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Style on Bare Skin

by Gesel Pereyra-Mangilit

It was all about skin ---- lots of it--- bared and shown to great advantage in cocktail dresses and gowns cut low at the bodice and plunging way, way down at the back. And colors that brought out the beauty and allure of beautiful skin.

Pond's, in its unwavering devotion to beautifying women the world over, recently launched it's latest Whitening Campaign which introduced popular TV host/VJ and entrepreneur Amada Griffin as the newest face for Pond's Whitening line. The highlight of the grand media launch though was a fashion gala by iconic designer Inno Sotto.

Dubbed "Inno Sotto: White," the fashion show began with a parade of simple and subdued trench dresses and jackets in duchesse satin that had swirls of silk organza draped over the top like a stole, followed by playful renditions of tweeds in skin-baring cuts that had frayed edges and orbital appliques concentrated on the neckline, running down through the back or artfully scattered all throughout. One model wore a bold combination of metallic pink top paired off with micro pants that showed a vast expanse of skin.

Then came dreamy organza and silk creations in gradations of pink --- from delicious cantaloupe pink, as luscious and refreshing as the fruity concoction that swirled in my glass, to the heavenly, translucent pink I once so adored in a flock of flamingos. Structured yet flowing, it showed off the designer's genius in draping. Deconstructed dresses with vertical strips swung and swayed as the human mannequins sashayed throughout the length of the Peninsula Manila's The Conservatory. Then as a piece de resistance, a succession of duchess satin white gowns complimented by geometric appliques, a play of ribbons and cords and crystal brooches that had the audience squirming in their seats to have a good look.

After making his curtain call, thereafter followed by a flurry of beso besos, he quickly disappeared backstage, intermittently walking back to the lobby to chat with friends and admirers. "It was a wonderful show," said one. "Can you imagine, I did it in ten days," said Sotto. Two of the gowns had been shown back in March at the InterCon bridal show but that proved inconsequential as the 26-piece collection had truly been a work of art, a showcase of Sotto's trademark sophistication, precision and understated elegance.

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