The MEGA Fashion Awards 2021 honors this year’s local creatives who kept the flames of the industry’s passion alive.
The MEGA Fashion Awards (MFA) has always been a highlight in Philippine fashion’s social calendar. In its past two iterations, the best in the industry walked down the red carpet in their most fashion-forward ensembles, heading to a star-packed ballroom to witness MEGA recognized the season’s most outstanding. But that was when real-life experiences were safe and social distancing wasn’t the norm.
This year the MFA was held virtually, as MEGA wasn’t going to let another year go by without celebrating the fight that local creatives have put up. While the country was left hopeless with the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry stepped up to help others and provide comfort and light the best way it knew how. Fashion designers created PPEs and masks, makeup artists and hairstylists brought joy by sharing their creativity online, showbiz stars and influential names came together to uplift the Filipino community.
Upon hearing the news of the virtual awards show, guests of designers, A-list stars, models, designers, and creatives were more than happy to get out of their loungewear for the day and dress to the nines for an at-home red carpet moment.
But a first this year, the exclusive awards show was open to the public in real-time. Livestreamed through MEGA’s Facebook page, families and supporters of nominees were able to join in and celebrate along.
Entering the event’s Zoom link, like old friends seeing each other again for the first time. Host Bianca Valerio welcomed guests, as did One Mega Group President Suki Salvador and Editor-in-Chief Peewee Reyes-Isidro. The screen slowly then filled up with recognizable faces and even though all were in different cities and parts of the world, each one was brimming with excitement for what the night holds.
“Post-pandemic, pre-pandemic, MEGA Fashion Awards is there to inspire each creative to wake up and create better,” says President Suki Salvador about the importance of the event.
Hosted by Bianca Valerio, a total of 26 awards were given out this year. From up and coming young creatives who push for innovation to industry stalwarts who kept fueling the flame of fashion, each winner was truly deserving of the award they received.
As the night came to a close and bittersweet goodbyes were exchanged, the local industry that was condensed into one virtual room, was reminded that during the darkest times, the passion of Filipino creatives will only burn brighter.
Here are the winners of the 2021 MEGA Fashion Awards:
Hairstylist: Mycke Arcano
Makeup Artist: Raffy So
Stylist: Lyn Alumno
Photographer: Ed Enclona
Fashion Designer: Chris Nick
Homegrown Fashion Brand: Kaayo
Homegrown Beauty Brand: Avignon Clinic
Social Media Personality for Fashion: Heart Evangelista
Social Media Personality for Beauty: Bretman Rock
Social Media Personality for Entertainment: Anne Curtis
Global Fashion Brand: Uniqlo
Local Fashion Brand: Penshoppe
Global Beauty Brand: BYS Cosmetics
Local Beauty Brand: BLK Cosmetics
E-Commerce Platform: Lazada
Leaders of this Generation: Glenda Dela Cruz, Drake Dustin Ibay, and Angel Locsin
BEST OF THE YEAR
Model of the Year: Hannah Locsin
Hairstylist of the Year: Renz Pangilinan
Makeup Artist of the Year: Jelly Eugenio
Fashion Stylist of the Year: Pam Quiñones
Jewelry Designer of the Year: Pranca Jewelry
Fashion Designer of the Year: Furne One
Photographer of the Year: BJ Pascual
Most Stylish Performer of the Year: KZ Tandingan
Cover of the Year: Nadine Lustre
MEGA ICON OF THE YEAR