Georgina Wilson, Dingdong Dantes, Jake Cuenca bare almost all in "Bench Uncut"
"Bench Uncut: A Bold Look at the Future" featured five collections and over 100 stars.
The Big Dome housed the hottest and heaviest Bench fashion show ever on Friday, July 2. Titled "Bench Uncut: A Bold Look at the Future," the show featured dozens of barely dressed celebrities and models flaunting their bodies and the latest Bench underfashions at the Araneta Coliseum.
Top haute couture Filipino designers based in the Middle East showcased their collections based on Bench bodywear and clothing inspired by the following global themes: Cary Santiago (for Pinoy Lab), Furne One (interpreting the Far East), Val Taguba (inspired by Brazil), Ezra Santos (showing African influences) and Michael Cinco (bringing the spirit of Russia to life).
Inspired by Pintados and pre-Hispanic gold jewelry, the Pinoy Lab segment opened with Dingdong Dantes waving the Philippine flag, reports PEP.ph. Kris Bernal, Coco Martin, Diether Ocampo, John Prats, Sam Concepcion, Rodjun Cruz and Sam Pinto were also part of the segment.
Next came Far East featuring Bench Body China image model Ji Huan Bo (Rock Ji). Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Christian Bautista, Karylle, Zanjoe Marudo, Jon Avila, John Hall, Iya Villania, AJ Dee, Iwa Moto, Robi Domingo, Paulo Avelino and Andrew Wolff wore intricately detailed pieces by Furne One.
With the inspiration of the Amazon's exotic birds, the Brazil segment featured Katrina Halili, Wendell Ramos, Pokwang, Carla Abellana, Enchong Dee, RR Enriquez, Saicy Aguila, Rafael Rosell, Andrew Wolff and Eurasian model Benjamin Tang.
Aljur Abrenica, Jason Francisco and Melai Cantiveros (Pinoy Big Brother's Melason love team), Jay-R, Margaret Wilson, Railey Valeroso and Victor Aliwalas showed off the Africa designs in gold, sand and black.
The last segment, Russia, opened with in-demand model Georgina Wilson. Aside from returnees Gerald Anderson, Enchong Dee, Jon Avila, Rafael Rosell and Andrew Wolff, other celebrities who appeared for the finale segment were Jake Cuenca, JC de Vera, Shaina Magdayao, Rayver Cruz, Ejay Falcon, Frencheska Farr and Geoff Taylor.
Performances from musical artists Marc Abaya, Vina Morales and Robert Seña, and dancers from Los Angeles (said to be Lady Gaga's backup dancers) complemented the segments.
Celebrity sightings weren't limited to the stage; PEP.ph spotted artistas in the audience too: Richard Gomez and Cong. Lucy Torres, exclusively dating partners Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff, Borgy Manotoc, Maricar Reyes, Isabelle Daza with boyfriend Adrien Semblat, Tim Yap, Rajo Laurel, Chynna Ortaleza, Raymond Gutierrez, Annabelle Rama, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Pooh, JM Rodriguez, Jomari Yllana and Bing Loyzaga.
Photos by Jose Santos P. Ardivilla