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Everything You Need to Know About Gabbi Garcia's Debutante Looks

She wore not just one but three different gowns.
Everything You Need to Know About Gabbi Garcia's Debutante Looks
IMAGE Courtesy of Kat Cruz-Villanueva
She wore not just one but three different gowns.

Gabbi Garcia is officially 18 and stunning. Looking every bit like a princess in her silver white Swarovski-encrusted ball gown, the teen actress welcomed her coming of age last night at Manila Marriott Hotel. Attended by her family, friends, and fellow GMA artists, Gabbi’s 18th birthday bash was nothing short of a wonderful celebration as the Encantadia star steps into womanhood. And naturally, the debutante was dressed to the nines—rocking not just one, not even two, but three different looks for the her big night.

In an interview with Preview below, Gabbi’s go-to stylist, Kat Cruz-Villanueva, reveals all the stylish deets behind the making of her debutante looks.

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Hi Kat! Please share with us the preparations involved in the making of Gabbi Garcia's debutante looks.

“Gabbi and I have been working for over two years now, so the preparation and coordination was such a breeze. I suppose you can say that I already know what works for her body and, most importantly, what she wants.  The only difficult part was scheduling the fitting because of her busy schedule.”

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Makeup by Jason delos Reyes; Hair by Mark Rosales

Gabbi looked every bit like a princess! What look/style direction were you going for?

“Gabbi was very hands on with the preparations and she had pegs for her main gown, which we drew inspiration from. I think it's most girls’ dream to be a princess for a night, so that's what the team and I worked on giving her.”

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“Kat and I wanted something classic but modern, and formal but fun. For her main gown, Gabbi wanted something in silver white, so I designed a ball gown with an eight-panel skirt and high neckline to emphasize her beautiful profile. It consisted of layers of tulle, and was painstakingly encrusted with Swarovski crystals.” – Mark Bumgarner

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Speaking of which, how was Gabbi’s participation in the overall styling process?

“Gabbi requested for the designers and the colors of the gown. [She wanted] Mark because, apart from the fact that she really likes his aesthetics, Gabbi is one of his muses and she even did her first ever runway stint in his show earlier this year. She wanted Mark to do her entrance gown and for it to be in silver white to complement the decor and the dress code of the guests.

“The second gown in green pays homage to the character she plays in her TV soap, Encantadia. [Playing sang’gre Alena] is a prestigious role which she’s very thankful that her home network trusted her with.

“And lastly, [we went for] a plum gown by Martin for her after-party dress. It is both a departure from her usual sweet colors and dainty style. She wanted something a little 'grown up' to signify her coming-of-age.”

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How was the collaboration with Mark Bumgarner and Martin Bautista?

“I've been working with Mark and Martin for years. They're such brilliant young designers. As a stylist, it's always exciting to work with people who are willing to collaborate and who share the same passion for the project, and the two are exactly that.”

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"[For Gabbi's after-party look, she wore] my signature draped silk in a top and skirt combo in jewel tone reddish pink." - Martin Bautista

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