100: The Francis Libiran Fashion Gala

100 can be such a daunting number.

But for Francis Libiran, it was a task he was willing to take. Together with Manila Hotel’s centennial celebration, Francis held his first fashion gala last September 28, 2012, which featured modern twists on the Filipiniana dress that echoes the look and feel of Manila Hotel.

Jasmine Maierfhofer is the lady in red

The palpable anticipation from the guests was greeted by a powerful opener as model Jasmine Maierhofer, a vision in red, sauntered on the runway. The romantic, graphic and linear details offset by soft fabrics, a signature of Francis were very apparent. It was a good mix of exquisite floor-length gowns to cocktail dresses with intricate embroidered details and thoughtfully embellished menswear pieces. With a keen attention to detail, Francis Libiran enthralled his guests with a sea of mint green, rich mauve, luxurious nudes, and a sparkling white that dazzled from afar.

Cutout capital

Contemporary and fashion-forward yet sensual, Francis Libiran definitely lived up to celebration of Philippine fashion. As he walked out into the runway, the man of the hour was greeted by a rousing standing ovation worthy of the number he took on. Without a shadow of a doubt, all the ladies in attendance wanted a piece of the beautiful collection fit for the modern Filipina.

Francis Libiran, the man of the hour

From Hello Kitty inspired couture pieces for America’s Next Top Model to exquisite gowns, Francis Libiran has come quite the long way. And dare I say it, close to perfection. Indeed fitting to the number 100.

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