In a room filled with white roses, guests welcome Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Emma Ferrer dressed impeccably.
When Audrey Hepburn accepted her Best Actress Oscar for Roman Holiday, she was wearing a white lace full-skirted dress. It was the same dress she wore in the final scene of the film; originally by costume designer Edith Head, Hepburn had its bodice altered to better suit her tastes (à la Hubert du Givenchy’s design sensibilities) for the day of the Oscars. She famously called it her “lucky dress.”
The recentVogue Philippines’ Mystery Brunch welcoming Hepburn’s son and granddaughter, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Emma Ferrer, who were in town to celebrate the opening of the Intimate Audrey exhibit, was an all-white affair. The dress code was purely by happenstance, but white seemed to hold a more meaningful sentiment as Hepburn Ferrer gave his speech, “This year is an important anniversary—it’s been 70 years since she was discovered, or the release of Roman Holiday for which she received an Academy Award.”
At the Hub at Shangri-La at the Fort, it was a gathering serendipitously marked by the inimitable film star’s lucky color. Hepburn Ferrer continues, “It’s also a bittersweet anniversary because it’s been 30 years since we were last together.”
Amongst the white roses and Tiffany & Co.’s iconic blue boxes, guests were dressed in pristine white, ranging from summery linens to crisply tailored suits. Sean Hepburn Ferrer arrived brought Europe’s sweltering sun via a relaxed linen shirt and pants, while Emma Ferrer stood out in a sheer pastel pink tunic over a white slip dress and accessorized with pieces from the Tiffany T collection, a diamond and turquoise wire bracelet and a delicate diamond hinged bangle. Ferrer wasn’t the only one to imbue their white ensemble with a bright pop color; designer Dennis Lustico wore a playful green-and-white printed shirt with white jeans and trainers.
Black made a popular pairing among guests, as Miro Group founder and CEO Milka Romero donned a black-and-white striped suit dress; Christian Tantoco arrived with girlfriend model and Vogue Philippines’ May cover star Siobhan Moylan in a raw-hemmed white button-down paired with black tapered trousers, and Tati Fortuna accessorizes her pristine white cape with a mini black Lady Dior. Tiffany & Co. country manager Genevieve Yalung brought with her the latest version of the handbag—the mini Lady Dior D-Joy—worn with black flared trousers to match.
Maxi dresses and skirts in melange textures also made several appearances: BELO Group managing director Cristalle Belo-Pitt wore an eyelet lace paired with neutral accessories; Lifestyle Asia editor-in-chief Candy Dizon arrived in a crisp shirt dress; and lastly, designer Jill Lao in a calf-length dress with a sweet bow tied at her lower waist.
Paying homage in sweet detail, Vogue Philippines editors also opted for white gold jewelry from Tiffany & Co. Fashion editor Daryl Chang chose the Tiffany T Diamond Wire Bracelet, beauty editor Joyce Oreña styled an elegant corset with the her own Elsa Peretti bone cuff and Hardware ring, and features editor Audrey Carpio wore the Tiffany True T narrow bracelet.
Below, see more of what the guests wore to Vogue Philippines‘ Mystery Brunch.
Cheche Moral and Carol Malasig
Joyce Oreña and Rhoda Campos-Aldanese