The last show of Philippine Fashion Week is reserved for the elite designers.  This year, I was fortunate to have been personally invited to the finale show by Albert Albert Andrada himself.  The Filipino designer  has just recently returned to the country after twenty years spent in Dubai where he designed for royalty.   His collection, aptly entitled “Couleurs Royale”,  was inspired by the British crown jewels.  “This show will be different from the ones I’ve done before.  The gowns will be simple lang talaga but very detailed.  But the whole point of the show is that I’m doing it for charity.  I want to give back to the community, ” Albert told me.  Gina Lopez , managing director of  ABS CBN Lingkod Kapamilya  Foundation chose Andrada to be a partner in the runway fundraiser for the benefit of the program Bantay Bata 163.

Understated opulence best describes the luxewear collection that was shown last May 30 at the SMX Convention Center.   The lead muse opened the show garbed in a dramatic fuschia-pink cloak which she later removed to reveal a white gown embellished with Swarovski crystals and feathers on the skirt.

Jodilly Pendre, first-runner up in Asia’s Next top Model, sashayed down the runway to open the show.

The Whites

Flowy, feminine and elegant. Photos by Peter Marquez


This mid-section baring gown is perfect for the fashion forward and confident woman.


Simply dainty.

The Skintone and Lace Pairing

Lovely! This cocktail dress makes me want to lose twenty pounds PRONTO!


Simplicity at its best.  Photos in this collage by Peter Marquez


Gown with silver laser cut design.

The Jewel Tones

Supermodel Danica Magpantay looked stunning in this flowy pink gown. Her cuff (encrusted with champagne pearls) was gorgeous!


The designer used laser cut techniques to enhance his dresses with splashes of gold. Photos in this collage by Peter Marquez.
Binibining Pilipinas Miss Universe Ara Arida was also one of Albert Andrada’s muses.

It was my first time to attend and seat in the front row of a fashion show such as this.  It was a different experience–the kind that makes me want to see another one again.  I have always loved fashion.  Having seen the creations up close, I found myself marvelling at the minute details of each.  I can just imagine the hours spent in carefully cutting, beading and sewing each dress.  Excellent craftmanship indeed!
I encourage everyone to support  our local designers.  They are masters, really.  Wouldn’t you want to own a wearable work of art?

Albert Andrada walked with Gina Lopez at the end of his successful show.
Watched the show with the great Frederick Peralta and friend Ava Espanola

From top right clockwise: 1.The BQP with Arvie Dizon of Mega Magazine and PLDT AVP Ava Espanola 2. With Gina Lopez 3. With the boys of fashion – Mikkit Tenazas of Power and Beauty and Glen Ompoc of Ever New 4. With Frederick Peralta
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  1. I like the cocktail dresses in the pictures taken by Peter Marquez and Danica Magpantay’s flowy pink gown. I wish I was there to witness the finale show of Albert Andrada in Philippine fashion week.

  2. Great show, amazing collection and impeccable write-up! It’s like i am still in the front seat watching the show. Thank you for including me here, Ms P! More powers to you!

  3. I want the simple white & cream fitted ensemble and the flowy white dress with sheer!!!! Hmmm perhaps the former is a good fit for our next shindig FL show!!! Too excited!!! By the way i love the layout of pics and rightfully chosen copy points in this blog! Marvelous!!! Here’s to Our very own AA in style. Truly world class just like you

  4. Your posts are very lovely, always, on any topic, P! 🙂 very pretty you on the laced top at the fashion show ! BQP brings beauty, values, positivity, all of the time! 🙂

  5. Simplicity is beauty at its best! If only I could get one of those lovely dresses for our school’s Iftar dinner on the 2nd of July! Elegant and regal!

  6. I decided to take a look at these FAB gowns and dresses because it reminded me of Rihanna’s Shockingly Sheer Swarovski Crystal Dress when she attended the red carpet for a fashion award.
    The Skintone & Lace pairing cocktail dress also the The Whites, Mid Section Baring Gown would somehow look at the top of it like of Riri’s wardrobe 🙂 with just a different accent that matches the gown.
    A great pride to our Filipino designers who can definitely beat the International market…Thumbs up for this FAB Post!

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