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From Meldy Cojuangco to Melanie Marquez –what a night

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CRISELDA Lontok at curtain call. PHOTO BY ALANAH TORRALBA

“The sphinx speaks,” said my front-row seatmate Joy Onglatco.

Criselda Lontok (in red) is flanked by longtime friends Ching Montinola, Conchitina Bernardo, Menchu Concepcion and Ada Mabilangan. PHOTO BY ALANAH TORRALBA

She was referring to Imelda Cojuangco, looking wonderfully larger than life onscreen during the video tribute that preceded Criselda Lontok’s fashion show at the Fairmont Ballroom last Monday night. (See related story.)

Speaking in a clear and enunciated way, Cojuangco extolled the virtues of Lontok as a friend and a designer. After all these decades, we see how well Imelda speaks with poise and sophistication yet sweetly and clearly. By all indications, Meldy Cojuangco could be the next leading lady or “numero uno” commercial endorser. She is a consummate actor in the best possible sense, confident of her lines and projection.

MONIQUE Toda and Claudia Meyer. PHOTO BY ALANAH TORRALBA

Nedy Tantoco, the only other fashion icon in the video, described Lontok as part of the Rustan’s family for the past three decades. Nedy spoke of the rich history of how designer labels such as Criselda flourished in their stores, ushering fashion retail into the brand-new century.

It was Nedy’s mom, founder and fountainhead Gliceria “Glecy” Tantoco, who built the Rustan’s empire of high-end retail fashion; who mentored Lontok when she was first tasked as merchandiser for beautiful blouses in the ’80s.

Monday’s formal event was like a roll call of old guard society. The women came in full force, in long dresses, blooming in hot-house colors and bedecked in sparkling jewelry.

BOBBY Caballero and Mayenne Carmona. PHOTO BY ALANAH TORRALBA

The evening’s standout was Monjierra Dini in an original Emilio Pucci. Also on our   Best Dressed List would be great beauties Lorna Laurel, Chona Meija Lopez and Cristina Ponce Enrile. Most glamorous would be the former Sen. Loi Ejercito, Roi Philips, Joy Onglatco and Nini Licaros. Also notable was Dr. Elenita Binay.

Liza Ilarde Cuenca, stunning Crickette Tantoco and Dina Tantoco represented the young society set.

It was “Criselda Club” members who have been her best friends, forever supporting the label that is for mature women in plus sizes. The label has always been known for its elegant designs.

REP. GINA de Venecia and Rep.Lucy Torres-Gomez make it to the show after congressional session. PHOTO BY ALANAH TORRALBA

La Vie en Rose

Huge florals were the core inspiration of the new collection, La Vie en Rose. All silk numbers were seasonless, with a resort feel to them, perfect for Manila’s sultry weather. Giant daisies provided a ’60s vibe; the design was the crowd favorite.

Cut away from the body in bias or trapeze forms, Lontok’s outfits were at once figure-flattering and age-appropriate.

Models led by Melanie Marquez, Marina Benipayo, Tweetie Gonzalez, Patty Betita, Izza Agana and Suyen Chi proved that they could still outshine the younger set with their signature ramp skills, stalking the long runway like beautiful cougars.

The solo finale was 1979 Miss International Melanie Marquez, who could still pirouette like a prima ballerina, with that little-girl smile still so seductive.

RANDY and Isabella Francisco, Nedy Tantoco, Patrick Jacinto. PHOTO BY ALANAH TORRALBA

Towering above the cast, she wore an opera coat over a tube and walked like the Super Model of the World she once was.

Raffles PR queen Monique Toda made sure everyone had a sip of bubbly and a taste of the most mouthwatering appetizers. Everyone was in celebration mode.

The list of dashing gentlemen was led by Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco, with his handsome grandsons Anton and Mike Huang, and Donnie Tantoco. His granddaughters, Crickette and Dina Tantoco, led the standing ovation for the wonderful collection.

Nini Licaros had the last word. “How nice that Criselda celebrated her 30th year tonight. Didn’t Rajo Laurel celebrate his 25th year in this same ballroom last month? This makes Criselda forever young and able to enjoy maybe two more decades of solid best-selling fashion.”

I had to agree. The evening was a coup de couture.


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Tags: Crickette Tantoco , Criselda Lontok , Dina Tantoco , Dr. Elenita Binay , fashion show , Gliceria “Glecy” Tantoco , Imelda Cojuangco , Liza Ilarde Cuenca , Melanie Marquez , retail fashion , Rustan’s empire



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