The Best Hair Trends at the Vogue Gala

Jasmine Curtis-Smith topped off her Anniversary Gala look with a bow. Photo by Ralph Mendoza

From shiny pearls to mermaid-like waves, the showstopping tresses at the Vogue Philippines red carpet are sure to inspire your fall party looks. 

Shot on the hills of Batanes and lit by the soft glow of the Ivatan sun, the cover of the Vogue Philippines September issue was revealed, thus crystallizing a year of honoring the splendor of intentional fashion, craft, and Filipino ingenuity. Guests who attended the gala seemed to have also been inspired by the same ethos, finishing off their tresses with handcrafted bows and thoughtful embellishments. As the evening was likewise a celebration, a few A-listers chose to let their hair down, eager to be in a party mood. Here we have a look at the hottest hairstyles donned by the glam guests at the Vogue Philippines gala. 

Romantic Ribbons 

Celeste Cortesi wearing a black ribbon bow and black corset dress at the Vogue Philippines gala
Celeste Cortesi. Photo by Sandro Paredes
Gianne Encarnacion wears romantic ribbons in her hair at the Vogue Philippines Gala.
Gianne Encarnacion. Photo by Mik Primacio

Hair bows, which have been seen on many Hollywood red carpets of late, likewise made an appearance on guests at the gala. It added a ladylike finishing touch to the ensembles of Jasmine Curtis Smith and Celeste Cortesi, with the latter revealing that her black hair ribbon was actually recycled from one of her old outfits. 

Artist Gianne Encarnacion was likewise a fan, decorating her hair with dainty white bows. “I was inspired by Alexa Chung’s look during the 2023 Met Gala, and also Columbina, a video game character from Genshin Impact,” declares Encarnacion. Also all tied up with this trend is Ilyang Ilyang’s Daphne Chao, who wove a long white ribbon artistically through her low ponytail, thus complementing the open back of her dress. 

Haute Headbands

Kathy Yap-Huang. Photo by Pau Guevarra
Wawi Navarroza wears a haute headband.
Wawi Navarroza. Photo by Kieran Punay

No longer just for prim schoolgirls, today’s headbands come in all manner of sartorial interpretations. Kathy Huang shows us how to do modern glamour in a skin-baring draped dress, accessorizing her sleek hairstyle with a diamanté headband. Wawi Navarroza, on the other hand, exuded a more opulent aesthetic in a pearl-encrusted headpiece, topping off an ensemble of cascading pleats. 

Polished Pearls 

Mika Reins wears polished pearls in her hair.
Mika Reins. Photo by Ralph Mendoza

With the South Sea pearl as our national gem, it is perhaps no wonder that on a night celebrating the best of Filipino talent, that guests at the gala would be drawn to this luminous treasure. Model Mika Reins conveys that her beauty editorial entitled “The Pearl”, which came out in the maiden issue of Vogue Philippines, served as a starting point for her look. “My hairstyle drew inspiration from the beautiful caves in the Philippines, where we find exquisite shells, pearls, and rocks. I wanted to mirror this in my hair, creating a braided crown adorned with various accessories,” she shares. 

Pat Cortez was another model who looked amazing in these glowy orbs, accenting both her ivory top and her hair. She decorates the wet-look waves of her edgy pixie cut with pearls herself, and pairs it with a grungy, smoky winged eye and wine-stained glossy lips. 

Long, Luscious Hair

Pam Prinster shows off her long, luscious hair.
Pam Prinster. Photo by Ralph Mendoza
Kaila Estrada with long, luscious hair.
Kaila Estrada. Photo by Ralph Mendoza

Wavy, mermaid-like hair made a statement at the gala, as the style set let their hair down in undulating waves and bouncy tumbles. Model Pam Prinster, in a sheer Ushi Sato gown upcycled from a thrifted wedding dress, looked ethereal with waist-length wavy hair and luminous skin. Kaila Estrada was equally fresh-faced, in dreamy, shoulder-length cascades and a soft, white evening gown. 

Madge Reyes, looking unfussy in a knotted dress, had big, beachy waves touched by golden highlights that moved gracefully along with the dancer and artist. Models Ica Dy and Jella Joy likewise had the same idea, pairing their mini dresses with loose, layered waves. 

Actress Liza Soberano also took to the trend, all-smiles as she allowed her hair to flow down her shoulders, complementing the organic silhouette of her Rajo Laurel dress. Always one to make an entrance, social media phenom and Vogue Philippines cover star Bretman Rock was yet another long-haired stunner, saucily flipping his luscious ebony locks as he walked and posed on the black carpet. 

Beauty queen Rabiya Mateo, on the other hand, shows us how stunning long black tresses can be, finishing off her sheer white gown with a middle part and extra-straight hair. 

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