Article by Neil John Vildad / Photography by Paolo Pareno and Christian Haw
The red carpet for the 66th FAMAS AWARDS: Gabi ng Parangal, was extremely vibrant, cheery, and glitzy. As one of the most prestigious award-giving bodies in the country, celebrities came prepared to strut their best outfits on this special night. Female celebrities especially came to this event to serve looks both on the red carpet and onstage.
Here are our 10 picks for the best-dressed women of the night.
Patricia Javier came to the awards night wearing a black full-length gown with sheer sides and adorned with lace appliques. This look is classic and elegant – perfect for any awards night.
Rachel Alejandro is wearing a full-length rose gold gown with a halter top. The bodice of her gown is intricately lined with stones that complement the rest of her ensemble really well. The color of Alejandro’s gown gives this classic look a modern take.
Angeli Bayani, who won Best Actress for her role in “Bagahe”(directed by Zig Madamba Dulay), is wearing a two-piece ensemble that gives a baro’t saya silhouette. Her black baro may look simple in the front, but the back of this top has an intricate sacred heart with seven swords detailing – an artistic twist to a Filipino classic. Bayani’s saya is made from indigenous material from Mindanao. This look is a bold choice for an awards night where celebrities usually wear full-length gowns or dresses.
Iza Calzado, nominated as Best Actress for her role in “Bliss” (Directed by Jerrold Tarog) is wearing a low-cut full-length sapphire gown. Bold colors really stand out at awards nights like the FAMAS where the usual color palette ranges from whites to blacks to greys to nude colors. What makes Calzado’s look stand out even more is its simplicity in styling. Her minimal jewelry and swept-back hair ensure that the focus stays on her face and her glamorous dress.
Sunshine Cruz surprised everyone when she appeared on stage in a full-length, fully stoned gown with a naked illusion. The sheerness of her dress made it look like Sunshine is fully clad in rhinestones. A fully stoned look is perfect for an awards ceremony with lots of lights because of how the stones reflect through them and how they glitter and shine in the spotlight. Sunshine’s silhouette is a classic, but the stones and details in her gown do not make it look basic.
Cristine Reyes, nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Seven Sundays” (Directed by Catchy Garcia-Molina), is wearing a lovely lemon yellow gown with a high slit on the left. What sets her gown apart from the rest is the detailing of the entire outfit: the pop of peplum on the waist does a fantastic job of balancing out the negative space brought about by the thigh-high slit and the low-cut back of Cristine’s gown.
Charo Santos-Concio is a vision in red in a one-shoulder gown with a Greek toga silhouette. The color of her gown is extremely eye-catching with its muted vibrance, a shade that is both as sultry as it is commanding. Though the construction of her dress looks simple, the elegant gather of the dress on the left shoulder gives the whole piece an accent. Matched with bold red lips and simple hair, this whole look is elegant in all its simplicity.
They say you can never go wrong with a simple black dress, and Chai Fonacier proves that that is true. Her simple black gown is a standout in a night full of glittery gowns and brightly-colored fabrics. This full-length gown is a stunner with its muted glamor! Partnered with Fonacier’s braided updo and a natural face, this outfit showcases class, elegance, and sophistication.
Kim Chiu, one of the hosts for the night’s festivities, is wearing a fully bedazzled rose gold gown. This multi-awarded actress was a beautiful accent of sparkle and color when she stood beside her co-hosts Pilo Pascual and Robi Domingo. Kim’s gown has a beautiful peplum on the left side of the gown, which gives way to a satin-like accent on the side. The details of the entire outfit complete the look with stones and glitters in the accessories. Kim Chiu’s hair is adorned with matching clips to keep the hair off her face – accents that are not only functional, but beautiful.
Yayo Aguila, nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Kiko Boksingero” (Directed by Thop Nazareno), is wearing a full-length gown with a mid-thigh slit. Although it may seem like another outfit with its utmost simplicity, what makes this outfit special is the details. The full sleeves, the criss-cross detail in front, and the mid-thigh slit all work together splendidly to create an exquisite look. You can’t go wrong with simple elegance!
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