MANILA, Philippines – Former supermodel and “America’s Next Top Model” host Tyra Banks seems to have taken a liking for Filipino creations.
A month after she got a best-dressed nod at the 4th Annual Blossom Ball for her Francis Libiran gown, Banks was seen wearing a beige and black dress by another Filipino designer, Rajo Laurel.
In his blog on fashion website StyleBible, Laurel said Banks wore his creation to one of the final episodes of “America’s Next Top Model.”
“I just saw Tyra Banks in my gown! I am shaking like a leaf as I type this as this feels like a dream! It’s almost surreal! I mean, I just watch the woman on TV and now she is wearing my work!” the Filipino fashion designer wrote.
“I am so grateful to my cousin Mike Carandang for pushing me and urging me and making all this happen! I am so very very very very grateful!”
Laurel added that they will continue to work hard to “make Philippine fashion world-class.”
After his blog post, Laurel received several congratulatory messages from his friends and supporters.
Among them is local celebrity chef Sharwin Tee, who said on Twitter: “I think Tyra Banks wearing Rajo Laurel is like Wolfgang Puck throwing a party catered by a Filipino chef.”
Laurel, one of the country’s most well-known designers, earlier said that he wants to make clothes for half-Filipina contestant Jessica Sanchez of the hit US talent search “American Idol.”
Sanchez told him it would be “cool” if Laurel could dress her up.
More int’l stars wear Pinoy creations
Aside from Libiran and Laurel, several Filipino designers have had their gowns and accessories worn by some of the world’s most famous personalities.
Last February, American pop singer Katy Perry wore the Shrine handring by designer Joyce Makitalo at the 2012 Inaugural National Football League Honors and pre-Super Bowl XLVI party in Indianapolis.
During the Grammy Awards, singer Kelly Price wore a sparkly rose-colored gown by Oliver Tolentino. The Filipino designer also dressed up “The Voice” judge Cee Lo Green.
Monique Lhullier, meanwhile, created the gown of Hillary Scott of the country group Lady Antebellum during the Grammys.