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Achieve Your Dream Wedding In A Design From Francis Libiran's New Collection

At the City of Dreams, a lot of our fantasies become reality, and one of those is a dream wedding. Just recently, City of Dreams held its first ever bridal event dubbed "Dream Weddings: A Wedding Gala" wherein they showcased some of the country's best wedding suppliers that help put together some of Manila's most lavish, dream-worthy weddings today.

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To set the mood, renowned event stylists Gideon Hermosa, Teddy Manuel, and Michael Ruiz designed three table settings fit for a grand celebration. Majestic wedding cakes by the likes of Naked Patisserie and Cakes by Mannix were displayed on a pedestal, and sumptuous bites were prepared by City of Dreams' top team of chefs from the hotel's celebrated restaurants like Nobu, The Tasting Room, and Crystal Dragon. Rustan's Weddings & Beyond was present at the showcase, helping couples-to-be plan their dream bridal registry. 


Host Janeena Chan opens the program, with Gideon Hermosa's tablescape behind her.


And to cap the beautiful evening off, acclaimed fashion designer Francis Libiran showcased his brand new bridal collection that's just the perfect fit for the dreamy occasion. He wowed us with creation after creation, as models sashayed down the runway in pastel ornate elegance. Beautiful actress Kim Chiu graced the occasion, and came out as an elegant bride at the end of the show, a real highlight of the evening. 

We sat down with Francis and picked his brain about his newest collection for Dream Weddings. Scroll further to find out more, and to see the complete collection below:


"It's called Dream Weddings. The fashion show is all about wedding gowns, and a portion of it is for the Ting Hun ceremony for the Chinese before the wedding. So basically, we came up with a 30-piece collection including 10 pieces for men."
-Francis Libiran


Metro.Style: So is Ting Hun a trend now?

Francis Libiran: A Ting Hun is a pre-wedding celebration wherein everybody is dressed up. Especially when Crazy Rich Asians came out, it became such a big preparation. Before, it used to be just in a Chinese restaurant wherein the entire families were present. Now, its become a big production. It's like a wedding wherein you need a good event stylist to prepare the entire ballroom and transform it into an oriental looking space. 


MS: So you mean a different interpretation on the oriental look?

FL: Yes, it's not the traditional red Chinese outfit anymore. A lot of Filipina-Chinese brides would like [to wear designs] on more of the pastel side, because it happens during the daytime. The [design] requirement now is more on happy, positive colors.


MS: Can you talk about some of the pieces you showed at Dream Weddings?

FL: I worked on different silhouettes—layered, form-fitting, and ball gowns so it caters to all different brides. The treatment was more on fully-beaded pieces, linear patterns, and cutouts. So there's a lot of design selections from the show. 


MS: What are the favorites so far when it comes to the brides' requests? What do they usually go for?

FL: Something that's out of the box. Pag bago kasi there's always a wow factor. That's why as designers we need to come up with something new all the time. Pag marami na nanggagaya, we have to change it right away. For the grooms as well, part of the fashion show for Dream Weddings is not the repetitive black tuxedo. We came out with pastel colors for guys, in the non-tradiotional tuxedo. 



MS: What about the fabric for the guys, what's more favored now?

FL: Brocade fabric, which is more textured. You could wear something that is black but there are patterns on it in a way that's very subtle. The lapels right now are so different. They want the bigger lapels right now, not the thin ones anymore. The fit of tuxedos right now are a bit more relaxed, rather than super tight-fitting. And bow ties are bigger now. It's a trend.

MS: Do bow ties have to be a solid color or printed?

FL: It depends. That's why for Dream Weddings, we came up with different personalities for guys. It's not something that's traditional. Like for example, there's a suit that looks more like a tuxedo but the material is in velvet and it's textured, but it also looks like a robe.


Check out the beautiful Francis Libiran show below:


The dream team behind City of Dreams' "Dream Weddings: A Wedding Gala"


Check out more beautiful details from Dream Weddings at City of Dreams below:



Photography by Daniel Soriano. Interview by Grace Libero.