Rhett Eala’s sneaker game is on fleek as he pairs it up with a classic black ensemble.
Jessica Yang is fresh and funky in an oversized, mid-riff-baring suit that goes well with her braids.
Joey Mead-King rocks a custom Rajo Laurel blush pink tuxedo.
Man of the hour Joey Samson arrives in with a crisp white shirt tucked in black, tailored pants while schooling us in opting for the basics.
LA Aguinaldo keeps his suit an all-black affair that’s only broken by bright white sneakers.
Sara Black toughens up this midriff lace top by pairing it with tailored, wide leg trousers.
Phoemela Baranda stays away from being blah by sporting quirky details like sequined lapels, printed pants, and two-toned shoes.
Dong Ronquillo takes his cue from hip-hop moguls with undone seams and sneakers.
Model of the moment Kelsey Merritt comes home and shows off her killer body in a sexy, deconstructed black suit.
Bubbles Paraiso keeps it simple in a black ensemble that reveals just the right amount of skin for that extra mysterious air.
Enchong Dee and Sam Lewis opt for classic pieces that scream perfect pairing.
Agot Isidro stands out in a sea of dark colors with a stunning all-white silk suit.
The setting was the Manila Peninsula Hotel, a venue for many special events and at times a home to the most elite. The show was the 5th Philippine Fashion Ball that features only the best men and women to carry the name “designer” as their profession or to have “fashionable” tagged to their reputation. For this year, the Philippine Fashion Ball gave the center stage to Joey Samson, who host and model Tweetie De Leon-Gonzalez described was a “master of deconstruction and who was able to perfect androgynous designs long before the trend.”
It was only fitting that guests—top influencers, celebrities, designers—were asked to don menswear. Thus, guests put on their best blazers, trousers, and suits in many cuts and interpretations. “Everyone is looking dapper tonight,” said co-host Apples Aberin. Of course, within the crowd, there were a few that truly stood out and perhaps truly imbibed the vision of Joey Samson of fusing the classic aesthetics of menswear with the trend of women’s wear to redefine androgyny.
Click on our slideshow to see who rocked menswear the best!
Photos by Acushla Obusan
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