The recently concluded ABS-CBN Ball was truly a momentous event for everyone who attended, but after all the glitz and glam, all they're left with are cherished memories and red carpet photographs to remember the night by. Seasoned stylist to the stars, Perry Tabora, thought of a different way to capture all his clients' fashionable moments—what better way to look back at such an extravagant evening than with an equally spectacular photo shoot? "I only want the best for my clients," Perry tells Preview. A testament to Perry's words, Liza Soberano's photo with with Enrique Gil from the very same shoot has officially reached a record-breaking one million likes on Instagram, becoming the most-liked post in the Philippines (it surpassed Anne Curtis' wedding photo taken in Queenstown, New Zealand).
All dolled up and decked in the most glamorous of designers, each one of Perry's clients had the pleasure of having their ball looks immortalized through an Annie Leibovitz-inspired photo shoot reminiscent of the classical 18th to 19th century paintings in a rustic minimalist style. The fabulous shoot was mounted in collaboration with photographer Gee Plamenco, Jr. and through the creative direction of former Preview Associate Art Director Eugene David.
Below, Perry tells us more about his ABS-CBN Ball preparations, his inspiration for the shoot, and the one style philosophy that he follows by heart. While you're at it, check out the photo shoot featuring his complete roster of celebrity clients below.
Can you walk us through your preparations for the ABS-CBN Ball?
"Preparations begin a little over a month before the ball. Initially, I discuss with each of my clients the look that they want for this year’s ball. From there, we come up with pegs. After finalizing the pegs, we will then coordinate with the designers who will create the look, and/or begin sourcing for potential gowns and suits abroad. Once the gown or suit has been decided on, we then source for appropriate accessories—minaudieres and shoes that will complete the look."
Which celebrities did you style for the ball?
"The celebrities that I styled at the ball are all my longtime clients, including Liza Soberano, Zanjoe Marudo, Janella Salvador, Robi Domingo, Kisses Delavin, Mccoy de Leon, Sofia Andres, Michelle Vito, Jason Dy, and Ysabel Ortega."
What gave you the idea to create a photo shoot for your clients?
"I wanted to make sure that my clients’ looks will be properly documented. That I will have pictures and videos that will truly showcase their entire looks—from the design of the gowns and suits, to the style of the hair and makeup."
What was the inspiration for the shoot?
"I turned to Preview’s former Associate Art Director, Eugene David, and presented him some pegs. Turns out, we actually have the same ideas in mind. We wanted the photos to have the feel of a classical painting, combined with the style of the iconic portraits of American photographer Annie Leibovitz. We also kept the set simple and classy so the focus of the photographs will be the clients, not the set. It was also Eugene who formed my shoot team and recommended photographer Gee Plamenco Jr., and production designer Justine Arcega-Bumanlag."
Were there certain things that you wanted to highlight through the shoot?
"Of course, we wanted to highlight the celebrity, the design of the gowns and suits that he or she is wearing, and also the accessories used such as the clutch, jewelry, and shoes. We also did beauty shots to highlight their makeup and hair."
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What’s the style philosophy that you swear by?
"Keep the look sleek without losing the glam. And make sure every element of the look is highlighted—from gown, to accessories, to hair and makeup."