Last night’s ABS-CBN Ball brought out the creativity of local designers in reimagining the Filipiniana for various celebrities. One common theme we noticed were the elaborate butterfly sleeves from the ladies’ terno-inspired ensembles.
The terno dress has been around since the Spanish colonial period. According to Vinta Gallery, its origins came from the traditional baro’t saya, which consists of a skirt and camisa. In the 1920s, butterfly sleeves were incorporated onto the camisa.
Then in the 1940s, Ramon Valera created the terno dress with butterfly sleeves. The piece which is now considered as modern Filipiniana.
That being said, we spotted several stars who rocked butterfly-sleeved ternos with a unique twist.
Maymay’s Furne Amato gown was nude-toned (suited for her morena skin) and bedazzled from the neck down.
Beauty wore a gray Cary Santiago dress with a bird detail in the front. The wing also gave the illusion that it’s part of the sleeve.
Ylona was glowing—literally—in her gold Michael Leyva camisa and skirt ensemble. The top had sparkly fringes coming down from the butterfly sleeves.
Iza went for a red Rajo Laurel terno gown that had silver filigree details on the butterfly sleeves. Simple yet elegant.
Julia’s Rajo Laurel terno gown was all-white, backless, and had hand-painted sampaguitas on the sleeves.
The “It’s Showtime” star’s terno had woven details that reminded us of our grandmother’s abaca chair. Even the sleeves looked like it was made by local artisans.
Anne arrived in a a purple Mich Dulce terno with oversized sleeves and a layered skirt. She also had on a fascinator made by the designer.
Gretchen wore a gray top with butterfly sleeves and skirt by Rosenthal Tee. The ensemble had white beading details, and the top showed off her collarbones.
A train attached to butterfly sleeves? Vania Romoff made it happen for Leila’s pleated piña gown.
Instead of a traditional butterfly sleeve, Maris had petal-like sleeves for her orange dress. (Looks like she’s gearing up for pumpkin spice season too.)
Let us know your favorites from the ABS-CBN Ball!
Photo courtesy of Star Music PH’s Instagram account
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