Kathryn Bernardo is blooming effortlessly into a fine young lady.
And her fashion sense is evolving, too. As seen in her OOTDs—from soft and dainty to daring and skin-baring looks—Kathryn has shed off her Teen Queen image to reveal a young sophisticate worthy to be crowned Box Office Queen.
Among the people to be credited for her ongoing transition are the sisters Kimi and Boop Yap.
They've been Kathryn’s go-to stylists since the Star Magic talent was 19 years old, and a close relationship has grown out of it.
For Kimi and Boop, their mission is to keep Kathryn’s look always fresh and exciting.
During the opening of Kathryn’s nail salon KathNails last May 26 at the SM The Block in North EDSA, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had a quick chat with Kimi.
Kimi described Kathryn’s signature look as “feminine with a twist.”
She said, “Si Kathryn naman, for me, feminine naman style niya, e.
“Pero siguro hindi sobrang sweet—hindi siya sweet, e.
“Feminine na may twist. Parang chic na feminine na forward.”
Kimi and Boop also have a fashion strategy for Kathryn.
Kimi elaborated, “Parang gusto ko nagri-risk kami, nag-aano kami ng iba’t-ibang looks, pati sa hair.
"Gusto ko rin na as much as possible, hindi kami nag-uulit ng hairstyle. Yung parang lang, iba-iba nga.
“Saka bagay naman halos lahat sa kanya, e.”
What the sisters want to see are people looking forward to Kathry's OOTD in each of her public appearances... "Ah, ano kaya susuotin niya?"
Kimi said they appreciate that Kathryn is game to keeping her style dynamic.
“Si Kath kasi, what we love about her is parang she’s always open to try new styles.
“Parang, she trusts us that much na parang kung may sinabi kami, ‘Okay, try natin ito.’
“Kasi kami, we want her look din na laging bago."
MAKING THE TRANSITION. When Kathryn turned 20, it fell on the Yap sisters to present her as a celebrity coming of age.
Kimi told PEP, “Actually, nung hinahawakan ko si Kath, 19 na siya no’n.
“Hindi ako nag-style sa kanya nung younger days niya, e. So, nung ako na ang humawak kay Kath, medyo iniba rin talaga namin yung look niya from her dating look.
“Kasi dati niyang look, makulay, madaming accessories.”
Kimi and Boop have started streamlining her looks into a style that is "clean, sleek, chic... malinis tignan.”
For her part, Kathryn seemed ready to let go of the teens frills and embrace her newfound femininity.
Kimi observed, “At saka as tumatanda nga siya, do’n mag-oopen up yung iba’t-ibang styles na hindi niya sinusuot dati na sinusuot niya ngayon.”
However, the stylists themselves are the first to set the limit how far this mature dressing will go.
They believe dressing up mature shouldn’t drastically mean showing off skin.
Kimi said, “Gradual lang din. Parang feeling ko there’s all time for everything.
“Hindi mo kailangan madaliin lahat.”
Kathryn has indeed been showing off her toned-up physique in minimal skin-baring outfits lately.
But don’t expect the La Luna Sangre star to bare anything more than that yet.