As expected, everyone went all out to prepare for the most star-studded annual showcase of style and camaraderie: The Star Magic Ball. While we’ve definitely got way more hits than misses this year in the fashion department, of course, there are still those who were a cut above the rest. Here are the nine Star Magic stars who you should totally make your inspiration for your next formal party #OOTN (in no particular order):
Kim Chiu, who experimented with a dash of edge through a black gown last year, went back to her ethereal roots this time around. In a Pepsi Herrera number intricately embellished with thousands of tiny crystals, Kim sparkled in a way we all would love to shine and stand out—captivating, but not over the top. Her makeup and hair were both flawless without being uptight, and perfectly complemented her ultra luxe ensemble styled by Kimi and Boop Yap. Oh, and look at that slit—it added just the right amount of sexy to her look.
Maricar Reyes-Poon's quietly elegant persona shone in her choice of a Vania Romoff flowy white gown with dramatic shoulder draping styled by Sidney Yap: It’s clean, classic, and beautiful even without the frou frou, just like her. But though fully conservative from a frontal view, the draping leads to some sexy back action.
We definitely didn’t see teenybopper Kathryn Bernardo on the Star Magic red carpet anymore—the Teen Queen has transformed into a confident, sophisticated lady who knows how to highlight the beauty she’s been blessed with. Styled by Kimi and Boop Yap, her choice of a Michael Cinco gown with sheer cutout details proved how fasyon this young woman is, unafraid to experiment but always keeps things classy. Her bronzed complexion and undone, wavy ponytail couldn’t have been more fitting, making her nail that effortlessly chic red carpet look.
Bea Alonzo was a breath of fresh air in a sea of tulle, frills, and sparkles. In a simple white Alexander McQueen gown with bow detail, she made the statement that style doesn’t always come in elaborate packages—and don’t you just love slicked back hair on her?
Shaina Magdayao’s style goal for the night was Old Hollywood glamour, and with her Veronica Lake-inspired makeup and ‘do and metallic champagne gown by John Herrera which hugged her curves in all the right places, she, with the help of her glam team led by stylist Cath Sobrevega, definitely achieved it—sexy glam at its finest.
Just as her stylist Perry Tabora had in mind, Liza Soberano got her perfect princess moment at the 9th Star Magic Ball in a blush-colored lace princess ball gown by Michael Cinco. She paired this with impeccable yet understated makeup, soft waves, and sparkling jewelry, which made her all the more dazzling.
In stark contrast to her edgy look last year is Julia Montes’ angelic white gown this year by Albert Andrada. Styled by Myrrh Lao To, she opted for a minimalist number and amped up her look with beautiful jewelry—a very wise choice for a young lady like her.
Maja Salvador may not have had a date to the ball, but she had loads of style and spunk in a champagne Rajo Laurel number juxtaposed with a dramatic makeup look styled by Rex Atienza of StyleListInc. While she laid it low on the jewelry department, her gown’s pleated train already took charge of making a statement.
Melai Cantiveros-Francisco was polished to perfection in a nude Tony Evan gown with cape, styled by Ica Villanueva—minimalist never looked better.
Whose red carpet look was your favorite? We’d love to know!
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Photographs Vyn Radovan. Collage and images Lorraine Herrera.