Was the “recycled” gown that Yaya Dub wore during the #AlDubEBTamangPanahon event a form of “sabotage”?
Reports have it that everyone’s favorite “yaya”, Maine Mendoza in real life, was wearing what appeared to be an old gown from Francis Libiran’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, which Kim Chiu originally modeled in during the collection’s launch two years ago. Liz Uy styled Maine for the iconic event that took place in the Philippine Arena over the weekend, leading others to speculate that this was a form of “sabotage” as Liz Uy and Vice Ganda are known to be friends.
According to those who worked on the AlDub event, the answer is a resounding NO, as Eat Bulaga bought and paid for the dress, and Kim Chiu simply modeled it during the designer’s fashion show, meaning she did not even own the gown in the first place!
Designer Francis Libiran took to Instagram himself to clear the air, saying:
We are so glad, honored and grateful that Maine Mendoza and her official stylists, Stylized Studio, Inc., chose a beautiful Francis Libiran dress from our Spring/Summer 2015 .
Maine Mendoza’s gown at Eat Bulaga’s Tamang Panahon concert for a cause was bought and paid for by Eat Bulaga Production.
The gown was first previewed during the “Francis Libiran Metrowear Icon” fashion show held at the Edsa Shangri-la in 2013 where we launched an entire 100-piece collection, including the Pink Series.
Our good friend Miss Kim Chiu was generous enough to model this gown for the said fashion show.
This gown has not been worn at any other event by any other celebrity.
When hounded by questions from fans wondering why Maine didn’t have her own custom-made dress for such a special event, Liz Uy had this to say, according to her official statement:
“Maine’s gown was chosen among several gowns because its style best fitted the show’s Cinderella theme. The gown, which was first showcased at Francis Libiran’s fashion show as part of his Bangalore collection, was purchased by Tape, Inc. for the event.”
Juan Sarte, Maine Mendoza’s makeup artist for the event, further defended the decision to use a ready-made gown for the event, posting on his Facebook page:
“There was a custom-made gown for Maine but it turned out medyo plain for the event (considering one week lang to from announcement to actual event). Liz wanted it to be a notch higher for the big event that’s why she pulled out ready-to-wear gowns from designers.
…The Francis Libiran gown was a pull-out/fall back pero mas bumagay kasi sa modern Cinderella theme you all enjoyed. Kaya rin naka-tail coat si Alden (in case you didn’t understand why).”
Kim Chiu herself also said her piece on the issue on her Twitter account:
And finally, Allan K urged everyone to give the issue a rest– and really, he makes a good point:
Filling out a 50,000+ seater arena and breaking Twitter with almost 40 million tweets is no easy feat after all!
What do you think of this issue? Did you watch the Tamang Panahon event?