On Metro Magazine’s 25th anniversary, designer to the stars Francis Libiran was recently named the latest Metrowear Icon. In commemoration of this, Metro will be airing a television special to celebrate Libiran’s unique talents, set to air this Saturday (January 25) at 9pm and Sunday (January 26) at 10:30pm on the Lifestyle Network (SkyCable channel 53).
Francis Libiran has gained renown for his elegant style and great skill with draping fabrics and doing intricate beadwork. His creations have drawn the attention of fashionistas in both local and international circles. Among the stars that have been fortunate to wear his beautiful dresses and bespoke suits are the likes of Anne Curtis, Sam Milby, Shaina Magdayao, Billy Crawford, Xian Lim and Kim Chiu. For major events like the Star Magic Ball, the brightest (and most fashion-savvy) of stars look forward to wearing his creations. His latest fashion coup was creating the dresses and gowns worn by 2013 Miss World winner, Megan Young. His coral beaded evening won him raves all around.
A major career highlight for Libiran was when his whimsical creations – made using all kinds of Hello Kitty merchandise – was worn by the model-contestants for one of their photo shoots in the 18th season highly-rated program “America’s Next Top Model.” No less than host Tyra Banks wore one of his gowns when she attended the 4th Annual Blossom Ball in New York earlier this year.