Cornerstone talents Gretchen Ho and Richard Poon walked the runway with rising stars Kim Rodriguez and Arron Villaflor at the United Fashion Show 2014 as the new endorsers of the shoe brands Cardam’s, Liberté, and Mario D’boro.
The event was held last August 9 at Robinson’s Place Manila.
The fashion show featured the rainy, holiday, and formal shoes collection of Cardam’s, Liberté, and Mario D’boro.
Apart from the shoes, Gretchen, Richard, Kim and Arron wore designs by Nat Manilag during the runway show.
Christine Ng, marketing director of Cardam’s and Mario D’boro shoes, described the brand's 2014 collection in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
“For the rainy season, we actually compensated with dark colors and... boots.
“For the more sophisticated crowd, we have Cardam’s.
“For the younger crowd we have Liberte and, of course, our general market is Mario D’boro.”
Christine added, “We featured colors that are very vibrant such as red, gold, oranges.”
Gretchen told PEP and other members of the press that she feels blessed to be part of the growing family of United Mix Creations Corporation.
Asked what she looks for when she buys shoes, Gretchen said “affordability design, and durability.”
She explained, “Pinaka-importante lalo na para sa akin, affordable kasi siyempre, bilang Chinese kuripot ako.”
She added, “Hindi ako yung parang one time use, tapos hindi ko na gagamitin ulit.
“When I have shoes, I make sure that I use them.”
The athlete-host who used to prefer wearing flats admitted she has grown to appreciate the good things about wearing high heels.
Gretchen said, “Dati mahilig ako sa mga sandals, yung mga flats kasi nga athlete ako.
“Pero ngayon mas natutuo na akong mag-heels.
“Na-appreciate ko na rin kasi iba yung tindig pag naka-heels ka.
“'Tsaka parang tumatangkad ako so I feel more confident about myself.
“So yung mga kinukuha ko ngayon, mga four inches na para dun sa mga events ko.
“Pero on a normal day, I prefer flats, pwedeng sandals.”
Does she wear high heels around boyfriend Robi Domingo?
Gretchen answered, “Actually dati hindi, yung mga binibili ko dati yung mga two inches.
“Pero now sabi ko, ‘Bahala ka na!
"‘Robi, dapat confident ka din kahit mas matangkad ako sa’yo!’”