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Dressing Up with Liza Soberano at the Star Magic Ball 2016

Her stylist, Perry Tabora, reveals everything there is to know about her red carpet look.
Dressing Up with Liza Soberano at the Star Magic Ball 2016
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Her stylist, Perry Tabora, reveals everything there is to know about her red carpet look.

Incomparably beautiful and elegant, Liza Soberano bagged the Best Dressed award at the Star Magic Ball 2016 without even having to try too hard. The 18-year-old actress effortlessly stood out in her breathtaking Michael Cinco frock that’s delicately beaded and sewn to perfection. She was a bright star whose sparkle cannot simply be overshadowed by frou-frou skirts and massive bling.

In an exclusive tell-all with Preview, her stylist Perry Tabora shared with us how they prepared for this show-stopping red carpet appearance. Read on and find out how Liza managed to win everyone’s style votes with her understated elegance.  

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“When Michael Cinco visited the Philippines from Dubai, he personally met with us so we could all brainstorm together.  He also took Liza's measurements. Liza told us about the style direction that she wanted to go for, and we built it from there until we arrived at the final look.”

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“We were in constant communication with Michael and his team throughout the designing process to ensure that the fit would be flawless and that the gown is aligned with the vision that we all had. It is always enjoyable to work with Michael and Liza because our ideas jive well together, and it’s really just a fun experience.”

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“For Liza’s gown, we wanted something that was sort of a modern version of Renaissance fashion. The structure of the gown and the intricate design of the embroidery are reminiscent of the style during the Renaissance era, but the peek-a-boo at the front, the open back, and the pockets are some daring and modern twists.”

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“The gown is fully hand-embroidered with crystals and beads intricately embellished in a romantic style. This was balanced by the soft and delicate texture of the skirt, which was also lightly embroidered.”

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Makeup by Mickey See; Hair by Brent Sales

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“After the design of the gown and the fitting were finalized, we showed the photos to her make-up artist and hairstylist so we can brainstorm about the hair and makeup. Liza was also very involved in coming up with pegs that would complement the gown. Given the intricacy of the design, we wanted the overall look to still be very ethereal and soft, so her makeup was very minimal and her hair was just in a simple updo. That way, the attention is still on Liza's beautiful face.”

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“For the accessories, I wanted to keep it simple so we went with a pair of semi-drop three-carat diamond earrings, which were especially made for her by Tessera Jewelry.”

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“Liza’s ‘Cinderella’ shoes, a pair of Sergio Rossi heels, were a gift from Dina Tantoco and the Rustan’s team. It even included a sweet note.”

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“We had several custom-made clutches (from Anna Rubio and Cru) for options, but in the end we decided for her not to carry a clutch anymore—plus, her gown already had pockets anyway. We wanted to minimize the accessories so we can direct more attention to the details of the gown.”

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“One last look in the mirror before Liza heads down to Star Magic Ball 2016!”

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“Sitting still and looking pretty as she waits for her date.”

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“And then finally, here she is ready to slay it on the red carpet with her dashing prince!”

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“I wanted a look that was age-appropriate but still different from her previous Star Magic Ball looks. I wanted to make sure that Liza’s style is evolving at the right pace and that her fans can always look forward to seeing something new in terms of her style and fashion choices.”

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