By Tina Jacinto
When imaginative minds collaborate with celebrated designers, the effect is pure magic, like champagne bubbles rising.
Red Charity Gala’s Tessa Prieto Valdes and co-chair Kaye Tinga recently masterminded the bringing back of the past 10 designers and for each one to showcase a capsule collection.
This power tandem’s philanthropic endeavors continue to showcase an impressive legacy and this year, the most coveted designers’ showstopper fashion event served as a testament that Philippine fashion is of world class status. The Red Charity Gala’s sold-out fashion show once again had set the bar for cutting-edge designs held recently at Shangri-la at the Fort.
The 11th Red Charity Gala drew in Manila’s celebrities, fashionistas, socialites, diplomatic, and government officials, all seen enjoying the overflowing margaritas, cosmopolitans, and the hearty hors d’oeuvres.
Presented before the fashion show were young girls who were to debut on the cover of Lifestyle Asia, namely Alexa Andanar, Erica Dee, Arabella Davao, Angia Laurel, Jeline Vitangcol, Sofia Romualdez, Mica Lagman, Alayne Umali, Kylie Tinga, and Amanda Zamora.
Tessa, with Tim Yap as co-auctioneer, started the auction for the benefit of Philippine Red Cross and the Assumption High School ’81 foundation. They introduced IAM worldwide, a direct sales company on health, balance, and prosperity. The auction items were: a Globe Platinum package, the 2019 Royal Gem x Love Marie jewelery collection, Ultherapy for two, Diagold’s dangling teardrop diamond earrings, a Somerset dining table with four chairs, eight AirAsia round-trip tickets to Osaka, Japan, Emirates roundtrip and business class tickets for two to Europe, and Jewelmer’s 11-13 mm South Sea pearls.
“The First 10” fashion show, astonishing, spotlighted the very best in chronological order: Dennis Lustico’s The story of Mei, Furne One with lace, tulles, and feather, Michael Cinco’s Taj Mahal love story, Cary Santiago’s edgy sophistication with femininity and modernity, Ezra Santos’ Traces of an Unknown Woman, Jojie LLoren’s modern Filipiniana, Lesley Mobo’s Hollywood golden age, the fantasy couture pieces of Chito Vijandre, Joey Samson’s avant-garde menswear, and Rajo Laurel’s Hala-Bira of the Ati-Atihan festival. The perfectly executed production of the RCG team were thanks to director Robby Carmona, Noel Manapat, Henri Calayag, and Maggie Gineta.