Locked in for Life: Tom Rodriguez's Bespoke Wedding Ensemble
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Locked in for Life: Tom Rodriguez’s Bespoke Wedding Ensemble

Locked in for Life: Tom Rodriguez’s Bespoke Wedding Ensemble

Fashion | October 27, 2021
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Dignified and poised. A true gentleman. Embodying these traits, Tom Rodriguez’s personality shines in the bespoke wedding suit designed by Francis Libiran.

It feels really great to be part of celebrity weddings because you get to celebrate their special milestone with them. And the fact that they chose me to do their attires—even with many good designers out there—means a lot. Seeing my clients happy is my top priority. And this, in turn, inspires me to do my best.

Working with Tom Rodriguez

Tom Rodriguez is one of the most talented film and television actors in the Philippines. He is always dedicated to his craft—something that I truly admire about him. That’s why when he asked me to design his suit for his wedding day, his request thrilled me. After all, it is always an honor for me to create something for excellent artists like Tom.

When Tom reached out to me to do his suit, he was very busy with his lock-in taping for his current show, The World Between Us. He said that despite the fact that he is working, he wanted to make sure that he’ll look absolutely great on his wedding day. And so, he trusted me with the project.

Tom even said he barely had the time to rest, let alone do the fittings, but he did so because of his deep love for Carla Abellana, his fiancée. Tom is a very busy actor with schedules that keep him up to his toes every single day, but he knew what and how to prioritize. He is a matinee idol who exudes an idealized version of a man in almost all of his roles. Likewise, he faces his opportunities in his career fearlessly, making him the successful star he is today.

In real life, he exhibits all these qualities, as well as being humble and dignified.

Designing His Bespoke Wedding Ensemble

It was a joy to dress Tom Rodriguez. He’s dignified and poised—a true gentleman. He looks youthful in what he wears. What’s more, his love for Carla shows every time he talks about her. All these details add an intimate element to his bespoke ensemble.

For Tom, I conceptualized a suit using textured brocade material. A tribute to my signature designs, the patterned brocade material definitely fits my image of Tom as a dignified and refined gentleman. What’s more, we planned it to be all black to make him look classically amorous. At first glance, romance is one of his charms, so I embedded that aspect as a representation of his romantic side.

Tom only had two fittings with me. One of them was conducted virtually due to his lock-in taping, and during a personal appointment in my atelier at The Peninsula Manila for the final fitting. It was challenging to do because I needed to incorporate his personality despite only having a few exchanges. I had to work with what I know about him and trust that he would like it.

Upon receiving and trying on the suit, Tom’s eyes were twinkling with joy. It was as though he envisioned his special day and how Carla’s reaction would be upon seeing him at the end of the aisle. When I saw his expression, it made me happy. He trusted me with his attire, and it all worked out.

A Francis Libiran Groom

It meant a lot to me when he said that he had an amazing experience with us. He was so impressed that even with only two meetings, we executed his suit well. As the wedding got closer and everything started to get real, I saw his genuine excitement when he said that he could’t wait for Carla to see him in the suit.

Tom is a perfect epitome of a Francis Libiran groom. His vibrant personality stands out because of his authenticity and confidence. And on this milestone, Tom and I built a strong foundation of trust. I am looking forward to working with him again, and I wish him a long, enduring marriage.

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Francis is a Filipino architect and fashion designer. His love for travel, nature, architecture, and patterns is very apparent in his creations. Being in the business for more than two decades, Francis is considered as one of the Philippine’s premier fashion designers and his brand is dedicated to producing original, high quality, wearable art pieces which promote Filipino beauty, artistry, talent, and craftsmanship on the global arena. Francis Libiran’s international success, awe-inspiring designs and creations, and keen eye for detail opened the doors of opportunities to dress some of the biggest stars the world over.
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