Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla’s comeback on Pinoy Big Brother was met with so much happiness by the show’s hosts, staff, and audience, and she made sure that her Big Night appearance would be truly unforgettable in more ways than one. Unforgettable it truly was, what with her unique brand of spunk and humor and her spectacular wardrobe that consisted of six exquisitely-designed dresses that each made a unique statement. Here’s a rundown of Mariel’s lovely looks, styled by Myrrh Lao To and his team, and tips to channel the Kapitbahay ni Kuya:
Mariel looked regal in this Elize ball gown with a demure sweetheart neckline, contrasted with a sexy low cut back that has a huge bow accent. Real-life tip: Instead of always going for tops with deep V necklines, why not show off your back instead, like Mariel?
From classic and polished, Mariel changed into a bold red satin number by up and coming brand Light Shine White, which still exuded the right amount of grandness for the event. Real-life tip: Keep accessories minimal (or non-existent) if you choose to don a bold color.
Mariel's close designer friend, Avel Bacudio, sent this labor of love for Mariel to wear to the Big Night in Albay—no fitting happened, but the plum piece was a perfect fit on Mariel. Real-life tip: Net or sheer fabric can help tame down the sexiness of otherwise revealing outfits.
Mariel has been wanting to wear an Albert Andrada gown since she saw her idol Claudine Barretto in the Dubai-based designer’s masterpiece for the latter’s niece’s debut—Albert made Mariel’s dream come true in the best possible way through this pink ball gown with black lace accents. Real-life tip: A full ball skirt will not only make you feel like a princess, but will also help give the illusion of a slimmer waist.
Davao-based designer Erwin Tan created a romantic black lace and nude gown for Mariel, which gave her that bombshell vibe—the red lipstick completed the sultry glam look. Real-life tip: Don’t be afraid to wear your hair in a neat ponytail for formal events—it’s sleek and chic, we tell you.
Her final ball gown was as ethereal as ethereal can be, in classic white lace and with layers and layers of tulle. Real-life tip: White isn’t just for brides! Wear it to your next formal event and stand out from a sea of dark tones.
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Photographs courtesy of Instagram.com/marieltpadilla and Instagram.com/carvey_sam