Following the three-year hiatus of ABS-CBN Ball, it’s finally back in full swing. A star-studded assembly of your favorite Kapamilya celebrities, ushering in a ‘new chapter’. The annual event commenced in 2006 and took a break after 2019, but this year, the event returned; dubbed as Forever Grateful night. An evening of giving back and gratitude, dedicating its ball proceeds to ABS CBN Foundation.
It’s also a memorable night for the glitterati, as they paraded looking debonair and ultra chic clad in their bespoke ensembles. As always, everyone is on their sartorial A-game, dressed to the nines, scoring a deserving spot on the best-dressed list.
From Kathryn Bernardo’s Joan of Arc, to Vice Ganda’s electric-blue haute couture, see the top looks of your favorite Kapamilya stars at the ABS-CBN Ball 2023:
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Jodi Sta. Maria led the way on the red carpet, swiftly earning a coveted spot on the night’s best-dressed list. She exudes pristine and understated elegance in a white halter-column dress, with a surprise (pun intended). She revealed her toned back muscles, with her backless gown, scooped all the way down to her spine. It also featured a wrapped bow perched atop her lower back, adding an ultra-chic touch to the whole look. She wore a creation by Puey Quinones and styled by Patricia Coronado.
Jane Oineza also brings an intriguing touch to the ABS-CBN Ball 2023 with her Chrysalis gown. A gown that features a sinuous fabric encrusted with beads and crystals designed by Ehrran Montoya. She also completed the look with a super sexy just-emerged-from-the-sea hairstyle.
The 26-year-old actress knows how to turn out a look with a bold color and a right amount of grandeur. Kaila Estrada glows with her bronzed and silky complexion that harmonizes perfectly with her red liquid-silk peplum gown—all thanks to her stylists: Rain Dagala and Em Millan.
If your lexicon of red-carpet attire is solely constricted to grandiose and over-the-top looks, take a cue from Julia Barretto. She takes a more refined and understated approach wearing a black strapless with midriff cutouts from the French house Saint Laurent. She also took the French glam route, sporting a clean and neutral brown hues makeup look.
Meanwhile, the Unkabongable Star did not come to play with her electric blue haute-couture ensemble by Gaurav Gupta. The same couturier who also designed a slew of Beyonce’s tour looks for the Renaissance World Tour. Whenever Vice Ganda steps on the red carpet, expect nothing but full grandiose. Clad in an iconic sculptural ensemble that features Gupta’s forte in draping technique, the superstar shone bright as ever.
ABS-CBN Ball would not be complete without the presence of the Chinita Princess. And for her look, she is an exquisite vision in an impeccably crystal-encrusted sheer gown by Francis Libiran. Albeit opting for a safe pageant-esque gown, this look may just take the crown.
Accompanying her beau Jericho Rosales, Kim Jones adds a modern spin on her red-carpet look showing off her unique sartorial taste and her personality. As always, Jones stands out as the fashion girlie that she is. Donning a sculptural mini dress from Saint Laurent and the iconic pantaboots from Balenciaga, the fashion influencer always makes a fashion statement.
How I wish we could put Ivy Aguas on the list, but unfortunately, she’s a fictional character. The actress was swathed in a streamlined halter-style black dress that exposed her clavicle down to her midriff subtly highlighting her sensual allure. Her dress also featured a white tulle skirt adding a playful spin on the black gown.
Furthermore, we can count on Maris Racal serving a contemporary Old Hollywood glamor on the red carpet. While her HMU artists Jay Salcedo and Dale Mallari kept it effortless and natural for her glam look, conversely, her frock exuded a luscious and ostentatious effect. The actress was perfect vision of Old Hollywood glamor in this highly-embellished nude gown punctuated with an off the shoulder bow-like cape that cascades all the way down to the floor.
Lastly, to complete the list of our top 10 best-dressed stars at the ABS-CBN Ball 2023 is Kathryn Bernardo. The ‘A Very Good Girl’ actress stepped out on the red carpet in her modern and sultry Joan of Arc number. We cannot deny the subtle nod to Joan of Arc with Bernardo’s short bob hair and her silver sexy-armor gown by Mark Bumgarner. The gown glimmers and bares the skin in all the right places, with its strategically-placed cut outs and beaded with crystals in a degradé illusion. All eyes are definitely fixed on the 27-year-old actress as she flexed yet again her fashion prowess with this red-carpet look.
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