By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City — Hollywood designer David Tupaz impressively kicked off the fashion week here with the parading of his fabulous creations at the Philippine Center on 5th Avenue.
Tupaz, who charted his career early in New York but decided to move to LA, won the crowd’s approval on a warm Friday evening, September 5, with both aesthetics and practicality of his collection. “I hope you will like my creations. And that I’d be back here next year,” he said during the welcome reception.
Known for his simple sophistication, David Tupaz has dressed up celebrities like Julia Roberts, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Annette Bening, William and Elizabeth Shatner, Kris Jenner, Alan and Tanya Thicke, Patti Austin, Jane Seymour, Mariel Hemingway, Lisa Rinna, Etta James, Christine Baranski, Kate Hudson, Bo Derek, and Cheryl Ladd.
Tupaz designed a purple peau de soix for former Miss Japan Keiko Ibi in the 1999 Oscar Awards night where she garnered the Best Documentary Film Award. He also had former First Lady Imelda Marcos as client.
During the show, media colleagues Bing Branigin (who drove from Washington, DC just for the show), Cristina Pastor, and I were obviously awed, and eventually decided to pictures on the models with our choice of practical glamour.
I wanted clothes that would wonderfully conceal my flabs, I whispered to the two journalists. They wanted that too, of course. Our cameras kept clicking.
Fashion and beauty pageant expert Erno Hormillosa was equally thrilled. He said on Facebook: “Congratulations for a spectacular fashion show! I love your collection and the color palette – the black, the white, the gray. The Missoni print was one of my favorites. Your fabric drapery was ovah! The apple green and emerald collection was fantastic! Super couture! The last piece, the gown was just magnificent! Enjoyed the show so much.”
Dr. Richard Holsman and good friend Elton Lugay produced the show. They it pulled off with the support of the Philippine Consulate General, Philippine Department of Tourism, Trade and Industry, the Holsman Healthcare, TOFA-NY, The Blakely Hotel, ConZerge, AppleOne Banawa Heights, Heartland Model Agency, and the DJ Filipino Events.
Delectable food satisfied a dressy crowd of about 200 and was catered by the Sweet Habana Catering. This is the newly branded culinary endeavor of singer Kay Habana, who’s into food business for 11 years now. Well, she sweetened the evening by singing the “O Mio Babbino Caro” (Oh My Beloved Father), a soprano aria by Giacomo Puccini.
After that beautiful rendition, the Kalayaan Hall was packed with approving cheerers as Tupaz’s lovely models cat walked for an hour. They were melded and hair stylized by Irene Zapanta, Victor Palmos and Danny Ivanoff Julian. Magnificent.