‘THE HANGER’S VIEW’
There comes a time in (life) Modeling and Events Organizing when it is no longer about the likes, the shares and comments. As a human hanger, I have witnessed the evolution, the war of current needs versus ‘life when you have lesser energies’. `
That is the ‘legacy time’. That time when money and fame no longer satisfy your soul. Your needs need to be gratified in a different way. You know the Abraham Maslow Hierarchy of needs where Money does not count anymore? Self actualization and Self esteem stuff?
This is the dream Jeffery Wilson carried for as long as I knew him. Like a soldier with instincts he followed the trail unknowingly. Lesser people believed him but the few of us did and still do went ahead and became cogs in his dream machine. I would like to write about him but then again this is the Wiki leaks of JW TV Show. (Soundtrack)
(From right,MC Angela Muiruri And Designer Khasoyi)This is how the JW TV Show started roaring. The hotels we rampaged through, the runways we trod on and possibly the history we wrote keep on motivating us.
THE SECRETS LOUNGE
We crawled to the then famous Secrets Lounge wearing our hearts on our sleeves and did the pilot shoot. Those days when tribeka, edge, rumours were now the town’s talk. It was a first time experience like no other. The speed, hustle and tussle of the backstage were breathtaking. Remember it is a Fashion Show meant for TV and where designers compete so the laxity and comfort usually experienced at normal Fashion Shows is truly missed here by models. Both male and female designers were involved. It was all about diving, rolling; taking aims, back flips and getting muddy. One could not take more time to change from one design outfit to another or get naughty peeping on the girl’s side. The Cameras glaring, lights in the face, the first experience, the bodies, roll-on and perfumes characterized the backstage. By the time the show ended; models, choreographers, photographers were at loggerheads as a result of the pressure. The relationship graph had dived but professionalism still stood.
(Ken Fredrick, Peter, Ciencer,Tout, Kate)Things kept on improving so we flew to Hotel Rio in Nairobi West and shot the second season. It was both male and female designers battling it out. No one was missing…Aims on point. A soldier has to return home intact and that simply means no missing. The Lighting set up; the stage and sound were interesting, the crowd attendance as full to the brim and backstage fights in full swing as always. No major changes can be achieved without war and the tug was playing between us and our dreams. We kept on pulling.
(From left: BAna the brand CEO, Maggy of couture by Maggy, Dennis CEO Lagiacca)
SMALL SHIFTEYE GALLERY
This one was the most interesting. It happened at Shifteye Gallery in Hurlingham. Good marketing and show awareness with ‘James Bond like shoots’. Actually this one I enjoyed the most. It was an all male affair with only designers who make male outfits involved and the energy was fantastic as well. We sighed as designers were judged. Our work was merely hangers but for the judging, that would have to be left to the judges.
(Mike and George)
THE PREMIERE – JUNCTION
A first ever Fashion TV Premiere was done to view the previous one shot at Shifteye. The aftermath was interesting.
Looking back, I don’t regret being part of this idea as I can see the future ahead. Those who will come after us will surely reap fruits from a tree we were insulted, laughed at and made fun of as we planted it. But again, the mistakes we made, those we deleted and those we decided to keep will surely be our memoirs in the industry and on Earth.
See you as we ‘kill’ the Next JW TV Show this Saturday at the Priory Building in Hurlingham.
BY: Ken Tout Makanga
Choreographer, Runway Model