Metro.Style's Year-Ender List: The Top Fashion Moments Of 2018
As we look forward to a new year ahead, we can’t help but reminisce about 2018—especially the fashionable personalities and moments that took us to the edge of our seats.
Every year will have its fashion moments, of course, but this year was certainly an eclectic mix of highs and lows. Combining the biggest style news of the year, both locally and internationally, we can honestly say 2018 was a year of new voices, hard lessons and exciting shake-ups to reckon with.
Naturally, the grandest party of the country is a highlight of the year. The first ABS-CBN Ball brought together the brightest stars, celebrities and designers for a night of revelry. Set in the luxurious halls of the Shangri hotel, hundreds of guests dressed in their finest clothes graced this once-a-year gathering; it is a very rare opportunity for celebrities to catch-up with each other for an intimate occasion.
For some pageant fans, Christmas came early with Catriona Gray’s electrifying win at Miss Universe 2018, marking the fourth Filipina to ever take home the coveted crown. Catriona’s win was a highly-anticipated event for the whole year, as she made headlines and covers for her strategic, Filipina style. From her flag-inspired ear-cuff, to her lava walk and partnership with designer Mak Tumang, Catriona truly has inspired the styles of 2018, and will continue well into 2019.
Dolce & Gabbana
Fashion is definitely not all glamour and glitz; things could get ugly, especially if you’ve been called-out for racism. After an insensitive ad campaign for its Chinese runway show, Dolce & Gabbana faced further disaster after Stefano Gabbana was found trash-talking their Chinese clientele; screencaps of his vitriol were released by Diet Prada, and have since circulated worldwide. The scathing consequences came as a hard lesson for many fashion houses on the critical value of inclusivity, diversity and cultural respect.
The steady rise of Kelsey Merritt’s modeling career has been well-documented, especially in Metro Magazine over the years. But the year 2018 was definitely her biggest year yet: From major lingerie shoots, to a Metro.Style digital cover, and finally to becoming the first Filipina model to walk the Victoria’s Secret runway.
“Heavenly Bodies” At The Met Gala
Naturally, the biggest fashion party in the world is sure to make a memorable evening. This year’s theme at the grand Met Gala was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion And The Catholic Imagination”, a rare style partnership between Vogue, the Metropolitan Museum and the Vatican. And of course, the celebrities did not disappoint with their over-the-top religious ensembles.
Monique Lhuillier On “Fifty-Shades Freed”
Just before the steamy trilogy comes to an end, the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” franchise had a last-minute surprise by revealing the designer of Anastasia Steele’s (played by Dakota Johnson) wedding dress: the renowned Filipino-American bridal couturier Monique Lhuillier. Needless to say, the news thrilled Filipino fans, and gave the local fashion industry a sense of pride.
“Crazy Rich Asians”
The international best-seller by Kevin Kwan made history as the first all-Asian lead cast in a decadent Hollywood movie—and Philippines got to put in their style icons. Not only did Kevin give his Filipino fans a special shout-out, he also insisted to have Filipino celebrities into the franchise. Local superstars like Kris Aquino had a special role in the movie; while Top 10 Most Stylish muse Heart Evangelista was featured in a Harper’s Bazaar exclusive about real-life couture ladies.
Once in a blue moon, the annual Metrowear fashion show features a solo designer worthy of an exclusive spotlight, dubbed the Metrowear Icon; it is an honor bestowed only to the most esteemed designers of the age. The year 2018 was then a truly special year, as Vania Romoff—the Cebu-born designer, favorited by many celebrities on the red carpet—took the runway with more than 50 couture pieces, making her the youngest Metrowear Icon to date.
Is it even possible for Heart to be more fashionable than ever? Apparently so! She started her year as one of the Top 10 Metro Most Stylish ladies, followed by front-row invitations to Paris Fashion Week, then her ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ special feature with Harper’s Bazaar, which was just in time for the launch of her own website lovemarieescudero.com. Through the course of 2018, Heart has established herself from celebrity fashion maven, to one the country’s leading style icons. What fashionable adventures has Heart in store for 2019? We’ll have to wait and see!
Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding
Like a moving target, the Duchess of Sussex is a constant style fixture on the radar of fashion critics this year—and most likely for many more years to come. And for good reason, Meghan speaks volumes in what she wears; from choice to skip stockings, to her choice of bags, to the way she does her hair, and her choice of wedding gown, she’s out to prove herself as a modern royal.
#MeToo And #TimesUp
When the year 2017 drew to a close, the world came to know of the horrible abuse endured by women in the entertainment industry; January 2018 then, set the tone with a sense of reckoning. With protests such as #MeToo and #TimesUp hitting the prestigious red carpets of the Golden Globes as well as the Academy Awards, the movement set the platform for many more victims of abuse to come forward.
Artwork by Butchie Peña