ICYDK, BTS, Bae Suzy, Park Shin-hye, and other Korean A-listers have rocked Filipino fashion designers.
In the kaleidoscope of the Hallyu wave, we boast the most passionate fandoms and the most energetic concert crowds, immersing ourselves in the allure of K-pop, K-dramas, and the captivating cultural richness that South Korea offers to the world. But what if the roles were reversed? Imagine a moment when we are not merely ardent fans but also influential contributors, leaving an indelible mark on the very wave we have always admired.
With Sophia Laforteza running the show in The Debut: Dream Academy and Hori7on being a South Korea-based Filipino boy band, we have proven ourselves as all-around performers. That’s why we’re now delving into the Filipino fashion designers who have dressed some of Korea’s biggest stars, one runway at a time. Scroll through to see these seven stars who have donned Monique Lhuillier, Michael Cinco, and many more.
Bae Suzy in Monique Lhuillier
Bae Suzy stunned at the Longines’ Launch Event in a Monique Lhuillier creation from the Filipina fashion designer’s Fall 2023 collection. The Strapless Drop Waist Ball Gown, boasting a sweetheart neckline, drop waist bodice, and a full skirt with a high slit, showcased the actress’s impeccable style. Suzy complemented the ensemble, featuring a sophisticated black and pale blush color palette, with a minimalistic set of Korloff diamonds, including Longines’ Mini DolceVita watch on her wrist.
Now, get this – this Filipino craftsmanship combined with K-Fashion flair, rings in at around ₱4,470,000. Yes, that’s the kind of glamour that takes every red carpet affair to a whole new level.
Park Eun Bin in Monique Lhuillier
Stepping onto the carpet at the 28th Busan International Film Festival, Park Eun Bin graced the event in a beautiful blue dress from Filipina fashion maestro Monique Lhuillier. The full floor-length Strapless Tulle Ball Gown, straight from Lhuillier’s Fall 2022 ready-to-wear collection, brings the delicate charm characteristic of the designer’s signature pieces. Featuring a ruffled neckline and a boned bodice, the ensemble is nothing short of elegant. Adding a touch of grandeur, the actress adorned herself with pieces from the Bulgari Serpenti collection, crafted with 18-carat white gold and dazzling diamonds. The price tag for the whole look? A jaw-dropping ₱6,265,700. Nothing but the best of the A-list actress.
Kim Go Eun in Monique Lhuillier
At the debut Blue Dragon Series Awards, the red carpet buzzed with Korean A-listers like Girls’ Generation’s YoonA and ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo, but none outshone Goblin‘s leading lady, Kim Go Eun. Decked out in a stunning blue chiffon creation by Monique Lhuillier, she’s radiating princess energy.
The strapless full floor-length dress from Lhuillier’s Fall 2022 collection exudes royal and Cinderella-like charm. To complete the look, the actress accessorized with Chanel’s Ruban collection – think 18K white gold ribbon-shaped clip-on earrings and a matching diamond necklace delicately resting above her collarbone. If she’s the modern-day Cinderella, maybe her fairy godmother can make my dreams come true too, because this entire ensemble costs around ₱3,900,000. Talk about living the dream!
Shin Ye Eun in Monique Lhuillier
Another Korean actress, another Monique Lhuillier moment. Having clinched the night’s coveted Best Rookie Actress award for her stellar performance in Revenge of Others, Shin Ye Eun didn’t simply win merits and accolades—she owned the title of the night’s best-dressed actress at the 2nd Blue Dragon Series Awards. Picture this: she’s strutting on the red carpet in this midnight blue stunner by Monique Lhuillier.
The Strapless Sequin Embellished Ball Gown, featuring exquisite bead and sequin embellishments coupled with a sweetheart neckline, transformed Shin Ye Eun into a shining star. Completing her look, The Glory actress sealed the deal with the Tiffany & Co. Knot Collection. Looking like a celestial work of art, Shin Ye Eun’s ensemble comes with a price tag of an estimated ₱2,640,000.
Jeon Yeobeen in Monique Lhuillier
Once again, the allure of Monique Lhuillier graced the 2nd Blue Dragon Series Awards as Jeon Yeo Been donned one of her creations. Solidifying her position as one of the night’s best-dressed actresses, the leading lady of Vincenzo enlisted the expertise of the Filipina fashion designer for her red carpet appearance.
The spotlight fell on the Off-the-Shoulder Draped Sequin Column Gown from Lhuillier’s 2023 ready-to-wear collection. Distinguished by its off-the-shoulder collar and captivating cameo-colored sequins, the ensemble exuded a sense of glamour and sophistication. Keeping her neck bare, the actress rounded off the look with drop earrings and a killer diamond ring, creating a flawless and memorable presence at the event.
Hyuna Kim in Michael Cinco
In a captivating display of elegance, Korean pop star Hyuna Kim showcased her feminine allure at PARIS Haute Couture Fashion Week. Dressed in a flowing floral gown crafted by the renowned Michael Cinco, the ensemble captured the essence of haute couture sophistication. Notably, Hyuna donned COUTURiSSIMO, signifying its design by iconic couturiers, encapsulating the stunning spirit of high fashion. The ensemble stood as a testament to the harmonious blend of global couture and Hyuna’s individual grace, making a lasting impression at the esteemed fashion event.
BONUS: BTS in PROUDRACE
A little throwback to 2013, BTS took the stage at the South Korean music television program Show! Music Core for their debut, and what stole the spotlight as much as their performance was their color-coordinated black and white outfits. Fans were in a frenzy over the matching looks, printed with logo-graphic writing featuring the number ‘93′. The surprising revelation? These stylish pieces were none other than sweaters by the Filipino fashion brand ProudRace.
What made this moment more special was that it wasn’t part of a collaboration or a promotional stunt. Its founder spilled the beans on an Instagram post, sharing that Filipino fans were the ones who tagged them in photos of one boy band’s OOTDs, and to everyone’s astonishment, it turned out to be BTS! To say the least, this global nod to Filipino-made fashion adds another feather to the cap of the country’s fashion industry.