When my friend Mia invited me to Inno Sotto’s 30th Anniversary Gala last Sunday, I almost said no. It will be held at CCP, which is far, and the invitation specified that women show up in a long gown. Though I wasn’t really in the mood for fancy garb and killer heels on a Sunday night, it’s not everyday you get to dress up for a fashion show with a friend I don’t see often. Besides, I already have a long gown that’s begging to be worn again, and nothing better to do than play World of Warcraft all evening. So I said yes.
At the last minute, one of the guys Mia invited backed out, so I asked Marco if he wanted to come and be my date. He immediately agreed, because he’s the kind of boyfriend who actually likes being dragged to fashion shows. I guess we weren’t used to seeing each other all dressed up, because we ended up making a joke about how the evening was like the prom night we never had. I never had a prom, he didn’t go to his – life was giving us the chance to experience prom sans the stupid high school kids that would have made going to prom a torturous experience.
Behold, a series of awkward prom night photos. It’s as if we never left high school!
I wish we thought of this before going to Mia’s so we could have bought corsages or something that would make our prom photos look a little more authentic.
Unfortunately, the security guard confiscated my camera at the entrance, which meant we couldn’t camwhore inside CCP or sneakily take photos of the show. It’s a shame I wasn’t able to take a photo of Mia and her fabulous date Ralph, who showed up in a complete tux. But I can show you what the Inno Sotto show was like, thanks to these photos by The Daily Fashionista.
The production values were spectacular – the set design was amazing, the music was very fitting, and there were professional dancers who kept us entertained in between collections.
My mind was pretty much blown away when the first few models walked in wearing black, drapey dresses and evening gowns. The jewelry was stunning and wow, would I kill to own one of these gorgeous dresses.
Then there were too many black evening gowns, which made me start craving for some color.
I got what I wanted with these jewel-toned gowns, still in the same soft, drapey silhouettes as the first collection. All of them came in single colors. At first, I was grateful for the change, but it got a little redundant after the fifth flowy gown. Don’t get me wrong – the individual gowns are beautiful and well-crafted; Inno Sotto is truly a master of draping. But once I zoom out to see the big picture, the collection only reminds me of a fancy textiles display. There weren’t enough variations from dress to dress – at least, none that I could discern from our third floor balcony – so my mind started drifting off after a while.
The Memory Collection showcased Inno Sotto’s signature designs throughout his 30-year career. This was my favorite collection of all, and I hate that they weren’t given as much stage time as the first two collections. But oh God am I crazy over that polka-dotted gown.
What I liked least about the show, however, was the opening film starring Heart Evangelista, Inno Sotto’s new muse.
I can’t find a copy of the video on YouTube, so I’ll try my best to describe it. EDIT: Found the video on StyleBible, but read on for my recap anyway! As Heart goes through the daily grind of photoshoots, parties, and celebrity appearances, someone (an obsessed fan, perhaps?) leaves these little love notes notes for her to discover. Now if an anonymous person kept leaving me messages that said, “I’ve been in love with you for so long”, “Are you sure about him?”, and “Come away with me”, I’d be freaked out of my fucking mind. Instead of finding it creepy, however, Heart acts flustered and attempts to discover her mysterious admirer. Long story short, she ends up being late for their face-to-face meeting, and the anonymous admirer departs before she could reach him. Of course, he leaves one last note for her, which says, “You’ll always be a dream…goodbye.” TOTAL KESO.
The movie also had this unnecessary product shot of Moet champagne, which leads me to believe that this was probably an idea by the show’s sponsor rather than something Inno Sotto would have wanted. Either way, I was rolling my eyes the entire time the film was playing. I wouldn’t have minded it so much if weren’t so melodramatic and if it didn’t encourage stalking as a way to woo women. However, it was extremely unnecessary introduction since we, a smart audience, would have understood the drama of the collection without the film to spoon-feed the message to us.
We ended up stuffing ourselves at a Pancake House after the show.
Look at me eat that yogurt with such gusto. I’ve been on a diet since that night.