Filipino designers shine at the Golden Globes

Friday February 1, 2019

By: Janet Nepales


We are excited to debut our “On and Off the Red Carpet (Focus on fashion and women) column here in Manila Up with a flashback on how Filipino designers made us proud with their creations on the red carpet at the Golden Globes as well as at the after-parties.

After Fil-Am actor Darren Criss won his first Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in Ryan Murphy’s awardwinning “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story,” all the Pinoys went wild.

Inside the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton, at the Fox Searchlight/FX Viewing Party, or those just coming in from the red carpet — Filipinos rejoiced. It was like winning the lottery.

Knowing that Darren just made history as being the first Fil-Am to grab that Golden Globe trophy, it was a double victory. Breaking ceilings in Hollywood is tough and when Darren acknowledged his Filipina mom from Cebu, the victory hit home.

Aside from Darren, we were proud to see Filipino designers showing off their talents on Hollywood’s red carpet alongside the veterans. Monique Lhuillier alone had The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, presenteractress Amber Heard, comedienne and nominee Sacha Baron Cohen’s wife Isla Fisher and actress Emmy Rossum proudly don her creations on Golden Globe night.

Fashion designer Francis Libiran, who arrived at the Globes with husband and chef Christian Mark, his manager ArsiBaltazar and marketing and events manager Victor Harry Cruz Hartman, dressed up all of them in couture Libiran outfits for their Golden Globe appearance. We were also proudly wearing a royal blue Libiran creation and so was my husband, Ruben, in a burgundy tux.

LA-based fashion designer Oliver Tolentino designed a couture tux for actor Jon Jon Briones who looked sharp when he joined his winning team, the cast of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” when they bagged the Best Limited Series in the TV category. Jon Jon arrived with his lovely wife Megan.

Tolentino also dressed up former Miss Universe Margaret Gardiner in a red off-shoulder gown who looked stunning on the red carpet. He also dressed up my daughters Bianca Nicole and Rafaella Angelica in his unique creations.

Young and talented fashion designer Kenneth Barlis from San Diego got a Best Dressed nod from the LA Times for his green creation for host Jeannie Mai for the Golden Globes.

Dubai-based fashion designer Michael Cinco also made his presence felt on Golden Globe night with his flawless and couture creations for actress Lana Condor of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” at the Netflix after-party and “Crazy Rich Asians” actress Fiona Xie (she portrayed Katie Pong in the blockbuster movie).

Other designers present at the Golden Globes were Alan Del Rosario who came with his friend Jereme Hall, Puey Quinones who arrived with actor Raymond Gutierrez and LA-based fashion designer Joey Galon.

Former beauty queen and now Emmy awardwinning producer Lisa Manibog Lew and hubby Peter Brennan also joined the Globes after-parties, as well as “America’s favorite dermatologist” and TV show host Dr. Tess Mauricio and hubby Dr. James Lee.

Attending the Globes for the first time were our guests, my first cousin Helen Limcaoco and her hubby TG Limcaoco from Ayala Corporation.

It was a night made sweeter when you celebrate with your kababayans.

Emmy Rossum also wears Monique Lhuillier photo by Janet Nepales

Fashion designer Puey Quinones with actor Raymond Gutierrez pose for a souvenir shot with Golden Globe winner Darren Criss (Photo by Ruben V. Nepales)

(L-R) James Lee, Tess Mauricio, Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor, Rafaella Angelica Nepales, Gari Gervacio, Maxwell Aston, Bianca Nicole Nepales

Bianca and Rafaella Nepales both in Oliver Tolentino gowns. Oliver Tolentino, center (Photo by Janet R. Nepales)

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