Charlene Gonzalez is one proud mom! Alongside her family, the Muhlach matriarch flocked to Paris in support of her daughter Atasha’s high society debut in Le Bal des Débutantes. As the occasion calls for it, the debutante’s mom came ready to dazzle, too!
LOOK: Charlene Gonzalez's Black Dress at Le Bal des Débutantes 2022 in Paris
For her wardrobe of the night, the actress and former beauty queen recruited seasoned fashion designer Rajo Laurel, who dressed her in a bowed black number with a billowing sleeve. In an Instagram post, the celebrity-favorite couturier revealed that he took cues from Filipino elements for the dress’ foundation.
“When [Charlene] asked me to make something for the @lebal.paris to attend her daughter’s [debut], I immediately began thinking of our culture and heritage,” he wrote. “‘How can I make it Filipino but contemporary and global[?]”
For the piece’s base, Rajo ultimately gleaned from two Filipiniana elements: the pañuelo, a shawl draped around the shoulders during the Spanish colonial era; and the tapis, a rectangular cloth wrapped around the waist, often seen in indigenous weaves from the Cordillera region.
“It was truly an honor to wear your creation @rajolaurel in Paris,” Charlene wrote on Instagram, as she showed off the final product. “You are amazing!! Truly proud and grateful to be given the honor to wear a gown that’s truly [Pinoy].”
You looked amazing, Charlene!