By BECKY GARCIA
October 21, 2019
The country’s premier fashion and philanthropic event, The Red Charity Gala, once again championed Filipino artistry and charity with a one-of-a-kind fashion event. Greater than any of the past shows, 10 of the country’s most esteemed designers shared the stage for a noble and worthwhile cause at the Shangri-la at the Fort.
High society personalities and Red Charity Gala founders Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tinga have exerted great efforts to reach out to those in need while highlighting Filipino designers’ creative excellence. This year, in an unprecedented fashion event titled “The First Ten,” they have gathered past honorees to present their latest collections in a landmark show for the benefit of the Philippine Red Cross, Assumption HS ‘81 Foundation and various charities throughout the country.
Dennis Lustico presented a collection of how his work has evolved ever since he became the gala’s first featured designer back in 2009. Titled “The Story of Mei,” his collection is inspired by Zhang Ziyi’s character in the film “House of Flying Dagger,” highlighting a hyper-glam interpretation of the Chinese form-fitting dress, cheongsam.
Dubai-based Filipino designer Furne One dazzled the audience with a collection displaying his distinctive way of using lace, tulle, feathers and other intricate details to his masterpieces.
Breathtaking ensembles inspired by the colors and culture of India were presented by the world-renowned Michael Cinco. Famous for his dramatic and complex ballgowns, Cinco’s collection depicted the famous the love story behind the Taj Mahal.
Seven years after the unveiling of his 35-piece origami-inspired collection, Cebuano designer Cary Santiago’s collection combined edgy sophistication with femininity and modernity.
The brilliant Ezra Santos stood out and left a lasting impression with his collection titled, “Traces of an Unknown Woman.” Santos chose to present the beauty and fashion of the Arab countries, as well as the princess-like qualities of its women.
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