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Isabelle Duterte lets us know what she really cares about

ISABELLE Duterte’s so-called “pre-debut” fashion shoot at Malacañan Palace was crass, vulgar, tasteless, and calculating. She was packaged as a glamorous debutante, hungry not for a husband, but for celebrity status and stardom. Ordinarily, I would have loved it.

The shoot seemed to subvert the social ritual that formally marks an aristocratic young woman’s entrance into high society. It’s a ritual that needs to be consigned to the rubbish heap of hoary, patriarchal traditions of a bygone age.

It seemed to lampoon those achingly elegant Philippine Tatler pictorials of lovely young women from massively wealthy families, who get to go to the oh so terribly exclusive Le Bal des Débutantes, annually held in France. You know, the one attended by women who bear such magical names as Paloma, Monica, and Natalia Zobel, Emily Madrigal, Dominique Cojuangco, who were photographed wearing luscious haute couture Chanel, Valentino, and Vivienne Westwood ball dresses, and posed in an opulent French chateau or some swank Parisian hotel. Nobody derided them for their extraordinarily lavish spending.

Isabelle’s “coming-out” could have been a mocking send-up of all that fuss, pretense, ridiculous extravagance, and the perpetuation of an entitled elite. But it was not. There was not a tincture of satire. Not a smidgen of irony. Not a whiff of sarcasm. Not one bit of nudge-nudge, wink-wink knowingness. Not the slightest dash of caricature.

Unlike Tatler’s high society women, whose career trajectories take on board a spell at ivy league schools, stints in modeling, fashion and interior design, some philanthropy, some business management, some broad interest in the arts, and spectacularly long and successful periods of breastfeeding their children, Isabelle harbors far loftier ambitions. She is aiming for showbiz glory.

Who can blame her? She’s just a kid. She says she’s 17, but she could actually be only 15, if any credence is given to the date of birth given by Google, which states January 26, 2002. We don’t yet know whether Isabelle is any good at acting, singing, or dancing. Talent and hard graft hardly matter anyway. So far, if the many Instagram pictures of herself in Chanel ballerina pumps, Gucci sneakers, and Celine dresses, are anything to go by, her vocation seems to lie in wearing hundreds of thousands of pesos, or over $11,000, worth of designer clothing and shoes.

Isabelle Duterte

How she is able to afford this is the question. Isabelle is the daughter of Paolo Duterte and his first wife, a Muslim woman named Lovelie Sangkola Sumera. The latter, a Muslim, is said to be a trader in used clothes and jars. It’s whispered that she was involved in smuggling activities, at least while she was married to her former husband.

As the vice mayor of Davao City, a job he has held since 2013, Paolo draws a salary of just under P900,000 a year. He is, however, suspected of engaging in big-time smuggling – everything from luxury cars to rice, oil, used clothing, and drugs, in particular, shabu. He is known to wear a hefty timepiece on his wrist, a gold Audemars Piguet watch valued at P1.9 million. There have been calls for him to reveal the contents of his bank accounts and a check on his net worth, which he has so far refused. Nobody can tell Paolo what to do. Like his father, President Rodrigo Duterte, Paolo gets away with murder. You can read that last phrase figuratively, if you wish.

For her fashion spread, Isabelle wore several ball gowns and a dress by Filipino designers. A team of make-up artists and hairstylists, under the direction of celebrity stylist Jeff Galang, was hired, as well as the photographer Lito Sy. Miguel Syjuco, the internationally acclaimed novelist, thought it might be fun to find out their price tags. “Conservatively,” Syjuco estimated, “the bill for services may be in the ball-park of P175,000.”A couple of the dresses, he discovered, were modestly priced, and may have cost between P25,000 to P200,000. The red ball gown, Syjuco states, was “a little different.” Designed by Garimon Roferos, whose atelier is in Dubai, Isabelle’s blood-red ball gown was encrusted with Swarovski crystals and looked as heavy and unyielding as a suit of medieval armor. One can hardly move, let alone dance, in such a dress. In fact, it’s probably not a dress at all but a building, a formidable castle where doves nestle in the tallest turrets. If Isabelle owns the gown, she would have paid upwards of about P600,000, excluding the cost of flying to Dubai and hotel accommodation for two fittings. The total cost comes in at roughly between P800,000 to P1.1million. Just where that awful amount of money came from is not something Isabelle will worry her pretty little head over.

She’s hired the hotshot talent agent Annabelle Rama, who has a bunch of lackey stylists and photographers on speed dial. Since Isabelle is a Duterte, getting permission to romp about Malacañang, and to strike nonchalant poses in front of the presidential seal, would have been a piece of cake. The fact is, a lot of people thought this was a good idea and made it happen.

Poor Isabelle. Nobody seems to have told her how deeply unfashionable and distasteful it is to flaunt one’s privilege, to be utterly callous and indifferent to inequality and injustice, and to behave with so much effrontery. She seems to be totally oblivious to what other girls of her age are worried about. News of how so many young women found a voice and spoke out against sexual harassment, spoke truth to power, seemed to have passed her by. Girls like 14-year old Shibby de Guzman who was named by Time magazine as one of the 30 most influential teens of 2017. Shibby took to the streets wearing a cardboard sign around her neck in imitation of the ones disrespectfully placed on bodies of drug war victims. Shibby’s sign read: “We are all possible drug pushers.”

Isabelle’s photo shoot tells us a lot about the extent of her horizon. She wants to be a big star. So, she was pictured absolutely and sincerely reveling in profligacy and power. Pose. Shoot. Post on social media. It’s a wrap.Read more at:princess formal dresses | mermaid formal dresses

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Modest Fashion show in Abu Dhabi

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Yas Mall recently held a fashion show that put the spotlight on the ‘modest-wear’ whose popularity is fast spreading around the world.

Called the Modest Fashion Weekend, the event which was held from December 7 to 9 featured catwalks and interactive sessions by international brands including House of Fraser, Debenhams, H&M, Marks & Spencer and more.

As the name suggests, ‘modest fashion’ is clothing that conceals rather than accentuates the shape of the body.

“We came up with the event to champion clothing that focuses purely on the personality of the individual wearing it. With the support of our retailers, we offer a range of modest-wear, without losing out on glamour,” said Shatha Al Romaithy, marketing manager of Yas Mall.

Celeb power

A special guest for the event was the UK’s Mariah Idrissi, who is touted as the world’s first hijab-wearing model. She gained recognition after appearing in H&M’s “Close the Loop” campaign wearing a hijab. She said that ‘modest fashion’ is appealing to all women. “I think this trend will last long,” she said.

Designer Fadwa Baruni from House of Fraser said that her collection, which featured flowing gowns and long sleeves, were inspired by the elegance and feminism displayed by the women in this region.

Apart from the catwalks, the show had styling events, pop-up shops and photo booths for women to update their styling sense and get tips on this new concept.

“Although ‘modest fashion’ has been a key trend in the region, we are noticing that women of different nationalities are also trying out the concept,” said Al Romaithy.Read more at:purple formal dresses

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Steering clear of the paparazzi, Deepika Padukone avoided the red carpet despite her red-hot avatar and made a quiet backdoor entry at the Reliance Digital Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards 2017. Keeping the threats to her life over the past few weeks in mind, the actress prudently chose not to sit with the audience and, looking stunning in a Gauri and Nainika gown, she accepted the ‘Most Glamorous Star – Female’ award from Bollywood diva Rekha, before exiting the event. But even after she was gone, the conversation on the red carpet revolved around her and her upcoming period drama, Padmavati, with Hrithik Roshan (‘Most Glamorous Star—Male’), Varun Dhawan (‘Best Dressed Male’), Sonakshi Sinha (‘Fashion Reinvention of the Year’), Kriti Sanon (‘Future of Fashion – Female’) and Yami Gautam condemning the death threats. “It is a reflection of the fact that we still have a long way to go to evolve into beings,” Hrithik, who has worked with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Guzaarish, pointed out, while Kriti rued that now others will think twice before picking up a controversial historical.

Deepika’s Padmavati co-star, Raja Rawal Ratan Singh aka Shahid Kapoor, the ‘Most Stylish Actor’, flaunted shoes which had the word “king” inscribed in gold. He was joined on the red carpet by Varun and Prateik Babbar after which the trio made their way together to the ballroom of the SoBo five-star where the recently-crowned Miss World Manushi Chillar was the star attraction and was presented a ‘Special Mention’ trophy by Karan Johar, who exulted,“What title can we give the most beautiful woman in the world?”

Sridevi who was adjudged the ‘Timeless Glamour and Style Icon’, flew in straight from Udaipur and the set of KJo’s production, Dhadak, which marks her daughter, Janhvi Kapoor’s debut. Rekha and she had plenty to chat about but not many understood a word of what they said as the duo was jabbering away in rapidfire Telugu. After the gala, it was back to the City of Palaces to chaperone daughter dearest.

Katrina Kaif, the ‘Fashion Trailblazer of the Year’, was in a hurry to be someplace else. ‘Best Dressed, Female’ Alia Bhatt had a dinner engagement while her ‘Best Dressed Male’ counterpart Varun had to be at a friend’s engagement. But before leaving, he rubbed shoulders with “Jacky Fernando”, the two sharing her seat for a while. ‘Hotstepper of the Year’ Jacqueline hooted the loudest when he won.

‘Most Stylish Star, Female’ Sonam Kapoor shimmered in gold and posed with Sonakshi, Jacqueline and her Veere Di Wedding co-star, Kareena Kapoor. The hot topic of discussion was not her crown but her much-awaited engagement to her beau of two years, Anand Ahuja. “Sonam and Anand’s chemistry is better than that of Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon’s in Raabta,” Neha Dhupia joked, quick to add that it was all said in good spirit. Interestingly, Sushant Singh Rajpur wasn’t around to pick up his trophy for ‘Future of Fashion—Male’. Kriti and Ankita Lokhande’s respective publicists made sure that they didn’t cross paths.

Ayushmann Khurrana (‘Hotstepper of the Year – Male’). Adaar Jain, Saiyyami Kher, Sonali Kulkarni, Daisy Shah, Harshvardhan Rane and Karan Singh Grover were there too, the ‘Vaanar’ surprisingly minus the Mrs.Read more at:formal dresses 2017 | red formal dresses

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