The Rajo Laurel dress Anne Curtis wore to the Philippine Fashion Ball last August 15 became the talk of the town last week. (CLICK HERE to read related article)
It was featured in several news reports on television and got mixed reactions from the public.
Some fashion experts raved about its ingenious design and cutout details.
While others, on the other hand, thought it was too daring and not in good taste.
Last August 19, at Solenn Heusaff's Solenn On Stage concert at Teatrino in Greenhills, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) cornered Anne—who came to support her close friend—and asked about her controversial dress.
Anne told her Cinderella-like story on how designer Rajo Laurel, with the help of fashion stylist Liz Uy, became a fairy godmother to her that night.
"Walang binigay na invitation sa akin, wala na 'kong oras to prepare, wala na 'kong oras para magpagawa pa ng dress dahil gabi na," she said.
"Tapos yun, kinontak ni Rajo si Liz (Uy) and he said get something for me to wear.'
"Tapos [mabuti] naman, kumasya! So sakto naman, at least."
While some people fussed about her bold outfit, Anne felt very proud of herself for pulling off that look.
"Buti nga kumasya! I'm so happy talaga that it fit. Parang people are saying that it's too daring, but, I'm comfortable kasi it's covered."
Did she have any hesitations about wearing it?
"Wala. I'm so happy kasi people in the fashion industry loved it," she said with a wide smile.
GOT UNDERWEAR? To anyone who saw the dress, which bared most parts of Anne's body, the million dollar question was, "Is she wearing underwear?"
"I don't think it's easy to ask a lady, but if ever, to settle people's questions, yes," Anne cautiously replied.
"Hindi naman ako nagpo-promote ng brand. But, if you'll look it up [on the worldwide web], it's C-String.
"That's all you have to look out for para sa mga babae. It's also used kung ayaw mo magka-tan lines, yun ang gagamitin mo.
C-String is breakthrough lingerie product that has been called "the world's smallest underwear" by several foreign media outfits that have featured it in their shows.
It is a piece of structured underwear that has no waist bands and cups the wearer's girly parts to keep them covered.
It became an essential part of Anne's outfit that evening as it made her feel sexy and comfortable at the same time.
She said, "I have to make sure. Before leaving the house, nagpicture-picture muna just to make sure.
"Kasi mamaya pag nag-picture-taking, may hindi kagandahan na makita, di ba?
"So, before we left the house, nag-picture muna kami. Kasama ko si Ate Kris [Aquino] and Angel Locsin. They were there when I wore the gown."
Anne says she has no regrets about wearing the dress.
She also doesn't mind that some people tend to judge her personality by the fashion choices she makes and how it affects her public image.
"Parang never naman yata ako, sa buong career ko, naging sweet little angel," says Anne.
"I guess I've always been someone who is just confident, just aim for anything—cowgirl—for anything that loves fashion.
"So, yun naman talaga ako. Never naman ako nagkaroon ng little angel image. Parang hindi nga 'ata bagay sa akin yung angel image.
"More than anything, I think, totoo akong tao."