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We Can’t Get Over These Met Gala 2018 Looks

No, we’re still not getting over the Met Gala 2018. Yes, we’re still talking about it. How could we not, when we’re constantly bombarded by high-definition photos of our favourite celebrities on the red carpet each time we refresh our social media feeds? 

No, we’re still not getting over the Met Gala 2018. Yes, we’re still talking about it. How could we not, when we’re constantly bombarded by high-definition photos of our favourite celebrities each time we refresh our social media feeds? 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Benefit, colloquially known as the Met Gala, is without a doubt, a big deal for the fashion industry. It’s where creativity is tested year after year, with celebrities scrambling to get the best designers to come up with their look for the night. 

This year’s Met Gala theme was nothing short of ambitious. “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” sure is a mouthful, but that’s not a hindrance to the creatives.

And like everyone else, we have our favourite looks from that fashionable night. Here’s a list of our favourite looks from the Met Gala 2018:

Lily Collins in Givenchy

Lily Collins just has that air of classiness around her. She’s popular for her sophisticated looks, especially on the red carpet. Decked in an all-black ensemble, she channeled gothic influence and accentuated her gown with crystals around her eyes and dark lipstick. 

Jared Leto and Lana del Rey in Gucci

Mary and Jesus, that’s the first thing that came to mind when we saw Lana del Rey and Jared Leto. The female singer, dressed in a cream gown with gold embroidery, upped her look with an avian headdress and an embellishment that symbolized the Lady of Sorrows. Her partner looked every bit the Baroque Jesus he tried to embody with the golden crown sitting atop his head. 

Zendaya in Versace

The singer-actress drew inspiration from Joan of Arc, dressed to kill in metallic tones and elements reminiscent of the armor of medieval knights. Her short, curled bob and blunt bangs sealed the deal.

Rihanna in Margiela

If you’re a follower of Rihanna, the Met Gala, or even just fashion in general, then you just know that Rihanna always delivers. The Met Gala maven took the Catholic part of the theme seriously, arriving in a papal-inspired crystal-encrusted gown. She definitely shone bright like a diamond that night!

Chadwick Boseman in Versace

Not all heroes wear capes, but Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman’s flowy cape and all-white ensemble saved our lives. Complete with gold and red embellishments, he was definitely one of the best-dressed males at the Met Gala. 

Ariana Grande in Vera Wang

We didn’t have any tears left to cry when Ariana made her Met Gala debut in a Vera Wang gown. Featuring the famed art of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, she wore it with her signature high ponytail and a lavish bow.

 

 

 

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BVLGARI in Cebu

May 10 – Cebu City  |  Step inside a world of opulence where gold shimmers and diamonds sparkle. BVLGARI, the renowned Italian luxury brand, is celebrated for its exquisite gemstone jewelry, thin watches, perfumes, and leather goods. With a legacy dating back to 1884, BVLGARI has become synonymous with elegance and craftsmanship. The newest BVLGARI boutique opened last week at the sparkling The Mall at Nustar Resort and Casino, fast becoming the shopping destination for discerning consumers.

Eva Gullas, Jeffrey Hang, Jaja Chiongbian-Rama and Butch Carungay

Jeffrey Hang, BVLGARI’s Regional Marketing Director for South East Asia, flew in from Singapore to welcome guests. “We are happy to unveil BVLGARI to the Cebu market. This is the company’s 140th year, and BVLGARI celebrates this landmark with the Aeterna High Jewelry Collection in Rome this coming May 20, attended by all our global ambassadors like Zendaya and Black Pink” Jeffrey shares with us. The collection will be available in SE Asia later in the year and in the Philippines at the end of the year.

Leading the ribbon cutting was Joseph Muñoz (commercial director of Bulgari Philippines, Jeffry Hang (regional marketing director of Bulgari South East Asian operations, Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey (Bulgari Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015), Allan Teo (chief operating officer of NUSTAR Resort and Casino and May Adolfo (mall director of NUSTAR Cebu).

Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey, BVLGARI’s local Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015

Sheila Osmeña-Go and Jaja Chiongbian-Rama

Spotted at the event was Joseph Muñoz, Commercial Director of Bulgari Philippines escorting Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey, BVLGARI’s local Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015, Allan Teo, Chief Operating Officer of NUSTAR Resort and Casino, Howard Go, Summit Media’s CEO and his wife, Cebuana Sheila Osmeña-Go as well as some of Cebu’s young fashionable set like Claudia Bezza Yeung, Marjay Ramirez, and Danessa Onglatco.

May Adolfo, Danessa Onglatco, Marjay Ramirez and Claudia Bezza-Yeung

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The Qipao As Interpreted by Innovative Filipino Designers: PHILIP RODRIGUEZ

The Qipao, an iconic symbol of Chinese fashion, takes center stage as we celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Wood Dragon. This singular closely-fitted garment crafted from the most opulent silks originated in 1920’s Shanghai. ZEE fashion editor Oj Hofer, has sought the creative insights of some of the Philippines’ most innovative designers for their interpretation of the elegant Qipao, also known as Cheongsam.

Cebu’s esteemed designer, Philip Rodriguez, pays homage to imperial attire with this stunning yellow silk brocade qipao. While adhering to the traditional cheongsam silhouette, Rodriguez infuses a touch of sensuality by incorporating see-through silk tulle panels along the waistline. Known for his timeless designs and culturally respectful creations, Rodriguez’s attention to detail is unparalleled. His embellishments are intricate and exquisite, showcasing impeccable taste and luxurious design without veering into ostentation. Take, for instance, his cheongsam for the Year of the Dragon. While it may seem daring compared to traditional sensibilities, Rodriguez maintains elegance by delicately veiling the wearer’s skin with sheer tulle on the cutout side panels. The front slit of the dress is cautiously calculated to strike the perfect balance between modesty and allure “I design for women who possess sophistication beyond their years, “ Philip emphasizes. “My clothes are crafted to evoke a sense of beauty and allure, leaving her feeling exquisite and confident.” As a seasoned designer, Rodriguez consistently achieves harmony in his designs. His qipao for 2024 seamlessly blends elements of royalty and sensuality, luxury and practicality, reflecting his mastery of the craft and his ability to create pieces that are truly elegant and well-balance.

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The Qipao As Interpreted by Innovative Filipino Designers: JC BUENDIA

The Qipao, an iconic symbol of Chinese fashion, takes center stage as we celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Wood Dragon. This singular closely-fitted garment crafted from the most opulent silks originated in 1920’s Shanghai. ZEE fashion editor Oj Hofer, has sought the creative insights of some of the Philippines’ most innovative designers for their interpretation of the elegant Qipao, also known as Cheongsam.

JC Buendia, celebrated for his ability to tell a million style stories through minimalist details, is a master of clean, chic lines in fashion. Eschewing frivolity and nonsensical embellishments, every element of his designs contributes to their overall elegance.

Inspired by cinematic portrayals of Chinoiserie, Buendia’s first fascination with the Qipao began with Gloria Romero’s iconic portrayal of a Chinese princess disguised as a ‘sampan’ girl in the 1957 film “Hong Kong Holiday.”

“This admiration for orientalalia only deepened as I watched films like “The Last Emperor” and “In The Mood For Love,” JC recalls.

Buendia’s latest creation is a testament to this cinematic influence. His interpretation of the Qipao for the Year of the Wood Dragon features a cropped top crafted from silk Dupioni, embellished with diamond brooches on the reverse closure for a touch of glamour. Paired with a tea-length bouffant skirt made from frothy layers of delicate tulle, the ensemble exudes sophistication and timeless elegance.

With meticulous attention to detail and a keen eye for design, JC Buendia’s Qipao captures the essence of cinematic glamour while offering a contemporary twist on a classic silhouette. It’s a tribute to the enduring allure of Chinoiserie and the timeless beauty of the Cheongsam.

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