This is another one of my weekend fantasy posts. I was suddenly inspired after seeing the Spring/Summer 2013 Collections of Alexander McQueen and Elie Saab that a quick question popped in my head. What if we are in the position to choose the designer of our Miss Universe Philippines Janine Tugonon for Miss Universe 2012? Who would you choose between the two and why? And if you would rather go nationalistic and select one Filipino couturier, who would it be and why?
Don’t be distracted by the lampshade hats worn by the models. Without them, the remaining pieces evoke such strong fashion statements that can make any wearer stand out. After all, Alexander McQueen wasn’t known for tasteful shock values in his creations for nothing. If something can be said, it’s the near-pitch black shades of some of the outfits that could work against the optimal effect needed for a beauty delegate’s body.
Or does Elie Saab float your boat better? His easy breezy originals are the kind of stuff any modern woman of the world wouldn’t mind showing off. In fact, the collection above thrives on simple silhouettes that incorporate an extra dash of confidence in the final cut. In particular, the white and black number on the first image is already a winner – sophistication-wise.
In the end, we should be happier seeing one of our own dress our beauty queens abroad, right? Top Pinoy designer Rajo Laurel has – for the longest time – expressed his sincere interest to lend his magic touch to our Miss Universe reps. And why not? He knows the Filipina body better than any other foreign counterpart. And knowing his excitability factor should he be given the chance to do so, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t mind doing the complete wardrobe of delegate.
At the end of the day, wishful thinking can only bring us so far. And the reality of it all is that Stella Marquez de Araneta is in full control of what our beauty queens would wear. Despite some quarters complaining that gowns and dresses are constantly recycled, there are certain small details we are not privy to that make it more important for BPCI to have blanket authority over the wardrobe. And the commissioning of a Colombian designer for the evening gown and national costume? There is more to that than meets the eye. These are subject matters best discussed in a separate post in the future. 😉