Amidst all the tulle, chiffon, elaborate skirts, and all out embellishments at the Star Magic Ball, there are women who choose to take the style path less traveled: They trade traditional ball gowns for ones with simpler cuts and subtler details, but still make an impact because of their sophisticated choices and innate grace. Here are five ladies who wowed with their elegantly minimalist ensembles in 2013:
Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo in Cary Santiago. Dawn looks impeccable every single time, and this mocha-colored number clearly reflects her classic sensibilities. Instead of going head to head with the majority in shimmery outfits, she went for a basic hue and had it played up with intricate flower detailing—what a breath of fresh air.
Erich Gonzales in Ezra Couture. While she was in a heavily beaded gown (it weighs about three kilos), Erich’s look didn’t scream. She got the whole sparkly effect just right, and the body hugging silhouette made the gown look relaxed instead of stiff and stuffy.
Jodi Sta. Maria in Jun Escario. Silk and lace is an elegant yet sexy combination, and the no nonsense cut of Jodi’s dress highlighted this fact even more. And since she made do without embellishments and put the bling on her ears instead, her lovely face became the focal point of her entire look.
Maricar Reyes-Poon in Rhett Eala. What’s so nice about Maricar’s gown is that while the full beading looks so opulent, it’s not over the top. And if you look more closely, the cut of the dress is so simple—but the black and silver beaded pattern made it ultra luxe.
Shaina Magdayao in Rajo Laurel. This gown is as basic as basic can get when it comes to color and fabric—until you set your eyes on the deep V neckline, slits, and low cut back. It’s sleek and sexy and fresh all at the same time.
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