The Hour of Magnanimity
Inside the goodwill and glamour of the Red Charity Gala
The mood that engulfed the dimmed grand ballroom echoed gothic churches, as if the night’s attendees themselves had voyaged to the sacred space housing designer Joey Samson’s personal reflections. An ambient, almost Gregorian hymn rang throughout the unhurried meandering of men and women garbed in contemporary renditions of ceremonial garments.
The solemnity of the show topped off a night of giving back to worthy causes: the Philippine Red Cross and the Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation. Guests rung bells to bid on private sojourns in beachfront villas and transcendent gems, and the night’s highlighted piece, Jewelmer’s donated opera length necklace of yellow south sea pearls.
Passage, offering, devotion, rediscovery—these are but some impressions Samson uses to trace the temperament of his PilgrimAge collection. It is a depiction, he says, of one man’s journey to nostalgia. And in light of the evening’s pursuit, it can be said that there remains a booming voice that speaks for the necessities of others.