Celebrities walk the ramp for Randy Ortiz's holiday collection


Samsung Metrowear showcases the "Aspirer" collection of Randy Ortiz (middle) on September 4 at the Isla Ballroom of Shangri-La Hotel. Lovely couple Richard Gomez (left) and Lucy Torres graced the said event.

Showbiz's best-dressed stars did not dare miss Samsung Metrowear—whichmarked the first gala of Randy Ortiz, one of the country's fashioninnovator—held at the Isla Ballroom of Shangri-La Edsa last September 4.

Theconcept of the show was inspired by the cinema and its icons. Dubbed as"Aspirer," the three remarkable eras in fashion—'50s, '60s, 70s—werefused that night. And once again, the waisted fishtails, voluminousskirts, peplum jackets, and corded fabrics were highlighted on thecatwalk.

The man who added vividness on Pinoy's perception of"men's wear" drew the presence of Richard Gomez, Dingdong Dantes, JonAvila, John Estrada, Diether Ocampo, Paolo Paraiso, to name a few.

Self-confessed fans of Randy—Lucy Torres-Gomez, Kris Aquino, and Charlene Gonzalez—also came wearing the designer's creations.

Popular faces in the fashion world—Ruffa Gutierrez, Miriam Quiamba0, Tweety de Leon-Gonzalez, Priscilla Meirelles, Phoemela Barranda, Ornussa Cadness, Isabel Roces, Valerie delos Santos, and Raya Manaquil—in their fabulous outfits, walked the red carpet, and some, the ramp.

Celebrity couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto,whose wedding gown in 2006 was made by Randy, were spotted in the frontrow during the fashion show. Agot Isidro also came with husband ManuSandejas, and Joanne Quintas with husband Domini Primero.

Other stars who were at the event—Bea Alonzo, Jake Cuenca, Bianca Gonzales, Bubbles Paraiso, and Angelu de Leon—along with Social Butterfly Tessa Prieto-Valdez and news personality Karen Davila.

SIDELIGHTS. By now, we must have already heard the much-talked about fall of Bea.

The I Love Betty La Fea star,as she was doing the finale walk, slipped big time on stage. Butinstead of feeling upset, Bea just laughed off her blooper. After theshow, she said in an interview: "Kasama ito sa aking list of 'My MostEmbarassing Moments.' We're mature enough to not cry and just laughabout it."


But it wasn't Bea's inept experience inmodeling which was cited as the cause of her fall: It was the slipperyrunway. The Kapamilya actress wasn't the only one who slipped thatnight. Even top model Suyen Chi also fell, but made the most out ofit—she posed regally.

The second side story is, of course, the "pa-star ka" comment of Kris about the gown of Charlene.

Theformer got the idea that Randy's ladies would all wear black thatnight, so she was quite taken aback when Charlene arrived wearing alaced indigo blouse and brown ruched skirt.

Shereportedly uttered the "pa-star ka" comment four times. And after theevent, the wife of Aga Muhlach confronted Mrs. James Yap saying, "Kris,do you have a problem with my dress?"

In a text message sent to Mario Dumaual of TV Patrol World, the game show host said: "Obviously, she doesn't like me and my mistakewas I gave her another reason to dislike me."

She ended her message with: "Iniintindi ko nalang. I joked with the wrong person, soI apologized right away."

Indeed, star-studded events, even if set outside of the showbiz arena, will always have interesting stories to tell.

To view some of the event photos, click these PHOTOS taken Yayay de Castro of PEP's sister website, www.stylebible.ph .





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