Stylist Adrianne Concepcion explains concept behind Billy and Coleen's outfits in Ethiopia

The prenuptial shoot of Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia is the talk of the town. Their stylist Adrianne Concepcion speaks up: "I hope people see the good and even the humor in it."


Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia's prenup shoot in Ethiopia was the talk of the town this weekend.

Some netizens deemed the couple's photos with Ethiopian women and children "offensive, inappropriate, insensitive."

Others were drawn to the prints of their outfits.

Facebook user Janelle Payumo noted that the singer’s floral suit had the same print as her mother's bag.

She captioned: “Pang-prenup ni Billy, bag lang ng nanay ko.”

At press time, her post has garnered 146,000+ likes and 56,000+ shares.

It also had sofa cover and throw pillow versions.

On Facebook, Billy himself remarked, "All-around pala ang telang ito."

Meanwhile, Coleen's top was compared to a reversible place mat.

Her other dress had sling bag and throw pillow versions, too.

Billy quipped, "Ika6natela."

THE CONCEPT. PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Adrianne Concepcion, the couple's stylist, about the shoot's concept.

Via Instagram Direct, Adrianne said the intent was to use "bold prints, textures, and rich colors."

The stylist continued, “We collaborated with Filipino designers to realize this idea.

“Given that we do not have specific African prints which are native to their region, our local designers had the creative liberty to render their own interpretations.”

The now-viral suit of the It’s Showtime host was designed by Ryan Uson.

Adrianne told PEP.ph, “I gave designer Ryan Uson a short brief on this commissioned suit.

“I said I wanted it to have earthy green tones in bold prints to compliment that of Coleen’s, and I think he delivered well.”

Ryan “used upholstery fabric, bought from a very famous fabric shop that most, if not all designers, frequent to for quality textiles.”

The stylist continued, "As I have learned in recent days, the same fabric allegedly has been used to make a modest-looking bag.

"I see no fault in this as the chances of having multiple designers or sewing enthusiasts use the same fabric here in the country are high."

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Adrianne's recent post said it showed the "ingenuity, innovativeness, and creativity" of the Filipino.

The stylist further wrote, “I personally see it as a show of realized potential of things.

“That fabric may very well have been sewn into anything.

“We saw its beauty, used it to make a suit, and it turned out great.”

How social media mocked the design saddened Adrianne: “Instead of celebrating ingenuity and talent, this news has been used as a vessel for bullying and hatred.

“I hope people see the good and even the humor in it.”


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