Recently, celebrity power couple Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia made waves online when they uploaded stunning photos of their prenup shoot in Ethiopia. Unfortunately, bashers were present to rain on their parade and stated that their prenup photos seemed quite racist as they used Ethiopian locals in the background as “props.”
However, there are other netizens who saw something more than the Ethiopian citizens. Aside from the theme that the soon-to-be-married couple used, social media users made Billy and Coleen a trending topic when they compared their outfits to some of their personal things and furniture at home.
A few netizens posted a side-by-side comparison of Billy and Coleen’s outfits with bags, place mats, bed sheets, and even a couch.
Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez even joined in on the fun when she found a pillow with the exact same cloth used in Billy’s coat.
Although this topic is quite hilarious for both Billy and Coleen, their stylist doesn’t seem to be too amused with all the attention they’ve been getting.
Adrianne Concepcion, the couple’s stylist, said in an online interview with PEP that they wanted to use “bold prints, textures, and rich colors” on their outfits.
The stylist then said that they collaborated with Filipino designers in order to turn their vision into a reality.
“Given that we do not have specific African prints which are native to their region, our local designers had the creative liberty to render their own interpretations.”
Adrianne added that they hired Ryan Uson to design Billy and Coleen’s clothes. Ryan reportedly used upholstery fabric purchased from a well-known fabric shop, which is probably the reason why several other items had the same textile as Billy and Coleen’s clothes.
Adrianne also encouraged netizens to view this mishap as a form of creativity on the part of Filipino designers and to avoid turning this incident into a channel for bashing and negative criticism.
“I hope people see the good and even the humor in it.”
What can you say about this story? Do you think the designer should not have been offended by the endless jokes being made by netizens? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!