Alexa Ilacad has come a long way from her Goin’ Bulilit days. At 22, the celebrity is now a formidable name in the sphere of show business, be it as an actress, singer, host, or any label that fits under her multi-hyphenate status.
Among these is her growing status as a Gen Z figure with a tight-knit following, who, like most of us, stay in complete awe from her performing prowess down to her fun youthful flair for fashion. Behind the scenes, the young star has a team to back her up, with celeb-favorite stylist Patty Yap manning the sartorial department.
With a client roster including the likes of Jessy Mendiola, Yassi Pressman, and Donnalyn Bartolome, Alexa is one of the muses sparking Patty’s styling inspo. But beyond the professional scene, the expert stylist also knows the Alexa that few have been privy to–but in this exclusive interview with Preview, we got a chance to take a peek. Read on!
Celebrity Stylist Patty Yap on What It’s Like Working with Alexa Ilacad
Describe the first time you met Alexa.
“The first time I met Alexa was at her concert with KD [Estrada]. The atmosphere back then was just so light! She was very warm and approachable. The trust easily came from both parties, which is why everything went so smoothly at that time. Because of that, we effortlessly clicked and our dynamic was just superb.”
How did you end up working together?
“Alexa's road manager Mo Nuevo asked me if I could style her, and of course, I said yes. One of the main factors was we used to see each other at ABS-CBN and some events. Also, I see her on TV a lot then–that's why it wasn't even a difficult decision to make.”
How long have you been working together since?
“It hasn't been a long stint just yet. Alexa has been my client since she came out of the Pinoy Big Brother house. But it feels that we've worked with each other for quite some time already.”
How would you describe Alexa as a client?
“Alexa is full of humility. She has always been relaxed and chill. Trust is the most important thing in this business, especially when working as a team, and I always feel that from her whenever we work with each other. She sees and listens to my vision all the time and never doubts anything when it comes to my styling. Mainly because she knows that our goal is to only make her look her best at all times.”
Has working with Alexa impacted your career as a fashion stylist?
“Alexa is one of my prime artist clients. It's always a give-and-take relationship. When I started styling her, it also helped me learn and adapt to her generation’s wants and needs when it comes to fashion. It's always a nice process and a fun experience to collaborate with someone from the younger generation. It's refreshing and basically, you'll have something new on your plate every time.”
As her fashion stylist, what can you say about her personal style/aesthetic?
“She’s more of a relaxed casual style type of person. When it comes to her personal style, she always leans towards comfort and being on the go. I think it's also a good thing because it also acts as her breather whenever it’s her free time.”
Has your personal relationship developed since you first met? How would you describe Alexa as a friend?
“Alexa is a very supportive friend! She would really make you feel important and loved. One thing I like about her is that she's very understanding and she’s a good listener. Despite her age, her maturity as a person is really evident. We can talk about anything and everything under the sun. She's the sort of friend who'll stay with you, who'd never leave you in the rain–a loyal one that’s hard to find at this time and age.”
What's your most unforgettable moment working with Alexa?
“The most recent one was our preparation for our Halloween shoot alongside KD. She was so hands-on and I saw the smile on her face when she saw the finished product. It was a dream come true for her to portray the Corpse Bride, and of course, as her stylist and friend, who wouldn't want to make that dream come true?”
Tell us something interesting about Alexa that her fans don't know.
“She loves watching Raffy Tulfo In Action! [laughs] Also, one thing you'll love about Alexa is that she’s very independent–she does everything on her own without an assistant. She’s always so generous to everyone around her, from the highest executives to the utility. That just shows that she's a really beautiful person inside and out, and she could get along with any person she meets.”