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by Andre J.,, stylist,contributing fashion editor from Manila, Philippines

189 comments · 62 · July 25, 2011

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  1. looped, knotted, and braided hair

    Buern Rodriguez

    , in Hair Accessories
  2. Red couture jackwet with volume train and metallicfoil

    Jan Garcia AW2011

  3. gold with crystals encrusted ring

    Michelline Syjuco

    , in Rings
  4. Amethyst with gold ring

    Joyce Makitalo

    , in Rings
  5. vintage beaded clutch

    , in Clutches
  6. gold cuffs

  7. micro sequined harems

    Protacio Empaces Jr.

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I apologize for the multitude of photos I included in this look. I wanted to show how dramatic the couture piece was at all angles. The intricate beadwork, the undulations of the shoulders and the dramatic train.
If only I could wear pieces like these everyday (though impractical) because the workmanship and the genius that goes into the design remind me how couture and glamorous women were back then in the 50s, couture's heyday. The only time and I think the only appropriate event to wear it would be a BEST DRESSED BALL, an event I look forward to each year. It is organized by Manila's top fashion magazine PREVIEW. Each year women across the country are selected by its editors to be featured in the their best dressed issue. To coincide with that issue, a ball is organized to present these women to the fashion industry.

This year the theme was Coco Banana, a hip luxe disco/club back in the late 70s, a contemporary of Studio 54. It was the epitome of 70s glam chic with every guest outfitted in the most amazing clothes.

Instead of wearing the predominant mens fashion during the 70s (tight bellbottoms and pointed collars I looked upto couturiers that excelled in that era. It was an easy choice for me to choose this dazzling red couture piece because it reminded me of the work of the great Roberto Capucci, an Italian couturier whose work of dramatic pleated volumes was sheer genius.

The styling took to asian influeces with imperial influenced jewelry and indian beaded clutch bag.

I also had my hair done by the amazing Buern Rodriguez whose hands are the lightest in the industry weaving hair magic without pain even in the intense hair braiding techniques. It was hair couture with my red couture:)

photo Kathy Chang

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Comments (189)

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RA ☥
INSANE! so couture! So royal! You look EXTREMELY fabulous! Wow! Great accesories! This is what I love in fashion! yaaaay~! :))))
(and I LOVE the pants too!:)))
Andre Judd
RA:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks so much:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Adrian Jiun
This is like the edge of glory!!! Brilliant!! It took my breath away Andre!! Do u need someone to work for u? I will clean up ur place and do whatever just to look at all the real pieces you've created!! Am so truly inspired..... Loved it so much!!
Andre Judd
thank you so much ADRIAN:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mwah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
Daniella Robins
Omg Andre!!!!! Amazing,dramatic yet delicate,embellished,couture loveeeeee!!!!!!!! Your hair looks outstanding and the accessories speak for themselves!! I love the sequined harems with this look!! I mean this is and you are AMAZING!!!!! One of the best yet!!! The way you carry this of is with such grace but yet a fierce and confident attitude!!!

Nice to see yo back,i've missed you!! Hyped!!!!! :):):):)
Andre Judd
i missed you too:)!!!!!thank you Daniella for always believing in me:)!!!! youre the best:)!!!!!!!!!! mwah mwah mwah:)!!!!!!!!!!! love your recent looks Daniella:)!!!!!!
Rita CooperM
one heart is not enough ..THIS IS DEFINATELY AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the hair ..the jewelry ...the colours ... AMAZING couture!!!!!!!


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Olga Rink
I will continue to say that you're the genius.! dress is the governor of mega galaxy 3003 years after Christ. why not work with movies?
Andre Judd
hahaha:) movies? well why not?:)
Andre Judd
thank you OLGA:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rad Runner
Totally amazing Andre!!! Ostentatiously opulent, brilliant and nobody could do this better than you!!! Magnificent hair, jewelry, everything, to the last detail! Perfecto!!!
Andre Judd
thank you RAD:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alexandra Anghel
Andre, congratulations: you are an art by yourself. With all these, let's not call clothes, as the term is insufficient, works of art, your inner beauty is emphasized. GREAT!
Andre Judd
Alexandra:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow wow wow. these comments made my day:) thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
Bani Antoinette De Habsbourg-Lorraine
You look like a king... an emperor of olden days. This is like when you are looking back in time where royalty was covered in splendor and elegance, back in times long gone. I am infatuated with this look
Andre Judd
thank you DANI:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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