Photo of the Day: US Embassy Manila Hosts First “Eco-Fashion” Show

Via US Embassy Manila

Photo via US Embassy Manila/FB

Photo via US Embassy Manila/FB

“U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas Jr. hosted “Forward Fashion,” U.S. Embassy’s first eco-fashion show on September 17, 2013 at his residence. The event was a celebration of U.S.-Filipino collaboration in eco-fashion and design, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable development under the creative direction of Aristeo Tengco and showcasing eco-fashion designs of Dita Sandico-Ong and Paul Cabral. Some of the celebrities who donned the designs for the runway were Anne Curtis, Dennis Trillo, Matteo Guidicelli and Venus Raj.”


Photo of the Day: Ambassador Kim Shows His Fashion Sense at “2012 World of Calvin Klein”

Via US Embassy Seoul/FB:  “Ambassador shows his fashion sense at “2012 World of Calvin Klein” fashion show at the Seoul Station rooftop!”

That’s Ambassador Sung Kim, our ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Prior to his appointment to the US Embassy in Seoul, you will remember him as the Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks.  Before that, he headed the Office of Korean Affairs at the Department of State from August 2006 to July 2008.  Ambassador Kim also served in a variety of positions in the East Asia Pacific region including overseas assignments in Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

Photo via US Embassy Seoul/FB

In early July, we blogged about Ambassador Kenney at the BIFF (see Ambassador Kristie Kenney on the Runway at Bangkok International Fashion Fair). Not sure if Ambassador Kim actually walked the runway in Seoul in late May (no blog post about the event) or if he just popped in to show the flag. But if he did, that probably makes him the first chief of mission on the catwalk.

The show, by the way, was put together by Calvin Klein Inc., a fashion house founded by American fashion designer Calvin KleinAccording the WWD, the private event took place in a purpose-built structure on top of the landmark Seoul Station, and featured three interactive video installations by Rafaël Rozendaal, Scott Snibbe and the Flightphase collective. The night’s highlight, however, was a specially curated program of videos displayed on the Seoul Square Media Canvas, the world’s largest LED screen at 23 stories tall.

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Ambassador Kristie Kenney on the Runway at Bangkok International Fashion Fair

She did it again! Our Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney was the original dancing ambassador when she was posted in the Philippines.  Then others followed.  She may be the first U.S. Ambassador-designate to send a video greeting to her country of assignment while she was still in Washington, D.C.. something that has now become a trend.  She moved to Thailand and later did a parachute jump. Our ambassador to Paris followed with a parachute jump during D-Day celebration.

Have you ever seen a U.S. ambassador on a fashion runway? We haven’t until Kristie Kenney walked the runway in Bangkok. Not the first time she’s done a fashion show though, as she had previously done the eco-fashion show with a cute garb designed by the embassy’s information management team.  Who’s next?

Via Ambassador Kenney’s blog:

No, I am NOT trying out a new career. I am guest modeling at a show of Active Wear by New York designer, Anthony Lilore. Anthony is joining the Bangkok International Fashion Fair with his collection of super comfortable clothes all made from sustainable, organic products.

Ambassador Kristie Kenney on the runway (Photo from US Embassy Bangkok/Tumblr)

After the fashion show, Anthony stayed on to talk about fashion trends, what inspires him to design and to discuss opportunities to study fashion design in the USA.

Did I have fun? Yes. Although walking down a large flight of stairs in front of a lot of cameras isn’t so easy, even in super comfortable yoga wear. The real models had to hustle to change clothes quickly backstage. They also had to make sure they got all the details of each outfit just right. I just wore one outfit and the designer himself told me how he wanted it worn so it was much easier. I’ll stick to diplomacy as a career!

More photos available here via Facebook.

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