Clozette Party 2018: Fun In The Philippines | Clozette


Before the year comes to a close, we saw to it that we met up with Ambassadors, Star Clozetters and most active members of the Clozette Community — and fashion and beauty enthusiasts — for an afternoon of conversations and fun at the Philippine leg of the Clozette Party 2018.




Clad in our favourite resort chic ensembles, we spent the afternoon over scrumptious finger foods at Caffeined by Artesania in Makati playing a game of human bingo — which led to many conversations about fashion, beauty and travels — learning how to make tassel keychains that go well with pouches that they also customised with fun travel-inspired patches, and making their own perfume concoctions at our DIY perfume mixology booth. Guests also had the chance to have their names or social media handles written in calligraphy. And of course, lots of photos were taken at our photo booth.


To cap the gathering off, special prizes courtesy of Bobbi Brown Philippines and Clinique Philippines and perfumes from Marc Jacobs, Kenzo and Ralph Lauren were given out. 


Let's relive the highlights below.


Mingling and getting to know each other through the Human Bingo game



Getting crafty and creative at the activity booths



All smiles at our photo booths






Cool prizes for winners




Check out what went on in the Malaysian leg of our year-end party here.


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Before we set our sights on all the new, exciting style fads in store for us in 2019, let's take a look back at the biggest fashion trends that hit the Clozette Community this year. From dainty dress designs to runway-inspired looks, here are the five hottest items in 2018 as sported by our favourite fashionistas. Which ones do you think will stay with us and which ones should we say goodbye to?


Monogram Belts


(Photo from: dawnajoyce)


Knotty Tops


(Photo from: Cherrish)



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In four days, we'll be able to witness yet another beauty to be crowned as Miss Universe 2018. But apart from the many impressive facets of the candidates vying for the crown, they are first and foremost the faces of the rich culture and history of their respective countries.


That's why the display of their national costumes — that encompass style, grace, and their nation in a nutshell — is buzz-worthy as a primer to the main event. So now that we've seen them all and have proven that each walk gets bigger and grander each year, we decided to give a rundown of looks from the Miss Universe 2018 National Costume category. Here are the ones that took our breath away as soon as they hit the stage. 


Miss Australia



Channelling their country's national flower, the Golden Wattle, Miss Australia looked stunning in her soft and fairy-like garb of yellow and peach that truly captures the eye with its floral appeal. 


Miss Belize



Inspired by the Mayan sun god, Miss Belize truly shone and embraced her inner goddess in this bold green and gold ensemble. Great choice, if we say so ourselves!


Miss Brazil



Inspired by an Amazonian goddess that turns into a bird, Miss Brazil's costume also boasted a transformation on-stage while relating to her advocacy for environmental protection. 

Miss China



Colourful, exciting, and definitely eye-catching, Miss China wowed the crowd with her beautiful interpretation of historical Chinese dramas featuring quick-changing masks. Plus, don't get us started on how interesting that headpiece is.



Miss Curacao



Talk about regal. Embodying women empowerment and equal rights in this majestic white gown, Miss Curacao is probably one of our ultimate favourites among the bunch. She stated that she is "ready to break any chains" and celebrate the freedom of women in her country. 


Miss Honduras



Another gorgeous ball gown that took the stage was Miss Honduras' blue and gold garb. Representing the blue oceans of Sta. Barbara, she truly looked like a sea goddess waiting to take the world by storm. 



Miss Indonesia



We've seen a lot of queens wearing floral but here's one who owned the fauna department: Miss Indonesia. Taking inspiration from the nation's birds of paradise, she owned the stage with her feather-adorned outfit that stood out in red, white and yellow. 


Miss Japan



Representing a nation that is well-known for the culmination of their past, present and even futuristic culture, Miss Japan surely knew how to nail everything her country is about. She donned not just one but two costumes in a single go. First appearing on stage in a kunoichi costume that represents female ninjas, she then transformed mid-walk to one of Japan's most internationally known manga characters, Sailor Moon.



Miss Korea



With the hanbok earning popularity in recent years because of the rise of K-culture, we're sure we're not the only ones who fell in love with the look when it entered the stage. The choice of crimson and blue effectively made the look captivating and we sure wish we can channel the same level of grace Miss Korea displayed when she walked in it. 

Miss Malaysia



Inspired by a resourceful and protective spirit that is said to grace an ancient fishing civilisation, Miss Malaysia looked stunning in her Perahu Bangau national costume. From the shoulder crane to the 3-D element of the outfit that is meant to symbolise a boat, we can't help but fall in love with the craftsmanship that went into the look.



Miss Philippines



Full of historical, cultural and indigenous-inspired symbols and references from her country's three main islands, Miss Philippines' look is like a storybook that came to life on-stage. Created in collaboration with historians and many artists, the intricate details of the ensemble truly displayed the country's colourful heritage. 


Miss Russia



Combining a beautiful face and a breathtaking dress makes a look that's one for the books and Miss Russia's ensemble gave us just that. Taking inspiration from women of power and nobility, she definitely served us royalty with this gorgeous concoction of blue and gold. 



Miss Singapore



Highlighting SG's role as a 'global broker of peace' during the Trump-Kim summit, they may be known as the Little Red Dot, but Miss Singapore's look reminded us that they're not-so-little when it comes to their contributions to global welfare. 


Miss Zambia



She may have been the last one to walk, but Miss Zambia gave us major 'strong, independent woman' vibes we never thought we needed with her gorgeous traditional garb of black, white and brown. Inspired by a look that women can only wear during harvest season as a symbol of purity, we're also all for the 'woman warrior' aura that this ensemble is serving.


(Cover photo from: @bragais_official, @janeteoh_)


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