MANILA, Philippines ? Despite the downpour and the tighter-than-tight seating at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) main lobby, Manila?s hardcore fashion fans would not miss the fashion milestone of the year last Tuesday.
Trust the magic combination of Samsung?s full support of culture and music, Manila?s chosen three designers, the venue provided by outgoing CCP president Nes Jardin, and a steadfast vision as the winning formula for a night to remember.
The original and fierce 30-piece collections of Rajo Laurel, Rhett Eala and Randy Ortiz used the kilometric catwalk to titillate the audience on who would end up the show?s most applauded designer.
The rapturous music of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra serenaded 100 top models as they worked the runway. The juxtaposition of live music and competing collections was a perfect balance that kept the enthralled audience cheering for their favorite looks. The wonderful shoes were designed by Via Venetto.
It was standing room only even for show biz studs like Dingdong Dantes, John Estrada, Richard and Raymond Gutierrez with Liz Uy. The best view was from the balcony overlooking the cumulus clouds of capiz chandeliers lit pink and blue.
Front-row style icons included Imelda Marcos (resplendent in a vintage Valera terno), Baby Arenas, GMA 7?s power woman Wilma Galvante, Ruby Tuazon, Gloria Diaz, Fortune Ledesma, Malu Francisco and Vicky Garchitorena, who looked so radiant with fiancée Winston.
Heavy applause went to the shy Rhett Eala for his supremely wearable couture accessorized with real golden pearls by Jewelmer.
Randy Ortiz also claimed his share of applause with his feminine, outstanding formals, while Rajo Laurel showed strikingly modern Filipiniana.
?Face Off? proved how these style rulers are most secure in their profession and talent.