The Top 11 Filipino Celebrity Stylists You Should Follow On Instagram For Fashion Inspiration
It takes a village to come up with a single red carpet look. After all, the celebrity outfits we see at balls and premiere nights, inside editorial pages, and even on Instagram feeds are products of weeks—even months—of hard work. From an onlooker's perspective, being part of a glam team can look glamorous (it's in the name, after all). But the truth is, it takes grit, passion, and perseverance to have your name embedded in this fast-paced, ever-changing industry.
Stylists are responsible for giving celebrities their own unforgettable style moments. Collaborating closely with designers, makeup artists, and hairdressers, they work for hours on end to come up with head-turning looks worthy of fashion headlines. They pull together statement outfits that cater to their celebrity clients' needs, looking for silhouettes that flatter their body types and complement individual tastes. Stylists are unsung heroes—it's an open secret, and everyone in the industry knows this.
To shine the spotlight on the people behind your favorite celebrity looks, we've listed the top fashion stylists in the country, in no particular order. Follow their Instagram accounts for your daily dose of fashion inspiration—whether it be through celebrity OOTDs, noteworthy travel outfits, or even through 24-hour stories of a stylist's ultra busy, but fashionable life.
Kat Cruz-Villanueva (@iamkatrinacruz)
Muses: Heart Evangelista-Escudero, Iza Calzado, Angel Locsin, and Gabbi Garcia
Metro Magazine's very own executive editor Kat Cruz wears a lot of hats—mother, wife, magazine girl, and head and co-founder of styling group STYLEdiT—but she gracefully wears all of them like a true Metro woman, with a pair of Louboutins to match. For the editor, curating only the most elegant of pieces comes naturally—a decade of publishing experience helped her develop a discerning eye for style. The Paris Fashion Week regular is known for her signature aesthetic, which has been well-loved through the years by the likes of fashion icon Heart Evangelista. Expect her to work with classic, well-tailored pieces that take inspiration from the '50s and the '70s, peppered with the latest trends. From perfecting print on print to taking well-fitting pantsuits from day to night, Kat never fails to give her clients a timeless yet current look; a sophisticated outfit worth the double take. She calls it—"a celebration of womanhood."
Photos: @therealangellocsin, @iamhearte, @_gabbigarcia
Muses: Kathryn Bernardo, Kris Aquino, and Erich Gonzales
When reading the latest fashion news, it's impossible not to come across siblings Kim and Boop Yap—two of the most prominent women in the industry. With a lot of credit attached to their names, the unbreakable duo has proven themselves worthy of A-listers' attention—they know exactly how to navigate their way to landing on annual best-dressed rosters. And their muses, Kathryn Bernardo and Erich Gonzales, who both got in Metro's Best-Dressed list at the ABS-CBN Ball 2018, are testament to that.
Their career began while they were in college. They were Fashion Design and Merchandising students—but they soon realized their one true love was styling after a short gig. Today, the duo merges their knowledge in designing and business management with their passion for styling sophisticated looks where youthful meets chic and feminine.
Pam Quiñones (@pamquinones)
Muses: Ruffa Gutierrez, Anne Curtis Smith, Julia Barretto, and Judy Ann Santos
Count on veteran stylist Pam Quiñones to give the freshest, most unexpected takes on fashion. Combining silhouettes that unexpectedly work, and styling everyday wardrobe essentials in the most creative ways (she uses PANDORA charms as embellishments for hair pins!), Pam has worked her way up the ladder with her unique, impeccable taste.
As with any person passionate in their field, the editor, creative director of styling studio QURATOR and 2016 Zalora Stylist of the Year continues to hone her skills—even after being in the industry for more than a decade. After graduating Cum Laude from Istituto Marangoni in Italy, from where she got her MA in Fashion Promotion, she came back to Manila to work in publishing. A few years later, she flew to London to study once again. She completed studies, and then returned home to Manila to establish one of the biggest styling studios in the country. Indeed, learning never ends—take it from the veteran.
Photos: @pamquinones and @qurator_studio
Myrrh Lao To (@myrrhlaoto)
Muses: Nadine Lustre, Mariel Padilla, KZ Tandingan, and Angelica Panganiban
He was first a Business Administration major and then an aspiring fashion photographer before becoming one of the most sought after creatives today. After being mentored by Pam Quiñones for more than two years, he spread his wings to set out and venture into freelancing, eventually creating a name for himself in the fashion industry. A name that echoes loud and clear. He is Myrrh Lao To—top celebrity stylist.
The founder and head of Team MesMYRRHized is known for his statement looks—a marriage of bold and classic. A favorite of celebrities like Nadine Lustre, KZ Tandingan, and Ylona Garcia, Myrrh takes concert and red carpet outfits to the next level with unique, intricate details that make all the difference. His signature aesthetic? A fierce, empowering look that's truly—mesmerizing.
Perry Tabora (@perrytabora)
Muses: Liza Soberano, Sofia Andres, Kisses Delavin, and Janella Salvador
Perry Tabora's fresh, youthful, and feminine outfits have caught the attention not only of fashion enthusiasts in the Philippines, but also of the world. After being mentored by veteran stylist Ton Lao for three years, the Fashion Design and Merchandising graduate pursued a solo career in styling in 2013, landing his first ever project with Liza Soberano.
The teen actress rose to fame as one of today's top leading ladies—of course, the star's go-to stylist, Perry, rose with her. Even Vogue noticed his impressive celebrity work, citing that "As [Liza] Soberano’s profile rose, [Perry] Tabora was there to guide her fashion sensibility, and over the past four years they’ve developed a winning formula."
Today, Perry uses his expertise in dressing fresh, young talents Sofia Andres, Kisses Delavin, Michelle Vito, and Ysabel Ortega. His signature aesthetic? A youthful look with understated elegance—a look perfect for any leading lady.
Adrianne Concepcion (@adrianneconcept)
Muses: Lovi Poe, Coleen Garcia, Kim Chiu, and Megan Young
Sexy and chic. These are two words that perfectly describe Adrianne Concepcion's trademark style. A writer, former editor, and now stylist to the top female icons in the country, Adrianne cemented her name in the industry—and at this rate, the possibilities for her are endless.
Well-loved by some of the most stylish women in the metro—Lovi Poe, Kylie Verzosa, Coleen Garcia, Chie Filomeno, and Megan Young—Adrianne's outfits cater to the feminine. Each well-curated look is sensual yet classy, but above all—empowering.
Rex Atienza (@rexatienza)
Muses: Maja Salvador, Bea Alonzo, and Dra. Aivee Teo
One can't talk about the best Filipino stylists without mentioning Rex Atienza, who is popular for his out-of-the-ordinary aesthetic.
The Marketing Management graduate originally planned on taking the corporate track, but instead found himself working for a local retail brand, where he later on became its Operations and Merchandising Head. Rex eventaully fell in love with fashion, and decided to pursue it full time. He started from scratch as an editorial assistant of (the now defunct) Metro Him magazine—through hard work, he successfully reached the top of the ladder, reaching veteran stylist ranking.
Together with his then fiancé (and now husband) Jay Sarmiento, he founded styleList, inc in 2010—one of the premiere styling groups in the Philippines. Today, the creative duo heads the team, dressing up celebrities like Bea Alonzo, Maja Salvador, and Alden Richards, styling shoots for editorial fashion magazines, and even offering professional prenup and wedding styling for modern brides.
Rain Dagala and Em Millan (@rainierdagala and @emmillan)
Muses: Maymay Entrata, Elisse Joson, Bianca Gonzales, and Pia Wurtzbach
Rain Dagala and Em Millan's friendship has come a long way from officemates to co-founders of one of the most powerful styling groups in the country. After discovering their shared interest—a passion for fashion!—the former corporate brand managers teamed up to pursue freelance styling. While Rain went to study at the School of Fashion and Arts, Em would lend him a hand on weekends, supporting him in his requirements. But what started as a hobby eventually became the real deal. The bubbly duo eventually landed their first paid project with an athleisure brand. From there, a whole new adventure unfolded—the two of them emerged from their comfort zone, eager to set out.
In 2013, they established #TeamRainxEm—and today, top tier celebrities Maymay Entrata, Pia Wurtzbach, Cheska Kramer, and Elisse Joson consider the duo their go-to.
Liz Uy (@lizzzuy)
Muses: Alex Gonzaga, Maine Mendoza, Toni Gonzaga, and Sarah Lahbati
We're not exaggerating when we say that Liz Uy is everywhere. With over a million followers on Instagram, the creative flies around the world in style, attending exclusive events, watching fashion weeks, and mingling among fellow icons in the industry. On top of all those, she also works as a digital curator for Style: Singapore and as creative director of her own group, Stylized Studio. Some of her team's muses include Maine Mendoza, Alex Gonzaga, and Sarah Geronimo.
But aside from dressing up today's best celebrities, Liz' personal wardrobe also boasts of unique, ultra-curated pieces worth drooling over. Known for her keen eye for fashion, she was even featured on Vogue last year, where she spilled the beans on where to shop for local, covet-worthy fashion items in the Philippines. It was also in 2017 when model management company The Society New York offered to represent her—today, Liz joins Kendall Jenner and Adriana Lima in the list, as its first Filipino talent.
Indeed, Liz is a force to be reckoned with. She's taking over the fashion world—one editorial-worthy outfit at at time.
Lead photos via @pamquinones, @iamkatrinacruz, and @emmillan