In celebration of Metro Magazine’s 24th year, Metro has named Francis Libiran, the “designer to the stars,” its latest Metrowear Icon. This coincides with Francis Libiran’s 15 years in the fashion industry.
Libiran will be presenting 10 themed collections as a sneak peek of his 2014-2015 collection on November 25 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel. As a show of solidarity with fellow Filipinos in Eastern and Central Visayas affected by Typhoon Yolanda, Francis Libiran has decided to do a silent auction of 15 iconic pieces on one evening. All proceeds will be donated in support of relief operations for the storm’s victims.
Libiran has gained renown for his elegant style and great skill with draping fabrics and doing intricate beadwork. His creations have drawn the attention of fashionistas in both local and international circles. Among the stars that have been fortunate to wear his beautiful dresses and bespoke suits are the likes of Anne Curtis, Sam Milby, Shaina Magdayao, Billy Crawford, Xian Lim and Kim Chiu. For major events like the Star Magic Ball, the brightest (and most fashion-savvy) of stars look forward to wearing his creations. His latest fashion coup was creating the dresses and gowns wore by 2013 Miss World winner, Megan Young. His coral beaded evening won him raves all around.
A major career highlight for Libiran was when his whimsical creations – made using all kinds of Hello Kitty merchandise – was worn by the model-contestants for one of their photo shoots in the 18th season highly-rated program “America’s Next Top Model.” No less than host Tyra Banks wore one of his gowns when she attended the 4th Annual Blossom Ball in New York earlier this year.
It is because of his eye for detail, his timeless style that has led Metro magazine to select him as this year’s Metrowear Icon. Libiran's 10 themed collections as a sneak peek of his 2014-2015 collections are Victorian Gothic, Earth Colours, Edwardian Ash, Gemstones, Oriental, Deluxe and Royale.
As a favorite designer of the most beautiful celebrities in local entertainment, they are taking to the stage to model his pieces during the show. Among them are muses Anne Curtis and Kim Chiu; actresses Liza Soberano, Maricar Reyes, Coleen Garcia, and Karylle; celebrity models Kelly Misa, Wendy Tabusalla, Daniel Matsunaga, Fabio Ide, and Hideo Muraoka; beauty queens Shamcey Supsup, Venus Raj and Gwen Ruais; athletes Anthony and David Semerad; and actors Xian Lim, Christian Bautista, Jake Cuenca and Matt Evans,
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