September 30, 2018

Wedding worthy looks at the ABS CBN Ball 2018

By Vennette Lailani Seprado

This year’s most anticipated gathering of the country’s brightest stars and talents were all glammed up for the ABS-CBN Ball at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel last night. There was no shortage of sparkles and luxurious fabrics as ladies paraded in their custom-made formal wear. White, silver, and ecru were popular shades worn with silhouettes ranging from ball gowns to sexy shimmery numbers. We’ve gathered ten bridal-worthy looks seen at the ball perfect for classic elegant brides, modern minimalists and everyone in between.

Erich Gonzales

The night’s “Best Dressed Female” awardee wore a classy all-white Mikado silk gown by Vania Romoff. Devoid of any embellishments, the gown had a dramatic off the shoulder draping with a subtle ruched effect on the bodice that added interest to the simple cut of the garment. Styled in an elegant updo, wearing a pair of eye-catching diamond chandelier earrings – Erich evoked old Hollywood glamour in her ensemble.


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Kathryn Bernardo

Teen Queen – Kathryn Bernardo is no stranger to the ball. Over the years she has worn sweet princess-like ball gowns to fashion-forward designer frocks that were all heavily embellished. Last year she shone bright like a diamond in a fully crystalized Patricia Santos gown that made everyone swoon. This year, she’s white hot as she showed her more mature side by choosing a sleek, figure-hugging, and asymmetric Jun Escario gown styled with a simple ponytail and a pair of linear diamond earrings.


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Maricar Reyes-Poon

Having one of the prettiest faces in the industry, Maricar has become one of the most anticipated celebrities to grace the red carpet year after year. Having a penchant for choosing simple designs in either black or white that photographs well in all angles, this time around she chose a structured pristine white gown with a huge bow accent – a signature of the designer, Mark Bumgarner.  A girly bow dress is a good contrast to the actress’ super chic short haircut.


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Shaina Magdayao

Shaina is also one of the regular actresses who graces the red carpet each year. For her look this year, she chose a dreamy Michael Leyva nude-coloured Swarovski crystal gown on illusion mesh. The ¾-sleeved gown had a plunging neckline and skirt made from layers of cloudlike tulle. The whole look is red carpet worthy and could work for a glamorous bride walking down the aisle.


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Sarah Geronimo

Sarah’s sleek and structured custom Mark Bumgarner gown was a hit last night. She donned an exaggerated sweetheart neckline gown with severe linear side cutouts on a fully sequined white fabric. The look is perfect for a modern bride who isn’t too keen on having frilly details and accents.


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Vivoree Esclito  

The relative newcomer has had a few red carpet moments under her belt. She upped the level of glam for her look this year by wearing a strapless column dress by Steph Tan Couture. The 90’s silhouette of the gown with wavelike crystal beadwork gets a bit of a flapper from the 20’s treatment by adding long strands of crystal fringe scattered across the bottom part of the garment for movement and sparkle.


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Morissette Amon

The talented singer looked like a snow queen in her embellished gown by Paolo Blanco. Made from thousands of white beads, pearls, crystals and ostrich feathers, the gown itself had multiple design details but is still managed to look cohesive and luxurious. The overall treatment resembled some of the pieces from the designer’s most recent Snowflake collection.


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Ylona Garcia

The young singer has worn white to all her ball appearances. Last year she was in a frothy, flirty number by Martin Bautista but this year she opted for a more structured piece by Light Shine White, a local clothing brand. She wore an age-appropriate strapless tiered gown in white with glittered linear patterns and accessorized with a whimsical goldfish minaudière.


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Kylie Versoza

Miss International 2016 – Kylie Verzosa sizzled in her sweet and sexy Francis Libiran ensemble. Her barely-there outfit was made from a fully beaded white gown in sheer fabric. It had a plunging neckline and a dangerously high slit softened by a ball of gathered tulle on the shoulder. It’s a risqué look for a wedding, which could work well in a seaside set up.


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Catriona Gray

Rounding up our bridal ensemble list is the statuesque Catriona Gray – Miss Universe Philippines 2018 who stunned the crowd in her dazzling Mak Tumang creation. Delicate crystalized straps held the bejeweled tulle goddess gown giving the ensemble the ease of a slip dress and the luxury of a sparkling gem. Styled with long wavy locks, glossy lids and lots of lashes, Catriona looked every inch a glamorous queen on the red carpet.


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Every year, designers, stylists, and celebrities outdo themselves in putting on a glitzy fashion show and this year was no exception. These events splashed all over social media is a great way to introduce styles and trends to inspire brides to create and conceptualize looks for their big day.



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