These five National Costumes are my favorites during last night’s fashion show (Photo credit: Joy Arguil)
It personally surprised me that the two (2) National Costumes from last night’s Bb. Pilipinas Fashion Show which took my fancy the most are the ones worn by the two bets from Davao – Binibini 37 Jehza Huelar and Binibini 15 Kristine Angeli Estoque.
Designer Xioti Chiu’s Iranun-inspired attire is just so gloriously royal in impact that – with the help of beautiful Jehza wearing the same – the complete ensemble makes me feel proud of the often-neglected heritage of our tribal brothers and sisters in the deep south. I wouldn’t mind seeing this worn by any titleholder in international competitions.
On the other hand, the Kadayawan Festival-inspired creation of Designer John Cliff on Kristine is literally a feast for the eyes, bordering on 3-D effect even. The mix-and-match of fluorescent colors entices me, such that it will definitely be a standout in the global pageant stage.
Jehza Huelar in a Xioti Chiu masterpiece inspired by the Iranun tribe of Davao
Kristine Angeli Estoque in a John Cliff creation that is inspired by the Kadayawan Festival
Maxine Medina in a pink Rhett Eala Filipiniana
Third on my list is the blushing pink Filipiniana custom-made by Designer Rhett Eala on one of the top favorites – Binibini 29 Maxine Medina. The cut and the minimalist design are tasteful and very well presented by the wearer herself. I can see it getting good reviews abroad, even if some will find it lacking in theatrical appeal for more shock effect.
Priscilla Kim dela Cruz in the Ati-Atihan take of Rocky Gathercole
And then there is the Rocky Gathercole original for Binibini 17 Priscilla Kim dela Cruz which I believe rocked the stage last night. This has the Miss Universe peg for a National Costume written all over, if you ask me. It is edgy without going overboard, whimsical in a very modern pageant-evolving way.
Dindi Pajares in the Bagoba/Manoba-inspired spin from Cherry Samuya Veric
Last but not the least on my list is the one which actually made Top 6 – the Cherry Samuya Veric number on Binibini 27 Dindi Pajares which is a Bagoba/Manoba interpretation containing the right elements of old world-culture and fashion factored in. With this one included as finalist, I can already see it onstage once one of the Bb. Pilipinas 2016 titleholders will compete abroad.
So there, my five personal favorites from last night. I just wished that most of them made it on top. 😉