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A roundup of the best-dressed women at the Red Charity Gala

We don’t know if a memo was sent out weeks before the party, or if most of the women who attended last Sunday’s Red Charity Gala at Shangri-La at the Fort were mindful of who and what Chito Vijandre, this year’s featured designer, was capable of doing. Apart from wearing the usual neutrals, not a few female guests opted for color, texture, prints, and bling.

And many of those who came in black dresses, with the notable exception of Dawn Zulueta, who simply allowed her emerald-and-diamond drop earrings to do the talking, opted for some form of embellishments either on their shoulders, necklines, or bodices. Jeweler Ann Ong, for instance, came in a black dress with oversized sleeves, which she accented with her huge, dangling jewelry pieces reminiscent of the 1980s.

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  • Tim Yap, Alelee Andanar, and Aivee Teo (Manila Bulletin)
  • Dawn Zulueta and Ricky Toledo (Manila Bulletin)
  • Ben Chan and Tessa Prieto-Valdes (Manila Bulletin)
  • Mons Romulo, Rep. Anton Lagdameo, and Millet Mananquil
  • Ann Ong (Manila Bulletin)
  • Juana Manahan-Yupangco and Tats Manahan (Manila Bulletin)
  • Karen Davila (Manila Bulletin)
  • Freddie and Kaye Tinga (Manila Bulletin)
  • Agile Zamora and Sheila Romero (Manila Bulletin)
  • Lovi Poe (Manila Bulletin)
  • NJ Torres (Manila Bulletin)
  • Hera Geriene (Manila Bulletin)
  • Mayenne Carmona (Manila Bulletin)
  • Glenna Guidicelli and Mia Arcenas (Manila Bulletin)
  • Miguel Pastor (Manila Bulletin)
  • Duday Tuason and Linda Ley (Manila Bulletin)
  • Former Sen. Nikki Coseteng and Elisa Mercado (Manila Bulletin)

Since it was also a night dedicated to the Philippine Red Cross, one of the annual dinner-cum-fashion show’s beneficiaries, a number of women also came in fiery red, fuchsia, and hot pink. On the opposite end of the color spectrum were high profile women like Sheila Romero and Aivee Teo, who wore emerald green and iced blue dresses, respectively. A few brave and free-spirited souls also opted to wear prints, which were rarely the look of choice among Filipino women in the recent past. Well, that wasn’t the case anymore.

Kaye Tinga, who, together with Tessa Prieto-Valdes, organized the event anew, channeled her inner disco diva in Vijandre’s tiered, gold lamé number with chiffon inserts. Valdes opted to go the opposite direction in a tiffany blue frock with beaded and embroidered gold and multicolored embellishments that harked back to the 1920s Jazz Age. For good measure, she wore a glittery band around her forehead, which the high society icon accented with her trademark feathers, of course, also in tiffany blue. Vijandre couldn’t have found better muses.