In case you didn't already know, the Philippines' 2017 Miss Universe candidate Maxine Medina is set to wear famed Filipino fashion designer Rhett Eala to the annual pageant's much-awaited coronation night this January 30.
To be specific, she'll be donning his creations in the competition's evening gown and national costume portions! While Maxine will be floating across the stage in Rhett's dreamy pieces, did you know that you may actually have worn him before she did? Below, five iconic fashion collaborations Rhett has had over the past few years.
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Remember those polo shirts emblazoned with embroidered Philippine maps that were everywhere some time in the early 2010s? Collezione C2's My Pilipinas line was created by Rhett in a wave of fashionable nationalism (or, you know, fashionalism). Though their partnership ended in 2012, everyone who was anyone back then still has that shirt hanging in their closets.
PLAINS & PRINTS
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Following Collezione, Rhett moved on to become the creative director of local womenswear brand Plains & Prints. His first collection with the label featured Santorini-inspired blue-and-white pieces fit for a working girl's go-to summer wardrobe. Still fresh, even five years later!
TRESEMME SALON SERIES
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Hand-painted ballgowns! Paint-strewn shift dresses! Rhett's 2015 Salon Series show with haircare giant Tresemme was a spectacle of colorful, perfectly tailored elegance that included menswear, too—patched pullovers, cropped cargo pants, and candy-hued suits.
SM MENSWEAR: MAIN STREET
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In 2013, Rhett proved that department store buys can and should be top-quality with his SM Menswear tie-up. For in-house brand Main Street, the designer created sophisticated updates on timeless wardrobe staples: think crisp button-downs, trousers, and breezy workwear basics.
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Rhett's collaboration with fellow Filipino designer Zarah Juan saw a jaw-droppingly intricate line of accessories and apparel presented at the 2016 MaArte Fair, a fundraising bazaar that showcased Filipino products. The centerpiece? Espadrilles decorated in lovingly hand-woven T'boli fabrics and binakol weavings.