Rajo Laurel's Biggest Celeb Clients Honor Him On His 25th Year In Fashion
Rajo Laurel has been getting a ton of love as of late for good reason.
The pillar of Philippine fashion design celebrates his 25th anniversary in the industry this year, with the milestone prompting many of his clients—the country's well-heeled—to share their fondest memories of, tributes, and heartfelt messages of thanks for the man behind some of their most stunning looks.
He does, after all, create ensembles for both ladies and gentlemen, tiny tots and their fashionable parents, brides and debutantes, the catwalk and intimate parties, and essentially any occasion that requires attendees to dress to the nines in outfits that never fail to catch the eye.
Anyone familiar with his work will tell you that he's a master of his craft—take it from these personalities who couldn't say enough good things about this creative genius!
Influencer, model, and entrepreneur Isabelle Daza not only highlighted Rajo's work, but the designer himself. A caption on Instagram made sure everyone would learn about his overall love of life! With a relationship like theirs, it won't be a surprise at all if her son Balthazar will eventually come to call a Rajo Laurel creation his own.
Rajo's partner and self-proclaimed number one fan joked about finally getting sleep now that Rajo's biggest 25th anniversary event (his Red Charity Gala fashion show held last weekend) is over. Regardless, we're sure that Nix couldn't have been any prouder of Rajo!
This beauty posted not one, but two tributes for her longtime friend, Rajo. First, she spoke about his involvement in her wedding, then went on to highlight his advocacy of sustainable fashion; the latter of which she modeled herself!
When I was a little girl I may not have known who I was going to marry, but I knew only you would make my dress. You have been such a big part of my life. From growing up in Alabang, married life Rockwell, and now planning our weekends in Batangas. Growing old together with the gang and endless moments fill my heart. Thank you for being our personal Dreammaker, but most all thank you for the love and laughter. We are so proud of you my darling friend. Love you. Happy 25 glorious years! See you tonight ?? #RAJOXXV #redcharitygala2018 @rajolaurel #antoniorocio2017
Out in full force for @rajolaurel 25 year anniversary celebration #redcharitygala2018 ? Paired these two seperates Rajo previously made for me, because sustainable fashion is totally in. And Im all about it! Thank you to our bestie @richardtiu for always bringing us together. #RAJOXXV #aboutlastnight
Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo
Actress and super mommy Judy Ann echoed the sentiments of those who know Rajo personally: he's not only a talented designer well-loved for his eye for beautiful design, but also an overall awesome human being with a heart of gold.
To wear a rajo laurel creation is a big plus in this kind of business.. but to be able to know rajo and love him the first time we saw him.. there’s an instant undeniable connection. ( baka kasi pareho kaming taurus???) to my dear @rajolaurel congratulations on your 25th anniversary! So sad and sorry that we weren’t able to celebrate with you.. but, i’ll forever be grateful to you.. not just because of your outstanding talent.. but simply because of the pureness of your heart.. your charm.. and how much we both love and enjoy food. I miss you... and super proud and happy for you my dear @rajolaurel ! ???? congratulations! And thank you for making this business a bit more exciting ! Love you to bits! ?????? #RAJOXXV
The internationally recognized songstress has been known to collaborate with Rajo often over the years. It's because they've been friends since kindergarten; the two artistic souls met in a stage production as children and have been friends ever since, forever finding ways to keep in touch, work together, and share experiences with each other.
Rajo and I met when we were both 6 years old, playing two of the King of Siam’s many children in The King and I. He was always a rambunctious, energetic kid, never able to stay still for too long. This photo was taken in 2003 for my Songs From Home concert. We have been collaborating for a gazillion years it seems with no sign of that (or our friendship) ending. This year, as I celebrated 40 years as a performer, we celebrate 40 plus years of knowing each other, and as one of his friends, I couldn’t be more proud of how he has grown and evolved as one of our foremost fashion designers. Love you, Rajo! Congratulations!!! #rajoxxv
The ABS-CBN executive has had the pleasure and privilege of wearing several of Rajo's custom pieces. Tootsy has worn pieces that range from elegant and architectural, to ethnic and sophisticated, and casual and colorful. Of course, with Rajo's trained hands, each fit her to a tee.
Model turned Unilever Philippines boss Apples Aberin made a brave choice when she donned a low-cut, printed jumpsuit by Rajo—and it was a fashion statement she was extremely glad she made! The same goes for her friendship with the fashion designer that she's nurtured for years and years; since celebrating his very first gala together, the two have always been great pals.
It was the era of the waif, when Kate Moss was all the rage and we sported pencil thin eyebrows! My waistline was 23 inches skinny and @rajolaurel was all of 24 years young. We were on a high from the success of Rajo's first gala. Our friendship is indeed a tale as old as time. Even as children, I remember him hands on hips, bullying the boys in the family. We also judged all four seasons of Project Runway Philippines together. I believe that this solidified our friendship even more. And when i was going through one of my toughest challenges, he was one of the few who knew and he guarded that secret like gold. So today, as my dearest Rajo celebrates 25 years in the fashion industry, I couldn't be prouder or more ecstatic! Break a leg, love. It's going to be epic because you simply can't do things any other way. Love and hugs. ??? #rajoXXV #redcharitygala2018
Mikaela and her son Maxen are one lucky duo; she's a good friend of Rajo's, while he has him to call his godfather! Judging from her Instagram post about her relationship with the designer, he really does know how to cultivate relationships and value them above everything else—an important factor to hold even after two decades of success.
Only amazing things to say about this man @rajolaurel • I remember when he made my first dress, it was when I was first expecting a child. I just felt so beautiful and found a way to wear it even after giving birth- and many times after that! .. and so with everything else he’s designed for me. Practically family to us- to my husband especially having that Dumaguete connection?? That’s why I know Maxen will always have his awesome ninong to run to! Raj, You’ve always been so kind, so fun and crazy at times, which we all love! Tonight we celebrate you! Cheers to 25 years and many more! ?? See you at Red Cross! #Rajoxxv
She had many things to say about the man she called her "Kuya Rajo," but the words "special," "inspiring," "dedication," and passion definitely stood out in the open letter she wrote for the designer.
Dearest Kuya Rajo, Congratulations! You have been so special to me for you have been there in every step of my career and in each and every special moment and milestone on stage. You have always looked out for me and taken care of me and for that I thank you and love you. Each of those moments I have been dressed by you are ones I will always look back on so fondly. Thank you for sharing your art and inspiring me along with so many with your dedication and passion. Thank you for your love and kindness. These 25 years have been a testament of your lifes work and may you continue to shine and be celebrated for a lifetime more! Congratulations Kuya! ??? • • • #RAJOXXV #redcharitygala #fashion #filipino #rajolaurel
Michael was quick to point out that Rajo's influence isn't limited to Philippine shores. A brief Instagram post reminding everyone that American supermodel Tyra Banks has worn a Rajo Laurel dress was proof of his far-reaching talent!
Even differences in timezones didn't stop Philux COO from congratulating the designer she's a big admirer of. The busy beauty took the time to write of her memorable experiences with Rajo, accompanying her words with dreamy shots of the dresses he made just for her over the years.
Dear @rajolaurel , while I am away during your gala tonight, you know that I am there in spirit and will continue to be there for the years to come. What started with fashion has developed into a beautiful friendship filled with many a night of laughter, song and dance. You are a true visionary and your creations have uplifted and inspired so many people including myself. I’m sending you my love and congratulations on your 25th year ?? keep shining and spreading your positivity, Rajo! . . . Here’s a short throwback of some of my favorite dresses by you #RAJOXXV #redcharitygala2018 #stephkienlefashion #rajolaurel
Choosing to be a hundred percent honest in her tribute for Rajo, Iza openly wrote about how this designer and his team would often lend her clothes for events when she was but a budding actress all those years ago. The generosity served as the seed for a friendship that bloomed over the years, and one we're sure will never wilt.
When I was starting in the industry, I would pass by House of Laurel to borrow clothes for events. I didn’t really have enough money to have stuff made. Rajo and his team were always so generous and enthusiastic in helping me get ready for the occassion. Years passed and we became good friends. I got to know him on a deeper level and I have found a a friend whose passion for life and the arts (dancing and singing included) inspires me everyday. Thank you for being a beacon of light and love in this world @rajolaurel and for 25 years of creating beautiful art in the fashion industry! Love you! ?? #rajoxxv
Teresa Herrera Anthony
"Thank you for being a beam of light and love on this planet," she wrote on Instagram, choosing to shine the light on Rajo's more playful side.
Celebrating 25 years with you my dearest friend @rajolaurel !! 25 years of friendship, fun, travel, art + FASHION. ? We have shared so many memories and here are some of my favorites. ? Thank you for being a beam of light and love on this planet. Your kindness, love, and support means the world to me. ?? I love you so much! Here’s to the next 25 ???????????? #RAJOXXV #redcharitygala2018
Nikki Valdez Garcia
Nikki knows just how important it is for a woman to find the designer she can trust to create her wedding dress for her, and in Rajo, she found exactly that. There was just something about the way he humbly listened to requests, ideas, and visions that convinced her about choosing him—she's had zero regrets about striking a relationship with Rajo who's no longer just a designer for her, but a trustworthy friend, too.
It was in 2012 during an out of the country trip when I finally met you in person—- big and special thanks to Tito Keren for that. I remember admitting to you how starstruck I was because I only hear and read about you and your numerous designs. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, “grabe ang bait and down- to- earth pala ni Rajo Laurel!” ?? Then you offered to provide me a dress for the Star Magic Ball that year which put me on the best dressed list and the rest is history so they say. Fast forward to 2018 when you are more than just the one providing a dress for me. I am proud to call you my friend and will forever be thankful that you accepted to make the wedding dress of my dreams and making sure all needs were met. Thank you @rajolaurel for the many years of friendship and love that is as timeless and beautiful as your creations. Happy 25th Anniversary! Wishing you many many more to come! ?????? #RAJOXXV #RedCharityGala2018
Zsa Zsa Padilla
Rajo has a loyal fan in Zsa Zsa Padilla. The legendary singer took to social media to express her regret about being absent from Rajo's 25th anniversary festivities, but made up for it by recalling all of her best memories with the designer, to date.
My dearest Rajo, I am feeling very frustrated because I won’t be in Manila to celebrate your anniversary with you. This is a milestone in your career and I should be there! Also frustrating is this photo I found of us online- where I’m not even wearing one of your creations for me! ?? I have worn countless gowns and outfits that you have designed for me through the years, and this pic is all I could find online! ??????Frustrations aside, I am very happy for you. I love you, you wonderful creature! And I believe in your creative genius...hence, I have been your fan for decades. Gosh, you were just a baby when you first designed for me and I still remember being at your first shop in Poblacion! You have come a long way... RAJO! And I am very, very happy for you. Please save me a gown from your collection. On second thought...make me a new one that fits my non-mowdel-sized-body! I love you! Have a fun-filled celebration. Happy anniversary!!! #rajoXXV #redcharitygala2018 @rajolaurel
Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez
As Rajo's co-host on two seasons of Project Runway, Tweetie was given the opportunity to know him professionally, and personally, too. Safe to say that their time working together was sufficient to solidify a friendship built to withstand the years. "Kind and giving, and wise in the ways of life, I drew so much inspiration from his genuinely positive heart. Always a ray of sunshine," Tweetie wrote about him.
Everybody knows Rajo - a prominent figure in Philippine fashion for many years now. But having done two seasons of Project Runway Philippines together, we bonded beautifully as working closely allowed me to get to know him better and appreciate him, not merely as a designer, but as a friend and person even more. Kind and giving, and wise in the ways of life, I drew so much inspiration from his genuinely positive heart. Always a ray of sunshine ?? kudos on your 25th anniversary, Raj! Excited to see you tonight. Cheers to you! ?????? #RAJOXXV #redcharitygala2018
Timelessness and adaptability are the best things about Rajo's pieces, according to Janina. Proving the versatility of his creations, she posted pictures of her wearing her own custom pieces against different backdrops—all looked great!
Congratulations my dear, @rajolaurel on this momentous occasion, #rajoxxv for #redcharitygala2018! What I love about Rajo’s creations is that it transcends time. His creations as shown here, I can still wear today, dressed up or down. I even made him one of my muses for my Homme line. Sad to miss it but I am there in spirit! ??????
Vlogger, actress, and influencer Alex Gonzaga shone the spotlight on the fringed, baby pink Rajo gown she wore to the ABS-CBN Ball held last month. Definitely a stunning piece, what makes it more impressive is that it was made just a week before the big event!
Photo from @redcharitygala