RONALD ENRICO celebrates real women. Design duo Ronald Villavelez and Enrico Lingaolingao, who make up the lable knwon for bridal dn formal wear, create pieces that have real women and their couture fantasies in mind.
In a strictly by-invitation affair, Ronald Enrico unveiled a 35-piece collection via their debut fashion show called REveal held last February 15 at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino; hosted by Manila socialite and TV personality Tessa Prieto-Valdes, with the special participation of Ms. Giselle Sanchez.
A clean, minimal romantic setting at the Pacific Grand Ballroom made for a generously grandiose welcome. What to be expected was a mellifluous showcase of the duo's better guns in occasion wear. The feeling of fascination and awe the duo creates in every outing is one unmatched experience in this industry. You are saturated with subdued colors for elegance, and you are spinned by the improbable artistry that’s put into a garment and poetry on how these different embellishments come alive together.
The show took off with their new line for the younger set, “Belle Ange”. A pret-a-porter couture line for kids, which is a collaboration between Ronald Enrico and long-time client Abigail Bombom Ngo, BELLE ANGE boasted of volume in layers of cotton-candy-colored tulle made up shirred ball skirts, ruffles made their way onto shoulders and bodices, taffeta shift necklines were prim and proper, and polka dots, rosettes, and little peony-like flowers were just “delicious” to look at. Now kids will have their share of their equally chic elders, who wore sheath dresses with interesting “wave” and “swirl” details on strategic spots.
What will the Ronald Enrico lady wear this time? Fitted cocktail dresses not short of embellishment (that’s nothing new to their senses) and serpentine-cut gowns during evening. It was eveningwear, as usual, this time with hints of the East, Latin flair, art, and recurring curvilinear surface phasing and pleating. Ronald Enrico has the gift of making the elaborate LOOK easy. They pinched chiffon to become little flowers, taped & phased satin to look like church décor patterns, painted gradients, concocted taffeta and satin meringues on trains and almost anywhere on numerous ensembles, swathed ruffles on bustles and skirts, and bejeweled bib necklines resulting to refulgent & saintly necklines.
The duo knows no space and blank canvas. Each garment was a masterpiece and revelation in its own – each with its combination of different couture techniques and textile treatments; each as surprising from the back as it is in the awesome facades. Without going overboard with these procedures, they created something superbly romantic and sufficiently elegant.
By yvesmartini, shot with KODAK EASYSHARE C653 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA
My personal favorite. Definitely would wear this if I was, you know, the opposite sex.
Awesome curvilinear detail from the dress above; and recurred to few others.
In retrospect, Ronald Enrico might be doing nothing provocatively new. The inspirations evident and designs that went out from this collection are time- and client-tested testaments that have catapulted them to their present stature as go-to designers for royal, regal yet radically realistic occasion wear. It was a night of fashion enjoyment. A revelation? No. A triumphant reiteration of their command for quality, covetable feminist aesthetics and workmanship.
Show direction: Monch Lim Ceballos / Accessories: Mark Tenchaves (SHANDAR) / Maquillage: Jessie Glova / Models: AD Models Femme & Ozar
(published in Cebu Daily News, 24 February 2010, Wednesday)