#MetroMostStylish2019: Top 41-50 Best-Dressed Ladies
Our countdown to this year's #MetroMostStylish2019 list begins with these 10 women whose style sensibilities go from elegant to edgy. As they are among society's finest elites, we admire their grace and sophistication whether they are attending public events or are out and about in luxurious destinations.
Below, get to know the first batch of fashionable ladies, and learn a thing or two about their personal aesthetics.
Let the most fashionable countdown begin! Kicking off #MetroMostStylish2019, we present the top 41-50: Xandra Rocha-Araneta, Mia Arcenas-Branellec, Sarah Lahbati, Juana Manahan-Yupangco, Maria Parsons, Marga Aboitiz-Zobel, Joyce Makitalo, Natalia Zobel, KC Concepcion, and Jess Connelly. Stay tuned to find out who else made it as we work our way through the country's most stylish list! Link in bio for more. (Juana, Maria, and Natalia ??s from @metrosocietyph. Marga ?? from @amadofores) #SarahLahbati #JuanaManahanYupangco #MariaParsons #XandraRochaAraneta #MiaArcenesBranellec #JessConnelly #JoyceMakitalo #MargaAbotizZobel #KCConcepcion
Alexandra Rocha Araneta
This life-loving mom, avid traveler, and professional foodie has us wanting to cop the outfits she dons to everything from red letter affairs, family getaways, and lunches out with her gal pals. Often, they're all about the little details rather than big, sweeping statements; textured fabrics, ribbons resting on her shoulders, sophisticated color palettes, a layer of ruffle or two for added flirtiness, and an accessory to pull a look together is the name of the game for Xandra. A regular in the metro's by-invitation only events and the poshest streets of the world's most famous cities, she definitely turned heads with her casual fall London ensembles from last September and her many Manila looks that are photo-ready.
Cebuana Mia Arcenas-Branellec is the lady of choice when olive-skinned beauties with tropical luxe style come to mind. The beauty queen hopeful turned fashion brand owner has consistently hit the mark by dressing for occasions perfectly while allowing her signature polished resort wear look to shine through. Looking back at our favorite style moments of Mia's, we're especially fond of her Venice summer holiday outfits and her countless swimwear ensembles from her international vacations that show off her very best assets—all of which she often pairs with stunning pearl details in honor of her husband, Jewelmer's Jacques Branellec.
While Sarah Lahbati's loving embrace of motherhood lends her that immaculate glow that she never seems to be without, her fashion statements exude complementing youthfulness and easy elegance. Always dressed to the nines, this actress is all about taking current trends then interpreting them in ways that are unmistakably her own; take her New Year's Eve outfit featuring an ostrich feather skirt, ABS-CBN Ball scene-stealing cocktail dress covered in hot pink sequins, and regular ultra-girly Sunday's best dresses that top our list of her best outfits.
Juana Manahan Yupangco
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Having graduated with a degree in History of Art, establishing a career in publishing, and ultimately founding pro-local and healthy produce food group Mesa ni Misis, Juana Manahan Yupangco is a multi-faceted woman of success. Just as her resume commands respect, so does her wardrobe that's oozing with power and no-nonsense chicness; clean lines and classics rule Juana's style, timelessness being the operative word for both her casual and glammed up appearances. After all, she's a woman of style and substance with endless things to do from day to night; she's going to need pieces to take her from urgent morning meetings to relaxed evening cocktails, the art of dressing on point for both she's mastered over the years.
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There's an air of effortlessness in the way Maria Parsons dresses herself. She's graceful—just like the fresh and fragrant blooms that make up so much of her life as a member of the Lanai trio—yet also holds a palpable sense of self-assuredness and certainty in who she is. With the kind of self-confidence just like Maria's, it's bound to reflect in her choice of dress, so it comes to no surprise that she's able to look charming in a breezy, crisp summer number in a subdued tone, and just as alluring in a sweeping, dramatic dress that resembles priceless blue and white China. Never restricting herself to a single aesthetic as she knows the value of openness to new things, she's a style chameleon we'd love to learn a trick or two from.
The heiress of one the Philippines' most respected business empires is a simple and straightforward dresser, but when the occasion requires Marga Aboitiz to make a lasting impression, she does so with flying colors and instantly becomes the subject of style envy in the room. This has never been more true when Marga became a happily wedded Mrs. in her wedding to Jaime Zobel last March. Tying the knot in Intramuros' historical San Agustin Church, she was a vision in a strapless lace gown with the most intricate lace details you've ever seen. A subdued sweetheart neckline highlighted her slight frame and drew attention to her shoulders, while a pretty hair accessory in ivory added the finishing touch—perfection!
When it comes to who's more unafraid of making a grand entrance, it's a close race between jewelry maker Joyce Makitalo and the pieces she creates, but the crown definitely goes to her, a bona fide lover of extravagance. An expert maximalist to the core, this accessory maker is never without layered necklaces, conversation rings, bangles that can double as functioning works of art, one-of-a-kind wardrobe pieces, and striking shades of lipstick; Joyce is truly like a walking piece of art born out of varying styles and periods, and this couldn't have been more evident than on her winter trips to Turkey and Rome. Donning faux fur scarves in rich tones, suede handbags, tulle skirts, and all her favorite jewelry pieces, she really was a sight to behold.
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Natalia Zobel, who makes up one third of the all-women group behind eclectic lifestyle brand Lanai, is known for her love of vibrant hues and adventurous fashion sense. Predictable mixes and matches take a backseat in her style repertoire, and are superseded by unexpected pairings we never thought could work beautifully together, until she showed us how to wear them with flair. Being as well-traveled and well-heeled as Natalia is, she quickly adapts to current trends and imagines ways to add zing to staples, all the while keeping her looks grounded and relatable; patterns, textures, colors, and eye-catching accessories make up the delightful medley of her many outfits we've taken note of, so to this Spanish stunner's authentic Bohemian style, we say hermosa, bella, bonita!
Our favorite thing about KC Concepcion's style is how it's evolved over the years as she simultaneously opened her life to new experiences and opportunities. Now, as the newly minted founder of homegrown jewelry brand Avec Moi, KC has become bolder and more experimental—and we can't get our eyes off her. We're especially still in love with her OOTDs from her trip to France in the summer where she modeled covetable Parisian style in opposing outfits: Solid color gem-toned dresses by the Seine and Eiffel Tower, followed up by jeans, classic cotton tees, and trainers while making a quick trip to the corner cafe. Her recognition as one of 2018's "Elegant Filipinas" solidified her status as a style favorite of ours, too.
Stay tuned for more Metro Most Stylish, coming soon!