Tuesday, September 23, 2014

C'est Magnifique, Hermès!

Ooolalala, c'est Magnifique , as the song goes.  But it is really the most definitive  way  the Hermes Silk Masquerade Ball can be described.  

It all started  at 2PM at the Joaquin Suite when some selected ladies were invited to have their faces painted by a group of make up artists from Groove Paint.   The ladies had so much fun selecting the motif  for their eyes and their head gears.  I opted for a simple headband instead of a fascinator for my hair as my gown was already filled with Bling.  The Joaquin Suite was filled with excitement setting the tone of the evening. 

Guests started to pour in for the pre- event cocktail party held in that part of the lobby fronting the Rigodon Ballroom, (decorated according to the Hermes motif)  and they were graciously received by the dapper Hermes GM, Mario Katigbak, who was the epitome of chic  in a reversible Jil Sander  jacket paired over a crisp CoSTUME  NATIONAL  white shirt with front panels.  Well chilled Piper Heidsick Champagne and tasty appetizers were offered to the early birds.   

When the ballroom doors were opened, a mirrored maze with the iconic Hermes prints that served as wall paper greeted the guests who managed to weave their way through the maze into the main ballroom.

More surprises greeted the guests at the ballroom.   A little Hermes haven was in one corner of the ballroom wallpapered with different Hermes scarves.  I could have stayed there all night but flower-decked buffet tables with yummy dishes on both sides of the ball room beckoned.  

Hermes also created a quasi beauty salon on another corner of the ballroom where groove paint artists did clients faces with fantasy designs. 

Outside the two sides of the ballroom more goodies like raclette cheese and hot dishes were served. 

Hermes trained a staff of attractive gals and guys who did some numbers with the guests on the dance floor but with a purpose: they taught the different ways of how the iconic Hermes scarf could be used.  

Hermes functions never disappoint but this last one was truly over the top!  Their irrepressible GM Mario Katigbak outdid himself again! 

the beautiful Hermes ladies

Groove paint artists did some fantasy 
eye make up on me which completed 
my look of the evening.
Manolyne Taylor, Hermes GM, Mario Katigbak,
Susan Go, Julie Taylor, Serla Russel
Tina Cuevas, Maritess Tantoco and Susan Joven
 "Just call me ICE from TV 5," 
this sexy lass said
Nympha Valencia, Rupert and Tina Jacinto
JunJun Ablaza gets my vote as 
best male Fantasy costume 
Dette Tan, Susan Vergara, Roi Philips

an Hermes haven, chosen by my fave couple 
Atty. Rene Puno and Ann Puno in an 
attractive Roberto Cavalli gown
Aya Daly and Stephanie Shi of Town and Country
Swathed in Hermes silk, Maritess Tantoco, 
Nympha Valencia and myself.
 Frannie Jacinto, Tina Cuevas and 
Millet Mananquil, Editor in Chief Of Phil Star, Lifestyle Section
channeling Zorro, George Sarakinis and wife Becky Garcia
Hands down, best lady costume of the night, 
Mellie Ablaza and hubby Louie Ablaza.
The forever glamorous Linda Ley 
 the phantom of the night, uber talent Leo Valdez
with two of his fave glamour ladies, Tess Schoefer
and her guest Victoria
Pretty Lady in Red, Consul Helen Ong
 true to the motif, glamorous ladies Maricel Matias 
and fashionista Ofi Wadle
3x Katha Winner for Best in Design, 
fashion accessory designer, Ann Ong, Duday Tuason
 and Agile Zamora

showing off my paste-on tatoos, 
with my Phantom, Leo Valdez
Hermes GM Mario Katigbak, 
EIC of PDI Lifestyle section Thelma San Juan, Leo Valdez 
and Annie Ringor

 Mia Borromeo of Tatler, fashion designer Ito Curata and Sheila Romero
Jemellie Gonzalez, Helen Ong, Atty Rene Puno, Ann Puno
Fila's Cris Albert and Len Olbes
Movie star Heart Evangelista 
and a lady friend 
thousands of blooms decorate the table and hold the dishes
Mega's irreplaceable Suki Salvador