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Kylie Padilla: Modern take on the traje de mestiza

by FM Ganal
Sep 16, 2019
GMA-7 actress Kylie Padilla attends her second ABS-CBN Ball as the plus one of her Kapamilya husband Aljur Abrenica.
PHOTO/S: @kylienicolepadilla on Instagram

Kapuso actress Kylie Padilla graced the ABS-CBN Ball once again with her husband, ABS-CBN actor Aljur Abrenica.

Wearing a custom gown designed by AJ Javier, she looked ethereal in her modern traje de mestiza-inspired gown.

Through an email interivew with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sent on September 15, designer AJ revealed the inspiration behind Kylie's "Empowered Maria Clara" look.

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AJ said that he and Kylie wanted to give the traje de mestiza—a traditional dress more commonly referred to as the "Maria Clara"—a "young and fresh twist."

He wrote, "As a designer who values our heritage and culture, the challenge is to create a fusion of the past and present. We wanted to ensure that my modern design clearly reflects its inspiration which is the traje de mestiza, with a young and fresh vibe...

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"Like the saya of the traje, we had a modern take on the wrap around the skirt using silk organza. The top was made of piña cocoon fabric and was adorned with calado embroidery.

"We, however, took on a contemporary twist on the classic sleeves of the traje by making a tiered, off-shoulder piña and organza sleeves that radiates a romantic and whimsical feel."

On top of that, Kylie, who is currently pregnant with her second child, wanted to wear a gown that would keep her "comfortable" and allow her to "move freely."

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Another requirement for the gown was: it should be able to "flaunt her assets," which are her "broad shoulders, flawless skin, and enchanting beauty."

It took the designer "less than a week" to create it.

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AJ is "open to designing for women and men of all sizes."

He said, "As a designer, I have this belief that it’s my responsibility to make everyone feel included and be as beautiful as what they are wearing."

The ABS-CBN Ball 2019 was for the benefit of Bantay Bata 163. This year was aimed to raise fund for the Bantay Edukasyon Program.

For more stories about ABS-CBN Ball 2019, read here:

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GMA-7 actress Kylie Padilla attends her second ABS-CBN Ball as the plus one of her Kapamilya husband Aljur Abrenica.
PHOTO/S: @kylienicolepadilla on Instagram
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