Miss Universe Indonesia Kezia Warouw--Best of The Governors Ball Gowns? Keep reading...
As part of the 65th Annual Miss Universe Pageant happening in the Philippines, the Miss Universe 2016 Governors Ball occurred Monday night at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The Governors Ball is a Miss Universe tradition, a fundraiser which pageant winners, the host country, sponsors and many VIPs attend to support the Miss Universe charities.
Gown Gals--Miss Universe 2016 contestants at the 65th Miss Universe Governors Ball Welcome Dinner, SMX Convention Center Pasay City Philippines
The Governors Ball also served as the official Welcome Dinner with guests dishing out Php 180,000 (the equivalent of $3600!) per ticket to attend and enjoyed Hors D'Oeurvres of Salmon Tartar, White Anchovy and Flaked Chicken and Main Entree of Prawns Catalan with Mesclum on Crispy Noodles...
A $3600 Dinner--Menu of the 65th Miss Universe Governors Ball Welcome Dinner
Besides the fancy dinner, the main attraction were the 86 Miss Universe 2016 contestants who all showed up in Evening Gowns for all the super rich to see--and for us Pageant Fashion Fans--to comment on....
Ready To Not Eat an Expensive Dinner!--Miss Universe 2016 contestants ready to head out to the Miss Universe Governors Ball Welcome Dinner
There were lots of gowns on display--86 of them obviously!--Soooo here are my Top 15 List of BEST GOWNS at the 65th Annual Governors Ball...Now, before I start, I must give Gown Props to the reigning Miss Universe, Philippines-own Pia Wurtzbach:
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach made her entrance to the Governors Ball in this black lace ballgown. The style featured a lady-like batteau neckline, fitted dress with full overskirt. The gown fit beautifully (Perfect length: No sign of tacky platform heels!) and she looked like a Miss Universe!
And now, my Top 15! Beginning with my Top Favorite...
Anaz Couture, featured gold lace applique, royal blue satin backing with more gold sequined lace embellishment throughout. The style also had a center front slit and see-through side torso panels. It was EXQUISITE and perfect. Double for her hair and makeup as well as accessories. Between that ring and the oversized gold clutch...she just may be a Fashion Gay Man's Best Friend!
Rhett Eala and featured a clean minimalist silhouette with a single silver crystal embellished detail down the center front. It was chic, elegant and one of the best of of the night.
Jamil Walji. I placed it as one of my Top Favorites for its design, fit, and impact. I loved the subtle hints of Kenyan Tradition with the mix of colors and prints as well as the look of suede (or was it Ultrasuede?) for the gown textile. Mary Esther looked DIVINE!
Abhishek Studio. The design featured gold, pink and emerald colors in a print, and was beaded and beautifully embellished. I though she looked like a Bollywood actress. I just wished her hair was more Couture (to match her gown) and less "I just came from the gym"; it was just a bit flat--she need a major Volume Boost!
Cosry, Kiran stood out at the Governors Ball in this flower printed silk satin gown. The style had a high batteau neck, fitted column gown and gathered full ballgown overskirt. I thought she looked like a very wealthy socialite/red carpet actress. There were several printed gowns at the 65th Miss Universe Governors Ball and this was one of the better ones!
Harry Garay. The style was a ballgown full shape with iridescent white fabrication and baby blue sequined applique detail. She looked quite pretty and like a modern Cinderella.
Xavier Cordova. The strapless design was silver with hand-sewn Brusels Lace sewn near the torso at the sides. She looked regal and quite beautiful. Good choice of shoes too!