dress rehearsal was done on the runway to practice the choreography with the music played by producer and musician Ana Threat, who also was playing live at the day of the show. The concept of the show was a new concept of 4 shiny islands and each designer used them differently for their collection.
On June 5th, the day of the show, all designers, models and the makeup artists got together in the morning to prepare for the show at night. The models were dressed and final touches were made. The makeup for ‘Candelaria’ was done so perfectly by Naomi Gugler (Naomzz), a Viennese make up artist. Inspired by Patricia’s collection and all models she created an individual look for each model.
The show was at the Expedithalle at the Alte Ankerbrotfabrik, the perfect location for the show, located in the 10th district of Vienna. I got really excited, as there were lots of people attending the show and photographers and the press was present as well. The show, of course, was a total success – and the applause for Patricia Narbón and all the other artists showed so.
What fascinated me and made me super proud, was the only immediate reaction of the audience, when ‘Candelaria’ was shown – a long and cheerful applause! What a night! What an honor to be part of it! Thank you, Patricia, for who you are and what you do!
This show meant the world to me! It was such a great experience and I couldn’t be happier and grateful that Patricia Narbón booked me for her beautiful collection ‘Candelaria’. Reflecting that very day, I would love to show my greatest respect to all designers and organizers, who made this possible. I also want to give respects to all the MUAs who worked in such great speed to get everyone ready in time and I would love speak my greatest respect to all runway models.
Being on the runway is a very important and honorable job. You get chosen by a designer to represent what they’ve worked on very hard over a long period of time. And there is not only the pressure and concentration of representing the collection piece properly, but also the skills to walk a beautiful walk, stand a lot and feel hot or cold, concerning the given circumstances. This is not an easy job.
I for myself would very much love to walk more often, as I love the role of representing a piece with a history.