One of the most memorable looks at the 9th Star Magic Ball was Julia Barretto’s elegantly ethereal gown—while it veered away from the traditional poufy silhouettes associated with formal ball events, its exquisite embellishments and softly sexy silhouette made it a cut above the rest. The blush number was just one of the many pieces by fashion designer Mark Bumgarner that Julia has donned, and just this week, the two took their artist and muse relationship to new heights with Julia opening the gala show of Mark and actress Heart Evangelista, whose artistic skills shone by way of her painstakingly handpainted designs on Mark’s pieces.
Julia with the show's host Bianca Valerio
Julia was a class act in a white off shoulder silk dress, with intricate floral designs on the skirt. Mark’s sophisticated yet minimalist aesthetic was the perfect match to Heart’s signature ornate painting style.
Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida and Miss World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Parungao were also part of the designer-artist’s roster of celebrity muses, along with actress Lovi Poe. The three beauties wore gowns that were beautifully painted and lace embroidered designs.
Mark and Heart started off as artist and muse as well, with the former being a mainstay in the actress’ list of go-to designers both for shows and real life appearances. And now as artistic collaborators, there’s no denying that they’re a match made in heaven, what with the harmonious marriage of his sleek designs with her romantic drawings.
The befitting finale to such a well-crafted collection? A dramatic top and pants ensemble—simple and structured (the deep V top) yet feminine and bold (the lace pants) all at once, the number worn by actress, host, and blogger Maggie Wilson-Consunji was made even more remarkable by the top’s cape detail, which served as Heart’s largest canvas in the entire collection.
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